October 10, 2001 02:28 PM

DECIDED: “Riding in Cars with Boys” star Drew Barrymore, 26, was practically dared into hosting this coming weekend’s edition of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” She had been afraid of flying to New York, she admitted to USA Today from the set of the show Tuesday. “I was leaning towards not going. But then I turned on the TV and saw (New York Mayor) Rudolph Giuliani asking Americans to be brave. I was teetering between the words ‘coward’ and ‘caution,’ and decided brave was better. So I got on the plane and came here” . . . ANNOUNCED: Prince Andrew, 41, second son of Queen Elizabeth, will be the first British royal to visit New York since the September 11 attacks, Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday. He is due to fly in on Saturday and depart on Tuesday. He is expected to pay various humanitarian visits and attend a festival celebrating Britain’s influence on American culture . . . EXPECTING: Sylvester Stallone, 55, and wife, Jennifer Flavin, 33, are expecting another child. The action star has two grown sons, Sage, 25, and Seargeo, 22, and two young daughters, Sophia, 5, and Sistine, 3. No due date has been announced . . . ADDED: Tim McGraw, Vince Gill, Clint Black, Lee Ann Womack, George Jones, Lonestar, Charlie Daniels and Sara Evans have joined the lineup for the “Country Freedom Concert” on Oct. 21, which will pay tribute to the Sept. 11 victims and benefit the Salvation Army . . . ANNOUNCED: Paul McCartney, 59, said Wednesday that on Oct. 29 he will release a new single, “From a Lover to a Friend,” to raise money for the New York Fire Dept. . . .DIED: “Steel Magnolias” and “Turning Point” director Herbert Ross, 74, died in a New York hospital on Tuesday. Cause of death was not revealed. Ross started as a dancer and Broadway choreographer, then broke into Hollywood by directing the musical numbers for Barbra Streisand’s 1968 movie debut, “Funny Girl.” He was married to prima ballerina Nora Kaye (who died in 1987) and to Lee Radziwell (sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis). That second marriage ended in divorce in 1999.

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