SOT. 29 Bryant Gumbel, 48 SEPT. 30 Lacey Chabert, 14; Fran Drescher, 39; Johnny Mathis, 61; Angie Dickinson, 64. OCT. l Randy Quaid, 46; Rod Carew, 51; Julie Andrews, 61; Jimmy Carter, 72 OCT. 2 Tiffany, 25; Lorraine Bracco, 42; Sting, 45; Avery Brooks, 48; Donna Karan, 48 OCT. 3 Neve Campbell, 23; Fred Couples, 37; Jack Wagner, 37 OCT. 4 Armand Assante, 47; Susan Sarandon, 50; Patti LaBelle, 52; Charlton Heston, 72 OCT. 5 Grant Hill, 24; Mario Lemieux, 31; Michael Andretti, 34; Clive Barker, 44 • Keanu Reeves was so popular after Speed that I'm amazed he turned down a sequel, supposedly to tour with his band, Dogstar. Was that the real reason? Mary Feldbush, Torrance, Pa. Much was made of Reeves' decision to tour with the band — he plays bass — I especially because j hehadscriptapproval for a Speed sequel and reportedly could ' have made $ 11 mil- Reem, 32, makes nuslc. | ion It isn > t so cur . ious, though, when you consider that he started Dogstar and that it's among the few offscreen interests he indulges (there's his motorcycle, too). Plus, band- mates had worked around Reeves' commitments so often, he felt it was time things went the other way. Reeves' interest in music goes way back. His mother, who raised him after his parents' divorce, was married to a music promoter, and stars such as Alice Cooper used to drop by. • Jewel, the singer-songwriter whose debut album, Pieces of You, is climbing the charts, finally is getting some attention. Tell me more about her. Is she seeing anyone? Nathan Measom, Pleasant Grove, Utah (via AOL) Once loosely linked to Sean Penn (before he married Robin Wright), Jewel, 22, has no beau at present. Born Jewel Kirchner in an Alaska town of 4,000, she knows the meaning of the word "hardship": She once lived in a broken-down van. Now even Chelsea Clinton sees her in concert (as she did in Chicago during the Democratic convention). • What did vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp do about the military draft while he was playing pro football? Cephen Book, Norristown, Pa. Kemp, 61, served in the U.S. Army Reserve but was granted a medical exemption in October 1961 when his unit was called to active duty. Then playing for the San Diego Chargers, Kemp, who later became a Republican congressman from New York and ran against George Bush in the 1988 presidential primaries, got the exemption because of an injury to the left shoulder he had suffered in a game a month earlier. • Did Shaquille O'Neal, who left the Orlando Magic for a $120 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, make the move partly to further his movie career? Eric Kilmartin, Castro Valley, Calif. We're told the decision was strictly basketball-related. Yet the star center, a new father of a baby girl, has spent the past few summers in Los Angeles making movies. This summer, Shaq played a genie in Kazaam; next up, he's a superhero in Steel. Shaq is not basketball's only big name going Hollywood: Dennis Rodman is an alien on NBC's Third Rock From the Sun; Michael Jordan has a movie due this fall; and let's not forget Scottie Pippen's guest spot on ER last season. • What will the USA's star gymnasts of the '96 Olympics — such as Herri Strug, Dominique Moceanu and Shannon Miller—do now that they've reached the pinnacle of success, gold medals? Brent Yarger, Atlantic, Iowa All three have endorsements and appearances to decide on, training to continue and, interestingly enough, a book to write (the whole U.S. women's gymnastics team is collaborating on it). Strug, 18, the major sweetheart of the Atlanta Games, typifies how life has changed. She played herself in an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 taped early in the season (and loved meeting Jason Priestley); she's now considering other TV "cameos." She began her freshman year at UCLA, taking a light load of classes so she can continue performing. And, like Miller, Moceanu and the four others on the women's team, she'll appear in a "world tour" through Nov. 17. (They'll all be paid, which does not affect their eligibility for international competition but does mean they won't be allowed to compete in collegiate meets.) • Your recent item on Robert Urich didn't mention a thing about cancer. Didn't I hear he is getting treatment of some sort? Is there a place fans may send good wishes? Rose Doren, Dearborn Heights, Mich. The popular actor's announcement last month that he's undergoing chemotherapy for synovial sarcoma, a rare cancer that affects the joints, came after press time and surprised many, including the producers of his syndicated show, The Lazarus Man. Urich, 48, who has starred in more than 20 TV series and miniseries, has an "excellent" chance of full recovery, his doctor has said, but because of his uncertain condition, the second season of Lazarus has been canceled. (New shows would have aired in January.) Urich had gone to the doctor thinking he had arthritis pain; synovia is the lubricating fluid around joints, where tumors can grow undetected. Write to him in care of his publicists: Baker, Winokur, Ryder, 405 S. Beverly Dr., Fifth Floor, Beverly Hills, Calif. 90212. • I'm a big fan of Matt Dillon, who starred in Drugstore Cowboy and a number ot other offbeat movies. How old is he? Does he have a girlfriend? Jacklyn Pamsh, Las Vegas The handsome 32-year-old has been keeping company with The Mask's Cameron Diaz, who's getting renewed notice for She's the One and Feeling Minnesota. They've been steadies since spring, ca Ruiiiiiiice is in the air (or Dillon and Di<i/. 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