BIRTHDAYS 0 CT. 20 Melanie Mayron, 40; Tom Petty, 44; Jerry Orbach, 61 OCT. 21 Jeremy Miller, 20; Carrie Rsher, 40 OCT. 22 Michael Rshman, 16; Kirk Cameron, 26; Brian Boitano, 33; Patti Davis, 44; Jeff Goldblum, 44; Annette Funicello, 54; Christopher Lloyd, 58 OCT. 23 Doug Flutie, 34; "Weird AP Yankovic, 37; Michael Crichton, 54; Johnny Carson, 71 OCT. 24 Kevin Kline, 49 OCT. 25 James Carville, 52; Helen Reddy, 55; Bob Knight, 56 OCT. 26 Maria Maples Trump, 33; Carey Elwes, 34; Pat Sajak, 50 A younger Brlnktey, who has been on the Washington beat half a century • Sometimes ABC's David Brinkley looks frail on TV. What can you tell me about the health of this broadcasting legend? Is he considering leaving his Sunday show, TWs Week With David Brinkley? Lora Mohr Steen Aberdeen, S.D. He was hospitalized for surgery last winter, but Brinkley, whose career as a Washington journalist spans administrations from FDR to Clinton, was in good health at press time. Now 76, he has indicated readiness to give up his show, but not before the election. (As usual, he was on hand at summer's political conventions.) And he isn't retiring: He plans to discuss other opportunities with ABC. • Is golfer Nick Faldo's caddie also his girlfriend? Is he getting a divorce? Greta Rutherford Harper Woods, Mich. It's all over for the Englishman and his second wife, with whom he has three kids. But they're still squabbling over the millions he's earned on the links; she hired Princess Di's lawyers. Faldo, 38, is seeing an American, 21-year- old Brenna Cepelak, who has a single-digit handicap herself. But she's not his caddie — that's Fanny Sunesson. London's tabloids have been fascinated by Faldo's breakup. He has said reporters went through his garbage, and paparazzi even burst into Cepelak's classes at the University of Arizona. No wonder she dropped out and now accompanies Faldo on tour. FaMo: Ufa's • I don't wish to sound disrespectful, but I wonder if Elizabeth Dole has had cosmetic surgery. She looks younger now than at past times in her public career. What's her secret? Jeannine Ratter, Coloma, Mich. Her staff wouldn't return our calls on this topic, so if Dole, 60, has a secret, it remains one. She's slimmer than she used to be, which contributes to her still-youthful look. Like first lady Hillary Clinton, who turns 49 next Saturday, Dole has aged gracefully. Both women take good care of themselves, dress well (with a preference for designer suits) and present polished professional images. • The canine star of the wonderful PBS kids' program Wishbone absolutely makes the show. What kind of dog is he? Who is his owner? Mary Ann Sullivan, Louisville Eight-year-old Wishbone, owned and trained by Jackie Kaptan, is an energetic Jack Russell terrier. He's originally from California and also responds to his pre-fame name, Soccer. He answered a canine casting call and won the TV role over at least 100 other hopefuls. (His signature backflip sent him over the top.) The show, created to encourage a love of reading in school-age kids, is filmed in Richardson, Texas, at Lyrick studios, the same outfit that gave the world Barney the purple dinosaur. Wishbone has been on the air just a year (with a commitment to run through 1998) and already has won an Emmy. Lots of big-name human stars can't say that. • What is Kurt Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, up to these days? She doesn't seem to be raising a ruckus anywhere. Michelle Johanson, San Francisco You'll hear a lot about Love in coming weeks as she plays Althea Leasure, the drug-addicted wife of controversial porn publisher Larry Flynt. Her performance in || The People vs. Larry Ffynt, which closed the New York Film Festival last month, has generated Oscar talk. The movie is being released in December, in time for consideration. (Imagine Love at the March ceremony. That could be interesting.) According to her publicist, Love has been traveling with her 4-year-old daughter, Frances Bean. • Lea Thompson, star of NBC's CaraHne In the City, is fun to watch as a single New York working woman. What is her real life like? Bob Beriinger, Raleigh, N.c. She's a married L.A. working woman with two small daughters who teases in the presence of her husband, director Howard Deutch, that she "lives for" him. (When we met them at a post-Emmy party, they were a charming couple.) Thompson, 35, says work and family demands are easier to juggle as a sitcom star than they would be if she had to go off to movie locations for long stretches. And that new short haircut? It was the idea of the Caroline in the City producers, Thompson tells us. "They wanted me to get a new look." Where'd she go to get it? "The Friends hairdresser." "*! Red Hot Chill Peppers, chlllln': Flea, left, Chad Smith, Dave Navarro and Anthony I • How long have the red-hot Red Hot Chili Pepp been around? Jennifer Wilson, New York Cit) The Peppers formed a dozen years ago ir L.A., albeit with a different set of \ Original guitarist Hillel Slovak died of i heroin overdose in 1988 and was replaced by John Frusciante, who left in 1992 and eventually was replaced by Dave Navar Drummer Jack Irons quit after S vak's death and was replaced by Chad Smith. Critics say the Pepper have matured since the early days when they were known mainly for dancing nude onstage (except for strategically placed socks) and sang tunes with titles we can't print. Rollingt Stone recently called them "rock's! reigning punk-funk maestros."| • What happened to former CBS morning show anchors Paula Zahn and Harry Smith? 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