Nerine Shatner Drowns

The wife of actor William Shatner was found dead in the swimming pool of their Los Angeles home late Monday, authorities said yesterday. Police ruled out foul play as a factor in the death of Nerine Shatner, a 40-year-old former model, saying she drowned while swimming.

Shatner, best known as Capt. James T. Kirk in the television show "Star Trek," arrived home late Monday and discovered his wife unconscious at the bottom of the pool. He was unable to revive her using CPR, and police pronounced her dead at the scene.

"My beautiful wife is dead," a teary Shatner, 68, told reporters yesterday outside his home in the affluent Studio City neighborhood. "She meant everything to me. Her laughter, her tears and her joy will remain with me the rest of my life."

The couple married in November 1997. It was the actor's third marriage, and his wife's first.

Rooting for Dad

Vice President Gore's eldest daughter, Karenna Gore Schiff, has become quite vocal about her dad's presidential qualifications. In an interview with Newsweek--her first with a newsmagazine, according to Tipper Gore's press office--Schiff says she's proud to be involved in her father's campaign. "I'm no expert," says the 26-year-old law student and new mother, but "I can be another set of eyes and ears for him." And in the latest issue of New Woman, Schiff does her best to dispel her dad's wooden reputation. "I don't get it when they say he's not funny, because he is very funny," she says. "He was always joking about the absurdity of our lives. He has all these shiny satin baseball jackets that say Vice President Gore on the back. So if I was going on a date, he'd say, 'Hey, here's a jacket--why don't you wear this?' "

Hizzoner's Melodic Mom

Virginia Hayes Williams, the mother of Mayor Anthony Williams, hits the stage today for "The Bea and the Bug," a free musical performance for children at Carter Barron Amphitheatre. Williams, who's sung everything from opera to backup for Ray Charles, said she'll belt out a tune called "You Can Make a Difference."

"It's a cute little song," the mother of nine said. "It lets people know that no matter how big or small, there's something you can do to make life better. If we can get that message to kids, we can give them a ray of hope."

Williams, who adopted Tony when he was 3, has been spreading her musical talents around Washington since moving here in February from Los Angeles, her home for 50 years. "Tony said there was work I could do, so I came," she said. "I've been singing all over . . . from churches to the congressional chambers." Williams will perform her show today at 3 and 7 p.m.

End Notes

Model Jerry Hall, now separated from rocker Mick Jagger, apparently has a new man in her life--and a rich one at that. The Daily Telegraph reports that Hall has been vacationing in the South of France on a yacht owned by Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft. "Jerry has definitely been around Paul recently," a Hall friend tells the British newspaper . . . British officials want the Walt Disney Co. to cough up some of the $64,150 needed to save Winnie the Pooh's favorite bridge. Officials said the wooden bridge in southern England is about to collapse, worn out by crowds of Pooh fans. Author A.A. Milne created the Pooh character about 70 years ago, but the bear didn't become an international star until Disney turned him into a cartoon.

Lloyd Grove is on vacation. The Reliable Source will resume when he returns.

CAPTION: William Shatner with his future wife, Nerine Kidd, in 1996. Police say she drowned in her swimming pool.