LAWSUIT He mothered a child in Junior, but did action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger, 47, really father a child now living in Texas? That’s what ex- strip-club employee Debra Wrenn, 41, has claimed, contending that the actor sired her 13-year-old daughter during a 1982 tryst in Indianapolis. The question of paternity first came up last fall, when Wrenn sought state funds to treat her daughter, who is suffering from a bone cyst that requires medical treatment she says can’t afford. On Wrenn’s behalf, the Texas attorney general’s office filed a paternity suit against the actor. According to Alicia Terry, a spokeswoman for the office, ”Our job is to contact the alleged father and let him know he’s been named.” Schwarzenegger denies the charge and has agreed to take a blood test to prove it. PREGNANT Kim Basinger, 41, and Alec Baldwin, 37, are expecting their first child in November. Basinger was forced to drop out of Robert Altman’s upcoming Kansas City because the film’s insurance company won’t cover pregnancy. ”Altman thinks it’s unfair, she thinks it’s unfair,” says Basinger’s publicist, ”but in terms of the baby, she’s ecstatic. They’re both thrilled.” Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, 57, and his wife, Suzanne, 35, an ex-model, are expecting their second child in October. Their first, Katharine Noelle, is 7 months old.
Ailing Onetime television witch Elizabeth Montgomery, 62, is recovering from surgery on April 7 in Los Angeles to remove a small malignant tumor in her colon. ”She’s really doing fine,” says the Bewitched star’s manager, Barry Krost. ”She’ll be home soon.” Murphy Brown’s burly barkeep, Pat Corley, 64, was released from a Tarzana, Calif., hospital on April 3 following treatment for a staphylococcal infection. ”Murphy Brown is done shooting, so right now he’s at home resting up and he’s doing very well,” says Corley’s agent, Larry Masser.
BIRTH A 6-pound-3-ounce girl, Shayla Rae Kelley, born to pint-size Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton, 27, and her husband, former University of Texas quarterback Shannon Kelley, 29, on April 12 in Houston. ”Father and baby are resting comfortably,” a spokeswoman for the family said in a statement. ”The mother has never rested a day in her life.”
DEATHS Cheyenne Brando, 25, daughter of Marlon Brando, was found dead Easter Sunday at the Tahitian home of her mother, actress Tarita Teriipia. Cheyenne, who was known to have made several previous suicide attempts, hanged herself. She spent time in psychiatric hospitals after the 1990 shooting death of her boyfriend, Dag Drollet, by her half brother, Christian Brando, 36, who is serving a 10-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter. At the time of the shooting, Cheyenne was pregnant with Drollet’s son, Tuki, who is now 4 and living with Teriipia. Cheyenne reportedly lost a bid to win custody of her son from Teriipia just two weeks ago. A spokesman for the 71-year-old Brando denies reports that the actor collapsed upon hearing the news and says that Brando will not issue a statement. Says Peter Manso, author of Brando: The Biography: ”One has to begin to evaluate Brando in all of this. What does it say about him?” Singer and Oscar-winning actor Burl Ives, 85, of complications from mouth cancer, on April 14 at his home in Anacortes, Wash. Ives, who acted in more than 30 movies and recorded more than 100 records, was best known for his classics ”The Blue-Tail Fly” and ”Frosty the Snowman” and for playing Big Daddy in both the 1955 Broadway play and the 1958 film adaptation of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a ruthless cattle baron in the 1958 film The Big Country. Ives’ final recording, ”The Magic Balladeer,” was released in 1993. Actor and comedian Rick Aviles, 42, of a pulmonary embolism related to AIDS, on March 17 in Los Angeles. Best known for his turn as the thug who kills Patrick Swayze in Ghost, Aviles also appeared in Carlito’s Way and will be seen this summer in Waterworld. Actor Anthony Hamilton, 42, star of the 1984-85 CBS series Cover Up, of AIDS-related pneumonia, on March 29 in Los Angeles. Hamilton replaced Jon-Erik Hexum on the series after Hexum accidentally killed himself with a prop gun. -Casey Davidson and Jessica Shaw