Star Tracks

updated 09/22/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/22/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Earning oddest-coupling honors at the MTV Video Music Awards in Manhattan, Martha Stewart caught a buss from Busta Rhymes. "I could teach you how to sew," Stewart told the rapper backstage.

Cleopatra-clad rapper Lil' Kim—with a cast of aspiring Antonys that seemingly numbered in De Mille-ions—grooved like an Egyptian for a glitzy medley in keeping with the awards' international flavor.

No shrinking violet, Bruce Springsteen (left) dueted with rising son Jakob Dylan and his Wallflowers for a Bruced-up take on their hit "One Headlight."

No Doubt's Gwen Stefani (with bandmates, from left, Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young) skedaddled onstage when their "Don't Speak" won best group video. Spake Stefani: "I look at these events like Halloween."

Carmen Electra, slinky cohost of MTV's Singled Out, offered the night's hottest sideshow. (Her date was rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill.) The former Playmate better watch her tan lines: She hits the beach of Baywatch this fall.

Signing off after 17 years as cohost of Good Morning America, Joan Lunden joined daughters (from left) Jamie, 17, Lindsay, 14, and Sarah, 10—and Jeff Konigsberg, her businessman beau—at a tearful farewell brunch in New York City. What's next? "Waking up in the morning rested, that's going to be an unbelievably new thing for me," she said.

At the Manhattan premiere of the thriller The Game, Lauren Bacall sneaked a quick peck at Gwyneth Paltrow, who told USA Today her life, no longer the Pitt's, is going "very, very well."

Pneumatic mom Pamela Lee cuddled beach boy Brandon, 1 (dad is Tommy Lee), in Malibu, where she filmed an ad for a Music for Our Mother Ocean benefit album. Lee's next bambino is due in three months.

Janet Jackson (right) hit a high note at the Cloud Room atop Manhattan's Chrysler Building when she teamed up with her former sister-in-law Lisa Marie Presley to celebrate the release of Janet's latest album, The Velvet Rope, due in stores Oct. 7.

Mira, mira, Mira! A see-worthy Sorvino, bugged—literally—by her subway experiences in Mimic, found an alternate mode of transportation (the floating kind) at Italy's Venice Film Festival, where she promoted the roach-ridden sci-fi thriller. Next out for the actress will be The Replacement Killers, an action film due in February.

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