Bill Rancic Defends His Wife Giuliana After Fashion Police Controversy: 'I Tried to Get Them to Release the Footage' 41 years, 2,189 covers and 55,436 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Amy Purdy Weds Longtime Boyfriend Daniel Gale in 'Outdoorsy' Idaho Wedding
- Read the Cover Story: Meet the American Heroes Who Stopped French Train Attack
- History-Making Les Misérables Actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste Has Died at 21
- The Return of Miley! A New Video from Taylor! 5 Things We Can Expect to See at the VMAs on Sunday
- Ever Wonder Where the Property Brothers Live?
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 19, 1998
- Vol. 50
- No. 14
Genial Cowboy Gene Autry Corralled a Whole Lotta Living
But for generations of Americans weaned on his films, TV shows and recordings such as "Back in the Saddle Again" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," the genial, G-rated rider will forever embody American youth and vitality. "I never considered myself a legend," said Autry, the son of a hardscrabble Texas livestock trader and his homemaker wife. "I've loved everything I did."
That included parlaying, through shrewd investments, his showbiz success into Forbes 400 wealth. "Gene would ride into the sunset," sidekick Pat Buttram once said. "Now he owns it." Autry spent his last days at home in Studio City, Calif., cared for by his wife, Jackie, 57 (neither she nor first wife Ina Mae, who died in 1980, bore him any children), and watching pals Jimmy Stewart, Bob Hope and Gary Cooper in films from the Hollywood era that he and friendly rival Roy Rogers (who died last July) helped illuminate. "We all wanted to win for him," says Angels star-turned-hitting-coach Rod Carew. "Everybody loved him."
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!