Jennifer Lets Loose in London
12/09/2004 AT 06:00 AM EST
Crazy Sexy Cool
Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross may be particularly good at playing, well, crazy characters because of her educational background – and it seems to steer some of her downtime as well, as evidenced by her recent involvement with Dr. Phil. "I have my master's in psychology and I think I'll practice again one day or do something in that arena," Cross told us at Dr. Phil's home during a special evening in which he and his wife, Robin, invited the spouses and children of troops serving in Iraq for a Christmas party. "I came out tonight because I've given some thought to where I want to concentrate some of my 'celebrity' time, (and it's on) kids and mental health, and this combines both." As for her hit show, Cross says, "I love my character, (though she's) sort of scary at the same time. It's challenging and interesting. Could you imagine that I could ever live down Kimberly Shaw from Melrose Place? I certainly didn't." Also at the event: Melissa Joan Hart, Kelsey Grammer and Nickelodeon star Emma Roberts. The party will air on a three-part series on Dr. Phil's NBC show next week.
She's a diva, she was an honoree at amfAR's AIDS Gala at New York's Pierre Hotel this week – and Patti LaBelle is also having a grand time with her latest role: TV show host. "I go around and find people to talk to about why they do what they do," says LaBelle about Living It Up, on new cable/satellite lifestyle channel TV One. "There are cooking shows where I show my girlfriends, like Phylicia Rashad and Sheryl Lee Ralph, how I cook and I have fun."
Also at the event, Alicia Keys drew raves for her work in the fight against AIDS, including a recent letter in Billboard encouraging her peers to join in the battle. "Alicia is great. We need more Alicias," said amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole of the singer, who is nominated for eight Grammys, including album and song of the year. "That is what it takes. Those are our role models. Those are the people that define standards and create benchmarks. Those are the people we aspire to want to be. So I applaud what she's doing and I hope that many of us will stay on that path, or get on it."
Caught in the Act
Summerland star Lori Loughlin, Joan of Arcadia's Mary Steenburgen, David Cassidy and American Dreams' Brittany Snow, at the Family Television Awards in Beverly Hills.
John Cusack and Milla Jovovich, dining together at Nobu in Malibu. Also in the trendy eatery that night: Courteney Cox and hubby David Arquette.
By PETE NORMAN, MARGI BLASH, ETHEL M. JOHNSON, JESSICA HERNDON and JOHNNY DODD