February 24, 1992 12:00 PM

STAR TRACKS 6

Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger cuddle. Eddie Murphy goes to the fights with the mother of his daughter. Robert Downey Jr. makes like a Tramp, and more

COVER 36

In six hours of compelling testimony, rape victim Desiree Washington knocks out the career of Mike Tyson, whose life has been careening out of control for years now

UP FRONT

42 Thinking of her father, who did not live to see her latest triumph, speed skater Bonnie Blair blades to the U.S.’s first Olympic gold medal

44 Right Said Fred is two bald bodybuilders and a furry-headed guitarist who hope they’re not “too sexy” to remain at No. 1 with their “really cheap video and really cheap record”

TRIBUTE 47

Author Alex Haley, who died last week at 70, left a legacy of racial understanding; but while retracing Kunta Kinte’s journey in 1976, he almost threw himself overboard in despair over his inability to finish his epic, Roots

STAGE 53

Classy, graceful and long-legged as ever, Cyd Charisse steps out in Broadway’s Grand Hotel, boosting box office receipts

PAGES 57

Now that he’s writing One Life to Live, novelist Michael Malone says his friends in academe are admitting they’re closet soap opera fans

CRIME 60

Rebecca De Mornay’s nightmare nanny is a box office hit—but real-life baby-sitters can be scarier still. Here are several chilling case histories—and advice on how to avoid becoming a statistic yourself

MONEY 68

Times may be tough, but for Utah’s Jim McPhail and Jeanne Frank, it’s snowing dollars. They’ll send you enough of their hand-made snowballs, packed in dry ice, to mount a snowball civil war

TUBE 73

Street smarts, dashing good looks—not to mention learning lessons by tagging along with real cops—have earned Law & Order detective Chris Noth the bright badge of stardom

OLYMPICS 78

Four Olympic figure-skating gold medalists recall their historic performances; also. Dick Button rates today’s talent (he’s not impressed); and Tracy Wilson remembers partner Rob McCall, who died of AIDS

SEQUEL 84

More than two years ago. Capt. AI Haynes helped save 181 Iives when he coaxed his crashing DC-10 onto the runway at Sioux City, Iowa, after an engine exploded; today, to the survivors, he’s more a hero than ever

STYLE 89

Ingenious, impulsive Karl Lagerfeld, the designing man who brought sex and spirit to the sleepy house of Chanel, takes a giant runway step toward abolishing the short skirt

MAIL 8

PICKS & PANS 11

THE INSIDER 35

PASSAGES 77

CHATTER 92

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