updated 03/29/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/29/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
As we approach our 30th-anniversary issue (April 12), we take a look back at some of our most memorable covers. Sadly, one of our best-selling issues ever was the one reporting on the death of Princess Diana. As Prime Minister Tony Blair put it, "She was truly the people's princess." "Diana wasn't like the other royals," one of the thousands of mourners at London's Kensington Palace told our reporter. "She was one of us."
October 3, 1994
"The chain-smoking, tattoo-festooned" Johnny Depp, we wrote in his PEOPLE-cover debut, "seems to be dancing on the edge of danger."
July 29, 1996
"Referring to Denzel Washington as simply sexy," Julia Roberts told us, "is like saying Ernest Hemingway was a good fisherman."
March 24, 1997
Seven years after this urgent cover, the mystery of who killed JonBenét Ramsey remains unsolved.
August 11, 1997
At the start of Friends' fourth season, we reported, Jennifer Aniston had found that "one perfect guy"—actor Tate Donovan.
September 15, 1997
Our issue on the death of Princess Diana is the only one ever to appear with no headline on the cover.