12/27/2004 at 01:00 AM EST
Ellen DeGeneres finds a new gal...
The winners of Survivor and America's Next Top Model speak...
and brother Eric make nice...
Sharon Stone saves face...
Trump mails the wedding invites.
(Best & Worst 2004)
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
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
INSIDE PEOPLE 10
STAR TRACKS 13
PICKS & PANS 35
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
did it twice; Jennifer Lopez
did it on the QT; Star Jones did it in
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
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