August 18, 1997 12:00 PM

John Travolta put on his best presidential face—which looked a lot like Bill Clinton’s—while filming Primary Colors in Manhattan. The political comedy, based on the 1995 bestseller, is due next spring.

In Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., MTV’s dizzy dame Jenny McCarthy took a spin at roulette during a benefit for LIFEbeat AIDS, raising $500,000. Her next big gamble: Jenny, an NBC sitcom premiering Sept. 28.

First-class male: In Los Angeles, Lauren Bacall helped unveil the new 32-cent stamp honoring her late husband, Humphrey Bogart. Bacall was joined by her two children with Bogie, Leslie (left), 44, a yoga teacher, and Steven, 48, a TV producer.

Model Cindy Crawford and her steady, Rande Gerber—who brought along his niece Chase—ate sweets and took in the sights at a polo tournament in Bridgehampton, N.Y.

Supermodel wannabe Penny Marshall refused to be upstaged by her tall, thin and feathered friend Big Bird as the director helped introduce Kmart’s Sesame Street kids’ clothes in Manhattan.

Sen. Ted Kennedy may never be serenaded with “Hail to the Chief,” but he did strike up the band for Sousa’s “The Washington Post March” (yes, that’s the name) while guest-conducting the Boston Pops.

With her 81-city Wildest Dreams tour wrapping up, Tina Turner got down to the art of the matter in Manhattan, where the sometime painter unveiled a watercolor that will appear on some Private Issue credit cards.

Director Steven Spielberg took five for a private moment with his wife, actress Kate Capshaw, in London, where he is filming Saving Private Ryan, a World War II drama starring Tom Hanks due in 1998. Capshaw’s next film, The Locusts, in which she plays a Kansas widow who becomes involved with a drifter, is set for release Sept. 26.

Supermodel Tyra Banks ditched her designer duds while she painted the town—or at least a wall—in New York City, where she was helping to promote volunteerism.

In London, Mum was the word when the Queen Mother celebrated her 97th birthday with her grandson Prince Charles and great-grandsons Harry (left), 12, and William, 15.

He’s got legs, even after a three-decade career: Singer and soccer enthusiast Rod Stewart, 52, lent his famous feet as he kicked in for a London benefit football match.

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