COVER STORY;FRESH OUT OF O.J. IN AUGUST

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The verdict is in. In August, magazine editors voted the O.J. Simpson murder case unworthy of cover photo play. With only 1 point, the O.J. legal saga couldn't even crack the top 10 for Cover Story last month. That comes after snagging the top Cover Story spot for 12 out of the 14 previous months, and taking a close second the other two months.

What media heavyweight basked in the flash of photographers' cameras during the waning days of summer? Oprah Winfrey grabbed 10 points to top Ad Age's monthly ranking of celebrities' popularity as reflected by their appearances on the covers of more than 30 of the nation's leading publications. America's talk show queen starred on five covers, including McCall's and Redbook.

And for second place, it's the battle of the supermodels. Cindy Crawford, riding a wave of publicity on her upcoming film debut, scored 6 points with appearances on Esquire and Premiere. Christie Brinkley racked up a matching score with 5 appearances in People, the National Enquirer and Star after the breakup of her short-lived second marriage.

In a three-way tie for fourth place, comeback kid Mike Tyson dukes it out with bat boy Chris O'Donnell and John F. Kennedy Jr., each scoring 4 points.

And an even bigger crowd is battling for the No. 7 slot, with 3.5 points apiece. It's a five-way tie between two American icons who died in August, Jerry Garcia and Mickey Mantle; actors Michelle Pfeiffer and Kevin Costner; and Susan Smith, the South Carolina mother who was sentenced in August for the slayings of her two children.

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