STAR TRACKS 6
Richard Gere celebrates the rites of sling. k.d. lang gussies up. Hill Murray takes a tee break, and more
26 To Fred Astaire's widow, Robyn, nothing is more important than defending his legacy, even if it has cost her Ginger Rogers's friendship and gained her the hostility of Hollywood
32 Socks (Clinton), though separated from his sister by both geography and political affiliation, spares nary a thought for Midnight (Hartstein)
34 With the lead in Queen, and a new married life with David Justice of the Atlanta Braves, Halle Berry's bases are loaded
Who's a woman's best friend when she's skiing solo to the North Pole? For record-maker Helen Thayer, it's her trusty husky, Charlie
OUT OF THE PAST 44
Is that the wind howling around Fort McNair in Washington? Or is it the ghost of Mary Surratt, hanged for her role in the Lincoln assassination?
Will the real lovers please stand up? To Tell the Truth's Orson Bean and The Wonder Years' Alley Mills will—to say "I do"
On the rebound from Barcelona, the Dream Team's Mr. Menace, NBA All-Star Charles Barkley, leads the Phoenix Suns toward a possible league championship
Benny Milligan, a New Orleans technician, put friendship above the law when he switched identities with his critically injured and uninsured buddy, James McElveen
ON THE JOB 65
Who wears the pants at J.C. Penney? Not the employees. Just ask fired hairdresser Diane Carter
Arthur Ashe, who died of AIDS at 49, was a husband, a father, an athlete, a scholar and a model to millions; his cool but brilliant fire will be missed
Deborah Hecht is fighting lover Bill Kane's family to carry out his last wish—that she have a baby using his frozen sperm
Juggling a high-powered legal career and single parenthood, Richard North Patterson manages to write a best-selling courtroom thriller
A 466-lb. Hawaiian hulk named Akebono becomes the first non-Japanese sumo superstar
After a long hibernation. Alvin and the Chipmunks are back and squirreling away riches gathered from their nutty new country album
At least in The I Hate Brenda Newsletter, Shannon Doherty of Beverly Hills, 90210 will never—ever!—be voted Most Popular
The hot story in NBC newswoman Mary Alice Williams's house is 4-month-old twins
PICKS & PANS 9
THE INSIDER 25
POP QUIZ 82
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