updated 03/20/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/20/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST
It was perfect weather for leather as a fashionable Melanie Griffith swept past onlookers in a crimson tide—offset by a single rose—in L.A. She next appears in the John Waters-directed Cecil B. Demented, playing an A-list star who is kidnapped by an independent movie director.
Robin Williams and Steve Martin were arm in arm at the American Museum of the Moving Image's salute to Martin in New York City. Quipped the obviously humbled honoree: "We are here tonight because we are celebrating a common love—me."
Britney Spears traveled the beaded path in New Orleans, where the 18-year-old pop princess, who grew up in nearby Kentwood, La., served as the grand marshal of the Endymion Mardi Gras parade.
In Manhattan, Angela's Ashes author Frank McCourt cohosted a party for Anjelica Huston's Agnes Browne, her new drama set in Ireland. Huston did double duty as the film's director and star.
Hey, Jude: In L.A., Laura Dern and Holly Hunter took a sad song and made it better at a St. Jude Children's Research Hospital benefit that raised more than $1 million.
Buy, sell...or sign? Brokers like Seldon Clarke were bullish on Olympic gold medalists Kristi Yamaguchi (left) and Tara Lipinski, who inexplicably signed a baseball during a tour of the New York Stock Exchange.
Ricky Martin took his bon-bon to Blighty, where he performed "Livin' La Vida Loca" at the Brit Awards in London. Martin, who was shut out at last month's Grammys, went winless once again at the Brits, where the prize for Best International Male Solo Artist went to singer Beck.
Having already discovered that The World Is Not Enough in his last James Bond outing, Pierce Brosnan seemed satisfied to settle for a day at a Malibu beach with a four-footed friend.
Vanessa L. Williams and son Devin, 6, helped launch a Sesame Street literacy project in Manhattan. Williams, who is wed to the Lakers' Rick Fox, expects her fourth child in early summer.
Another star was born—the 2, 154th, to be exact—as Richard Chamberlain received kudos and kisses from fans after the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "This takes my breath away," he said. "It's the bee's knees."