Talk about designer genes: Catherine Deneuve, accompanied by her DNA-blessed daughter, actress Chiara Mastroianni (who costarred with her late father, Marcello Mastroianni, in 1994's Ready to Wear), was honored in Manhattan by the French Institute/Alliance Française.
Ah, it must be fun being Brad Pitt: All he need do to attract a ton of attention is show up, as he did for the Los Angeles premiere of Meet Joe Black. Not surprisingly, moviegoers (and photographers) seemed a lot more interested in making the acquaintance of Mr. Pitt.
Madonna appeared to be on a mellow wavelength in Paris, where she was en route to an appearance at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Milan. The ethereal girl picked up two statuettes for Ray of Light.
Wide-eyed Oprah Winfrey received a cheery homecoming when she returned to her Kosciusko, Miss., birthplace to dedicate a Habitat for Humanity residence she funded. "You have nothing without a home," said the big 0.
A tisket, a tasket, an undead author in a casket: Noted vampire novelist Anne Rice did her best Bela Lugosi impression in a Las Vegas mortuary while promoting her latest bloodsucker blockbuster, The Vampire Armand.
In Manhattan noted cyclist and editor John F. Kennedy Jr. caught up on the latest sports scores. He has also been keeping himself busy with a legal battle. Kennedy and his sister Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg are seeking arbitration against Sheldon Streisand—Barbra's older brother and a real estate investor in Great Neck, N.Y. The Kennedy sibs are accusing him of selling, without permission, half their interest in a real estate partnership (established by mom Jackie 20 years ago) to his wife for what they call the "bargain price" of $500,000. A lawyer for Sheldon Streisand denied the charges contained in the Kennedys' arbitration demand.