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STAR TRACKS 6

James Carville and Mary Matalin make amends and amore. Kim Basinger looks brim and proper. Jane Seymour finds her kids a scream, and more

UP FRONT

50 There are comebacks, and then there are comebacks—Ben Vereen, who almost died when he was hit by a car this summer, is very much alive, but each day is a fierce struggle

56 Still reeling from her children’s marital troubles, Queen Elizabeth suffers another blow: a devasting blaze at historic Windsor Castle

60 After 54 years at the Grand Ole Opry, country great Roy Acuff will sing no more the sad songs about the world he once wandered

TO THE TOP 65

From doing makeup to “due in makeup,” cosmetician turned Civil Wars actress Debi Mazar fires away at the conventional

MONEY 68

In 1956 they topped the charts with “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” Now Jimmy Merchant and Herman Santiago finally go gold—in court

BIO 73

In a new memoir, newswoman Charlayne Hunter-Gault recalls the turbulent ’60s. when she broke the color line at the University of Georgia

SONG 81

Actor-singer James Walters was best known as The Heights’ sensitive hunk and Drew Barrymore’s fiancé—until a catchy pop song sent his music career to the heights

CONTROVERSY 87

In a compelling new book, singer Barbara Noël alleges that psychiatrist Jules Masserman, former president of the American Psychiatric Association, sedated and sexually abused her during 18 years of therapy

PAGES 93

He’s making music with the Muppets in a new movie this month, but actor Michael Caine is also telling tales about Frank Sinatra, Laurence Olivier, Olivia de Havilland and others in his star-crossed autobiography

CRIME 99

Sixteen months after Baby Hope’s body was found, bound and stuffed in a cooler, New York City police lieutenant Joseph Reznick and his detectives Joe Neenan and Jerry Giorgio are still searching for her murderer

COVER 108

It took Michael Bolton nearly 25 years to be heard, but, critics be damned, he’s found happiness atop the charts—and in the arms of Knots Landing’s Nicollette Sheridan

INTRODUCING 114

In Passenger 57, Britain’s Bruce Payne takes fear of flying to another dimension—and sends his U.S. career sky-high

PARTY 117

Jason Priestley starved while Dolly Parton feasted, but in Hollywood it was all for charity

STYLE 121

Editor Elizabeth Telberis, the new Brit on Manhattan’s fashion-setting Seventh Avenue, gives a makeover to stodgy Harper’s Bazaar

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 127

Competing airlines shot down Freddie Laker once, but the former king of cut-rate fares is soaring again

ARTS 131

The blue dogs of Cajun artist George Rodrigue retrieve a lot of greenbacks

SCANDAL 143

In a scandal that has rocked France, the nation’s “Mr. Blood.” Michel Garretta, is jailed for knowingly distributing HIV-infected blood

OUT OF THE PAST 149

World War II vet Jack Conffer recalls a truly batty plan to defeat Japan

ANIMALS 151

Forensics expert ken Goddard tracks down poachers and dealers in endangered species—with a microscope

JOCKS 159

Nouveau pool? Swedish-born Ewa Mataya, America’s top woman player, tries to upgrade the game’s tough image

WEDDING 162

Schwing! went the strings of her heart as Wayne’s World beauty Tia Carrere and her most excellent groom, L.A. restaurateur Elie Samaha, partied on at their Hawaiian nuptials

MAIL 4

PICKS & PANS 13

THE INSIDER 49

PASSAGES 107

PUZZLER 156

CHATTER 166