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UPDATED 12/08/1997 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/08/1997 at 01:00 AM EST

STAR TRACKS 8
Val Kilmer cozies up to Mira Sorvino. Pauls McCartney and Simon powwow. Fergie goes to the movies, and more

UP FRONT
54 In its biggest birthday party ever, Carlisle, Iowa—and the rest of the world—celebrates the arrival of Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey's septuplets

62 Michael Hutchence of INXS apparently takes his own life, leaving friends, fans and wife-to-be Paula Yates to wonder why

KIN 73
Mothering Alec and his famous brothers was just a warm-up for Carol Baldwin, who beat back breast cancer and found stardom as an activist

HOST 83
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten doesn't kowtow to celebrities, but his intensely flavorful food wows them

CRIME 91
After Jeen Han was convicted of plotting to kill her identical twin, Sunny, the once inseparable sisters could face a lifetime apart

SONG 97
In a candid new autobiography, pop diva Gladys Knight recalls the glories of the Pips and the heartbreak of three failed marriages

ROYALS 102
With customary pomp—and moments of candor—the Queen and Prince Philip celebrate 50 years of matrimony

INTRODUCING 108
With his popular WB sitcom Smart Guy, Tahj Mowry joins his Sister, Sister siblings Tia and Tamera in the family business

STYLE 111
As fashion goes feminine, John Bartlett's creations, favorites of Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer, strike a note of distinctive discord

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 115
Battling multiple sclerosis, former Las Vegas star Lola Falana has given up glitz for God

SCREEN 129
Diane Venora once passed up stardom to devote herself to her daughter; with The Jackal, fame is knocking twice

CRITTERS 133
Creatures great and small—from abused elephants to abandoned apes—find a home on the range at Cleveland Amory's Black Beauty Ranch

TUBE 137
Abandoned Korean War orphan Dan Keenan's tour of duty aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier is recounted in CBS's A Thousand Men and a Baby

SCENE 145
Though her fiancé said "I don't" at the very last minute, jilted bride Nicole Contos hasn't abandoned hope for love

ARTS 145
Bob Cassilly's hands-on museum of giant sculptures encourages kids—and their imaginations—to run wild

MAIL 6
PICKS & PANS 17
THE INSIDER 53
PASSAGES 106
PUZZLER 142
STYLE WATCH 146
CHATTER 152

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