August 05, 1991 12:00 PM


The news that Warren Beatty and Annette Bening are expecting a baby reminded us to cheek the current status of one of our other favorite unmarried-but-with-child couples, Sean Penn and Robin Wright.

At the moment, Penn and Wright and their 3-month-old daughter, Dylan Frances Penn, are in the Irish countryside, two hours outside Dublin, where Wright is filming The Playboys. The movie, a Samuel Goldwyn Co. production based on a script by Shane (My Left Foot) Connaughton, is a romantic drama about a woman pursued by two men, played by Albert Finney and Aidan Ouinn.

Penn’s first directorial effort, The Indian Runner, is due to be released in the fall. In the meantime, says his rep, “Sean is writing another script, being a househusband and taking care of the baby.”

Penn and Wright canceled plans to marry last November, and, according to the rep, “there are no new plans.”


We still don’t have the official answer to the are-they-or-aren’t-they-an-item question regarding Glenn Close and Woody Harrelson, but we do know that their professional relationship has grown apace. The pair, who got together onstage this past spring while doing a play in Los Angeles, are now planning another costarring stint, this time on Woody’s NBC show, Cheers. Close will visit the set this coming season for one episode. Her role? She’ll play the ex-wife of psychiatrist Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer).


Former California Gov. Jerry Brown, 53, has begun a low-key drive for Alan Cranston’s U.S. Senate seat. (Democrat Cranston, 77, retires next year.) Brown is hosting small fund-raisers statewide with the goal, says a source, of waging “a grassroots campaign, with $100 donations from individuals.”

As for Brown’s personal life, which yielded a mother lode of gossip a decade ago when he dated Linda Ronstadt, the same source says that the ex-Gov. is sweet on Ginger Casey, 36, a news personality at KQED, San Francisco’s PBS station. Reps for Brown and Casey say it just isn’t so.


Nearly five long years have passed since production began on the live-action movie version of the popular comic strip about the ultimate “girl” reporter, Brenda Starr.

Starring a then 21-year-old Brooke Shields in the title role and Timothy Dalton as her true love, Basil St. John, the motion picture was never released. Officially, this was due to extensive legal wrangling over its video rights. Unofficially, many in Hollywood speculated it was because the film was a major turkey.

Now audiences will get a chance to cheer or jeer at Brenda for themselves when Triumph Releasing, a division of Columbia Pictures, opens the movie on Aug. 30. A source of ours caught the movie at a recent screening in New York City and offered the following: “Brooke looked good, but I couldn’t wait to leave the screening room.”

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