updated 11/16/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/16/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST
"We're beautiful, dammit!" sang "Nurse Wretched" Rosie O'Donnell—her tongue firmly in cheek when it wasn't otherwise engaged—and a slightly cross Bette Midler at the Hulaween II benefit in Manhattan. In addition to demonstrating how hard it is to get good health care, O'Donnell served as auctioneer for the event, which raised $1.25 million for Midler's New York Restoration Project.
Gentlemen, start your engines: Actors Ray Liotta, Paul Reubens (the artist formerly known as Pee-wee Herman), Anthony Edwards and Matthew McConaughey checkered out the Marlboro 500 auto race in Fontana, Calif., won by Jimmy Vasser. "They didn't have a flag for me," says Liotta. "But I found it exhilarating, it's so intense."
King of the Out-of-This-World: Leonardo DiCaprio took a break from his hectic partying schedule to view John Glenn's space launch at Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Gauze and effect: Wrap stars Vice President Al Gore and mummy dearest Tipper played living dead for Halloween this year, wearing about 90 rolls of filmy white stuff at their annual hottest-ticket-in-town bash for the press corps on the grounds of Washington, D.C.'s Naval Observatory, where the gruesome twosome live.
Actress Mare Winningham, who moonlights as a country-folk singer (you can tell by the hat)—and who won an Oscar nomination for playing a folk rocker in 1995's Georgia-crooned tunes from her new album, Lonesomers, at L.A.'s Cafe Largo.
Joaquin Phoenix (left), Linda Blair—still a head-turner at 39—and Politically Incorrect's Bill Maher met in L.A. for a party marking The Exorcist's 25th anniversary. "You wouldn't believe the number of fans who still come up and ask me to make my head spin around or to throw up on cue," says Blair. Well, yes, we would.