October 08, 1984 12:00 PM

ON THE COVER 100

Battered housewife Francine Hughes, acquitted in the killing of her ex-husband, provides Farrah Fawcett with the role of her career—but the rest of the story shows Francine’s trials are far from over

UP FRONT 34

Stormie Dawn Jones, a 7-year-old “medical miracle,” survives a double transplant operation and wins a fresh start at first grade

On the eve of the first Reagan-Mondale debate, a gaggle of campaign gurus offers a guide to the action

Diana Ross celebrates her N.Y. opening afloat, with Eddie Murphy and Dustin Hoffman joining the crew

High school football coach Jim Walsh forfeits a game—and his job

SPLIT 47

The court set John De Lorean free, and now his wife Cristina has cast him (temporarily?) loose

SONG 51

John Cafferty and Beaver Brown put their career into overdrive with the music to Eddie and the Cruisers

TROUBLE 55

Were the three sculptures found in an Italian canal really original Modiglianis? In a word, no—and there the mystery begins

MOVE 59

Soviet defector Oleg Bitov returns to Moscow with a strange story, but his former British hosts don’t believe a word of it

PAGES 67

Judith Barnard and Michael Fain romance readers as “Judith Michael”

COUPLES 71

Thumbing his nose at Hollywood (again), John Cassavetes directs his wife, Gena Rowlands, in Love Streams

COPING 83

A childhood bout with polio couldn’t keep actress Christopher Templeton from finding success on the soaps

HEIRS 89

Erik Preminger, Gypsy Rose Lee’s illegitimate son by Otto, recounts his doting mom’s foibles

SCREEN 113

Expatriate Milos Forman’s return to Communist-controlled Prague to film Amadeus was a wrenching sentimental journey

IN HIS OWN WORDS 119

Celebrity manager Mark McCormack offers directions for getting from the street to the suite

SEQUEL 127

Two years later, a suspect is charged in Alaska’s gruesome fishing boat massacre

ON THE JOB 131

Producer Fred de Cordova helps keep Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show looking lively in its 23rd year

STYLED 147

Queen Elizabeth goes to designer Hardy Amies for her “best clothes”

LOOKOUT 150

At 18, Hurlyburly’s Cynthia Nixon is a seasoned veteran on Broadway

GOING HOME 153

Favorite son Zubin Mehta goes back to Bombay and takes the New York Philharmonic along

MAIL 4

PICKS & PANS 9

Scott Baio takes charge of his own sitcom and Tuesday Weld gets scorned and swindled on CBS

Ryan O’Neal and Shelley Long play a troubled Hollywood couple in the film Irreconcilable Differences

Gore Vidal, Ronald Reagan and William Faulkner get quoted in Whatever It Is, I’m Against It

Shirley MacLaine raps with Chuck Mangione on his LP Disguise

TAKE ONE 33

STAR TRACKS 99

Boy George wigs out

Patty Hearst delivers

Meryl Streep goes undercover

PEOPLE PUZZLE 144

CHATTER 156

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