ON THE COVER 88
In Los Angeles Marlon Brando's son Christian is charged with murder in the shooting death of his pregnant sister's Tahitian lover. The defense: It was a terrible accident

UP FRONT 48-60

Her warnings of a nuclear apocalypse have come to nothing, but Elizabeth Clare Prophet, leader of the Church Universal and Triumphant, remains at the center of a Montana fire storm

Arnold, Goldie, ZZ Top and a posse of stars belly up to the buffet at a Back to the Future Part III Western-style blowout

Baffled and angry over the poisonous racism that killed their teenage son, the parents of Yusuf Hawkins remember their boy and cry out for justice

ON THE MOVE 67
With a dash of Walton-style populism and a dollop of TV recognizability, Ralph Waite throws his hat into the congressional ring

HAPPY 72
Michael Walsten figured liberated East Europeans might like some U.S. pen pals; now he's got more than 7,000 letter-writers to pair up

INTRODUCING... 77
Wisconsin's Michael Feldman, who plays the wise guy on radio's Whad'ya Know? quiz show

ON THE JOB 79
With Mikhail Gorbachev in Washington for the summit, U.S. Chief of Protocol Joseph Reed faces a week of receiving lines, parties and schedules so tight that they squeak

FAREWELL 98
Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli and George Burns are among the throngs who gather in tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.

TROUBLE 101
After failing to show for a series of court dates for drugs and drunk driving, Cheers star Kelsey Grammer now has one with a Los Angeles jailer

MAIN STREET 107
Those whom time and illness could not part, bureaucracy puts asunder, as Lincoln and Rose Marie Justice end their marriage so she can get Medicaid

STAGE 117
Bounced from acting school in his youth for lack of talent, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof star Charles Durning proves, again, it was all a mistake

TRIBUTE 121
Cancer finally lays claim to one of its bravest victims, actress Jill Ireland, who months before her death wrote a touching remembrance of her late son, Jason

TUBE 127
Once again Carol Burnett is creating comedic chaos on the tube; off-camera she's getting her psyche in order

SONG 132
Their parents founded the Mamas and the Papas and the Beach Boys; now Chynna Phillips and Carnie and Wendy Wilson have a hit LP of their own

MAIL 6
PICKS & PANS 13
THE INSIDER 47
STAR TRACKS 87
CHATTER 134