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Published Oct. 8, 2005

Candice Bergen, who plays a newswoman on Murphy Brown, turns out to be a fan of the old west. At least, that's what she and director/husband Louis Malle decided they wanted in terms of architecture and decor for their new home. They've purchased a rather modest cottage-like residence instead of one of those rambling Beverly Hills mansions, deciding they wanted to look at flower and vine covered walls and a brick courtyard rather than one of those often smog-tinged L.A. panoramas. Bergen is telling friends that the place warmed her heart when she saw it, and that she thinks it will provide a perfect roost for her and her hubby when they're not on the set.

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey has set and met a number of goals in her rise to the top, and now has added completion of a 26-mile marathon to the long list. Winfrey, whose current health and fitness regime has turned her into an avid runner, had participated in long-distance runs before but never quite made it all the way around. "This is better than an Emmy," she said upon completion of the grueling course. She didn't break any speed records, but by making it around in just under 4{-hours she was able to meet her personal goal. Winfrey was overwhelmed by both joy and exhaustion at the finish line, and later called it one of the most important and satisfying experiences of her life.

The tough times apparently aren't over for Burt Reynolds, who recently canceled a promotional book tour for his new autobiography after a rather nasty run-in with a reporter. During one of his first interview for the book, My Life, he reportedly lost control when a San Francisco Examiner writer asked about a court hearing concerning his divorce. At that point, writer Cynthia Robbins insists, Reynolds grabbed her notes and tore them up, then "took my hand and shook it, squeezing my fingers as hard as he could, and literally shoved me out the door." Reynolds called off the tour and returned to his Florida home without comment.

Procter & Gamble is seriously considering putting its daytime advertising on hold if the networks decide to provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial. Such a move would mean a major financial loss for the networks. (P&G buys about a billion dollars a year in advertising, primarily on television.) A spokesperson for P&G explained that when the company buys time during the day, it is for placement specifically during daytime dramas, not the murder trial of O.J. Simpson.

PARTING WORDS: "He likes to go (to the set) because they have good raisins there . . . that's the appeal of the show to him." Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, on why her son Henry, 2, enjoys going to work with mom.