Melissa Gilbert is engaged to actor Timothy Busfield, according to Us Weekly.

Both have been married twice. So this would be where we say "Hey, maybe the third time will be the charm."

But that's kind of a dumb idea, don't you think?

"They got engaged over the holidays," a source told the magazine. "They've known each other for quite some time, as their paths have crossed off-and-on over the past 20 years."

I guess their paths finally intersected.

Gilbert, 48, who became a child star as Laura Ingalls on "Little House on the Prairie" in the '70s and '80s, said last year during her stint on "Dancing with the Stars" that her split from second husband Bruce Boxleitner after 16 years together was a challenge.

"It's been hard on the kids and that's been hard to watch but ultimately everyone's going to be fine," Gilbert, who dated Rob Lowe in the '80s. "Everything takes time."

Busfield, 55, who starred on "The West Wing" with Lowe, has been married to Radha Delmarter and Jenny Meriwin and has three kids.

PHOTO SURFACES OF ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER MAKING THE SEXY TIME: A photo of Arnold Schwarzenegger performing a sex act has supposedly been found in a storage unit that once belonged to "Penthouse" magazine founder Bob Guccione, according to TMZ.

This is about as surprising as hearing that California's former governor speaks with an accent.


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The picture is reportedly part of a large collection of artifacts discovered in a storage space once owned by Guccione, who died in 2010.

I hope they were wearing decontamination suits when they went inside.

According to the New York Post, the photo of a young Schwarzenegger was discovered by an unnamed man who bought up the lockers after Guccione went bankrupt. The unit also reportedly contained unpublished nude pictures of Madonna and Lauren Hutton as well as Guccione's personal files detailing the situation surrounding his decision to publish naked pictures of then Miss America Vanessa Williams.

I imagine the information in those files looked something like this: "$$$$$$$$."

It remains to be seen whether the new owner decides to go public with the Schwarzenegger photo. TMZ said that, as of late Tuesday morning, there had been no word from Schwarzenegger's people.

WHITNEY HOUSTON'S BROTHER SAYS HE INTRODUCED HER TO DRUGS: Whitney Houston's brother told Oprah Winfrey on Monday that he introduced the singer to cocaine back in the 1980s.

Michael Houston sat down with his mother Cissy Houston and Winfrey on "Oprah's Next Chapter." He said he was the first person who did drugs with his sister, not her ex-husband Bobby Brown, who has had his own public battles with substance abuse over the years.

Michael said he feels extremely guilty for Whitney's death, but didn't understand what they were messing with. "You gotta understand at the time ... the 80s ... it was acceptable."

Right. Which is why absolutely no one went to prison for drugs during the 1980s.

His mother said "It's painful ... I feel responsible for what I let go so far."

Whitney died in Beverly Hills last February after a drug binge that included cocaine, Xanax and marijuana.

Oprah's Next Chapter," featuring Michael and Cissy Houston, airs Monday, Jan. 28 at 10 p.m. on OWN.

LINDSAY LOHAN SAYS SHE'S TOO SICK TO GO TO COURT: Lindsay Lohan's new lawyer has submitted documents to Los Angeles Superior Court saying Lohan is too ill to appear at her scheduled hearing on Wednesday.

This should really go over well with the judge once she sees photos TMZ published Tuesday of Lohan on an all-day shopping spree in New York City's SoHo district on Saturday, the same day a doctor allegedly examined her.

Lohan's new lawyer, Mark Heller, submitted documents notifying the Judge Stephanie Sautner the actress is too ill to fly. Heller offered a note from a Park Avenue doctor who supposedly said Lohan has an upper respiratory infection and can't fly for her own safety, as well as the safety of the public.

Well, he's got that last part right. Wherever Lohan goes, she's a threat to public safety.

Heller also submitted a Jan. 11 article from the New York Post, reporting that a flu epidemic has hit New York City.

Somewhere, Shawn Holley -- the lawyer who was fired by Lohan, then rehired, and who finally quit -- is laughing hysterically.

What's really funny is that the judge hasn't even approved Heller -- a New York lawyer -- to appear in a California court on Lohan's behalf. Heller isn't licensed to practice law in California, though he's supposedly getting another lawyer to sponsor him, which would allow him to represent Lohan.

Why someone isn't making truckloads of money doing a Lindsay Lohan reality show is one of the universe's great mysteries.

RARE O.J. SIMPSON BOOK ON AUCTION BLOCK: One of the last remaining copies of O.J. Simpson's infamous book "If I Did It," is on eBay, with bids starting at $250,000.

Why would anyone pay that much for a crime book when they already know who did it?

The book was originally announced in November 2006, with 400,000 copies being printed before the publisher woke up and realized what they were doing. Following the predictable public backlash, the release was canceled and the books were recalled to be destroyed.

Apparently a small number survived. One reportedly is at original publisher News Corporation, another was auctioned on eBay in 2007 for $65,000, and now a third copy has surfaced.

The latest copy is listed at $250,000 and, in case you're getting any ideas, payment is required in full within 48 hours of the auction ending.

A revised version of "If I Did It" was republished in 2007 -- with added commentary -- and proceeds went to one of Simpson's alleged murder victims, Ron Goldman, who won a $33.5 million civil suit against Simpson and is still owed quite a bit of money. Original editions are obviously pretty hard to come by.

The auction ends at the end of next month.

Of course, Simpson was acquitted in 1994 of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. He's currently serving a 33-year sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery in a Nevada prison.

Contact Tony Hicks at thicks@bayareanewsgroup.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks.

JANUARY 30 IN HISTORY

Wednesday is Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2013. There are 335 days left in the year.

1649: England's King Charles I was beheaded.

1862: The ironclad USS Monitor was launched from the Continental Iron Works in Greenpoint, N.Y., during the Civil War.

1882: The 32nd president of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was born in Hyde Park, N.Y.

1933: Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany. The first episode of the "Lone Ranger" radio program was broadcast on station WXYZ in Detroit.

1948: Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi, 78, was shot and killed in New Delhi by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist. (Godse and a co-conspirator were later executed.)

1962: Two members of "The Flying Wallendas" high-wire act were killed when their seven-person pyramid collapsed during a performance at the State Fair Coliseum in Detroit.

1964: The United States launched Ranger 6, an unmanned spacecraft carrying television cameras that crash-landed on the moon, but failed to send back images.

1968: The Tet Offensive began during the Vietnam War as Communist forces launched surprise attacks against South Vietnamese provincial capitals.

1972: Thirteen Roman Catholic civil rights marchers were shot to death by British soldiers in Northern Ireland on what became known as "Bloody Sunday."

1973: The rock group KISS performed its first show at a club in Queens, N.Y.

1981: An estimated 2 million New Yorkers turned out for a ticker-tape parade honoring the freed American hostages from Iran.

1993: Los Angeles inaugurated its Metro Red Line, the city's first modern subway.

2003: President George W. Bush put allies on notice that diplomacy would give way to a decision on war with Iraq in "weeks, not months." Wary world leaders and congressional critics urged patience and demanded proof of Iraq's transgressions. Richard Reid, the British citizen and al-Qaida follower who'd tried to blow up a trans-Atlantic jetliner with explosives hidden in his shoes, was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Boston.

BIRTHDAYS

Actor Gene Hackman (83), actress Vanessa Redgrave (76), former Vice President Dick Cheney (72), rock singer Marty Balin (71), singer Phil Collins (62), comedian Brett Butler (55), singer Jody Watley (54), actor Christian Bale (39), actor Wilmer Valderrama (33).

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