updated 07/24/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/24/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT
City of Angels doc Blair Underwood knows how to show compassion in real life too: At Coley's, a Jamaican restaurant in Inglewood, Calif., Underwood and his two children were being shown to his regular table when he overheard a woman telling the hostess that she had been waiting ahead of him with her 3-year-old son. Underwood gallantly stepped in to tell the lady she could have his table—or join him and his son and daughter there. She gladly accepted the latter option.
Tommy Mottola didn't get to be the head of Sony Music by leaving anything to chance. So when he felt a thirst coming on at the trendy East Hampton, N.Y., eatery Delia Femina, the ex-Mr. Mariah Carey handed the waiter a printed card that read, "Bombay Sapphire martini, straight up, very cold, in and out, with an olive, stirred not shaken." Delia Femina maître d' Walter Strubel approved. "All our customers should come in with the cards," he said. "It makes it easier for us."
Friends got a scare when Elizabeth Taylor suddenly tripped and fell at a July 4 party at the Malibu home of producer Jonathan Axelrod and his wife, actress llleana Douglas. Although paramedics were called to the scene, the indomitable Taylor felt well enough to wave them off and had her bodyguard drive her home instead.
Rosanna Arquette and West Hollywood restaurateur John Sidel, who few people know broke up more than a year ago, are talking about making the split formal. It would mark Arquette's third divorce. But the couple, who married in 1993 and have a daughter, Zoe, 5, still hang out at the same parties. At a Harper's Bazaar shindig last month at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills, Sidel spun the records while Arquette, who has been linked to Michael Des Barres (a musician and her costar in the film Sugar Town), grooved to the beat.
Spotted: Ally McBeal's Lisa Nicole Carson, who earlier this year spent two weeks in a Manhattan hospital for undisclosed reasons, looking healthy, relaxed and well-rested as she recently lounged in the buff in the steam room at the Spa Hotel & Casino-in Palm Springs.... Val Kilmer in an L.A. restaurant with spiked brown hair and a hideous red-and-black tattoo stretching from his wrist to his elbow. No, he hasn't joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers: The look is for his upcoming flick The Salton Sea, a thriller in which Kilmer plays a man who goes adrift after witnessing the murder of his wife.... Whitney Houston at the North Miami Beach funeral of her longtime throat doctor Julian Groff, who died of cancer. Houston didn't speak at the service, but her voice sounded perfect as she hit every note of "Amazing Grace."