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ON THE COVER 64

She sings (and has sold 6 million copies of her one and only LP). She dances (and the world, including Debbie Gibson, George Michael and Arnold Schwarzenegger, dances with her). Now she wants to act (and all Hollywood wants to know is, How soon?). Like her No. 1 single, Paula Abdul‘s career knows only one direction—straight up

Up Front 44-54

As daughter Hilary is found in New Zealand, Elizabeth Morgan and her ex-husband, Eric Foretich, square off once again in their custody war without end

Paul Newman, Paul Simon and Roberta Flack get down to some serious celebrating with Czechoslovakia’s new President, playwright Václav Havel

Milli Vanilli’s dancing fools, Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan, don’t get no respect—except from their bankers

With requisite curled lip and sleepy eyes, Michael St. Gerard shakes, rattles and rolls as TV’s latest incarnation of Elvis

BIO 57

Defying those who predicted his quick self-destruction, George Bush’s Chief of Staff John Sununu has become the second most powerful man in the White House

TROUBLE 76

Together, Ann and Derek Humphry ran the Hemlock Society, dedicated to the principle that death may be chosen. Now her cancer has divided them and the group

COPING 81

Wall Street Journal writer Ronald G. Shafer tells of the loss of his 16-year-old son, Ryan, to the awful power of drugs

BOOK BONUS 87

In an excerpt from her book, When She Was Bad, Shana Alexander portrays former Miss America Bess Myerson as a troubled woman, unrelenting in the black arts of sexual warfare

LOOKOUT 97

Can you digit? High school freshman Charles Hunter accepts a teacher’s challenge—and makes counting to a million look easy

COLLECTORS 99

For Lee Hull and Dan Cook, finding a few-of-a-kind George Bush baseball card may be more trouble than it’s worth

TRIBUTE 100

Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt and k.d. lang headline a memorable Roy Orbison tribute

MAIL 4

PICKS & PANS 17

INSIDER 43

PASSAGES 72

CHATTER 102