Burt Reynolds aches to be a father. Linda Evans would give up her career for a child. Richard Chamberlain says he's ready for the first time.

But Warren Beatty says he couldn't give children what they really need. And Sandy Dennis has cats instead.Cosmopolitan magazine surveyed childless Hollywood stars in its August issue and found some eager to start buying diapers.

Reynolds, who recently married actress Loni Anderson, once tried to adopt a child but found his reputation got in the way.

"I went before a review board, and the questions they asked were so out of line," Cosmopolitan quoted the former centerfold turned movie superstar as saying.

"I just got really angry, stormed out. All they were interested in was this stuff that they'd read about me. I guess they just felt that I couldn't be responsible enough.

"But I think I'd make a good father. I still want a kid so bad that I ache."

Chamberlain is still a bachelor, but the king of the television mini-series said, "For the first time in my life, I feel ready to marry and start a family. I think I have something to give to children now."

Evans, with two divorces behind her, said she always wanted a baby - even if it meant giving up her role in the television show "Dynasty."

"That would be the most wonderful experience in the world," she said. "If I had my choice between a career and being a housewife and mother, I'd choose the latter."

Beatty, as famous for his affairs as for his acting and directing, said it wouldn't be fair for him to have children.

"Children deserve to grow up in a stable environment. And people don't get married for life anymore, do they? My sister (Shirley MacLaine) once said she couldn't imagine me with children. She may be right."

Oscar and Tony-winning actress Dennis said: "Once I had a miscarriage. Luckily, I never wanted a child. I never had an instinct for it. Instead of children, I've had cats. Mostly strays. Lots of them."