By People Staff
December 20, 1993 12:00 PM

STAR TRACKS 6

Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins go to the movies. Macaulay Culkin heads for the big lop. Tom and Roseanne Arnold get just desserts, and more

UP FRONT

38 As an emotional Princess Di announces she’s leaving public life, the British public, sensing the heavy hand of the Palace, turns on Charles

42 Forty-seven years after they costarred in a holiday classic, the kids from It’s a Wonderful Life still draw Christmas crowds

44 This the season to celebrate as Barbra Streisand, Jay Leno, Johnny Carson and the Clintons turn out for galas in L.A. and D.C.

46 An Amish community in Pennsylvania faces a test of faith after Damn Peachey, the grandson of an Amish minister, is accused of arson in a barn-burning spree

SCREEN 53

As Addams Family Values’ wicked nanny, Joan Cusack casts a seductive spell over poor Uncle Fester—and moviegoers

CONTROVERSY 57

Christopher Reeve, Mercedes Ruehl, Blair Brown and other celebs stage a play that cost a Tucson high school drama teacher her job

FAREWELL 60

Don Ameche, 85, rose to the heights of Hollywood in a top hat and tails but had to wait 50 years for his Oscar in 1985’s Cocoon

TUBE 65

Debbe Dunning measures up to her role nicely as Home Improvement’s Tool Time Girl

INTRODUCING 71

Ingrid Rogers, who goes all out as a crime fighter on TV’s All My Children, goes Carlito’s Way with bad boys Al Pacino and Sean Penn in her film debut

HAPPY 77

In tiny Pumpkintown, S.C., the “Dear Santa” letters go to Buddy Cox, who sees to it that no child goes without a visit

SONG 81

Meat Loaf, pop’s ultimate one-hit wonder, is back 16 years later with Bat out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, another whopper

COVER 84

An entire nation recoiled as Polly Klaas, the abducted 12-year-old, was found dead and Richard Allen Davis, a career criminal, was arrested for her murder

FEUD 92

Accused by Elke Sommier of defamation of character, irrepressible Zsa Zsa Gabor and her husband get zapped for $2 million

TO THE TOP 95

After covering combat in the Persian Gulf and Somalia, CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour braves her most perilous assignment yet—the brutal civil war in Bosnia

ANIMALS 102

Music impresario Mike Spalla is spreading Christmas cheer with—get this—singing cats

PAGES 105

After 25 years of bouquets—and barbs—Theodore Taylor risks new controversy with a sequel to his children’s classic, The Cay

ON THE MOVE 109

Wes Studi—Vietnam vet turned Indian activist—puts a stamp of authenticity on his latest role, Geronimo: An American Legend

TROUBLE 112

Airport workers Fredric Nickell and Jimmy May, who last year plunged into frigid waters to save passengers from a burning plane, finally got their reward: they were laid off

ARTS 115

After conquering a life-threatening lesion, artist Saudi Gold celebrates the preciousness of life by erasing her own mural

JOCKS 121

Somebody up there likes former boxing champ Vinny Pazienza, who’s fighting for a title again two years after breaking his neck

TRIBUTE 125

After years of suffering from cancer, rock satirist Frank Zappa dies quietly at home in L.A.

SEQUEL 126

The Uh-Huh Girls, three lip-synching vamps, have turned a semiliterate utterance into advertising gold

MAIL 8

PICKS & PANS 13

THE INSIDER 37

PASSAGES 100

PUZZLER 118

CHATTER 128

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