November 18, 1996 12:00 PM

During the four-day National Horse Show in Manhattan, Glenn Close (near right) joined Christopher Reeve and his wife, Dana, at a benefit for the University of California at Irvine’s Reeve-Irvine Research Center, which specializes in spinal cord injuries. Also horsing around: Vanessa Williams (below), who rode this steed in the equestrian event’s celebrity competition.

Shooting stars Holly Robinson Peete (left) and Halle Berry doubled up at an L.A. benefit for the Color Me Bright Youth Foundation, a nonprofit group that promotes reading for kids. Peete received the Youth of America Mentor Award, which was presented by Berry, who won it last year.

Chanteuse k.d. lang (right) and her girlfriend, musician Leisha Hailey, fit right in sartorially at the Prada boutique opening in Manhattan. “I’m Mr. Prada, and she’s Miss Miu Miu,” lang told WWD, referring to her men’s Prada suit and Hailey’s dress from Prada’s Miu Miu line.

Princess Diana, though no longer an official goodwill ambassador for Britain, worked the royal wave during a visit to a local hospital in Sydney. Di went Down Under for a four-day visit to drum up funds for medical charities.

At Ransom’s L.A. premiere, Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg (left) paid homage to big bro Donnie Wahlberg (once a New Kid on the Block), who plays a kidnapper in the thriller.

Showing that he’s at least temporarily into blondage, Mickey Rourke strolled with his wife, actress-model Carré Otis, in New York City. The actor (and part-time pugilist) is in town to film John Grisham’s The Rainmaker.

Easy rider Tom Arnold had vroom for two but rode solo into Manhattan’s hip biker bar Hogs & Heifers on his Harley-Davidson. Arnold next stars in McHale’s Navy, a comedy based on the ’60s TV series, due Jan. 24.

MTV did its preelection bit to lure young voters with Votefest ’96, a five-hour live broadcast from L.A.’s House of Blues, which drew a posse of potential poll goers, including (clockwise from top left): rappers Snoop Doggy Dogg and Warren G; White House senior adviser George Stephanopoulos and The X-Files’ Gillian Anderson; Relativity’s Kimberly Williams; and ER docs Anthony Edwards and Noah Wyle. The MTV show included news, celeb chat and a set by the Presidents of the United States of America—the group, not the candidates.

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