Star Tracks

updated 09/29/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/29/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Pumped and ready to ride, Robin Williams climbed into the saddle for the 18-mile bicycle leg of the Nautica Malibu Triathlon. Williams teamed with trainer Greg O'Bryan, who ran, and triathlete Scott Tinley, who swam, to finish sixth at the Pediatric AIDS Foundation benefit.

Actor-director Kenneth Branagh made sure costar Winona Ryder got the point on the Manhattan set of Woody Allen's fall project, a comedy about what happens to two newly divorced New Yorkers. Ryder next abandons terra firma for the sci-fi flick Alien Resurrection, due Nov. 26.

Tennis, anyone? Well, maybe not. Patrick Rafter, fresh from his U.S. Open victory, was willing, but his mammalian pal at Bermuda's Southampton Princess resort looked as if he'd rather eat the ball than work on his ground strokes.

There she was, Miss America Kate Shindle, enduring the ritual day-after dip following her crowning moment in Atlantic City. Shindle, the contestant formerly known as Miss Illinois, was one of 13 women who wore a two-piece swim-suit in the pageant but obviously not to swim in.

Proud papa Kirk Douglas basked in the reflected glow of his son Michael—not to mention the gleam of family pal Jack Nicholson's grin—after Michael's hand-and-footprints were immortalized in cement alongside his own at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Quoth Douglas the elder: "I think his footprints should be much bigger than mine."

General Hospital's resident heartthrob Tyler Christopher quickened costar Vanessa Marcil's ticker, as the real-life lovers—who plan to wed Dec. 14—cuddled for cameras at the Soap Opera Update Awards in New York City. Christopher, who plays Nikolas Cassadine, won as Best Male Newcomer.

It was an all-sister act at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in Los Angeles, where the event's pregnant cohost Erykah Badu (below) took home a bundle of trophies for her debut album, Baduizm, and an in lip-synch En Vogue—Maxine Jones (far left), Cindy Herron and Terry Ellis—blew kisses and won kudos for best group single.

Just a fool for a photo op, King Tusk, an Asian elephant, let Melanie Griffith tickle the ivory in New York City's Central Park to honor India's 50th year of independence.

Tough guys may not dance, but they do sing the blues, as emotive action guy Steven Seagal proved at Nashville's Planet Hollywood, crooning tunes from his movie Fire Down Below.

Sure, every litter bit hurts, but Deborah Gibson—no more of that Debbie stuff—wasn't bothered a bit at the Broadway on Broadway fete in Manhattan. She's starring in Beauty and the Beast.

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