The actress and her estranged mother, Candy, want to patch up their relationship, Candy tells PEOPLE

By Champ Clark
March 12, 2007 05:15 PM

With a grandchild on the way, Candy Spelling tells PEOPLE exclusively that she and estranged daughter Tori are trying to patch up their relationship.

“We have been in touch with each other and are in the process of communicating and working things out,” Candy Spelling says.

According to Tori’s brother (and Candy’s son), Randy Spelling, 28, “My sister and my mom have been communicating for the past few weeks” – and are planning to see each other soon.

“They are going to be there for each other and [Tori’s soon-to-arrive] baby. My mom is having a grandchild, and it puts things into perspective,” Randy says.

Randy adds that despite what has happened in the past, “No matter what, we are family, and they’re resolving things and getting back together. They are communicating, and it makes both of them happy. It’s definitely a mutual thing.”

On Monday’s Today, Tori, 33, also said she was hoping to reconcile with her mother but did not go into specifics.

The bad blood between mother and daughter seems to stem from a variety of factors – including the negative portrayal of the mother character in Tori’s VH1 sitcom So NoTORIous. Things worsened after Tori’s father Aaron Spelling died in June.

However, Randy, who stars in the A&E program Sons of Hollywood (debuting April 1), says that the imminent arrival of Tori’s baby with her husband Dean McDermott is helping ease the tension.

He says his mom is “so excited” about becoming a grandmother. “You always have that motherly instinct,” he says. “People can fight, but they love each other.”

A rep for Tori declined to comment.