CULTURE POP: COVER STORY: JULIA ROBERTS REIGNS ON JAN. NEWSSTANDS

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The dawn of a new year arrived with a familiar smile beaming from newsstands, with Julia Roberts on the covers of four monthlies and one weekly. The pretty woman from Georgia claimed 13.5 points to gain the Cover Story prize for January, appearing on Ladies' Home Journal as well as InStyle, McCall's, People and Us. The burst of attention arrived despite no new movie from the starlet, whose most recent film, "Conspiracy Theory," was released last summer.

Second place belonged to Leonardo DiCaprio, who generated even more heat for his career with the box-office-smash "Titanic"; he scored 9.5 points with five covers, including Us and Vanity Fair. Coming in third was Kirstie Alley, whose revived TV career helped her rack up 8 points and three covers. The No. 4 spot was claimed by former pop-music star and U.S. Rep. Sonny Bono, in the wake of his death in a skiing accident. Rep. Bono had 7.5 points.

The race for fifth place was tight, with five celebrities tying for the honor. Neve Campbell, Ellen DeGeneres, Princess Diana, Kathie Lee Gifford and Ethan Hawke all earned 6 points apiece. Tenth place produced a two-way tie, with film star Will Smith and the death of Michael Kennedy, each scoring 5 points.

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