May 11, 1998 12:00 PM

Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander had the best seat in the house backstage with cast members of Broadway’s Chicago. Alexander was there to see Bebe Neuwirth’s stand-in Nancy Hess (far right), his costar in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway In 1989. Says Hess: “I said, ‘So have you shot the last episode?’ and he said, ‘Yes, I’m unemployed!’ ”

Her current single is “Frozen, but things seemed lukewarm at worst between Madonna and ex Warren Beatty at Manhattan’s Two Girls and a Guy premiere.

So this is why he’s Lord of the Jungle: Tarzan and the Lost City’s Casper Van Dien showed his mastery of all things cold-blooded and slithery while judging a contest promoting the film in Burbank.

That’s the earl, folks. Among those meeting the press at the White House Correspondents Association dinner in Washington were Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer (above left) along with Barbara Walters and her beau, Sen. John Warner; John F. Kennedy Jr. (at left); and (at right) newly-weds Sharon Stone and Phil Bronstein. If President Clinton was even a little bit fazed by the presence of Paula Jones, he didn’t let it show. “I’ve been so busy I haven’t read a newspaper or a magazine…since the Pope went to Cuba,” he told the assembled 2,600. “What have you been writing about?”

No, Bette Midler isn’t down and out in the Big Apple. The actress was pitching in for a park cleanup as part of her New York Restoration Project. “There are these places that are so neglected,” says Midler, the charity’s chairwoman. “I just can’t stand the waste.”

Flashing his pearly whites, Prince Andrew discovered the answer to one of life’s mysteries—how do they get those stripes in toothpaste?—when he toured a pharmaceutical lab in Barnstaple, England. Now if he could just learn to squeeze from the bottom.

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