December 14, 1987 12:00 PM

ON THE COVER 138

If you thought it wouldn’t last, you were right. After 27 bumpy months, Madonna and her hubby, Sean Penn, have run their tempestuous marriage onto the rocks

UP FRONT 50

More than one million displaced children will celebrate Christmas in shelters and dreary welfare hotels that, sadly, are no place like home

TO THE TOP 65

Former soap deity Deidre Hall finds comfortable prime-time lodgings on Our House

SCREEN 70

Lillian Gish holds a fierce Bette Davis at bay in The Whales of August

CRITTERS 82 John Ritter and his co-star, Britches, go tooth and paw on ABC’s Hooperman

TUBE 87

Friday the 13th is drawing felicitous ratings, thanks to the hot number who calls herself Robey

ON THE MOVE 101

Pianist Eric Rosser carries his concert hall in the back of his bus

MAIN STREET 107

For the love of all that is tacky in Dixie, professor Charles Wilson turns his office into a shlockroom

COPING 113

Charlotte Fedders reflects on her 17-year nightmare as a battered Washington wife

DUET 121

Stroke victims Ruth Eisenberg and Margaret Patrick put their heads and hands together as the piano duo Ebony and Ivory

MYSTERY 122

Writer James Ellroy turns his obsession with L.A.’s Black Dahlia into a riveting novel of murder

ARTS 127

Occidentally on purpose, composer John Adams has a hit opera, Nixon in China

FADS 134

Are your brain waves calling “Surf’s up”? If so, Randy Adamadama promises peace at the Paradise Mall

STUNTS 137

When photographer Georg Lukas goes to work, even the fearless may cringe

LOOKOUT 147

Director Bryan Stoller’s little movies make fun of big ones; now he longs to make a feature himself

PAGES 149

Barbara Raskin’s Hot

Flashes proves that desire survives middle age

HOST 153

Hemingway ate there and so can you; Madrid’s Casa Botin has survived

TEACHER 159

Working with retarded music students, Doris Walker discovers startling gifts that border on genius

COUPLES 163

Jean and Joe Gump would rather go to prison than put up with nuclear weapons

HEROES 169

Five-year-old Rocky Lyons saves his mom from the wreck of their pickup

VOICES 173

Congressman Norman Mineta relives the misery of life in a Japanese American detention camp

GADGETS 179

Everyone’s got a score to settle, so Revenger is the season’s hot grown-up toy

STYLE 180

The latest fashion trend is tempting transparency

MAIL 4

PICKS & PANS 13

TAKE ONE 49

STAR TRACKS 79

CHATTER 182

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