01/11/1993 at 01:00 AM EST
PUT ON A HAPPY FACE
"I'm in a great position to demystify beauty," said supermodel Cindy Crawford, 26, invited to join a Princeton University panel on women's issues. "I think women see me on the cover of magazines and think I never have a pimple or bags under my eyes. You have to realize that's after two hours of hair and makeup, plus retouching. Even I don't wake up looking like Cindy Crawford."
Travis Tritt soared to stardom with his No. 1 kiss-off hit, "Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)." But then, the country rocker has always been a two-bit kind of guy. "I loved music all my life—George ones, Merle Haggard, Ray Charles, Elvis," says Tritt, 29, who grew up in Marietta, Ga. "My mother tells me that about 3 years old, I could snap my fingers and sing Roger Miller's "King of the Road." People would give me a quarter fordoing it, so I immediately associated singing with getting things I wanted."
Joe Morton starred in ABC's Equal Justice and has appeared in over a dozen movies, most recently Mel Gibson's Forever Young. Yet it's his portrayal of a three-toed alien who lands in Harlem in John Sayles' l984 satire, The Brother from Another Planet, that keeps his name in orbit. "Most people come up and say things like, 'I want to see those toes,' " says Morton, 45. "If I was going to be identified with one film, that's not a bad one. When I was coming up, the only roles offered black actors were bad guys like pimps and drug dealers. My attitude was 'Somebody will take that job. It just won't be me.' "
THE SCALES OF INJUSTICE
Elegant English actress Emma Thompson takes a comic turn in Peter's Friends, husband Kenneth Branagh's send-up of modern neuroses. In one scene, she discovers Rita Rudner, who plays a diet-and-exercise-obsessed actress, performing donkey kicks after secretively gorging herself. "It's very American, I think, the complete, almost hysterical attention to how you look," says Thompson, 33. "All your successful actresses are very thin—Kathy Bates isn't the norm—and it (ills me with fury: Dieting and the ridiculous lengths to which women are forced to go to feel acceptable. I think we should all put on at least 10 lbs. and refuse to shift them!"