Star Tracks

updated 02/26/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/26/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST

Scarlet fever swept New York City's Madison Square Garden as 75 leading ladies lent their voices to V-Day 2001, a benefit reading of The Vagina Monologues. The event drew 18,000 spectators and raised more than $2 million for organizations around the world that fight violence against women. In a rare return to acting, Jane Fonda (far left) gladly took the stage: "I've traveled the world, and I've seen extreme brutality to women," she said after the show. "We have to start talking about it so we can stand up and stop it." Fellow performers (clockwise from above left) Rita Wilson, Claire Danes and Glenn Close presented a united, delighted front; Brooke Shields and Marisa Tomei puckered up; Calista Flockhart celebrated with the play's writer-director, Eve Ensler; and Oprah Winfrey sparkled with spirit. Reveling in the evening's accomplishments, Wilson said, "Women can make a difference. I knew we would get a lot of women to come, but it was sold out! Imagine Madison Square Garden being sold out to a bunch of chicks sitting around talking."

Stand-up guys: In a meeting of comedic minds, Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld swapped stories at the L.A. premiere of fellow funnyman Chris Rock's comedy Down to Earth.

Meet the parents: Jack Nicholson and former girlfriend Rebecca Broussard bundled their kids—Lorraine, 10, and Raymond, 8—off to the opening of Disney's California Adventure park in Anaheim.

Guess that's why they call it the blues: Pointing out a familiar garment—a vintage T-shirt from his 1979 tour—Elton John coordinated colorfully with LeAnn Rimes, who visited backstage during an L.A. stop of his tour with Billy Joel.

O porter, where art thou? George Clooney lugged his luggage through Los Angeles International Airport en route to New Jersey to begin shooting a remake of the 1960 film Ocean's 11.

Monaco's Charlotte Casiraghi, 14, looked a little snow bored while on holiday with her family in Zürs, Austria. A day later her mum—Princess Caroline—collided with another skier and underwent knee surgery for a torn ligament.

James Gandolfini extended some benign protection to costar Lorraine Bracco during a frigid photo op in New York City to promote the third season of their hit HBO series The Sopranos, which kicks off on March 4.

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