Table of Contents

updated 12/31/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/31/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

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WHAT A YEAR! 10
A look at some of the year's offbeat, not to mention off-base, events involving such entities as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Prince, Genghis Khan and Doc the Bench-Pressing Frog

PICKS & PANS 15
The editors pick the year's best and worst TV shows, records, books and movies

1-900-O-SHUT-UP 96
Rrrrrrring! Can't get enough of Roseanne Barr, Donald Trump or Andrew Dice Clay? Just dial our (fantasy) phone service. Call early, call often—garrulous celebs are standing by

DOUBLE TAKES 99
See Princess Anne throw a boot! Watch Leona Helmsley lighten up! And catch Basi of Beijing, the panda with perfect pecs! They're all caught in the act—in the year's wackiest photos

SEQUELS 106
Life goes on for Ryan's mom, Jeanne White; the suicide doctor; Axl Rose; Champ, the dog that survived a vicious beating; and other 1990 headliners

MARLA vs. IVANA 122
While Donald Trump's deals turn sour, Ivana and Maria are still queens of the hive-make that beehive. For the confused, hair's a guide on how to tell them apart

POWER COUPLES 124
From Ted and Jane to Bruce and Demi, high-wattage lovebirds turned up the heat

THE BLUE & GRAY 131
No longer Yankee or Rebel, the descendants of Grant, Lee and other heroes of the Blue and the Gray take pride in their illustrious heritage

LATE GREATS 137
Friends and co-stars reminisce about Sammy Davis Jr., Jim Henson, Greta Garbo, Pearl Bailey and other fallen giants

ABOVE AND BEYOND 152
The year was brighter for many, thanks to the caring—and daring—of a selfless few. Among them: a California grandma who braved bullets to battle drugs, a Princeton grad who helped ghetto schools and a hairy heroine who brought freedom to a disabled boy

LOST IN SPACE 158
Tom Cruise, Milli Vanilli and Humphrey the Whale were among the chumpions of 1990

BOOTIE CAMP 160
New dads of Desert Shield, ten-hut! These are the babies you've never seen

THE 25 MOST INTRIGUING PEOPLE OF 1990

42 GEORGE BUSH, his place in history insecure, faces a sea of troubles—and his most daunting crisis

44 JULIA ROBERTS became the first big, new female star of the '90s in Pretty Woman; now she's, well, sitting pretty

46 KEN BURNS, producer of the 11-hour epic The Civil War, made a big bang in an unlikely place—public television

48 PATRICK SWAYZE, more mesomorphic than ectoplasmic Ghost, is every woman's dream of a heavenly body

50 FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA stages the movies' most ambitious mob scene with his sequel The Godfather Part III

52 DELTA BURKE had unkind words for her Designing Women producers; the next thing she loses may not be pounds

54 SADDAM HUSSEIN's invasion of Kuwait—bloody politics as usual for him—brought the world to the brink of war

57 MICHAEL OVITZ spun gold out of tinsel to become the man everyone in Hollywood would like to know better

58 NANCY CRUZAN, finally off life support after eight years in a coma, dramatized the need for living wills

60 COLIN POWELL, America's top man in uniform, raised the world's shield in the desert against Saddam Hussein

62 FIDEL CASTRO stands alone and defiant after watching the lights go out all over the Communist world

67 EFFI BARRY was a model of wifely decorum as husband Marion, Washington's Mayor, went up in a puff of smoke

68 DR. ANTHONY FAUCI is used to taking the heat: He's America's point man in the fight against AIDS

70 M.C. HAMMER brought showbiz flash and footwork to rap—and cashed in with the year's hottest LP

72 BART SIMPSON, TV's intemperate urchin, suited his audience to a T (shirt)—while authority figures had a cow

75 NANCY ZIEGENMEYER, housewife and rape victim, went public to fight a once-unmentionable crime

76 SINEAD O'CONNOR made her haunting, rebel voice heard in an age of flashing legs and lip sync

78 NELSON MANDELA stepped from the dim recesses of a South African jail into the harsh reality of freedom

81 NEIL BUSH's questionable involvement with a Denver S&L put a First Family face on the $500-billion S&L scandal

82 KEENEN IVORY WAYANS's In Living Color brought howls of laughter and out-Foxed the network establishment

84 CLAUDIA SCHIFFER—no guesswork about this supermodel's genes—they come from Germany, via Bardot

86 WILLIAM STYRON's Darkness Visible, an account of his bleak depression, helped fellow sufferers see the light

89 LAURA PALMER wasn't washed up when she washed up—she was the Girl Most Likely to Pique on Twin Peaks

92 BO JACKSON proved he could hit, run, rattle and roll and sell well enough to score on Madison Avenue

94 PRINCESS CAROLINE, coping once more with tragedy, saw her happiness shattered by her husband's violent death

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