ON THE COVER 72
A North Carolina farm girl turned Hollywood siren, tempestuous Ava Gardner never chose to be anything but herself; that was more than enough for Frank Sinatra and all the other men who loved her but never could hold her

UP FORNT 36-46

For the intrepid truckers of Canada's frozen north, hauling supplies across icebound lakes takes guts, luck and a sense of when to get out of the driver's seat

When Hollywood honors Elizabeth Taylor, Gregory Peck and Michael Jackson, no one stays home, not even the Lone Ranger

Five years after his father murdered his mother, Roby Marshall works on the TV adaptation of Blind Faith, the best-selling book that deals with the crime

Once a week, San Francisco TV newsman Paul Wynne reports on his life-and-death struggle with AIDS

TROUBLE 49
Showing off flights of his exotic fancy, designer Claude Montana lays an egg with his first couture collection

SCREEN 53
Actress Esther Rolle found her part in Driving Miss Daisy maid-to-order

IN THE MONEY 57
The Galactica Suite at the Bahamas' Crystal Palace costs $25,000 a night, but you needn't tip Ursula, the robot

HEIRS 60
Comedian Ben Stiller, son of Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, launches his own MTV show

ROYALS 65
With Ceausescu dead, exiled King Michael yearns to take back the throne of Romania

STAGE 83
They call him the new Olivier, but this generation's Henry V is happy just being Kenneth Branagh

MEDICS 87
After thirtysomething startles viewers by dealing with ovarian cancer, gynecologist Dr. John Lurain discusses the disease and its treatment

CONTROVERSY 93
Custer cultists are up in arms over Barbara Booher, the Indian woman who is battleground caretaker of the late general's dubious legacy

LOOKOUT 99
High school basketball star Shawn Bradley is loaded with talent—and it doesn't hurt that he's 7'5"

IN HIS WORDS 103
Security consultant Gavin de Becker protects celebrity clients—including Madonna, Cher and Olivia Newton-John—from the impulses of unbalanced fans

HAPPY 108
Ten-year-old Sarah Lawing scoops older journalists by landing an interview with Tom Cruise, on location in her North Carolina hometown

COUPLES 111
Ike's granddaughter Susan Eisenhower and Soviet scientist Roald Sagdeyev get ready to marry in Moscow

ADVENTURE 115
For eight years, mountain man Paul Schipper has required a daily ski lift

STYLE 116
Think Christie Brinkley is a doll? She is. So are Cheryl Tiegs and Beverly Johnson

MAIL 4
PICKS & PANS 9
INSIDER 35
PASSAGES 70
CHATTER 118