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As we approach our 30th-anniversary issue (April 12), we take a look back at some of the most memorable covers in our history. In the early ’80s, we met the charmingly shy Lady Diana Spencer, who wed one prince and gave birth to two more, in the process winning the hearts of the world. Early on Prince Charles quipped, “I’ll just have to get used to the backs of photographers when she is near me.”

July 5, 1982

After Diana gave birth to William, the future King, Prince Charles joked, “He has the good fortune not to look like me.”

October 22, 1979

In a Kiss-and-tell interview, Cher got tongues wagging by discussing her open yet committed relationship with Gene Simmons.

December 22, 1980

“People will come up and ask for autographs,” John Lennon (with Yoko Ono) said two days before his shooting by an insane fan, “but they don’t bug you.”

June 28, 1982

Reacting to America’s love affair with E.T. (and his costar Henry Thomas), we published an excerpt from William Kotzwinkle’s best-selling novelization.

February 13, 1984

Though badly burned, Michael Jackson “was alert enough,” we said, “to tell the ambulance attendants that he wanted to keep his trademark jeweled glove on.”