Star Tracks

updated 07/18/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/18/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Movie-star-turned-infomercial-queen Cher, 48, dined with John Barrowman, 27, Sunset Boulevard's leading man in the West End, at Morton's, a swank London eatery. Later, Cher readied for a close-up, descending the staircase with Norma Desmond-like élan.

A short ruse? Ellen Barkin's new brunette do (or don't) was a booming success at the L.A. premiere of the new pyrotechnical thriller Blown Away. Barkin next stars with Laurence Fish-burne in the espionage drama Bad Company, due this fall.

Julia Roberts, one of the world's highest-paid actresses, is busy in the British Isles cleaning up after John Malkovich. She plays his maid in Mary Reilly, a new version of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story directed by Stephen Frears. "This is as ideal a role as you could ever hope for: It's incredibly original," said a merry Roberts (left), who still couldn't coax a smile from her costar.

The 12th Planet Hollywood, born on the 3rd of July on Maui, Hawaii, set off a bonfire of the vanities: A red-hot Melanie Griffith (above) celebrated Independence by matching wits with Whoopi Goldberg, who came with fiancé Lyle Trachtenberg. Goldberg's romantic comedy Corrina, Corrina opens in August, while Griffith next plays a hooker in the forthcoming comedy Milk Money. Country music's Randy Travis and his manager-wife, Lib Hatcher-Travis (left), joined the stars, who included PH investors Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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