COVER STORY;THE JUICE POURS IT ON

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After a couple of months of lying low, the Juice surged back stronger than ever in October. In the wake of a stunning acquittal, the personalities tied to the O.J. Simpson murder case returned to magazine covers to capture Cover Story's top prize on the strength of 14 covers.

O.J., Nicole Brown Simpson and their children, Justin and Sydney; Fred Goldman; and Paula Barbieri were among the familiar faces once again carried on the covers of the National Enquirer and Star, as well as Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report and People. All told, the crew's total of 16 points is the biggest ever for the Simpson case, topping the previous record of 12.5 points back in February.

Limping behind at a distant second place is X-man David Duchovny, with 5.5 points based on three covers. The "X-Files" star was sighted on Details, Entertainment Weekly and People.

Tying for third place are two of TV's favorite ladies: Oprah Winfrey and Cybill Shepherd, with 5 points apiece. Ms. Winfrey scored three covers, including Good Housekeeping, while Ms. Shepherd could be seen on Woman's World and Working Woman.

A pair of Hollywood stars share the No. 5 slot with 4 points apiece, with Demi Moore and Brad Pitt each on two covers.

Seventh place belongs to singer Gloria Estafan, who nabbed three covers for 3.5 points after she and her husband were involved in a Miami boating accident that claimed a law student's life.

A whole passel of celebrities tied for No. 8, with 3 points apiece, including: actors Matt LeBlanc, Lara Flynn Boyle, Woody Harrelson, Andie MacDowell, Julianne Moore, Sean Penn, Sylvester Stallone, Liz Taylor, John Travolta and Denzel Washington; funny guys Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld; and singing legend Frank Sinatra.M

Cover Story is 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.

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