Star Tracks: Monday, May 16, 2016 42 years, 2,191 covers and 55,436 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Celebrity Foodies: See What the Stars Are Snacking on Today
- Read the Cover Story: George Turns 3: The Preschool Prince!
- Little Women: LA Star Elena Gant Welcomes 'Two Beautiful, Healthy Baby Boys' with Husband Preston: 'It Was Love at First Sight'
- Donald Trump Stunningly Cheers Russian Hackers: 'I Hope You Find Hillary Clinton's Missing Emails'
- The Truth About Miss Cleo: How a Privileged Girl from L.A. Became a Psychic Sensation
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
- October 20, 1997
- Vol. 48
- No. 16
There's the Beef
New Orleans Restaurateur Ruth Fertel Steaked Her Future on a Business That's a Sizzling Success
Raised in the Mississippi Delta backwater of Happy Jack, La., the daughter of a hard-driving insurance man and a kindergarten teacher, Fertel, now 70, credits her own competitive spirit to "trying to do as well as boys did." Never short on nerve—she's a crapshooter who has won and lost $45,000 in a single night—Fertel in 1965 was a divorced mother making $4,800 a year as a lab assistant at the Tulane University School of Medicine and facing the daunting prospect of paying college tuition for two teenage sons, Jerry, now 48, and Randy, 47. Scouring the classifieds one day, "I finally saw that little ad that said, 'Steakhouse for Sale,' " says Fertel. "I knew I could do that."
She mortgaged her house for $22,000 and bought Chris's Steak-house, a 60-seat eatery near New Orleans's Fairgrounds racetrack. Failure was not on her menu. In 1976 she developed her trademark superhot 1,800-degree oven and awarded her first out-of-town franchise to a customer who pleaded that the 90-mile trip from Baton Rouge was killing him. Over the years other pals have received similar franchise deals, making 17 of them millionaires. "That," says the magnanimous grandmother of five, who still lives in a modest double Creole cottage behind her flagship restaurant, "is one of the fun parts."
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!