Q. Just how old is actor Wilford Brimley anyway?
A. Although he seems to fill grandfatherly, over-65 parts very well, Brimley is almost a decade younger. His bio puts him at 56.Q. I'm happy to see the original Trisha Alden back on "Loving." Where was she? Tell me about her. What's her real name? - L.F., Sterling Heights, Mich.
A. Noelle Beck was on maternity leave. It was the first child for Beck and her husband, New York restauranteur Eric Patterson. Beck, 23, is a native of Baltimore. She landed the role of Trisha on her 17th birthday in 1984 and it's her first acting experience. She made her movie bow in 1989's "Fletch Lives" with Chevy Chase.
Q. I'm a fan of Melissa Brennan of "Days of Our Lives." Tell me her age and how long she has been on "Days." - C.S., St. Joseph, Mo.
A. Brennan, 25, started acting in commercials and made her soap bow in "Another World" in 1983. She started in commercials at 15, commuting to New York from her home in Eatontown, N.J. In 1984, she joined the original cast of "Santa Barbara" as Jade Perkins. She moved to "Days" as Jennifer Horton in 1985.
Q. Did Ashley Peldon, of "The Guiding Light," win a Soap Opera Award? Tell me more about her. - D.T., Detroit.
A. There was no award for Peldon. Ashley, 7, is a New Yorker and veteran performer. She was Elliott Gould's daughter in "The Lemmon Sisters," Bette Midler's daughter in "Stella." She has a sister, Courtney, 10, who's an actress, too.
Q. I've long admired Olin on "General Hospital." She added spark to the show. Could you tell me a bit about her career? Did she play Third Aunt to Jennifer Jones in "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing"? - S.M., La Brea, Calif.
A. Beulah Quo made her movie debut in 1965's "Love." A native of Stockton, Calif., she attended the University of California and the University of Chicago. She taught college in China before the Communist takeover and was teaching in the U.S. when she was persuaded to try acting. Since then, she's done 30 features, many TV movies.
Q. I recently saw "Support Your Local Sheriff." In the credits it noted the bartender was played by Dick Haines. I don't remember noticing him but isn't that a famous singer? - F.S., Fox River Grove, Ill.
A. The singer was Dick Haymes and his last movie was "Cruisin' Down the River." Haymes, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, educated in Europe, came to the U.S. in 1936. During World War II, he avoided the draft by registering as a resident alien. Later, when he left the country briefly, he was ordered deported as an "undesirable alien." The order was rescinded but Haymes' career was permanently hurt. He lived in Ireland for years before his death in 1980.
Q. Roddy McDowall has always been a favorite of mine. Is he married? Is Roddy short for Roderick or just a nickname? - M.E.W., Reading, Pa.
A. He was born Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall. He's never married.
Q. Give some info on Ann Turkel. I saw her in "Humanoids from the Deep" and thought she was wonderful. - T.S., Evanston, Ill.
A. Turkel, 42, born in Scarsdale, N.Y., was a graduate of Boston University. She did summer stock but went into modeling. She made her movie debut in "99 and 44/100% Dead" in 1974 and later married her leading man, Richard Harris.
Q. How many times was Bing Crosby married and how many children did he have? - E.P., Utica, Mich.
A. Crosby was married twice: actress Dixie Lee, 1930 to her death in 1952, four sons; actress Kathryn Grant, 1957 to his death in 1977, two sons and a daughter.
Q. Are Roy Rogers and Kenny Rogers brothers? What is their age difference? No one in Cleveland seems to know. - W.E.P., Wickleiffe, Ohio.
A. That's surprising since Roy, real name Leonard Slye, is a native of Cincinnati. He's 78. Kenny 52, was born in Houston and uses his real name.
Q. Tell me where I can write to Gary Cole of "Midnight Caller." - S.M., Palatine, Ill.
A. Lorimar Telepictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, Calif. 90232.
Q. Is the actress who plays the mother in "The Fanelli Boys," the same actress who was Millie, married to Jerry the dentist, next door neighbors to Rob and Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show"? - M.A., Wallingford, Conn.
A. What a memory. Ann Guilbert, who is Theresa Fanelli, was billed as Ann Morgan Guilbert is those days, 1961-66. She did one other TV series, "The New Andy Griffin Show" in 1970, but has guest-starred on other shows from "Dragnet" to "Murder, She Wrote."
Q. Is "The Cosby Show" about to self-destruct so that it won't reappear next fall?
A. The eighth and final season appears to still be on schedule. Although Bill Cosby has dropped Lisa Bonet from his NBC series, he is pleased with the new kids he showcases. They are Cousin Pam (Erika Alexander) and her four high school buddies, as well as 4-year-old Raven-Symone, who has been playing Bonet's stepdaughter, Olivia. Of Bonet, who is undergoing a marital separation from musician Lenny Kravitz, Cosby says, "There was nothing challenging for her. I blame myself for that - for creating a character who simply never developed."
Q. Why haven't we seen more of Jessica Tandy since her big Oscar win last year in "Driving Miss Daisy?"
A. Tandy, 81, has been ill with cancer for several years. Sadly, it's no longer in remission. To do the film, she was forced to take out a life insurance policy on herself and paid her own premiums. When the movie made so much money, she was reimbursed - with profuse apologies.
Q. Are the Black Crowes one of those groups designed to fit a promoters' image of the good ol' days of rock-and-roll?
A. The Atlanta-based band, whose "Shake Your Money Maker" album is one of the top dozen or so bestsellers these days, has been called everything from "100 percent ersatz" to "a classical bolt of rock-and-roll." The members of this group, who are 21 to 25, contend that they're "not puppets" and are creating tried-and-true music for "a whole new generation" that wasn't even born when the Rolling Stones hit the road. "It's just a matter of having talent," says the Crowe's Rich Robinson, 21.
Q. Is comedian Jerry Seinfeld's TV series autobiographical?
A. NBC's "Seinfeld" is indeed about the on-and-off-stage life of a professional comic, and Seinfeld admits to finding both aspects of his life full of screwy details. For more than a decade, the 36-year-old Brooklyn native has been paying his dues in clubs, casinos, colleges, concert halls and late-night talk shows. While growing up, he studied comedians' delivery on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and kidded his way through high school and college. Then he sought out the lousiest jobs he could find for more perspective. "To have your back to a cliff, that's the best way to accomplish something," Seinfeld says. "Never have anything to fall back on."
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