June 16, 1997 12:00 PM

Ex-tennis menace John McEnroe showed he still has an axe to grind by jamming on guitar—and making quite a racket—at a Paris cafe. McEnroe, who leads the Johnny Smyth band (after his wife, Patty Smyth), was in town doing TV commentary on the French Open.

Oprah Winfrey commenced to deliver the commencement address to the class of ’97 at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. “You have gone, girls!” she told the grads, who included her steady Stedman Graham’s daughter Wendy.

Redheaded and pigtailed, Gwyneth Paltrow—don’t wig-out, Brad!—made like Pippi Longstocking and impressed executive producer Sydney Pollack on the London set of the romantic comedy Sliding Doors, due in November.

Shooting star Bruce Springsteen took careful aim—ready, steady, click!—at the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, where the working-class rocker briefly shifted focus from his European acoustic tour. Hey, even the Boss needs a break every now and again.

Formerly affianced costars Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern went from Jurassic Park to amusement parks—Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor in L.A—for an event that raised $50,000 for Victory Over Violence, an anti-domestic violence group. Goldblum currently stars in Jurassic’s sequel The Lost World.

New York Rep. Susan Molinari, who Susan Molinari, who will vacate her House seat to be a cohost of a CBS Saturday morning talk/news show starting in September, got into a TV frame of mind with ex-congressman Fred Grandy, the former Love Boat star, during a rehearsal for their performance in The State of the Union in D.C. The one-night-only benefit raised $175,000 for Arena Stage’s social-outreach Living Stage Theatre Company.

Britain’s Spice Girl Emma Bunton, who recently tripped in her platforms following a TV taping—spraining her left ankle and hurting her left wrist—used a last functioning limb to make a phone call from London’s Heathrow Airport.

The latest quinquagenarian Rolling Stone, Ron Wood (with wife Jo), celebrated his 50th birthday with a Wild West hoedown at his London digs. Rustics on hand included Mick Jagger, 53, Jerry Hall and Kate Moss.

Among the stars at the 51st Tony Awards in Manhattan were tap star Savion Glover (right), who brought date Tiffany Caldwell as well as ‘Da Funk, and Raquel Welch (far right), who takes the Broadway plunge this month in Victor/Victoria. Ryan Heffernan (bottom), 13, got his wish—and a kiss!—after writing host Rosie O’Donnell asking to be her date. Equally happy to be there was Mandy Patinkin (below, with his eye surgeon Sandra Belmont), who’s recovering from a cornea transplant.

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