A Letter From the Publisher: Jul. 15, 1985

This week's cover story on Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is TIME's third cover- length look at the Hollywood superczar and his work. But it is the first appearance of Spielberg himself on the cover. For a 1975 account of the making of Jaws, his first megahit, the cover honors went to Bruce, the mechanical great white shark. A second, planned cover, in 1982, heralding E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Poltergeist, was bumped at the last minute when British troops landed on the Falkland Islands, though a long story ran inside. In the three years since E.T., notes Senior Writer Richard Corliss, who wrote...

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