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updated 03/22/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/22/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

1989-94
As we approach our 30th-anniversary issue (April 12), we take a look back at some of our most memorable covers. In 1990 we wrote that Julia Roberts's "four-headlight smile has incandescence enough to light a clear runway to Hollywood." That same year, Paula Abdul was taking off, and Donald Trump was experiencing turbulence; who'd have guessed both would now be best known for judging reality shows?

September 17, 1990
America had discovered a new star, one Julia Roberts, who was soon to be engaged to her Flatliners costar Kiefer Sutherland.

March 12, 1990
Although Paula Abdul had scored four No.1 singles, we reported that she "has remained, by all accounts, disarmingly, charmingly, even alarmingly...nice."

July 9, 1990
We wondered if Donald Trump, 44, was having a midlife crisis. "I'm not sure there is such a thing," he said, "and I'm not sure I'm in midlife."

February 1, 1993
"She was chronically, hopelessly civilized," we said of Audrey Hepburn, and the actress maintained that state of grace even while dying of cancer.

June 27, 1994
Even as O.J. Simpson was being questioned in the murder of his ex-wife Nicole, stories of violence and jealousy were beginning to emerge.

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