By People Staff
March 08, 1999 12:00 PM

56 Up Front

It’s hammer time as Oscar gowns worn by stars from Elizabeth Taylor to Uma Thurman get auctioned off for charity

64 Movie critic Gene Siskel dies at 53 after a courageous—and very private—struggle

71 Crime

After stealing $17 million, Steven and Michele Chambers were sitting pretty—until they flaunted it

75 Where Are They Now?

Charmian Carr, The Sound of Music’s going-on-17 Liesl, pulls in the do-re-mi as an interior decorator

79 Tube

Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Charisma Carpenter is knocking them dead in more ways than one

83 Animals

Forget frogs—when it’s time to teach biology, Alaska’s Tim Lundt lets students loose on moose

93 On the Move

Dina Ruiz Eastwood, host of a cable TV show on education, counts on none other than Dirty Harry himself to clean up at home

101 Screen

Life Is Beautiful star Roberto Benigni is as manic as the characters he plays—just ask Pope John Paul II

107 Arts

Undaunted by obstacles facing him since birth, Thomas Quasthoff achieves stardom as a bass-baritone

111 Split

After 13 years of romantic harmony, Janet Jackson and Rene Elizondo reach the end of their Rope

113 Scene

Nebraska farm wife Joan Clark fights to preserve a school—and her small town’s way of life

116 Teachers

Anita Hatfield gets through to hardened young convicts by teaching them how to knit and sew. The big surprise—they love it

120 Cover

It’s a secret no more: After losing other loves, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are pitching woo—and maybe planning to say I do

128 Breadwinners

Competing in bread-loving Paris, Thomas Gumpel and the American team rise to the occasion to win the World Cup of Baking

130 Special Delivery

Two weeks ahead of schedule, Scary Spice Melanie Brown becomes Mommy Spice

134 Angels

Banged-up reptiles have a friend in Richie Moretti, an ex-mechanic who built and operates the world’s only turtle hospital

138 Pols

Name recognition shouldn’t be problem for Louisiana ophthalmologist Monica Monica as she runs for Congress

141 Hosts

Ingrid Casares, owner of Miami Beach’s hippest nightclubs, proves she’s not just Madonna’s best friend

147 To the Top

Peter Boyle routinely stresses out Ray Romano on Everybody Loves Raymond, and he couldn’t be happier about that

151 Out of the Past

When the Endurance, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s exploring ship, sank in the ice of Antarctica in 1915, it set off one of history’s most inspiring rescues

159 Happy

Debutante-turned-comic actress Alexandra Went-worth likes to sting her fellow WASPs—and yes, darling, her mom is actually named Muffle

163 Sequel

A French court may soon extradite hippie murderer Ira Einhorn, who could face a U.S. trial for a killing that took place 22 years ago

164 In the Money

Linda Katz, a Garden City, Kans., cyber farmer, finds there’s money in them thar tumbleweeds

4 Mailbag

8 Scoop

14 Star Tracks

25 The Way We Were

27 Picks & Pans

55 Insider

85 Style Watch

119 Passages

145 Puzzler

166 Chatter