Andy Garcia jammed with the King of Mambo, Cachao, at a fiesta celebrating Latinos in Hollywood, hosted by Fox Broadcasting Co. at the Palace.
Brainy bal-ladeer Lyle Lovett cleaved to Julia Roberts after his SRO concert in Manhattan. Lovett, who let the audience know his wife was there, encored with hopeful-if-skeptical songs about marriage, including “She Makes Me Feel Good.”
New York Rangers superstuds Mike Richter (left) and Mark Messier had an ice time supporting a puckish Cindy Crawford at the DISHES on Ice benefit for Pediatric AIDS at Central Park’s Wollman Rink. But give the supermodel the edge: She and her pals formed the charity Determined Involved Supermodels Helping to End Suffering (yup, DISHES).
Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson rode a Harley with her rocker boyfriend, Poison’s Bret Michaels, at L.A.’s Love Ride 11, to benefit muscular dystrophy.
An enwraptured Whitney Houston warmed to South Africa, where she was welcomed by Nelson Mandela and 70,000 cheering fans in Johannesburg who came to hear Whitney: the Concert for a New South Africa (broadcast live on HBO). The pop diva sang—and showed—”Amazing Grace,” calling her trip a homecoming.
The Duchess of York and 7-year-old Mara Wilson, star of the remake of Miracle on 34th Street, made an appearance at F.A.O. Schwarz in New York City, where the royal redhead was pushing Budgie the Little Helicopter. Said Fergie (who twice admonished the noisy crowd): “The grown-ups just don’t know how to behave.”
Shadowlands’ Debra Winger didn’t fang around too long at the L.A. premiere of Interview with the Vampire, now No. 1 at the box office. She’s busy filming Forget Paris, a romantic comedy directed by Billy Crystal, who plays an NBA referee who falls in love with her.