The Insider

updated 01/31/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/31/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

OVER THE MOON

Well, it certainly didn't take Ted Danson, 46, long to get over his breakup with Whoopi Goldberg, 43. It seems that Danson already has a new girlfriend: actress Mary Steenburgen, 40, who is currently appearing in Philadelphia.

A source of ours saw Danson and Steenburgen "looking like lovers" on Main street in Santa Monica a few days before the L.A. earthquake. Danson, our source says, helped Steenburgen into her car and "then kissed her fingers before saying goodbye."

The two, who are both divorced, got to know each other when they began filming Pontiac Moon, a black comedy due out this fall. It's not the first time Danson's fallen for his leading lady: He and Goldberg became involved in 1992 while working on Made in America.

Reps for Danson and Steenburgen confirm they "are indeed dating."

GO EAST, YOUNG WOMAN
Julia Roberts, who already has a residence in New York City, has now decided to set up a loft in the Chelsea area for her production company as well. Roberts's company, in conjunction with Joe Roth's Caravan Pictures, is currently putting together another movie for the young actress, tentatively titled In a Country of Mothers, which would costar Susan Sarandon. Not all that surprising given that Roberts will be sharing her office space with actor Tim Hob-bins, Sarandon's live-in love, who has a production company of his own.

EX MARKS THE SPOT

The event is being billed as a St. Valentine's Day dinner, but it may play out more like a St. Valentine's Day massacre, at least in terms of the character assassination certain to commence when the ex-spouses of Dustin Hoffman. Joan Lunden and former NBA star Spencer Haywood, among others, gather for a special Feb. 14 dinner at Manhattan's Essex House hotel.

So what brings together Anne Kronenfeld (the former Mrs. Hoffman), Michael Krauss (Lunden's ex) and supermodel Iman (the former Mrs. Haywood who's now married to singer David Bowie)? Try Norman Sheresky, the divorce lawyer who represented each of these dinner guests in their respective splits.

DRAG RACE

Given the success of Mrs. Doubtfire, it's no surprise that yet another guys-in-gowns movie is now in developement. And with none other than Steven Spielberg producing.

The film, a bittersweet comedy titled To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, is the story of three drag queens stranded in a small town. Beeban (Used People) Kidron will direct for Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. At press time, Gary Oldman. who also starred in Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula (1992), was scheduled to audition for one of the parts "in full drag, makeup and all."

An Amblin spokesman would not confirm any specific casting, but did comment that the plan called for "dressing" actors for individual screen tests.

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