A Model of a Match

UPDATED 02/05/2001 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 02/05/2001 at 01:00 AM EST

How does a guy introduce his supermodel steady to his father? When actor-director Edward Burns paired up with beauty-businesswoman Christy Turlington last summer, "he said, 'Dad, I think you're gonna like her,'" recalls Edward Burns Sr., a retired New York City police sergeant. "He said the same thing to his mother."

They did. And good thing, since Turlington is about to join the family. The handsome hyphenates, both 32, recently told kin that their romance of about six months is headed for the altar. Says Burns's mother, Molly: "We're thrilled!"

The couple were both newly unattached when they met on the Hamptons social circuit. (His two-year relationship with actress Heather Graham ended last spring, shortly before Turlington's six-year pairing with actor Jason Patric dissolved.) But their speedy courtship–which included rocking out at a U2 concert and smooching at nightspots around Manhattan, where Burns owns John F. Kennedy Jr.'s former loft–doesn't worry his dad. "They are both in their 30s," Burns Sr. says. "When you get to be that age, you know what you want."

One possible glitch: scheduling the ceremony. Burns, who stars in the upcoming thriller 15 Minutes, is gearing up for the May release of his fourth directorial effort, Sidewalks of New York. Meanwhile, Turlington, who was recently diagnosed with early-stage emphysema from a 10-year smoking habit, juggles modeling work with anti-smoking activism and her own skin-care and yoga-wear lines. Grandkids, says Burns Sr., may have to wait: "I don't think anybody is going to rush Christy Turlington into doing anything!"

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