March 23, 1998 12:00 PM

STAR TRACKS 8

Tom Hanks gets a bird’s-eye view. Cheers reunites in Aspen. Sharon Stone, Kevin Costner and Tom Cruise mark TIME’S 75th anniversary, and more

UP FRONT 44

After her boyfriend Brian Peterson Jr. strikes a surprising plea bargain, Amy Grossberg awaits a murder trial for the death of their newborn

50 The late Charles Kuralt’s alleged mistress Patricia Shannon claims the beloved newsman left her his Montana ranch. His widow disagrees

52 Liz Taylor got honored, Jack Nicholson got mushy, and Jerry Seinfeld got a call from his Seinfeld pals at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

COPING 59

Paul Hardy recounts the nightmarish day when an armed intruder took him and his 4-year-old twins hostage in their Massachusetts home

STYLE 65

The cool colors of Gun Nowak and daughter Martina Arfwidson’s cosmetics are hot with such stars as Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Campbell

VALOR 69

It took half a century, but former Marine James L. Day finally got his due—the Medal of Honor—for extraordinary bravery on Okinawa

INVENTOR 71

Chris Haas, 13, has high hoops for his Hands-on Basketball for kids

PAGES 73

Newly trim lawyer, pol and TV commentator Susan Estrich says her custom-made diet is the perfect weight-loss guide for smart women

TUBE 77

He’s 21 but acts 15, which may explain why Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek is soaring as an overnight teen idol

CRIME 81

Ari Halberstam was murdered with a mail-order assault pistol. Now his family is making legal history by hauling the alleged manufacturers into court

TRIBUTE 93

Actor Lloyd Bridges—who appeared in films from High Noon to Hot Shots!—dies at age 85

SPLIT 94

Paula Abdul files for divorce from clothing designer Brad Beckerman after less than 1½ years

COUPLES 97

English Patient heartthrob Ralph Fiennes and his older leading lady—actress Francesca Annis, 52—stick it out and duck a Fleet Street furor

MYSTERY 103

Eight months after his wife, Amy, disappeared in the mountains of Wyoming, Steve Bechtel refuses to give up hope—or take a polygraph

SCREEN 111

Actress Jacqueline Bisset defies staid Hollywood stereotypes—and old rules of romance

SEQUEL 119

After 35 years of silence, poet Ted Hughes grapples publicly with the controversial life and suicide of his wife and feminist icon Sylvia Plath

COVER 122

Having mastered every role Hollywood has to offer, two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster prepares for her toughest Dart vet: motherhood

TROUBLE 130

The romance lasted 2½ years, but the sparks between Mira Sorvino and Quentin Tarantino have mysteriously—if amicably—burned out

EXCERPT 153

In a new memoir, Delta Style: Eve Wasn’t a Size 6 and Neither Am I, TV’s Delta Burke recalls her four-decade battle against low self-esteem

INTRODUCING 162

A perky rap performance has made Ellen Dow, 79, The Wedding Singer’s most memorable guest

SCENE 168

What ever happened to M*A*S*H beer? It’s in marketing consultant Robert McMath’s museum, the afterlife for almost 70,000 products

HAPPY 169

Cynthia Simonds finds her calling quilting stoles for clerics—real and fictional—including Kevin Anderson’s Father Ray on ABC’s Nothing Sacred

ON THE JOB 172

The perfect gift for your better half? Try Kris Smith’s $8,000 pint-size lookalike marionettes

MAIL 6

PICKS & PAN’S 17

THE INSIDER 43

STYLE WATCH 132

PASSAGES 151

PUZZLER 164

CHATTER 176

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