October 05, 1981 12:00 PM

On the Cover 94

Her controversial role as a child-abusing Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest left her exhausted, but Faye Dunaway, at 40, recoups with her first child, a new stability and maybe marriage

Up Front 30

No one knows how many American kids are missing—and some parents feel no one cares

Jackson Browne and Robert Blake team up for a two-pronged attack on a California nuclear plant

Eleven years later, Simon and Garfunkel draw 500,000 fans to an emotional reunion concert

Johnny Unitas signs on with a football tip sheet—and the NFL signs him off

In His Own Words 43

Journalist Sterling Seagrave accuses the Soviets of waging a terrifying new form of chemical warfare

Sequel 53

Studio 54 is back, and so is former owner Steve Rubell—this time as the No. 1 guest

Medics 57

Dr. Richard Mahler says the insulin pump may save diabetics from blindness and strokes

On the Move 63

Thanks to Mickey Rooney, Ann Jillian is Making a Living on ABC

Bio 71

After 25 years of daytime blues, soap queen Agnes (All My Children) Nixon paints prime time green with an ABC miniseries

Couples 86

Schoolbook scourges Mel and Norma Gabler are for God, country and a lot of other things they find slighted in today’s texts

Arts 92

At age 35, the Juilliard String Quartet enjoys its view from the top

Inventors 100

Rosella Shapiro wants to protect women’s valuables from muggers, so she designs accessories to use before the fact

In Style 105

Ethel Merman calls his bills “my national debt,” but no one quibbles when interior decorator Carleton Varney takes charge

Teacher 111

Ron Jones’ response to student questions about the Nazi era triggers a TV special

For a Song 117

Stevie Nicks’ smash hit with Tom Petty has made her rock’s fiery Draggin’ Lady

Mail 4

People Picks & Pans 10

Tony Randall begins his controversial new series on NBC, and the Aussies invade PBS

John Irving’s The Hotel New Hampshire is so heavily booked with cleverness and weirdos you may want to check out

Meryl Streep is striking and brilliant as The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Electric Light Orchestra dazzles the ears with 11 futuristic songs about Time

Star Tracks 80

Johnny Carson plays net

Lauren Bacall’s birthday drips with class

Princess Grace snaps back

Richard Burton walks on by

Mike Love tries again

People Puzzle 114

Chatter 120

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