Julia Roberts, 36, is the woman who has everything: beauty, fame, fortune, a brilliant career, an Oscar and a handsome husband, cameraman Danny Moder (she actually calls him her “hunk of burning love”). Everything but a baby. And she says she won’t be happy until she has one “in her arms.” And “within a year.” And “no matter what.”

She also hopes a baby would help mend fences with her in-laws, who have never really forgiven her for breaking up Danny’s marriage to Vera Moder, which didn’t stand a chance after Julia first laid eyes on that particular “hunk of burning love” in Mexico two years ago.

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Julia’s in London now filming “Grand Champion.” She plays a pregnant cashier — an omen? — alongside her 12-year-old niece Emma Roberts, Bruce Willis and Dixie Chick Natalie Maines. Oh, and Danny, who can come in handy when she needs him. Whatever Julia wants, Julia gets.

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Meanwhile, Meg Ryan, who is six years older than Julia, says that she wants to have a baby too, although it wouldn’t be her first. She already has an 11-year-old son, Jack, by Dennis Quaid, whom she adores — the kid, not Quaid. But she has always wanted a daughter. She’d also like to have a man around, one with integrity. “I find that sexy,” she says. Fine. But integrity? Is she looking for that needle in a Hollywood haystack?

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Her Majesty Shabanou Farah Pahlavi, the gracious and beautiful widow of the Shah of Iran, will be in New York on March 24 at the L’Orangerie at Le Cirque for a cocktail reception celebrating the publication of her book, “An Enduring Love: My Life With the Shah.” The hosts of the reception are such eminences as Vartan Gregorian, Veronica Hearst, David Rockefeller and Barbara Walters. David Rockefeller is a particular friend indeed, who was there in perilous times when the Shah needed him. As was Henry Kissinger, whose name was probably first on the list of invitations.

Speaking of David Rockefeller, the Museum of Modern Art will honor John Whitehead with the David Rockefeller Award at a luncheon on Tuesday at the Metropolitan Club. MoMA presents this award every year to “an individual from the business community who best exemplifies enlightened generosity and effective advocacy of cultural and civic endeavors.” Which is a fancy way of saying that John Whitehead is a splendid citizen and a pleasure to do business with. Marie-Josée Kravis and Jerry Speyer are the chairmen of the luncheon and the honorary chairmen are Agnes Gund, Ronald Lauder and Robert Menschel.

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You will be thrilled to hear that Queen Elizabeth is finally having a good week. She and Prince Philip decided to have a night on the town so they joined their close friends Lord and Lady Romsey at the Drury Lane Theater to see Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes.” They shocked the audience by rubbing elbows with them in “regular seats” in the Dress Circle rather than in the private box where they usually sit. The Queen has also received exciting news from the Royal Kennel announcing the birth of two puppies, Willow and Holly, who were born to one of her favorite corgies. The very same day, the Queen was presented with a brand new royal choo-choo train called “The Queen’s Messenger.” It cost $2.25 million and will be used for the next 30 years to transport the royal family including the royal pets around the realm, making appearances, cutting ribbons, visiting grandchildren and various castles. It has a gorgeous burgundy colored engine that can reach speeds of up to 125 mph and it bears Her Majesty’s crest. It’s the only way, really.

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It’s supposed to be terribly hush-hush, but Cornelia Guest has just wrapped a juicy role in an important film and the word of mouth is so hot that she’s getting a lot of attention in Hollywood right now. With her scenes in the can, Cornelia zipped off to Las Vegas to see her pal Elton John’s show at Caesar’s Palace and hobnobbed with such tinselly stars as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas and Christina Aguilera. Cornelia sat with Elton’s partner, David Furnish, who wore a gold suit while she stood out among the flash and trash of Vegas’ notorious neon strip in a cocoa-colored jersey dress by Badgley Mischka that cling clang clung in all the right places. She will spend the next two weeks attending all the right Oscar parties — none of the wrong ones — and especially Elton’s Oscar party on Hollywood’s biggest night.

In more breathtaking news from Hollywood, Cornelia spent the day with her friend Jennifer Nicholson, the designing daughter of Jack Nicholson. They had lunch at the Ivy and then headed back to Jennifer’s studio in Santa Monica for fittings. Cornelia ordered a closet full of Jennifer’s smartest outfits, hot off the Bryant Park runway where they were shown last week. Her favorite was a perfectly cut satin cocktail dress with a delicate mink neckline. She ordered it in pale blue, black and cream. Also in for fittings was Anjelica Huston, who will wear a blue Duchess satin gown with feathers on the hem to host the Costume Design Guild Awards Saturday night in Hollywood.

There’s really a run on Jennifer’s designs. Jennifer Love Hewitt was there for a final fitting of a “drop-dead chic” black and white gown that she will wear to the Oscars. Jennifer Nicholson, herself, will not make the Oscars because she’s off to Paris on Monday, where she’ll settle in at the Georges V for two weeks for Paris Fashion Week and the John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Viktor & Rolf shows to select her favorites to buy for her shop called Mademoiselle Pearl, named after her French bulldog. (Pearl is just one of three, the other two are called Scarlet and Lola.) New York socialites who have ordered from Nicholson include Amanda Hearst, who chose a flirty green swing skirt, Elisabeth Kieselstein-Cord, who picked a black leather baby-doll dress, Royce Pinkwater, a multicolored chiffon and Muffie Potter Aston, a chocolate leather and mink bolero jacket. Daddy Jack Nicholson is said to be very proud of his little girl.

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Garrick Ohlsson, the piano virtuoso, who recently performed at Avery Fisher Hall, is accustomed to playing in the world’s finest and biggest concerts halls. But for Barbaralee Diamonstein Spielvogel and Ambassador Carl Spielvogel, he played his beautiful music in the intimacy of their Park Avenue apartment. Ohlsson, one of the world’s leading interpreters of Chopin, played an all-Chopin program for such music-loving guests as Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee, Susan and Donald Newhouse, Lincoln Center chairman Bruce Crawford, Kathy and Ace Greenberg and others too harmonious to mention.

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Thomas Keller, chef extraordinaire, gave a luncheon at his new Per Se restaurant at the AOL Time Warner Building for Evelyn Lauder, Gail Hilson and Libby Pataki, the co-chairmen of the 10th Anniversary Committee of Evelyn’s breast cancer research foundation. Evelyn announced to the guests that the foundation has raised $80 million since 1993 and is in sight of its goal of $100 million by October 2004. Among those attending were Candice Bergen, Anne Eisenhower, Hilary Geary, Coco Kopelman, Carole Mack, Gigi Mortimer, Deborah Norville, Beverly Sills and Paula Zahn. Brava, Evelyn Lauder.

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