Bill Rancic Defends His Wife Giuliana After Fashion Police Controversy: 'I Tried to Get Them to Release the Footage' 41 years, 2,187 covers and 55,435 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- A Family's Heartbreak: Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston's Mother Cissy Pay Respects at Bobbi Kristina's Wake
- The Style Top 5: Reese Witherspoon Channels Elle Woods,
Steal the Styles from Wet Hot American Summer and More
- Christina Applegate: 'I Barely Survived' the Terrible Twos
- Latest Batch of Hillary Clinton Emails: Staff Pet Peeves, Suck-Up Aides and Holiday Headaches
- Bill Cosby's Producer Speaks Out: 'I'm Hoping That People Will Still Be Able to Watch the Show'
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- January 27, 1986
- Vol. 25
- No. 4
Michael Speaker Lights a Fire Under His Career by Turning Odd Creatures into Funky Sculpture
The average art buyer, weaned on watercolor sunsets, may well ask, "Yeah, but is it art?" So far, critics say yes: The New York Times labeled the Portland-born artist's wood tile sculptures "glorious." The works may be imaginative, but the dollars they've brought have been real. "Rhino caught the eye of Nicholas Franco, nephew of the Spanish dictator, who spotted it from his limo window at a New York museum, ordered his chauffeur to stop and the next day plunked down $40,000 for the piece," says Speaker. Another fan paid $27,000 for The Bureaucrat, a scowling government type whose body doubles as a chest of drawers.
Speaker, who earned an M.F.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1975, came by his profession the hard way. In 1971, after a head-on collision with a truck on an icy Iowa road, he made a vow that he'd quit his job as a medical equipment salesman. "I remember saying to myself just before the crash, 'If I survive this, I'm going to be an artist.' " With nothing but a minor injury to show for the trauma, he headed for Colorado to study art. Later he found work in Hollywood as a scene designer. After a few lean years, his own work began to catch on and today clutters the Encino, Calif. home he shares with wife Linda, 38, and kids Kirstin, 9, and Stephen, 5. With a big new show in Palm Springs, Calif. later this month, the artist is optimistic about the future. Says he, "I can feel things busting loose. I think my time is here."
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!