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updated 11/12/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/12/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

ON THE COVER 116
Your kid, too, can join the new breed of child actors—hip, assured, eager to compete for the bucks. But listen to superkids Ricky Schroder, Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas and others tell what it's really like

UP FRONT 36

Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon II tarnishes some golden oldies, including James Dean and Liz Taylor

His readership fading, poet-novelist Richard Brautigan dies in an apparent suicide

Clown Bill Irwin just won a "genius" grant and now faces a Broadway debut—that's pressure

Patriot H. Ross Perot buys his country a precious symbol of liberty

SONG 51
Aging blue jean baby Elton John puts the wraps to his final tour

KIN 55
Joan and Jackie Collins get down and dirty on the topic of love

PAGES 63
Sex, sedition and an unCivil War loft historical novelist John Jakes onto the best-seller list again

VIDEO 69
Insult comic Richard Belzer conquers cancer and softens his attack

ARTS 73
The South's answer to Grandma Moses, Mattie Lou O'Kelley, paints evocative scenes of her childhood

FOOD 83
To his 6,000 fans, Ken Bannister is Top Banana

IN HIS OWN WORDS 89
Scholarships can cost a family money, says expert Robert Leider, who reveals the best financial aid strategy

COPING 97
Offbeat film star Bud Cort gets his career back on track after a bad car crash

BIO 103
Programming chief Brandon Tartikoff has put the pride back in NBC's peacock

TROUBLE 112
Slain opposition leader Ninoy Aquino was the JFK of the Philippines, and now younger brother Butz tries to live up to the legend

ON THE MOVE 133
Composer Steve Reich, the maestro of minimalism, makes a major move into the musical mainstream

TO THE TOP 141
British wit Tracey Ullman moves from pop rock parodies to a turn in Paul McCartney's Broad Street

ON A ROLL 151
For 20 years Dick Wilson has played Charmin's TV pitchman, Mr. Whipple, and loved it

GALLERY 157
Well-known lensman David Douglas Duncan discovers street vendor George Forss, who photographs (almost) as well as his mentor

TRENDS 166
Decorative medals and coats of arms herald a new era of valor

SEQUEL 169
Fashion apprentice Princess Stephanie proves expert at changing fellas

MAIL 4

PICKS & PANS 13

As his last act, Richard Burton tried to save a sinking Ellis Island on CBS, and Matthew Broderick comes of age on Showtime's Master Harold...and the Boys

Sam Waterston stars in a stunning movie drama set in Cambodia, The Killing Fields; Kathleen Turner portrays a bizarre hooker in Crimes of Passion

Novelist Lisa Alther explores a therapist-patient relationship in Other Women

The pop paragons Hall and Oates strike again with Big Bam Boom

TAKE ONE 35

STAR TRACKS 136

Jane Pauley and Garry Trudeau air their twin bill

Barbra Streisand and a new chum battle the press

President Reagan is chopped liver

Perry Como tosses out the first Yule log

Shipping heiress Christina Onassis prepares to launch a scion

Princess Anne horses around

PEOPLE PUZZLE 162

CHATTER 170

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