Star Tracks

updated 11/03/1997 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/03/1997 01:00AM

Always feathery of foot, President Clinton and Brazilian soccer legend Pelé had a little pas de deux at a children's education and sports village in Rio de Janeiro. Said Clinton: "Brazil's most important debt is to its children."

Paul McCartney, flanked by son James, 20, and wife Linda, in one of her first public appearances since her recent bout with breast cancer, checked out daughter Stella's fashions at her debut show for Chloé in Paris. "It's a shame they're all for women," Paul told London's Daily Mirror, "because I'd love to buy something for myself."

Spin City costars Michael J. Fox and Barry Bostwick entered the rinse cycle, taking the plunge into New York City's Hudson River for an episode of their ABC sitcom taped to air Oct. 29. Said a wrung-out Bostwick: "I knew I would learn what a 'wet suit' really was."

Sling blade John F. Kennedy Jr., recovering from hand surgery, kept his head down and his brown eyes hidden while playing pedestrian in Manhattan. He hasn't told the reason for his Oct. 8 operation. And you know what? He doesn't regret it.

In Los Angeles, actress Kate Hudson, 18, shared the spotlight with her mom, Goldie Hawn, at the premiere of the TNT coming-of-age drama Hope, which marked Hawn's directorial debut. "People ask me how I'm able to raise kids, be a wife, act, produce and now direct movies," said Hawn. "My brain is just built that way."

Roma Downey, star of the CBS hit drama Touched by an Angel, warmed up to a couple of God's cuddly creatures, newborn emperor penguins named Gabriel and Raphael, during her visit to Sea World in San Diego. The actress toured the theme park with her daughter Reilly Marie, 17 months.

You know how it is when you meet the big stars and find out that they're not so big after all? Well, forget it. These aren't the Spice Girls; they're just 11½-inch wannabes—(from left) Sporty, Scary, Ginger, Posh and Baby—meeting the press for the first time in London and due in stores before Christmas. But sorry, folks—all 150,000 of 'em will be available only in the U.K.

Putt-upon Party of Five star Scott Wolf seemed a bit teed off when his foursome finished in seventh place at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Golf Tournament in Hyannis Port, Mass. Wolf, a 12 handicap, linked up with other celebs to help raise about $400,000 for the RFK charity programs.

Proving that earth girls are easy, Uma Thurman mugged happily for the cameras at the L.A. premiere of Gattaca, her sci-fi thriller costarring off-screen beau Ethan Hawke. So why the Winona Ryder wig? "A girl needs a change once in a while," Thurman told Entertainment Tonight.

Barbra Streisand caught a squeeze from fiancé James Brolin at the Hollywood Film Festival for a screening of Brolin's directorial debut, the drama My Brother's War. As for Streisand, her next CD, Higher Ground, is due this month.

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