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updated 06/02/1997 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/02/1997 01:00AM

Dingdong, her sitcom's dead, but Roseanne found plenty to cackle about as the Wicked Witch of the West—she's mean and green—in a production of The Wizard of Oz now running at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Also following the yellow brick road are Michael Gruber (Tinman), Jessica Grové (Dorothy, with Toto), Lara Teeter (Scarecrow) and the well-concealed Ken Page (as the Cowardly Lion).

Not-so-private dancer Oprah Winfrey (at right), 43, got down with high-heeled rocker Tina Turner, 57, during the L.A. stop of Turner's Wildest Dreams world tour. "I am her biggest groupie," Winfrey, who has been following Turner's tour on her talk show, told USA Today. "I'm just hoping 57 can do this for me. She's just the hottest!" Expectant mom Cyndi Lauper (below), 43, due in November, rounded out the show as Turner's opening act. Hey, even maternal girls wanna have fun.

Dead Man Walking's Tim Robbins rolled past the pack at AIDS Walk New York, a 10-kilometer event in Central Park, while his lady, Susan Sarandon, hoofed it among a hearty 37,000 who helped raise $4.7 million for the Gay Men's Health Crisis.

Jack Nicholson found splendor in the grass—well, he had a good lie, anyway—at a celebrity golf tournament in L.A. Nicholson, who swings back into big-screen action with Old Friends, due in December, finished sixth in the event, which raised $300,000 for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation.

Drew Carey (left) got right in tune with Wayne Newton's world, which, of course, would be Las Vegas—did somebody say cheese?—for the taping of Carey's HBO special The Mr. Vegas All Night Party, airing June 28. The dweeby TV sitcom star, on hiatus from his ABC series, got Careyed away-when he duetted with the famed lounge lizard on his signature song, "Danke Schoen."

High-diving Hugh Grant—what, no Speedo?—took the plunge during a break from schmoozing at the Cannes Film Festival. Grant, joined by girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley, was there to present the best actress award, wonby Kathy Burke for Gary Oldman's Nil by Mouth.

Still mad about each other, actor Hank Azaria and new TV mom Helen Hunt were in perfect step in New York City, where Azaria is filming a role in the monster flick Godzilla, due next year. Hunt returns to Mad About You this fall.

Newly crowned Miss Universe Brook Lee of Hawaii showed basketball fans a thing or two about accessorizing while holding court at the deciding NBA play-off game (is there a better place to wear a tiara?) between the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks in Miami. Lee, who was just plain Miss USA before topping the universe (no entrant from Mars) in Miami Beach last month, also sang the national anthem.

In Manhattan, Bill Cosby delivered a commencement address at New York University. "Go out and have lunch and dinner, and then find an apartment and pay for it yourself," he told the new grads.

Casually cool George magazine editor John F. Kennedy Jr. dressed down for the day in Milan—love those open-toed sandals!—where he was joined by wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy for a charity event.

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