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72 Up Front

After three years as a couple, Tom Cruise and his Spanish love Penélope Cruz call it quits

74 Kobe Bryant and his sexual-assault accuser face each other for the first time in court

76 TV’s new Bachelor, quarterback Jesse Palmer, goes from huddles to cuddles with 25 ladies

EDITOR’S LETTER 10

PRESIDENT’S LETTER 12

MAILBAG 14

PEOPLE.COM 17

STAR TRACKS 18

SCOOP 27

PICKS & PANS 41

INSIDER 71

PASSAGES 78

TRIVIA ANSWERS 280

30th Anniversary Issue

81 Introduction

It’s our birthday! Join us as we celebrate the stars and the stories that have made three decades dynamite

PEOPLE TODAY

82 What I Know Now

Julia Roberts, Muhammad Ali and Mel Gibson look back

97 We’re Turning 30, Too

Ryan Seacrest and Leonardo DiCaprio hit the big 3-0

103 Then & Now

Remember when cell phones were like bricks?

106 Roses, Reality, Romance

Creator Mike Fleiss’s reality dating shows have changed TV, making stars of Trista and Ryan

108 He’s Y’all That

Producer Tony Brown took country back to its roots with Wynonna Judd and Vince Gill

110 Everything Old…Is New Again

Trendsetters like Kate Hudson shop history’s closet

114 Evolution of Man

Cruise through hunk heaven past and present

116 Love Your Hair!

Not all dubious dos of the past were permanent waves

118 Forever in Blue Jeans

A distressing history of how we’ve worn our denim

120 American Dreams

Four families share their dreams for the future

127 30 Years on the Job Susan Lucci, Big Bird—they’re stuck in a rut

131 The Trials of O.J.

Simpson and the families of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman remain haunted

141 Unsolved Mysteries

Who shot Tupac? Thirty years of provocative puzzles

151 The Power of People

Appearing in our pages has changed their lives

THE PAST

158 First Looks

Jim Carrey, Charlize Theron and others make a pre-A-list bow in our pages

179 Uttered Perfection

Oprah on love, Donald Trump on himself—the best quotes from PEOPLE

186 1,574 Covers

Some hits, some misses

205 It’s a Fact

Little-known celeb nibblets revealed in PEOPLE

210 I Was the One Who…

Discovered Harry Potter, taught Tiger Woods to swing

221 The Time of My Life

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and others on their personal highlights

230 Remembering Kurt

Courtney Love recalls Kurt Cobain’s suicide and a life that was hardly nirvana

234 Click!

From J.Lo to the Olsen twins, the best of Star Tracks

249 Puzzler

The anniversary edition

THE FUTURE

252 The Next Wave

Meet young athletes and artists waiting in the wings

264 Future Perfect

Rachel Bilson models beauty aids circa 2034

266 This New House

A talking kitchen will make the home of the future really cook

269 Trivia Quiz

Know who shot J.R.? Take the PEOPLE Celebrity Aptitude Test

279 PEOPLE Magazine Club

For these busy women, reading PEOPLE is a pleasure best enjoyed in company

280 Déjà Vu All Over Again

From Watergate to Bennifer, we chart the changes in 30 years of pop culture

282 30 Questions in 30 Seconds with…

Cover girl Jessica Simpson