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Pierce Brosnan, seen most recently as Sally Field’s rebound steady in Mrs. Doubtfire, has a new girlfriend, actress Julianne Phillips of NBC’s Sisters. The two met in January at Marjoe Gortner’s Celebrity Spoils Invitational in Squaw Valley, Calif., a ski tournament that Brosnan attended with entertainment reporter/actress kathryn Kinley.

It’s not clear exactly when Brosnan, 40, who was widowed 2½ years ago when his wife, actress Cassie Harris, died of ovarian cancer, and Phillips, 33, whose three-year marriage to Bruce Springsteen ended in 1988, began seeing each other. Reps for both would say only that the two actors “are dating.”

  • If composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Hire’s hit stage musical Evita ever makes it to the big screen, it will most likely be with Michelle Pfeiffer in the starring role, not the oft-mentioned Meryl Streep or Madonna. Sources tell us that since meeting recently with the film’s director, Oliver Stone, Pfeiffer has set her sights on playing Eva Perón. In fact, the actress, who delighted audiences with her slinky rendition of “Makin’ Whoopee” in the 1989 movie The Fabulous Baker Boys, is presently boning up on the Evita score with the help of a Los Angeles vocal coach. A source close to the actress confirms Pfeiffer’s interest in Evita but cautions that the actress’s participation “is still in the discussion phase.” Since Pfeiffer and her husband, David Kelley, executive producer of CBS’s Picket Fences, are expecting a baby in the fall, “the earliest she could do Evita,” says the source, “is sometime in 1995.”


The brainstorm of 80-year-old harmonica virtuoso Larry Adler may soon become one of the most talked-about albums of 1994. Adler, who played harmonica on Sting’s last album, Ten Summoner’s Tales, suggested to Sting that he and some of his rocker friends pay homage to composer George Gershwin by recording Gershwin material for a compilation album. Sting and Adler got Elton John interested, and when Beatles producer George Martin heard that both rock stars were committed to the project, he agreed to produce it.

The result: The Glory of Gershwin, which was quietly recorded in England over the past two months and has been scheduled for a September release in the U.S. Sting will perform “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” and John will do “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Love Is Here to Stay.” The album will also feature, among others. Cher, Elvis Costello, Sinéad O’Connor and Meatloaf. with Adler playing harmonica on every track.

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