BURT LOVES BEING A KEPT MAN

Published on: August 24, 2004

Burt Reynolds is a kept man and that's fine by him!

Burt and his producer girlfriend, Kate Edelman Johnson, are moving into a new $5.9 million Hollywood love nest -- that she's paying for.

It's an 8,000-square-foot neoclassical villa atop Mulholland Drive that was once owned by singer Paul Anka.

"Burt and Kate are madly in love and moving into a new honeymoon cottage the first of September," revealed a source close to the couple.

LIVING TOGETHER

The actor, who appears in the "Deliverance" spoof "Without A Paddle," has been living with Kate for about a year now, but sources say he was uncomfortable staying in the $13 million Beverly Hills home that Kate shared with her late husband, Warner Communications president, Deane F. Johnson.

"Burt told Kate it was time that they move on together with their future," said the source.

"So Kate quietly put her old home on the market, so she and Burt could start fresh."

After a few months of hunting, Burt, 68, and Kate, 65, finally found the perfect place. "Burt jokes that he's a kept man," said the source.

"But he's got everything he wants and a wonderful woman to enjoy it all with." -- PATRICIA TOWLE