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Sharon Stone saves choking victim and other news flashes

Sharon Stone saves choking victim and other news flashes

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RESCUE HIM: While filming Intersection in Vancouver, B.C., last June, Sharon Stone may have been playing passionless Sally Eastman, but off the set the actress was turning in highly emotional performances. During a dinner at a local restaurant, Stone leaped to the aid of a choking victim. ”He was on the floor turning blue,” says Bill Rollnick, one of Stone’s dinner companions. So Stone rushed over and thrust her hand into his mouth to clear his breathing passage. ”No one was helping him,” says Stone. ”When he came to, I was the first face that he saw.” The man was then whisked to the hospital before he could recognize—let alone thank—his savior. ”Once he was okay, we had a good laugh picturing this guy trying to convince his friends that Sharon Stone saved his life,” says Rollnick. ”They were probably like, ‘Yeah, and Marlene Dietrich assisted.”’ —Melina Gerosa

URBAN COWBOYS: If Luke Perry and Stephen Baldwin decide to give up acting, they could work the rodeo. The two self-confessed adrenaline junkies did their own bull riding for the upcoming 8 Seconds. ”The first bull we put Luke on was one my little sister could ride,” says Brett Leffew, one of the film’s bull riders. ”He got off and said, ‘I want to do it again.”’ Baldwin’s first ride, on the other hand, was not so smooth. ”I was face down in the mud in a millisecond,” admits Baldwin. ”In my excitement, I had forgotten to put on spurs.” With spurs, Baldwin managed to stay on for five seconds, just three seconds short of a professional ride. The rides of both actors made the final cut of the film, which opens in February. —Beth Landman

PURPLE REIGN: Rosie O’Donnell says filming The Flintstones with Elizabeth Taylor was like a brush with royalty. ”The first day she came on the set we all got dressed up,” says O’Donnell, who plays Betty Rubble in Universal’s summer comedy. ”They painted her makeup trailer violet with purple steps. It was like Queen Elizabeth was coming! Then we all lined up to meet her. I didn’t know what to say, so I blurted out, ‘Hi, I have your perfume.’ And the next day she sent me a box filled with all of her products.” Taylor, who spent five days playing Fred Flintstone’s mother-in-law, later invited O’Donnell to a party at her Los Angeles home. ”It’s so funny when her assistant calls and says, ‘Hold for Elizabeth Taylor,’ and then I go, ‘Hi, Elizabeth.”’ Bow when you say that, pardner. -Stephen Schaefer

COLE FEET: Hollywood is putting its best foot forward in the fight against AIDS. As part of the A Step Towards the Cure campaign, shoe designer Kenneth Cole has stars casting their bare feet in cement plaques—a la Mann’s Chinese Theatre—to be displayed at Cole’s newest emporium on L.A.’s Sunset Blvd. On each star’s birthday, a percentage of the store’s revenue will be donated to the American Foundation for AIDS Research. Already on view are the piggies of Richard Gere, while Patricia Arquette’s and Randy Quaid’s are among those in storage. Others, like Elton John and Jeff Bridges, are scheduled to walk the walk soon. —Jess Cagle