In This Issue

updated 08/27/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/27/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ON THE COVER 66
In a riveting excerpt from I Wish You Didn't Know My Name, Lisa Steinberg's birth mother, Michele Launders, speaks for the first time about the double agony of giving up her baby at birth and bearing the burden of guilt over little Lisa's cruel death

UP FRONT 36-48

CBS anchorman Dan Rather was vacationing in France when news of Saddam Hussein's Middle East war broke. Forsaking la vie en rose, he hopped the first charter and began covering the story round the clock

Abandoning homes and possessions, some of the 2,500 Americans in Kuwait escaped across the border, bringing back their own war stories

The knights of the casting table have spoken: Hard on the epic heels of Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner becomes the newest Robin Hood to lead his merry men across the big screen

Master of the bizarre David Lynch hosts a weirded-out premiere for his new movie, Wild at Heart

TUBE 51
When David Letterman reads his Top 10, America listens, then laughs

OOPS! 59
Sentenced to wear a T-shirt that advertises his crime, Russell Hackler is in trouble again

BIO 60
Pulitzer prizewinning novelist William Styron weaves a nonfiction tale from the dark side: his own journey back from a crippling bout with depression that almost caused him to take his life

ADVENTURE 87
In Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park, it's finders-keepers for gem hunters who come across the fruits of fusion

SCREEN 91
Mo' Better Blues star Joie Lee is grateful for her brother's help, but now she's ready to move beyond Spike in expanding her movie career

ON LOCATION 98
Those lips! Those eyes! Those tantrums! Suzanne Pleshette plays The Queen of Mean, disgraced hotel empress Leona Helmsley, in a TV movie

ON THE JOB 100
Allison Bly, the self-proclaimed Dynamite Lady, has an act that blows up in her face every night

MAIL 4
PICKS & PANS 6
THE INSIDER 35
PASSAGES 95
CHATTER 102

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