May 19, 1997 12:00 PM

Living up to her surname, rocker Courtney Love dispensed a little TLC to her bosom buddy R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe at the L.A. premiere of Nowhere, the final chapter of director Gregg Araki’s film trilogy, about an 18-year-old’s quest for—what else?—love.

Pitch-perfect Julie Andrews, whose run in Victor/Victoria ends June 1, tossed the first ball of the Broadway Show League’s softball season in Manhattan. Andrews later cheered her show’s team, 8-3 losers to A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Sean Connery got a big hand from friends and fans including (from left) Harrison Ford, Connery’s semi-obscured wife Micheline and Ursula Andress at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s tribute to the Scot in New York City. “We come from the same school of acting,” said Ford. “We get there on time, do it and go home. It ain’t brain surgery. [But] there is one difference: Sean does everything from Arab sheiks to dragons with a Scottish accent.”

Rebecca De Mornay and her kitty Slinky, feeling furry, furry proud, cemented their reputations during the third annual Pawprint Wall of Fame celebration at Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. De Mornay next appears on the big screen with Billy Bob Thornton in The Winner, a drama due in July.

Robert Redford got behind the camera on the New York City set of The Horse Whisperer. He’ll be wearing a few hats as the director and costar (with The English Patient’s Kristin Scott Thomas) of the drama based on Nicholas Evans’s bestseller.

It’s not easy getting green, but some environmentally hip talent turned up to raise a very cool $1.5 million at the eighth annual Rainforest Foundation benefit concert at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Bonnie Raitt and Elton John (at left), who both performed, strutted their funky stuff, while Sting (at right), a cofounder of the foundation with his wife, actress-producer Trudie Styler, played mad hatter. Julia Roberts (below left) cozied up to her ex, Lyle Lovett, who sang with Sting and James Taylor. Stevie Wonder (below), on hand to sing a selection of his hits, waltzed around with Sidney Poitier, the actor who’s turned part-time ambassador from the Bahamas to Japan.

Reunited for the first time since their sitcom Diff’rent Strokes ended its eight-year run in 1986, the wheel-happy trio of Todd Bridges (left), Dana Plato and Gary Coleman joined other high rollers to ride in a parade of Bentleys and Rolls-Royces at a fund-raiser in Newport Beach, Calif., that raised more than $50,000 for children’s charities.

Proving that acting can get down and dirty, Stephen Baldwin got himself trashed on the New York City set of the movie drama One Tough Cop, in which he plays the mob-connected title character. The film, which recently wrapped, also stars Christopher Penn and Amy Irving.

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