Star Tracks

updated 07/01/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/01/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

A twist of face got Jodie Foster into the spirit of things at the Los Angeles premiere of Moll Flanders, the period costume drama (see review, page 17). Afterward, jugglers, dancers and fortunetellers entertained moviegoers (though Foster skipped the revelry) at a Renaissance fair held at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art in L.A.

A horse is a horse, of course, but only the luckiest equines get to smooch longtime animal-rights activist Brigitte Bardot. The former cinematic sex kitten cozied up to her four-legged friend in Lozère, France, where she attended the opening of the Scientific Observation Park, a 50-acre wolf preserve partially funded by the Brigitte Bardot Foundation.

An obviously receptive John Kennedy Jr. found himself the object of considerable affection from his steady gal, former Calvin Klein publicist Carolyn Bessette, at a benefit in Manhattan for the Robin Hood Foundation, a group that funds programs for low-income people.

Riding on dad Antonio Sabato Jr.'s shoulders was thrill enough for Jack, 20 months (mom is actress Virginia Madsen), but ER's Noah Wyle (right) joined the adrenaline junkies hopping aboard the new, waterlogged Jurassic Park attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood. The party for the wild ride's unveiling raised $350,000 for the Starbright Foundation.

Smokin' Queen Latifah (right) lit up the crowd of 300 party-goers gathered at Antonio "L.A." Reid's home near Atlanta to help the record producer celebrate the Big 4-0. Reid, co-president of LaFace Records (with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds), was serenaded by many of his clients, including sensual songbird Toni Braxton (below, stealing the scene from model Veronica Webb). Asked about her outfit, Braxton redefined downsizing to The Atlanta Journal: "It's a size 6 vest that I had made into a size 2 dress." Ralph Lauren Polo model Tyson (bottom right, in hat) and New York Undercover's Malik Yoba opted for black-on-white duds.

Poised in pearls, Chelsea Clinton, 16, made her state-dinner debut at a White House fete for Irish President Mary Robinson. The First Daughter waited her turn in the hour-long receiving line with the 380 other guests.

Meg Ryan was busy, busy, busy: Wednesday (June 12), she joined Dan Rather in Manhattan to screen Courage Under Fire, her new military drama (due July 12). On Thursday she hobnobbed with Bill Clinton at the dinner for Ireland's Mary Robinson. ("It was a hell of a lot more fun than I thought it would be," says Ryan. "The last time I was in Washington, I was in the third grade and a little girl threw up in the Blue Room.") Saturday, she joined costar Denzel Washington (far left) and director Edward Zwick in Hershey, Pa., where Fire won a Congressional Medal of Honor Society award.

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