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UPDATED 03/20/2006 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/20/2006 at 01:00 AM EST

23 SCOOP
What's cooking with Catherine Zeta-Jones? ... Gisele Bündchen explains her new bra ... George Clooney, pre-Oscar, charms a small N.Y. town ... Paul McCartney communes with baby seals

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72 The dresses: How Hollywood got all gussied up for that Golden Guy

88 Walk of Fame: Who trod the red carpet—and who tripped!

99 Oscar dates in all their multiple varieties

103 Join E! interviewer Ryan Seacrest as he preps

107 Got Burning Questions? We got answers

112 Strap on your stilettos, it's off to the Oscar parties

133 Starstruck Isaac Mizrahi's Red Carpet Diary

134 What Dancing with the Stars' Bruno Tonioli liked—and didn't like

136 A look behind the scenes courtesy of AOL cam

139 Oscar Insider shares what wasn't on the show

146 Unexpected glamour from an expectant celeb

148 Meet Three 6 Mafia

150 No tuxedo-renters they; penguins on the march

153 Gem-dandy jewelry

159 Makeup and hairdos

164 Giorgio Armani and the anatomy of a gorgeous gown

170 They cheated death: Four tales of amazing recovery

177 Tracey Woods and other job applicants learn the hard way that a "routine" background check can become a nightmare

185 Back on TV in NCIS, Lauren Holly is just as happy in her role as mom

187 Three suspects but no evidence: the baffling murder of chemist Geetha Angara

191 Designer Dana Buchman writes about lessons learned from helping daughter Charlotte cope with a serious learning disability

195 Who controls some of the world's biggest royal fortunes—and who gets them next?

199 A sexual assault victim herself, Anne Ream helps other women overcome the trauma of rape—and the shame

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

MAILBAG 8
INSIDE PEOPLE 10
STAR TRACKS 12
SCOOP 23
PICKS & PANS 39
INSIDER 71
PASSAGES 169
PUZZLER 182
CHATTER 204

ON THE COVER Photographs (from left) by Stewart Cook/Rex USA; Michael Goulding/Orange County Register/Corbis; Danny Moloshok/EPA; Frank Micelotta/Getty; OSCAR: ©A.M.P.A.S.®. Inset by Richard Young/Rex USA. Upper right inset by Anthony J. Causi/Splash News

CORRECTION: Because of a printing deadline, the information on page 80 about Keira Knightley is incorrect. She is wearing an embroidered tulle gown by Missoni, not Valentino couture. PEOPLE regrets the error.

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