June 27, 2003 08:53 AM

ENGAGED: “Dances with Wolves” star Kevin Costner, 48, is engaged to marry longtime girlfriend Christine Baumgarten, 29, the actor’s spokesperson tells Reuters. The couple, who met four years ago, have not yet set a wedding date. It is the second marriage for Costner, who won the Academy Award for best director for “Wolves” in 1990, and the first for Baumgarten, a California businesswoman.

ALLEGED: “Kung Fu” actor David Carradine, 66, positioned for a career comeback with a role in director Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming film “Kill Bill,” is facing ugly accusations from his ex-wife Marina Carradine, the Smoking Gun Web site reports. According to a civil suit squabbling over the financial terms of the couple’s 2001 divorce, Marina, the actor’s fourth wife, claims Carradine practiced “deviant sexual behavior which was potentially deadly” and had an “incestuous relationship with a very close family member.” She added that he refused to get help for his problems. Carradine’s lawyer, Vicki Roberts, calls the allegations “highly inflammatory and false” in an interview with The Smoking Gun, adding that the documents were supposed to have been sealed by a court order in April.



QUOTED: “It’s a total honor to be able to wear it. It increases my femininity!” — Jenna Elfman, to PEOPLE, as the former “Dharma & Greg” star wore a Steinmetz Pink diamond necklace to help celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian’s “Splendor of Diamonds” exhibit in Washington, D.C.


SIGNED: Actor Sam Waterston will be playing the role of assistant district attorney Jack McCoy through at least the 2004-05 season of “Law & Order,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. He’s the third longest-serving actor on the Emmy-winning NBC crime drama, behind Jerry Orbach (who stars as Det. Lennie Briscoe) and S. Epatha Merkerson (Lt. Anita Van Buren).

REPRISED: Actor Scott Foley will rejoin the cast of NBC’s “Scrubs,” playing the romantic interest of Elliot (Sarah Chalke) in at least six episodes this fall, TV Guide reports. Producers reportedly sought the former “Felicity” star (and estranged husband of Jennifer Garner) for a full-time role, but he has already committed to appear on Broadway in “The Violet Hour” starting in October.

HINTED: The “Terminator” is playing coy about a possible run for the California governor’s seat. Arnold Schwarzenegger, taping a segment on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno Thursday, was introduced to the audience by the host as “the next governor from the great state of California,” reports AP. The actor’s political advisers say Schwarzenegger won’t make a decision about whether to run until after his latest film “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” is released on July 2. His decision to throw his hat in the ring would only come if California voters decide to recall Gov. Gray Davis.

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