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updated 03/09/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/09/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

ON THE COVER 48
A trio of brilliant actors—Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe—put on a powerhouse display in Platoon, the Oscar favorite that tells for the first time onscreen the way it really was in Vietnam

UP FRONT 32

Andy Warhol's death at 58 robbed the world of a true eccentric and a most original artist

New evidence suggests that Libya's Muammar Gaddafi had a mighty close call last April

Leading the investigation of the National Security Council, John Tower, the onetime "accidental senator" from Texas, has been a tower of integrity

Scholar James David Barber examines Ronald Reagan's way with words

SPLIT 47
Faye Dunaway and husband Terry O'Neill are a world apart, and the distance seems to be widening

BONUS 60
In the conclusion of an exclusive three-part series on the murder of John Lennon, killer Mark David Chapman chooses prison over a plea of insanity

ARTS 76
Animator Will Vinton molds success—and one heck of a funny raisin ad—out of simple clay

BIO 80
Unsinkable Colleen Dewhurst grasps life in both hands, nettles and all

ON THE MOVE 88
In a new book and TV movie, former First Lady Betty Ford speaks her mind (as always) about the perils of drug and alcohol addiction and about her own recovery

TUBE 94
Her tough, sexy role in I'll Take Manhattan helps Valerie Bertinelli deal with the loss of her baby

FOOD 101
Rosemary Littman is the confection connection for stars like Liz Taylor and Shirley MacLaine

SEQUEL 105
The bottom line on the Four Tops' Levi Stubbs: He's the biggest surprise in Little Shop of Horrors

CONTROVERSY 109
Lawyer Jacques Vergès perplexes all of France by defending accused terrorists and an ex-Nazi

INVENTORS 113
When Ray Kurzweil talks, his computer listens—and obeys

LOOKOUT 117
He's only 18 but saxist James Carter is already hot with the top jazz grown-ups

WINNERS 119
Feeding the family cats inspired 6-year-old Suzanna Goodin to invent the edible pet-food spoon

Mail 2
Picks & Pans 11
Take One 31
Star Tracks 59
Chatter 120

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