Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Is all forgiven? Catherine Zeta-Jones, the actress who had an unfortunate experience with Glamour magazine four years ago, is gracing Glamour's December cover.

The actress had been something of an unwitting pawn in a power play in 2001 by Bonnie Fuller, then Glamour's editor. According to accounts at the time, Ms. Fuller put Ms. Zeta-Jones's picture on the magazine's June cover that year without permission and recycled quotations from her, giving the impression of an authorized interview, which it was not.

The move pre-empted Vogue, Glamour's sister Condé Nast publication, which was featuring the actress on its cover a month later. With Glamour's newsstand circulation falling, the Zeta-Jones episode was a factor in Ms. Fuller's departure as editor.

A call to Ms. Zeta-Jones's publicist seeking comment about what led her back to a Glamour cover this year was not returned.

Since Ms. Fuller's departure, the magazine has been in the hands of Cindi Leive, the former editor of Self. Ms. Leive said she would not speculate on why the actress returned to Glamour. But she said she wanted her for the cover of the magazine, which won the industry's top award for general excellence this year, because Ms. Zeta-Jones was "an icon for strong, smart women."

Glamour also named Ms. Zeta-Jones among its "women of the year," who will be honored next month at Lincoln Center. Others include Mukhtar Mai, the Pakistani woman who was gang-raped in 2002 and used her settlement money to start the first two schools in her village. KATHARINE Q. SEELYE

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