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Cheryl Hines of ‘Suburgatory’ may wed Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. actress Cheryl Hines attend Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice Human Rights 2012 'Ripple Hope' awards

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and actress Cheryl Hines attend the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights 2012 "Ripple of Hope" awards at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Monday Dec. 3, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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Updated: January 12, 2013 6:11AM



While much as been made about the recently ended relationship between Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy, a much more serious thing is going on between another entertainer and young Conor’s dad, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

“Suburgatory” star Cheryl Hines and RFK Jr. have been a big item for some time and now appear to be poised to walk down the aisle. It would be the third marriage for noted environmentalist Kennedy, whose second wife, Mary Richardson, tragically committed suicide last May, just as the former couple’s divorce was reportedly about to be settled.

A source told RadarOnline that Kennedy already has picked out an engagement ring for Hines, and that the couple would have become engaged far earlier — and possibly married — but postponed things after Richardson’s untimely death out of respect for her memory.

The actress — a key player on Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” — is said to be on excellent terms with Kennedy’s kids, including his daughter Kyra, who temporarily went to live with Hines in Los Angeles after her mother’s suicide.

† A source close to Hines told this column Monday, “when you see Cheryl with [Kennedy], you quickly understand the wonderful bond they have with each other. You sense they finally have found each other’s true soulmate.”

Hines split with Paul Young in 2010, after nearly eight years of marriage and the birth of one daughter.

MOVING ON: While Demi Moore’s breakup with young art dealer Vito Schnabel became evident while the duo was down in South Beach for Art Basel Miami festivities, sources close to the actress say this split with a much younger man is nothing like the collapse of her marriage to Ashton Kutcher.

“No drama at all, this time. … But of course, you can’t really compare a brief fling with a six-year marriage,” said a longtime Moore intimate, who reports the actress is “doing just fine.”

Schnabel, who is working hard to become well-respected and represent major artists, reportedly came to realize his relationship with Moore brought lots of unwanted paparazzi attention and tabloid headlines.

MORE BAD NEWS: Not only has ex-Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash lost his job with “Sesame Street,” but now the ex-kids entertainer is facing yet another lawsuit. A fourth accuser claims he had a sexual relationship with the former voice of Elmo when the man was still a minor.

Filing in federal court in New York under the anonymous “John Doe” identity, the accuser claims he met Clash in Miami Beach in 1995 or ’96, when he was 16 or 17, and Clash was in his mid-30s.

The puppeteer’s lawyer, Michael Berger, issued a statement calling the lawsuit “without merit.” While the initial accuser who brought this scandal to light has struck a financial deal with Clash, the longtime Elmo alter ego still faces three lawsuits, including this one.

According to Doe’s attorney, Jeff Herman, “Kevin Clash knowingly paid to transport a minor across state lines for the purpose of satisfying his sexual interests.”

ALL STAR TRIBUTE: Originally, Wednesday’s “12/12/12” event at the Murphy Auditorium, 50 E. Elm, was planned as an exhibit of veteran Chicago photographer Steve Starr’s personality photos, but with his untimely death last month, the evening now will be a lovely way to honor Starr’s memory. Along with Steve’s two sisters, Adrienne and Bobbi, those on board with the tribute include Victor Skrebneski, Stanley Paul, Larry Wert, Michael Kutza, Ken Norgan, Leslie Hindman, Shelley Farley, Sherren Leigh, Sheryl Dyer, Ald. Bob Fioretti, Spider Saloff, Candace Jordan and this columnist, who will emcee the evening.

Starr’s eclectic career as a photographer, gallery owner and bigger-than-life personality started early. Way back in 1947 — when the Sun-Times was in its infancy — little Steve won the paper’s “Most Beautiful Baby” contest.

SWEET FEAT: Congrats to that wonderful pastry guru, chef Alain Roby of the All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva, who snared a Guinness record by creating the world’s longest candy cane Saturday — stretching out to a bit more than 51 feet.

Hundreds of Geneva residents, including Mayor Kevin R. Burns, cheered Chef Alain on as he broke the record — then broke the huge candy cane into small bits, so everyone could take home a piece of the prize winner.

Roby holds two other Guinness records — for the world’s tallest cooked sugar building, and world’s tallest chocolate scupture.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall teamed up at Public House the other night. … Gene Honda, the P.A. voice of the Sox, Hawks and DePaul hoops, was seen dazzling the staff at O’Brien’s in Old Town with his Stanley Cup championship ring. … Rapper T.I. popped into Bull & Bear in River North Sunday night and caught the Packers-Lions game.

FUNNY FACTS: Comedian Hannibal Buress has a very full slate these days. The West Side native, who performs at the Zanies comedy clubs in Chicago, Rosemont and St. Charles Dec. 29-31, has just inked a deal with ABC to co-write and star in a sitcom pilot about a police officer in a small suburban community.

That comes on top of his pilot in development with Fox, which he co-wrote with Jonah Hill. The former writer on “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” also co-stars on Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show.”

RING! RING! There have been so many rumors (mostly not true) flying around about the upcoming Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie wedding, one must be a bit skeptical about tidbits relating to nuptials, which Pitt has confirmed will happen “soon.” That said, a stylist for Jolie reportedly has told InTouch magazine she already hs been dispatched to pick up wedding rings created by a Beverly Hills jeweler.



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