Star Tracks

updated 09/04/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/04/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Equestrienne Elle Macpherson tried a little horse-whispering at the Chrysler polo tournament in Sotogrande, Spain. The model-actress recently lassoed a role on the Showtime miniseries A Girl Thing, slated to air next year.

Goofing around while taping an Olympic-themed edition of Hollywood Squares, Bart Conner and Scott Hamilton attempted the rare two-man shot put with fellow veteran (and Conner's wife) Nadia Comaneci. Among them, the trio hold 12 Olympic medals. But none in this event.

After weeks of keeping her relationship with TV producer Tom Werner under wraps, Katie Couric opted for a big public aloha (though she reportedly introduced him as "my friend Tom") in Southampton, N.Y., where they attended a benefit for the Animal Rescue Fund.

Lord of the ring Arnold Schwarzenegger strong-armed a few fledgling fighters as part of his Inner-City Games program at L.A.'s Hollenbeck Youth Center. "You've turned your back on the streets," he said. "You're true winners."

Richard Gere and ladylove Carey Lowell turned up in Water Mill, N.Y., for a local arts charity benefit.

In L.A., newlywed Brad Pitt—there's the ring—caught a flight to London for the premiere of his new film, Snatch.

Jack Thompson (base captain Brackett), Glenn Close (nurse Nellie) and Harry Connick Jr. (Lt. Joseph Cable) enjoyed some enchanted evening on the Cairns, Australia, set of the musical South Pacific, an ABC adaptation airing next year.

Don't recognize the guy on the phone? Just dial Beverly Hills, 90210 and ask for Jason Priestley. The former teen throb, 31, sported his new look in London while filming The Fourth Angel, playing a government agent on the trail of a terrorist.

In L.A., Lisa Kudrow and husband Michel Stern attended a service for Walter Matthau, who played her dad in the flick Hanging Up. The actor's favorite food was served: kosher hot dogs.

Also at the memorial, Angie Dickinson held up a copy of the program for the service. The veteran actor died July 1, at age 79, of a heart attack.

Meanwhile, Sophia Loren comforted Matthau's widow, Carol, who said, "We had the best relationship. Everything about him was interesting."

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