Star Tracks

updated 10/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Reigning talk show host Oprah Winfrey didn't mind being upstaged by her Queen Mum, Vernita Lee, who watched her daughter's induction into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame at Florida's Disney World.

Now that her hit sitcom, Ellen, has sunk its teeth into TV's Top 10, Ellen DeGeneres had plenty to roar about at the Shambala Preserve in California's Mojave Desert. The lady met the tiger at a fundraiser for the wildlife sanctuary founded in 1972 by Tippi Hedren.

Tom Cruise and wife Nicole Kidman got that Far and Away look as they strolled through New York City's Central Park with daughter Isabella, almost 2. Kidman is in town filming Batman Forever; Cruise's monster mash, Interview with the Vampire, opens Nov. 11.

Up-and-coming model Bridget Hall, 16, scored high marks at a Manhattan fund-raiser for God's Love We Deliver at Madison Square Garden. When she saw Knicks coach Pat Riley, she threw him a quick pass, asking, "Can you help me get Knicks tickets?"

I Love Trouble's Nick Nolte got wheel crazy riding the bumper cars with his (camera-shy) son Brawley, 8, at a carnival in Malibu. Nolte's next star vehicle? The historical drama jefferson in Paris, in which he'll play our third President

Ringo Starr and his wife, actress Barbara Bach, went to bat for an upcoming pro-celeb cricket match benefiting local charities at the Beverly Hills & Hollywood Cricket Club. Starr won't play, but he'll get by with a little help from his friends: Rod Stewart and Hugh Grant are set to swing.

Unlike last year's ruckus for Whoopi Goldberg, the New York City Friars Club roast of poker-faced Bob Newhart (with former costar Marcia Wallace, left, and Mary Tyler Moore) was so quiet that emcee Don Rickles quipped, "It's tough to make fun of you. You are a total bore."

Actor Andrew Shue, who's taken a shine to playing Melrose Place's heartsick Billy Campbell, gets prepped for a new season of heartache. Billy, whose former fiancée Alison (Courtney Thorne-Smith) took a powder from the altar last season, dusts himself off and will soon be dating...Alison's new roommate.

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