Not many people know that former television personality Carol Randolph is a lawyer. Now the 1977 graduate of Catholic University law school has joined the Washington law firm of Goldfarb & Singer. She is restructuring her career to include a twice-weekly column in The Washington Times and a proposal for a future television show on the law with senior partner Ron Goldfarb.

This will be the first time that Randolph, who was at WTOP-TV and WUSA-TV for 17 years, has practiced law. At Goldfarb & Singer she will help represent authors and television personalities. She also plans to work on women's issues. During her television career, Randolph was the host on "Harambee," "Nine in the Morning," "Morning Break" and "The Carol Randolph Show."

The Big Collectors

Art & Antiques magazine has published this year's list of America's top 100 Collectors -- the art world's Fortune 500. The list includes a number of entertainment figures and a number of Washington-area collectors. Each one is, according to the magazine, someone who has been "actively engaged in building a top-notch collection" in the past 12 months. Among the show business figures are actor Bill Cosby and his wife Camille, American furniture and art; producer Mark Goodson, 20th-century masterpieces; actor Steve Martin, modern paintings; actor Jack Nicholson, 19th- and 20th-century French art; actress Pia Zadora and husband Meshulam Riklis, modern and contemporary art; and singer Andy Williams, American folk art and modern art.

Among the Washington-area collectors are Sen. John Heinz III and his wife Teresa, old masters and American paintings; former foreign service officer Gilbert Kinney and his wife Ann, Indonesian art, modern and contemporary art; real estate developer Robert Meyerhoff and his wife Jane, 20th-century art; former Metromedia owner -- and one of the richest men in America -- John Kluge and his wife Patricia, Islamic art, 18th-century English furniture, 19th-century carriages, African gold fetishes, sporting paintings, classical antiquities, modern and contemporary art; real estate developer Robert Kogod and wife Arlene, modern and contemporary art, art nouveau; and real estate developer Robert Smith and his wife Clarice, Dutch, Flemish and Venetian paintings.

Out and About

There is a new Cherry Blossom tradition. Garfinckels Chairman Neal J. Fox has donated a dress created by American designer Carolyne Roehm that is to be worn each year by the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen during the parade. The gown will be displayed each year in the downtown Garfinckels. After the festival it will be stored in the store's vault ...

The Dallas County commissioners have approved a $2.3 million contract for the construction of an exhibit on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which happened there 25 years ago this Nov. 22. The money will go to build an outside elevator to the sixth floor of the former Texas Schoolbook Depository, the area from which, the Warren Commission determined, Lee Harvey Oswald fired the fatal shots at Kennedy. The exhibit, to be called "The Sixth Floor," is expected to attract between 300,000 and 500,000 visitors annually and is to be completed for the anniversary of the assassination. As Lindalyn Adams, president of the Dallas County Historical Foundation, said: "As sad as it is, it is the most important historical site in Dallas" ...

Miss Texas Courtney Gibbs was named Miss USA last night, becoming the fourth Texan in a row to win the crown. She beat out Miss California, Diana Magana, while animal rights activists marched outside the El Paso auditorium to protest a decision to wrap the contestants in furs. Gibbs, who is 21, will compete in the Miss Universe pageant May 23 in Taiwan ...