June 30, 1997 12:00 PM

Goldie Hawn had a leg to stand on—but not much else—when Steve Martin gave her a Women in Film Crystal Award in L.A. The real Hawn was in Houston directing a movie, but fellow First Wives Club honorees Bette Midler and Diane Keaton showed up, full-bodied.

Winona Ryder, who’ll take off with Sigourney Weaver in the sci-fi sequel Alien Resurrection this fall, looked decidedly down-to-earth at the Guinness Fleadh Irish music festival in New York City.

Princess Beatrice, 8, didn’t need the royal treatment—she can lug her own picnic basket, thank you very much—as she and mum Fergie left London to meet dad Andrew at Balmoral in Scotland.

Mrs. Peel, you’re (still) needed—this time on the London set of The Avengers, the movie version of TV’s 1966-69 imported British spy series, which stars Uma Thurman as the in-demand Emma Peel and Ralph Fiennes as the elegant Steed.

R&B bad boy Bobby Brown played bodyguard to wife Whitney Houston when her grade-school alma mater, the Franklin School in East Orange, N.J., was rededicated and renamed the Whitney E. Houston Academy of Creative and Performing Arts.

Putting to rest rumors that their romance has cooled, Ellen DeGeneres (center) and Anne Heche blonded happily as they networked with Life-time Entertainment president and CEO Doug McCormick in L.A. DeGeneres’s ABC sitcom Ellen will air in reruns on Lifetime beginning in the fall of 1998.

He may not be a zoologist, but Newt Gingrich does understand political symbolism. An elephant named Victoria was all ears when the GOP stalwart celebrated his 54th birthday before a captive audience at Zoo Atlanta in Georgia.

The relationship between Jennifer Aniston and actor Tate Donovan is no myth. Donovan, who provides the voice of Hercules in the new Disney feature, shared a squeeze with his best Friend at the Manhattan premiere of the movie.

Showing that their love is stayin’ alive, John Travolta (right) locked lips with wife Kelly Preston—”Don’t you just love us?” he exulted—when they were named Friars Club Man and Woman of the Year in Manhattan. Among those singing their praises were Bee Gees Robin (above, left), Barry and Maurice Gibb, who performed their Saturday Night Fever hit “How Deep Is Your Love.” Travolta next costars with Nicolas Cage in the thriller Face/Off, opening June 27.

It was a marriage of like minds as director P.J. Hogan (far left) and stars of My Best Friend’s Wedding—Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney and Cameron Diaz—gathered for the romantic comedy’s New York City premiere. Wedding guests included Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Roberts’s still-friendly ex, Lyle Lovett.

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