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The name is Brosnan, Pierce Brosnan. And the Irish-born actor rode James Bond's return to the big screen with suave appearances on four magazine covers to lead the November Cover Story hit parade with 8 points. With "GoldenEye" opening across the U.S., Mr. Brosnan popped up on Esquire and Movieline, as well as Entertainment Weekly and the National Enquirer.

In second place with 7 points was glamor girl Sharon Stone, grabbing the spotlight on Bazaar, GQ and People in anticipation of her new movie, "Casino."

"Home for the Holidays" star Holly Hunter took third place, with 6 points earned from two magazine covers-Working Woman and Interview.

Loni Anderson, a one-time Cover Story stalwart, returned to the fold with 5.5 points and three covers for fourth place. The former Mrs. Burt Reynolds appeared in the Star, National Enquirer and Good Housekeeping as her autobiography hit the stores.

Tying for fifth place with 5 points were Canada's latest rock sensation, Alanis Morissette, and that Cover Story favorite, the O.J. Simpson murder case. Ms. Morissette was featured on Rolling Stone and Spin, while personalities from the O.J. saga were seen on People, the Star and Enquirer.

Singer Janet Jackson claimed seventh place with 4.5 points, scoring the covers of US and the Enquirer. Eighth place is a three-way tie, with 4 points each for the Beatles, comic ace Jim Carrey and Spain's steamiest export, Antonio Banderas.


Cover Story is Advertising 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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