Mr. Woods appeared on seven magazines during the month, from Business Week, GQ and Jet to the National Enquirer and Star. Those appearances earned the 21-year-old athlete 9 points, just enough to sneak past one of the most bizarre stories of the year.
The Heaven's Gate mass suicide racked up 8 points on seven covers, as magazine editors offered readers the story behind the high-tech cult and its tragic ending. The newsweeklies and supermarket tabloids all featured the sensational story, with Newsweek devoting two covers to the cult founded by Marshall Applewhite.
The JonBenet Ramsey case dropped from its No. 1 finish for February and March, taking fourth place for April with 5.5 points and four covers, all in the National Enquirer and Star.
Other celebrities racking up enough points to land in the top 10 included: Jennifer Lopez, 6 points; Rosie O'Donnell, 4; John F. Kennedy Jr. and Jennifer Aniston, 3.5; and Kim Basinger, Roma Downey, Gloria Estefan, Mira Sorvino, Steven Spielberg, Elizabeth Taylor and Kate Winslet, all with 3.