SARAH JESSICA PARKER
"It reminded me of cotton candy," says Parker of her pink-couture confection. "I can't believe I got to wear it."
Her metallic gown (and Jimmy Choo purse) "made me happy," says Messing, adding that she "feels like a modern Rita Hayworth."
WHERE WAS MICHAEL VARTAN?
boyfriend "was probably just at his house," says his rep. "Michael is very shy."
Falco usually wears black but wanted "something different." She donned Stephen Russell earrings.
LILY ET CIE COUTURE
"It is just pretty and nice. I love white," says Silverstone, who passed on using double-sided tape. "I have to be careful when I bend down."
Garner sparkled in Neil Lane diamonds but was also beaming because "I'm a proud daughter to be with my parents," Bill and Pat Garner.
"I was going for a comfortable look," she says.
Choosing between Neil Lane and Kwiat jewelry, "I wore it all."
She tried on 16 dresses, picking a "sophisticated but sexy" gown.
Emmy on eBay
Celebs are auctioning their duds for charity. "It's time we start giving back" says Clothes Off Our Back co-creator Jane Kaczmarek. The top bids so far:
COURTENEY COX ARQUETTE
Celine tux $1,125
Vera Wang gown
Novex of Beverly Hills tux $510
Reem Acra gown
Zegna suit $710
HANG TIME: CHANDELIER EARRINGS
REEM ACRA SALON
"They're rather heavy, but they're worth it," says Davis
"I've never worn this bright a color," says Janney, "but I have the right amount
BRADLEY BAYOU FOR HALSTON
Despite her "nice, soft" look, "inside I'm still me," she said.
Her dress made the flu-stricken Nixon "feel good."
I was a bad boy," says Dulé Hill (with his Valentino-clad West Wing
costar Janel Moloney), who slept in until 10 a.m., skipping his usual pre-awards show ritual of attending church.
WHY DID BILL COSBY WEAR SUNGLASSES?
"I didn't feel like taking them off," said the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award winner of his Jack Nicholson-like appearance.
DID PAULA ABDUL
HAVE BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S?
Yes. "She wanted a cross between Cinderella and Audrey Hepburn," says her hairstylist Frederick Parnell.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Seamstresses begin reworking Poppy (Without A Trace
) Montgomery's Richard Tyler gown after its zipper broke the previous evening. They replace it with a lace-up back closure just in time for her 9 a.m. final fitting.
Will & Grace
's Shelley Morrison lights a soy candle for Debra Messing, hoping her castmate will finally win an Emmy. (She does.)
Alicia Silverstone starts her day with a vegan breakfast. "I had butternut squash and leeks and yummy mushrooms," she says. "I also woke up with a green drink of cucumbers, parsley, kale, that kind of stuff."
's Michael Chiklis shaves his head "so as not to suffer 8 o'clock shadow, if you will."
A repairman arrives at Six Feet Under
star Michael C. Hall's home to fix his fridge.
Kristin Davis is stuck on the red carpet and doesn't make it inside the Shrine Auditorium in time for the first award, comedy supporting actress. (Nominee Megan Mullally barely makes it after getting out of her limo blocks away and hoofing it.) "If one of my costars had won, and I had not been there," Davis says, "I would've been in big trouble." But Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon lose to Doris Roberts.
An hour into the ceremony, Ray Romano's wife, Anna, notices that her husband is wearing his sock inside out. Says Romano: "She looked at me and said, 'Damn you, Lucy'—my mother, who she blames for not teaching me how to dress."
Walking out of the Governor's Ball, James Gandolfini struggles with his cell phone. "I've got to get a new one of these," he grumbles.
A lost Patricia Heaton and husband Dave wander around backstage. "How do we get to the limo pickup?" she asks. "Is anybody out here?"
At the TV Guide party, Dennis Franz's wife, Joanie, complains as her husband meets the press. "Dennis wants to talk to everybody," she says, "and all I want to do is get to a bathroom."
Ryan Seacrest arrives at the Entertainment Tonight
party. "I came just to see the Bangles," he says, as the band promptly ends their set. "Damn! I can't believe I just missed them."
At the HBO party, Sopranos
producer Martin Bruestle conducts business with Queer Eye
groomer Kyan Douglas: "Should I use hair gel?" Replies Douglas: "A really light gel might not be so bad for you."
After holding court with Courteney Cox Arquette
Arquette, David Arquette, Rob Lowe and Mike Myers at the HBO party for two hours, Jennifer Aniston
heads for the exit arm in arm with Lowe and pals.
There's no victory vacation for winner Joe Pantoliano, who reports to work on CBS's The Handler
. "The good news is I won," he says. "The bad news is I have a 6 a.m. call time."
WHERE WAS BRAD PITT
Aniston's husband was on location in Los Cabos, Mexico, filming Troy
HBO'S POST-EMMY PARTY
From top left, Arquette (with Aniston) had a Friend
ly request: "They need to turn the music up," she said;
Parker provided service with a smile; and Davis cheeked in with Sex and the City
husband Evan Handler.
THE GOVERNOR'S BALL
After the ceremony James Gandolfini (left) spoke softly and carried a big Emmy, while Carson Kressley (who said he was "getting a little worked up over" Ray Romano) kept his Queer Eye
on Will & Grace
's Megan Mullally.
WHY IS MEGAN MULLALLY SO HAPPY?
She got married the day before (see Scoop, p. 22).
WHAT'S UP WITH JAMES GANDOLFINI'S BUTTON?
It was in support of pal Joe Renna, a candidate for office in Union County, N.J.
America Online asked celebs to document Emmy day (in return, AOL is donating money to Bono's charity DATA). Some star snaps:
Nominated for best actress in a drama, the CSI
star paused for a peaceful moment on the red carpet.
En route to the ceremony, the American Idol
judge enjoyed a Simon-free moment with wife Erika.
He found Debra Messing picking up her Emmy (the one used onstage is a prop) backstage.
winner (below) welcomed his newest passenger (above).
A pal captured the West Wing
nominee "listening to music and relaxing" at home as Avril began her makeup job.
Carrie Bell, Rachel Biermann, Sean Daly, Alison Singh Gee, Amy Gurvitz, William Keck, Marisa Laudadio, Kwala Mandel, Dana Meltzer and Brenda Rodriguez in L.A.