12/14/1981 at 01:00 AM EST
If the comments of some of the guests at his Variety Clubs International tribute last week are any indication, Burt Reynolds should have no trouble arranging for paternity anytime he wants. "Too much of a good thing is a good thing," burbled Madeline Kahn as she gazed into the star's brown eyes. "Burt hugs great and his kisses aren't bad either," cracked Dolly Parton. Loni Anderson summed up the event in a pretty turn of phrase: "Women of all ages are melting over Burt Reynolds tonight."
Women all over the country will get to make up their own minds this Sunday when CBS-TV broadcasts the party—a benefit for the Burt Reynolds Heart Center in the Egleston Hospital for Children in Atlanta. The fete, at NBC's Burbank Studio 4, drew the Hollywood "A" list—people like James Stewart, Henry Winkler, Linda Evans, Charles Bronson and Loretta Swit. Though Burt's ex-squeeze and "best friend" Dinah Shore showed up, former flame Sally Field was absent, presumably without malice. Who was Burt's date? Speculation centered on 1976 Miss America Tawny Godin Little, who was very much in evidence. Burt was quick to cut off undue inferences. "I've dated Tawny Little," he explained. "That doesn't mean we're having an affair." But Burt's Best Little Whorehouse co-star, Dom DeLuise, plainly enjoyed the evening's wonder-who's-kissing-and-not-telling game. "Being the best friend of a sex symbol is wonderful," he chortled. "Just from his leftovers my complexion has completely cleared up."