Sights and sounds at the predinner reception for Monday's star-studded "Capit l Salute to the Entertainment World" to benefit the Actors' Fund:

Ever-budding actress Brooke Shields, tall and vague, wandering from interview to interview. At one point, she spotted tall and brilliant Lynn Redgrave, and with obvious excitement rushed over to talk with her. Brooke's mommy, the tall and ever-hovering Teri, noticed that a photographer wanted a picture of her daughter, and with a sharp "Brooke!" pointed her toward the camera. Brooke tensed, hesitated and then, reorganizing the expression on her face, dutifully went where she was told. She could talk to Redgrave later.

Gravel-voiced Colleen Dewhurst, an Actors' Fund board member and an actor's actor if ever there was one, related how the fund, in a way, had helped launch her career. In her early, struggling years, she couldn't get work, she said, "because I had terrible teeth." Since she couldn't afford the necessary dental work, a friend suggested she try the Actors' Fund. Dewhurst went reluctantly for an interview and remembers being treated with dignity and then being dismissed with what she felt was the familiar kiss-off, "We'll call you." In a couple of days, however, the call came. She had her money, and the rest is theater history. "Then, about 20 years later I received a call to ask if I would help the Actors' Fund. And I said: 'In a minute,' " she laughed. " 'In a minute.' "

Out and About The company of legendary choreographer and dancer Martha Graham, 93, opened its 61st season last night in New York. The black-tie crowd took the arrival of such celebrities as Joanne Woodward, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Peter Duchin and Brooke Hayward in stride. But when Jacqueline Onassis arrived with escort Maurice Tempelsman, it was too much. The paparazzi surrounded the couple as they entered the theater, Onassis wearing a short black skirt, pink jacket and huge, gleaming earrings. Choreographer Agnes de Mille, walking with a cane, was almost trampled by the photographers. The highlight of the program was a performance of "Appalachian Spring," performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev ...

Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork seems to be having problems from all quarters. As the Senate Judiciary Committee was voting against him yesterday, actors Marlee Matlin and Rob Lowe were in Sen. Pete Wilson's office to present him with an oversized post card bearing the signatures of more than 400 Bork opponents. Both young Hollywood stars had been in town for the Actors' Fund dinner. Among the signatures on the card, which had to be folded several times to fit Capitol Hill elevators, were those of Ally Sheedy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Fonda, Dennis Quaid, Frank Zappa and Daphne Zuniga. A spokesman for Wilson said the office has received about 40,000 letters on the nomination and that in spite of the Hollywood celebrities, Wilson was unmoved. He still plans to vote to confirm Bork when his nomination comes up on the Senate floor ...

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is the most important woman in the world, according to a survey of 250 newspaper editors around the world. Ladies' Home Journal, which conducted the survey, said it got responses from papers on every continent, including such publications as Pravda, the Observer in London, the China Daily and The Times of India. The other women who made the list, in order, are Philippine President Corazon Aquino, Mother Teresa, South African civil rights leader Winnie Mandela, Queen Elizabeth II, Washington Post Co. Chairman of the Board Katharine Graham, First Lady Nancy Reagan, Greek Minister of Culture Melina Mercouri, Soviet first lady Raisa Gorbachev and Simone Weil, former president of the European Parliament ...

It's baseball championship time again, when things get a little silly on Capitol Hill. With playoff games underway between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants, the political home-state betting is beginning. Sen. Jack Danforth of Missouri has wagered one of his home-state products, a case of Budweiser beer, against Sen. Pete Wilson, who is offering a case of San Francisco's almost legendary Anchor Steam beer ...