September 02, 1991 12:00 PM

Erstwhile talk show host Morton Downey Jr. has cross-dressed into a new line of work, climbing into this getup for a leading role as the drag-queen host of a cabaret in the movie High Heels, a low-budget comedy that also features Jessica Hahn. Alert Oscar!

Dots all, folks: Rocker Rod Stewart and his fashionably compatible wife, model Rachel Hunter, were, er, spotted leaving Los Angeles’ Le Dôme restaurant. Stewart and his band recently kicked off an ambitious 40-city North American tour.

Tongues were wagging in downtown Chicago as Dolly Parton and James Woods filmed a scene on location for Straight Talk, a romantic comedy due next year. Parton plays a radio talk show star who falls for Woods, a newspaper reporter.

Madonna brought her posse to the Los Angeles birthday party of celebrity photographer Herb Ritts, one of her favorite lensmen. La Ciccone was flanked by backup singer Niki Harris (far left) and pals Rob Roederer and Eddie Jack.

Double take: Another World’s Victoria Wyndham (far left), who has played Rachel Cory on the NBC soap for 19 years, did her own screaming for a scene in which Rachel’s life is threatened, but dangling from the set’s catwalk was handled by stunt double Janet Paparazzo.

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