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Perhaps it was the X-factor. But David Duchovny, the actor who plays everyone's favorite alien chaser, rose to the top of the heap in May's Cover Story competition. The star of "The X-Files" earned 8 points with four magazine covers, including appearances on Us and Movieline. His TV co-star, Gillian Anderson, made joint appearances with him on two covers, earning 4 points and a tie for sixth place.

The race for second place turned into four-way tie, with Eddie Murphy, JonBenet Ramsey and Donald Trump scoring 4.5 points apiece, along with newlywed Brooke Shields, whose new spouse, Andre Agassi, scored 3.5 points for eighth place. Movie titan Steven Spielberg rode his new herd of dinosaurs from "The Lost World" to a tie for sixth place, capturing 4 points.

Rock superstars U2 earned 3.5 points, with Bono and the boys tying with Mr. Agassi for eighth place. Among the celebrities scoring enough points to tie for 10th place with 3 points apiece were: Aerosmith, Tyra Banks, Candice Bergen, Pierce Brosnan, David Charvet, Glenn Close, Michael Jordan, Bette Midler and Oprah Winfrey.

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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