December 07, 2009 12:00 PM

25 SCOOP

Rihanna says she’s not ready to date . . . LeAnn Rimes’s ex on life after their “liberating” split . . . New Moon cast members before they were famous!

72 COVER

Oprah Winfrey explains her decision to end her iconic talk show in 2011.

Plus: Some of Oprah‘s most memorable moments

76 Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes mark their third wedding anniversary with three romantic celebrations—and friends call rumors of trouble “lies”

82 In a revealing excerpt from his new memoir, comedian and Deal or No Deal host Howie Mandel talks about his lifelong struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder

88 In 1997 Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey welcomed septuplets Brandon, Kenny Jr., Alexis, Natalie, Kelsey, Nathan and Joel into the world. Now, PEOPLE takes an exclusive look at the nation’s first surviving set of septuplets as the busy, boisterous kids turn 12

96 When breast cancer hit Gail Chovan, her mother and sister at the same time, they faced the fight of their lives together

109 PEOPLE’s Holiday Gift Guide! More than 100 great gifts $50 and under

134 Celebs like Paris Hilton and Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint flip for a new pet trend: teeny-tiny “teacup” pigs

137 Robin Williams looks back at 30 years of making us laugh and opens up about his heart surgery and struggle for sobriety

145 Olympic champion swimmer Amanda Beard introduces her new baby son Blaise Ray Brown

153 HEROES AMONG US Catalino Tapia, a Mexican immigrant with a sixth-grade education, achieved the American dream. Now he’s helping dozens of needy students do the same

162 To pay $6.3 million in back taxes, Nicolas Cage sells off prized treasures—and sues his ex-financial adviser for $20 million

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MAILBAG 6

PEOPLE.COM 8

STAR TRACKS 10

SCOOP 25

INSIDER 34

REVIEWS 39

GREAT IDEAS 103

PASSAGES 143

PUZZLER 148

SECOND LOOK 151

BEAUTY WATCH 154

STYLE WATCH 157

CHATTER 164

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Photograph by Katy Winn/Getty Images. Right insets: (Cruise and Holmes) Goff/INF; (Klum) Nancy Rivera/Acepixs; (Rimes and Sheremet) Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

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