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ROMEO AND JULIETTE

While touring to promote her upcoming thriller, Romeo Is Bleeding, Juliette Lewis has been fielding questions about her split last winter from real-life Romeo Brad Pitt. “I made the mistake of being too open about it in the first place because I wanted people to gel that we were in love and stuff. I still am,” says Lewis, 20, who last costarred with Pitt in the shoot-’em-up (California. “We had a great time. But it’s very hard with two actors together. It’s easier if one person isn’t in the business.” She finds solace in the tried-and-true solution of the lovelorn. “I have to go shopping a lot now,” Lewis says cheerfully. “I collect clothes—they keep building and building. I buy them instead of having them washed.”

AND SO IT GOES

Journalist Linda Ellerbee, 49, has survived breast cancer and the ordeals of a double mastectomy and chemotherapy with cheerful perspective intact. According to the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Ellerbee was asked at a recent Atlanta breast-cancer seminar to name her greatest learning experience since her illness was diagnosed a year and a half ago. “That’s easy,” she said. “A few weeks after my surgery, I went out to play catch with my golden retriever. When I bent over to pick up his ball, my prosthesis fell out. The dog snatched it, and I found myself chasing him down the road yelling, ‘Hey, come back here with my breast!’ ”

YOUTH IS SERVED

Boris Becker’s cannonball blasts earned him three Wimbledon titles and the nickname Boom Boom, but the tennis game of Germany’s erstwhile wunderkind—he’s now 26—will be among the least of his priorities in the months ahead. Becker, who didn’t qualify for this month’s Masters tournament, plans to skip January’s Australian Open to be with his fiancée, German-American model Barbara Feltus, who is expecting their first child right after New Year. “I am the happiest person I have been,” says Becker, who plans to wed before year’s end. “I can’t wait until the baby is out! Sometimes I am pushing on her stomach to hurry up, but she wants to wait another two months. Everybody but me has been counting the points [needed to play in the Masters]. I am counting the days until the baby is coming.”

A MODERN LEANDER

Although Christopher Reeve had worked with highly acclaimed director James Ivory in 1984’s The Bostonians, he was nonetheless extremely nervous about being cast in Ivory’s new period piece, The Remains of the Day. “Jim’s had an amazing body of work, and I get very shy and insecure around great talent,” explains Reeve, 41, who plays a wealthy American congressman in Remains. Such self-consciousness has nearly felled Superman before. “I remember once trying to talk to Meryl Streep on an airplane,” he says. “She came over to talk and knelt in the aisle. I was sitting there behind my dinner tray, and I turned beet red. I’d let some people know how in awe of her talent I was, and I was wondering whether anyone had ratted on me. I went to pieces. I started to sweat like I was eating curry.”