April 08, 2002 12:00 PM

172 Good Deeds

During difficult times, what can restore our flagging faith in humanity? Perhaps all it takes is a few good people performing a few selfless acts of pure altruism

183 Crusaders

Nebraska’s Lance Morgan helps his fellow Winnebago tribesmen succeed in business and restore their pride

193 Angels

Ex-Enron employee Rebekah Rushing helps her jobless colleagues pay their bills—with cash from chagrined pols

195 Tragedy

Two days before her 14th birthday, Ohio eighth grader Brittanie Cecil dies after being hit by a puck at a National Hockey League game in Columbus

198 Verdict

After a guilty verdict in the dog-mauling death of her companion, Sharon Smith fights on for the rights of gay domestic partners

THE OSCARS

62 In a history-making 74th Annual Academy Awards, African Americans Halle Berry and Denzel Washington captured gold, while stars like Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe played it safe on the red carpet

111 OSCARS PAST

112 ONE YEAR LATER…FROM WINNER TO PRESENTER

These stars decided their return to the Oscar podium warranted a fashion transformation

123 VINTAGE TREASURES

Renée Zellweger, Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder know that couture classics are as au courant as the latest designs

130 MOVERS AND SHAKERS OF MOVIE MUSICALS

The stars, directors and producers of nine unforgettable films share their behind-the-scenes memories

153 GREAT BUNS

As Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Lopez, Lisa Kudrow and others prove, an elegant hairstyle turns heads

156 ALL DECKED OUT IN…RED, WHITE & BLUE

America’s three favorite colors are inspired choices for Oscar night finery

163 MATCH MAKERS

A coordinated ensemble guarantees a dramatic red-carpet appearance

168 KISSING OSCAR

For winners Angelina Jolie, Sophia Loren and Benicio Del Toro, a good-night smooch capped off a golden evening

6 Mailbag

8 Online

10 Star Tracks

19 Scoop

33 Picks & Pans

61 Insider

171 Passages

186 Puzzler

202 Chatter

Cover photographs by (clockwise from left): Russ Einhorn/Star Max; Branimir Kvartuc/Daily Breeze/Zuma; Russ Einhorn/Star Max; Paul Smith/Featureflash/Retna; Mike Blake/Reuters

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