December 05, 1988 12:00 PM

ON THE COVER 56

Like the heroine of a modern Greek tragedy, haunted Christina Onassis couldn’t escape fame, fortune or fate. One of the world’s richest women, she gained and lost weight, lovers and four husbands and, just as she seemed in good spirits, mysteriously died at 37—still rich, powerful and forlorn

UP FRONT 62

The father of two children with cerebral palsy, Neil Young is honored by a music-therapy foundation

L.A. Law’s Corbin Bernsen and actress Amanda Pays make it official in a super-high-security ceremony

SONG 71

Alchemist Randy Newman turns “Bad News from Home” into a Land of Dreams

DISCOVERY 74

Maurice Sendak’s spooky art adds wonder to a newly published Grimm fairy tale

VOICES 79

Chan Parker recalls life with jazzman Charlie Parker, the haunting hero of Clint Eastwood’s Bird

SPLIT 85

After 4½ years of bad phoning, Elton John and Renate Blauel hang it up

JOCKS 87

Barrel-racing champ Rachel Myllymaki, 11, can ride rings around her elders

WINNERS 91

Grandma Pat Morrison helps bust an alleged drug ring that trapped her kids

INTRODUCING… 105

Heather Langenkamp, who hopes to stand out among Just the Ten of Us on TV

ON THE JOB 109

Ray Jordan is a cut above the rest of Savile Row at suiting Prince Charles

TO THE TOP 115

Director Mira Nair films real street kids in her award-winning Salaam Bombay!

FAMILY 119

Chuck Carroll survived a childhood in institutions and a drug habit before finding his long-lost brother

PAGES 131

A best-selling vampire book crowns Anne Rice The Queen of the Damned

ON THE MOVE 137

Ed Butcher’s Pulse will race if people buy his odd auto

SCREEN 143

Sasha Mitchell mutters his way to stardom as Spike of Bensonhurst

HOST 146

Welcome to the small time at L.A.’s Bite Size diner

VIDEO 149

E.T., the all-time movie blockbuster, scores again by coming home on tape

SCENE 156

He lost his legs and will to live in Vietnam, but Bill Fero found a new goal: helping the people he hated

SEQUEL 165

Brady Bunch fans of Barry Williams can again sigh over Big Brother—onstage

BONUS BOOK 169

An excerpt from a collection of his memos reveals former President Richard Nixon’s tastes in wine (Bordeaux), women (Lollobrigida) and song (Chopin)

HAPPY 191

Auctioneer David Norton does a good turn for merry-go-rounds in peril

FOOD 195

Baking is sinfully easy given the laws of Cake Bible author Rose Beranbaum

HEROES 199

Tycoon John Corcoran could add fine, but he couldn’t read till he was 48

ROYALS 205

Some footloose Brits floor Prince Charles, Di and the Queen on royal slippers

POP 206

If you knew Siouxsie and the Banshees, you’d be amazed they’ve lasted this long

MAIL 4

PICKS & PANS 11

TAKE ONE 55

CRITTERS 96

LOOKOUT 101

STAR TRACKS 138

CHATTER 208

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