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updated 03/09/1998 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/09/1998 01:00AM

Weeping beauty Naomi Campbell embraced South Africa's President, Nelson Mandela—who calls her his honorary granddaughter—at a Cape Town fashion show and auction to benefit the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. The British-born model organized the event, which showcased Versace designs and memorabilia.

The cat in the hat is none other than ER's doc Eriq La Salle, who read the Dr. Seuss classic at an exhibition of the writer-illustrator's art in Los Angeles. "It's one of those things that, generation after generation, holds up and captures the imagination—and mischief—of being a kid," says La Salle of his Seuss favorite.

Brad Pitt escorted Claire Forlani, his costar in the upcoming romantic drama Meet Joe Black, to present a Writers Guild of America award to screenwriter Bo Goldman in L.A.

Following tradition, Kevin Kline dressed weird to accept a Harvard Hasty Pudding award in Cambridge, Mass. "I went to Indiana University," said I Kline, "which we called the Harvard of the Middle of Nowhere."

Rosie O'Donnell made her lips stick on Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas after receiving the Woman of Courage Award from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. "This is in honor of the women who really are courageous, who are fighting cancer every day," O'Donnell told Entertainment Tonight.

A Friend indeed: Lisa Kudrow showed up to support costar David Schwimmer at the Los Angeles premiere of his new romantic comedy, Kissing a Fool. The actress, who is expecting her first child in late spring, brought her husband, advertising executive Michel Stern.

The extra twinkle in Paul Newman's baby-blues may well have been related to the proximity of costars Reese Witherspoon (left) and Susan Sarandon, who cozied up to the 73-year-old screen heartthrob at the New York City premiere of their thriller Twilight, due March 6.

Will Smith shared a warm and fuzzy moment with his blonde, bespectacled bride, Jada, at a pre-Grammy party in Manhattan. The newlyweds are expecting a child in July. "Will is a huge part of who I am these days," Jada told Essence. Her next delivery? A comedy, Woo, due in May.

Hey, Laaaady. Jerry Lewis (above)—who does Jerry Lewis better than anybody—received a Lifetime Achievement trophy at the American Comedy Awards in L.A. Julia Louis-Dreyfus (below, with her mother, Judith Bowles) was named TV's Funniest Supporting Female Performer. "It's always good to be nominated for anything under any circumstances," she says. Other yukkers: "Weird Al" Yankovic (below left) and Linda Blair (left, with the Unknown Comic).

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