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ON THE COVER 86

Her sunny good looks and cheerleader charm catapulted Sandra Dee to fame in the late ’50s. But the girl who played carefree Gidget and Tammy onscreen and who defined “teen heartthrob” for a generation of wannabes was already concealing the horrifying childhood that would lead to decades of self-destruction. Now she tells the truth about the anguished private life she hid behind her golden public image

UP FRONT 36-46

The war in the gulf may be over, but for the people of Kuwait, the suffering and anger continue

Mourning their son’s death in the gulf, Pfc. Clayton Carpenter’s parents got a phone call that turned their grief to joy

After 33 days in Iraqi hands. Melissa Rathbun-Nealy—the gulf war’s first female POW—is heading home

SEQUEL 49

A victim of Pan Am flight 103, Sarah Aicher never saw her first play produced. When it finally opened in London last month, family and friends savored the triumph for her

TUBE 71

Begging off work to have a baby, 60 Minutes correspondent Meredith Vieira starts a storm of controversy over employer needs—and a mother”s rights

TROUBLE 74

Princeton’s fleet-footed Alexi Indris-Santana turns out to be a fugitive on the run—with a day in court looming at the finish line

ON THE MOVE 79

Bounding back from a bad marriage, Joan Collins tackles Noel Coward, pens a potboiler and finds a lover in a friend

MONEY 82

While the new movie The Doors brings brand new dollars to Jim Morrison’s heirs, such late idols as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and James Dean are also making more money now than ever

ON THE JOB 96

In the town of Sisters, Oreg., twin veterinarians Susan Conner and Sharon Sharpnack offer identical treatments

STAGE 99

Unrepentant con-artist David Hampton’s bizarre lies and life inspired a Broadway hit—and that’s the honest truth

PAGES 103

Pioneering movie producer Julia Phillips replays her roller-coaster career in a scathing memoir, and Hollywood is furious

ROYALS 111

Under the watchful eyes of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Prince William, 8, unveils his first plaque and his own brand of royal charm

FAREWELL 112

Girls! Girls! Girls! Las Vegas’s Lido de Paris, the nation’s longest-running musical revue, rings down the curtain after 32 years of spangle and dazzle

MAIL 4

PICKS & PANS 7

STYLE WATCH 33

THE INSIDER 35

PASSAGES 54

CHATTER 114