Woman to Give Deposition In Gingrich Divorce Case

A Georgia judge yesterday ordered Callista Bisek, a 33-year-old House Agriculture Committee staffer, to be deposed in the divorce proceedings between Newt and Marianne Gingrich. Marianne's lawyers asked for the deposition, saying in court papers that Newt's "relationship with Callista Bisek is in question."

Marianne Gingrich's divorce attorney, John C. Mayoue, said she did not learn of the relationship until May, when her husband told her he wanted a divorce. "It was all totally out of the blue," Mayoue said. "She's devastated."

Newt Gingrich's attorney, J. Randolph Evans, would not comment on the former House speaker's relationship with Bisek, who lives in Arlington. "We're going to try to reach an amicable settlement," he said. "We're not going to get into any of those kind of issues or allegations just because it never serves any kind of purpose."

Newt Gingrich, 56, filed for divorce in late July, saying his 18-year marriage to Marianne, 48, was "irretrievably broken."

Bisek's deposition will be taken by videotape at a date to be determined later.

Warren Beatty for Prez?

Warren Beatty played a politician in last year's "Bulworth," and now he apparently wants to become one for real. The 62-year-old actor told the New York Times that he's considering running for president in 2000, being dismayed with the current Democratic candidates, Vice President Gore and former senator Bill Bradley. "There certainly should be someone better," he said.

He suggested that he would stand as a liberal alternative or even run as an independent. "It's no secret that I am a liberal Democrat," he said. "I have some very strong feelings, the most important of which at the moment is campaign finance reform because its tentacles reach into every other issue."

Beatty, who has been a political activist and adviser to various Democrats for 35 years, said he has discussed a possible presidential bid with liberal leaders such as Steve Cobble, former political director for Jesse Jackson's National Rainbow Coalition.

Travolta Creates a Buzz

Neighbors of John Travolta are miffed that a loud, low-flying jet repeatedly circled the actor's home in Maine last month, and their complaints have prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate.

"He was not 500 feet from my window," said Agatha Cabaniss, who lives near Travolta's island estate in Islesboro, Maine. "Everyone's entitled to make some noise once in a while, but this was egregious."

Neighbors are used to Travolta, an avid pilot, buzzing around in small planes; they said they object to larger, noisier jets.

An FAA spokeswoman confirmed the investigation, but wouldn't identify the plane's owner or pilot. That info will become public if charges are filed.

End Notes

We agree! Sean Connery is the century's sexiest man, according to an online poll by New Woman magazine. The 68-year-old actor, best known for playing James Bond, beat out such delicious also-rans as Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and Brad Pitt. But the young Pitt can take solace in being named "the guy you would most like to repopulate the world with after a Martian invasion" . . . Just get over it, says Queen Elizabeth II. Britain's queen has vetoed any public observance by the royal family of the second anniversary of Princess Diana's death. Elizabeth did say that family members wishing to observe the day--Aug. 31--may do so privately . . . Romance novelist Danielle Steel, whose heroines always live happily every after, hasn't been so lucky in love herself. She just separated from her fifth hubby, California venture capitalist Thomas Perkins. But the two reportedly remain good friends; Steel helped Perkins plan three parties he gave last weekend in England to celebrate the launching of his third yacht.

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

CAPTION: Sean Connery: At 68, voted the century's sexiest man in a magazine poll.