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updated 12/27/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/27/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

25 SCOOP
Ellen DeGeneres finds a new gal...
The winners of Survivor and America's Next Top Model speak...
Julia Roberts and brother Eric make nice...
Sharon Stone saves face...
Trump mails the wedding invites.

(Best & Worst 2004)

73 COVER
An ode to the year that was, with all the hits (Julia's babies!), misses (Janet's wardrobe malfunction) and what-was-that-all-abouts in between

74 Best Dresses of 2004
In brilliant hues and luxe fabrics, these gowns were the most dazzling to sweep down the red carpet

80 The Laci Trial
Courtroom confidential: Peterson jurors discuss their deliberations, their measure of the man on trial and why they decided Scott deserved death

86 A Winning Season
President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush take time to reflect on a big year

102 Desperate Housewives by the Numbers
We tally the little things that add up to make it one of the hottest new shows on television

112 Fads of the Year
From poker to purse puppies, these were the must-sees/-dos/-haves of 2004

119 Oops!
When stars have embarrassing moments, they're captured by the cameras

146 The Top of 2004
From Bill Clinton's memoir to the Shrek sequel, we round up the year's biggest books, movies and more

IN THIS ISSUE

MAILBAG 6
PEOLE.COM 8
INSIDE PEOPLE 10
STAR TRACKS 13
PICKS & PANS 35
PASSAGES 205
PUZZLER 206
CHATTER 209

152 Splits
The shocking—and inevitable—celebrity breakups

165 The Comics' Choice
VHl's experts weigh in on 2004's surprising highs (William Hung) and lows (Liza's hijinks)

166 Trista & Ryan: One Year Later
Celebrating their first anniversary, the reality couple keep the romance alive

172 The Marrying Kind
Britney Spears did it twice; Jennifer Lopez did it on the QT; Star Jones did it in
lavish style

179 Baby Boom
Apple and Coco, Hazel Patricia and Phinnaeus Walter: Hollywood's new moms and dads welcome the cute and cuddly A-listers of tomorrow

182 Tributes
Loved ones share fond memories of Ronald Reagan, Ray Charles, Christopher Reeve, Henri Cartier-Bresson and others. Plus, we salute the fallen heroes of the Iraq war

202 The Incredibles
Even among celebrity dynamos, Donald Trump, Paris Hilton, Sean Combs and others displayed supernatural powers this year

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