By People Staff
November 22, 2004 12:00 PM

66 Elizabeth Edwards

Former vice-presidential candidate John Edwards’s wife battles breast cancer

70 Happy Birthdays

P. Diddy celebrates in royal style, while Nick Lachey lives it up in Las Vegas

72 A New Mom at 56

Her age didn’t stop Aleta St. James from giving birth for the first time—to twins

74 Ruben Studdard

Struggling to eat right on the road, the American Idol champ switches diets

79 Renée Zellweger

After beefing up for a Bridget Jones sequel, the star takes off the weight and takes stock of her life

83 The Laci Trial

A juror gets the boot—and deliberations in the murder case must start over

85 Liam Neeson

The actor talks about sex—and earns Oscar talk—playing Kinsey

88 Spotlight

British actress Naomie Harris hits Hollywood in After the Sunset

91 Entrepreneurs

David Roth and Rick Bacher serve up cereal all day

95 On the Move

Brad Pitt, still sexy but lately more serious, meets Nelson Mandela in South Africa

99 Tube

Now a single dad himself, Jon Cryer finds eerie parallels with his Two and a Half Men character

102 Big Idea

Who’s behind those ubiquitous magnetic ribbons for cars? North Carolina’s Dwain Gullion and Chris Smith

105 Medics

A transplant using her father’s stem cells gives hope to cancer-fighting teen Courtney Hayworth

110 Johnny Depp
Happy as a family man, he calls on his inner kid for Finding Neverland

119 Crusaders

Sherry Grace offers support for moms who have sons in jail—as she did

123 Angels

Aaron Dworkin helps black and Hispanic classical musicians make it big

127 Pages

With the help of Tom Hanks and high tech, Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express pulls into theaters

139 Local Hero

Sandra LaDay lends hope to the poor in a Texas town

144 Sneak Preview

Ocean’s Twelve reunites Brad, George and Julia

MAILBAG 5

PEOPLE.COM 8

STAR TRACKS 10

SCOOP 21

PICKS & PANS 29

INSIDER 65

REALITY CHECK 96

PASSAGES 109

PUZZLER 130

STYLE WATCH 133

CHATTER 146

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