September 16, 2002 12:00 PM

Are supermodel Tyra Banks and Sacramento Kings forward Chris Webber engaged? Although Banks’s rep scoffed at the notion, that was the question raised by witnesses who spied the couple during a recent Hawaiian vacation. On Aug. 19 the two dined at Sarento’s on the Beach, a surfside restaurant in the Maui town of Kihei. According to sources there, after sharing a $450 bottle of ’78 Château Margaux and dining on snapper and osso buco, the pair took a walk on the beach, while the eatery’s staff, following Webber’s instructions, placed a bottle of Cristal champagne on their table. When the two returned, Banks appeared teary-eyed and was sporting a huge sparkling ring on the third finger of her left hand. Banks’s rep says there’s no truth to the story, while a spokesman for Webber had no comment.

Driving through Beverly Hills two weeks ago, Courtney Love spotted a Burmese cat without a collar by the side of the road. Having lost two of her own felines—Rooster Furious and Mike Lion—who wandered off last year, the rocker felt compelled to take home the stray. She printed flyers with a description of the cat and her phone number on them, then personally distributed them to houses in the area. If no one claims the tabby, Love says she’ll be happy to keep it.

One minute you’re married to a superstar, the next you’re teaching dance in Florida. Such is the life of Cris Judd, who split with Jennifer Lopez in May. On Sept. 21 Judd will be teaching at the 2002 Pop Starz Hip-Hop Workshop, a two-day dance clinic for all ages at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Fla. “He loves music and choreography and did before he was with Jennifer Lopez,” says Pop Starz president Michelle Tucker. “I think he enjoys teaching.” Students looking forward to his Q & A session won’t hear anything about his divorce, though: He has a strict confidentiality agreement with J.Lo.

Neil Patrick Harris, who costars with Anne Heche in Broadway’s Proof, keeps two figurines of Buddha and a miniature Zen Buddhist garden in his dressing room as a calming influence. A peaceful state must have been helpful on a recent night when the roof of the Walter Kerr Theatre began leaking during a torrential rainstorm. “It rained on-set!” Harris says. “The audience was laughing.” Since the rain fell on the roof of the set’s already existing porch, Harris and the other actors ignored the precipitation. As they say, the show must go on.

Fast Take: Ricki Lake, who starred in the John Waters-directed 1988 film Hairspray, sent actress Marissa Winokur, who stars in the Broadway version of the movie, a huge basket of candy on opening night with a note that read, “From one Tracy to another. You’re a big star.”

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