August 06, 1990 12:00 PM

Patti LuPone, 41 (above), who starred in Evita on Broadway, will be singing a lot of “Don’t Cry for Me” soon. LuPone, now on ABC’s Life Goes On, and her hubby, cameraman Matt Johnston, 31, expect their first baby in November….

And Marg Helgenberger, 31, who plays the hooker K.C. on ABC’s China Beach, and her husband, actor Alan Rosenberg, also expect their first child in November. She says her pregnancy will be written into Beach, adding, “Given my character, the father could be any number of people.”

Karl Menninger (below), the dean of American psychiatry, died July 18 of cancer, in Topeka, Kans., at age 96. Menninger, who founded the famed Menninger Clinic in his hometown of Topeka in 1925, was particularly dedicated to helping abused and abandoned children and to creating a humane environment for his young patients. At his clinic he not only treated patients but also bird-watched and played chess with them. “Everything I’ve done amounts to nothing,” he once said, “unless we can make a difference for the children.”

Marilyn Quayle, 41, wife of Vice President Dan Quayle, 43, had gynecological surgery (reportedly a hysterectomy) at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., on July 21, after a Pap test revealed she had a cervical medical problem. Ironically, earlier this year Mrs. Quayle began campaigning to increase awareness of cancer risks for women. A spokeswoman said Mrs. Quayle is expected to recover within six weeks and added, “She’s doing as well as can be expected after such an operation. In fact, she’s doing great.”

Dance legend Gene Kelly, 77, married his third wife, writer Patricia Ward, 36 (above), on July 20 in Santa Barbara, Calif. The couple met in 1985, when Kelly was taping a TV special in Washington, D.C., for the Smithsonian Institute and Ward was introduced to him as a possible writer for his autobiography. Kelly’s first wife was actress Betsy Blair, with whom he had a daughter, Kerry, now 47. Following his divorce from Blair in 1956, he married dancer Jeanne Coyne in 1960. She died of leukemia in 1973, after which Kelly eased up on his career to devote himself to raising their two children, Timothy, now 28, and Bridget, 26….

Also in Santa Barbara, Motown founder Berry Gordy, 60, wed former cosmetology student Grace Eton, his steady companion for seven years, on July 17. Wedding guests included Motown alumni Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Lionel Richie. “I’ve never seen two people happier,” said a guest.

Joanna Ford, 48, the fiancée of Tonight Show sidekick Ed McMahon, was released July 20 from St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., after having a mastectomy for a lump in her breast. McMahon, 67, and Ford, a former restaurant hostess, plan to marry later this year when his divorce from Victoria Valentine becomes final. McMahon says, “She expects to have a complete recovery. She won’t even have to have chemotherapy.”

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