Star Tracks

updated 12/15/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/15/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

Sentences one thought one would never write, No. 1,418: Backstage at the International Emmy Awards in New York City, cynical Homicide cop Richard Belzer fell into the arms of Bananas in Pajamas. "There's something appealing about them," says Belzer of his copresenters, stars of the Australian kiddie show. Another presenter, Fran Drescher (below), in a short 'do, promoted peace.

Put your ear to the picture, and you can almost hear the Bee Gees: Mike Myers set aside his Austin Powers duds and slipped into something more '70s on the New York City set of the film 54. Myers plays Studio 54 co-owner Steve Rubell, the man who ruled the velvet rope.

Performing the Wile E. Coyote impression that made her famous, Queen Elizabeth II took the plunger—of a cartoon detonator built by design students—during a visit to Radley College, a boys boarding school near Oxford. Touring the campus with the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen also opened a science block and attended a service in the chapel.

"If I have one addiction left in my life," Elton John said recently, "it's shopping." To keep his closets from bursting—and to raise money for his AIDS foundation—John in 1995 sold his hand-me-downs through a London store he called Out of the Closet. That was such a hit that the singer just opened OOTC 2—the better to unload his 10,000 garments, on which he estimates he spent $4 million.

It was smooth sailing, both on and off terra firma, for John E Kennedy Jr. over a sporty Thanksgiving holiday weekend with family members in Hyannis Port, Mass. The George editor-in-chief gave his cousin, attorney Max Kennedy (above), a lift in a parachute plane, covered the waterfront with wife Carolyn (left) and set sail with Uncle Ted (right).

Jack Nicholson and his daughter Lorraine, 7, warmed up to 1979 World Pairs Champions Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner after the duo's performance in Nutcracker on Ice in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Nicholson's next film, the comedy As Good as It Gets, opens nationwide Dec. 25.

Seoul brothers: Supposedly in South Korea to discuss investing in a ski resort, Michael Jackson gave a big hug to presidential candidate Kim Dae Jung. (The election is set for Dec. 18.) In other relationship news, Jackson and his wife, Debbie Rowe, have announced that they are expecting their second child, a girl.

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