By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated October 09, 2002 01:00 PM

ANTICIPATED: “Little Nicky” actress Patricia Arquette, 34, and her fiance, “The Sweetest Thing” actor Thomas Jane, 33, are expecting their first child together. Arquette has a son, 13, with musician Paul Rossi and was married to Nicolas Cage, 38, from 1995 to 2001. At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Arquette appeared in her sister Rosanna’s documentary “Searching for Debra Winger,” about the career difficulties Hollywood actresses face as they age.

REVEALED: “Young Frankenstein” and “Tootsie” actress Teri Garr, 56, disclosed to Larry King Tuesday that she has multiple sclerosis, an inflammatory condition of the central nervous system for which there is no cure. But she joked that it was no worse for her career than being a woman over 50 in Hollywood. Garr said she has been relatively free of severe symptoms. “I’m going on with my life, I raise my daughter, I work,” she said.

DEPARTED: Blythe Danner, 59, has taken a leave of absence from her series, the CBS drama “Presido Med,” after her husband’s unexpected death last week in Rome, the network has announced. Director Bruce Paltrow, 58, died of complications from pneumonia and a recurrence of throat cancer while visiting his daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, for her 30th birthday. Danner is expected to return to the show in two to three weeks.

SIGNED: “American Idol” runner-up Justin Guarini, 23, has secured an RCA record deal with “Idol” producer Simon Fuller’s 19 Recordings Limited label, USA Today reports. Meanwhile, the Fox show’s memorable judge, sourpuss Simon Cowell, tells November’s Blender magazine that the true test of an aspirant’s talent is the R. Kelly song “I Believe I Can Fly,” which, Cowell says, “sounds deceptively easy, but it’s not. It’s unbelievable how many people sang it in the audition, and it’s unbelievable how many (messed) it up.”

MOURNED: Hypnotherapist and founder of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, Dr. John Kappas, 77, died of cancer in Los Angeles on Sept. 26, it has been revealed on the Web site of his wife, “The Brady Bunch” star Florence Henderson, 68. Kappas “touched the lives of thousands through his writings, teachings and private practice,” reads a message on the site.

OFFERED: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” star Audrey Hepburn, who died in 1993, will be ninth in the Legends of Hollywood stamp series, the U.S. Postal Service will announce this week, has learned. The 37-cent Hepburn stamp will be available for sale in May. On Oct. 15, a stamp with Cary Grant (who starred with Hepburn in 1963’s “Charade”) will be issued in Hollywood.

YANKED: Salt Lake City’s NBC affiliate, KSL-TV, has decided not to air Wednesday’s “Tonight” show with Jay Leno because it will feature “Puppetry of the Penis” performers who contort their male organs into such shapes as the Eiffel Tower and the Loch Ness monster, the Salt Lake City Tribune reports, noting that the affiliate is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.