Stacy Delivers the Scoop on All Things Hollywood
DEAR STACY: Whatever became of Lana Wood, the actress sister of the late Natalie Wood? Seems to have dropped from sight after writing her tacky tell-all book. — Daisy A., Canton, Ohio
DEAR DAISY: Now 63, the one-time Bond girl and TV staple has been trying to get her acting career rolling again after having moved away from performing in 1982. In fact, she has a role in the new biblical movie, "Book of Ruth" with Dan Haggerty of "Grizzly Adams" fame. Estranged from her former brother-in-law, Robert Wagner, since the publication of her "Natalie, A Memoir by Her Sister" in 1984, Lana also has producing credits including the 2004 TV production, "The Mystery of Natalie Wood." Five times married and divorced, she has three grandchildren by her daughter, Evan. She lives in Thousand Oaks, Calif., outside Los Angeles.
DEAR STACY: Please give any info on Simon Baker, "The Mentalist." — V.K., Long Island, N.Y.
DEAR V.K.: One of the hottest commodities in the entertainment industry, the 39-year-old Aussie actor has managed to keep up a steady film output in addition to starring in his popular CBS series. His upcoming features include the adaptation of Valerie Plame's political memoir, "Fair Game," with Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, and the Western crime thriller, "The Killer Inside Me" with Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson. Born in Tasmania, Baker grew up in the Northern New South Wales town of Lennox Head. He excelled as an athlete in his youth, competing at the state level in surfing and water polo. He'd begun studies to become a nurse when he decided to pursue an acting career instead. After establishing himself in such fare as the series "E Street" and "Home and Away" in Australia, he came to Hollywood and quickly landed a role in the big screen "L.A. Confidential." Other credits include the series "The Guardian" and "Smith," and the movies "Land of the Dead" and "The Devil Wears Prada." He and his wife, actress Rebecca Rigg, have two daughters, born in 1993 and 1998, and a son, born in 2001. Good friend Nicole Kidman is godmother to their son, and Naomi Watts to one of their daughters.
DEAR STACY: Can you tell me the title and artist of a song from the show "Life," episode "Crushed." The song is toward the end, when Crews shows Reese the album cover. — Tina Lee, Flushing, N.Y.
DEAR TINA: I believe the song to which you refer is "Moment in the Sun," by Clem Snide — the country/alternative rock entity consisting of singer-songwriter-musician Eef Barzelay. Other music included in that episode: "One Man Wrecking Machine" by Guster; "They Never Got You" by Spoon; and "Pretty (Ugly Before)" by Elliott Smith. Word to the wise: the songs are changed in the "Life" DVD releases — "rewind versions" as NBC calls them — due to the rights clearance difficulty and high expense of using the music heard in the on-air versions.
DEAR STACY: Swoosie Kurtz is such a wonderful actress. I'll miss her in "Pushing Daisies." What is ahead for her? — Ted Y., San Francisco, Calif.
DEAR TED: Look for Kurtz to return to "Heroes" in the upcoming season. Meanwhile, viewers who tuned into Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" July 13 saw Kurtz and Blythe Danner playing the lesbian moms of Peter Facinelli's character. Those two may return.
DEAR STACY: What's next for Mike Myers? Did he go away to lick his wounds after that terrible "The Love Guru"? Please come back, Mike. All is forgiven. — J.T., Chattanooga, Tenn.
DEAR J.T.: Don't worry. Myers' upcoming projects include a role in Quentin Tarantino's Aug. 21 release of the World War II movie "Inglourious Basterds"; a new "Shrek" flick; his remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"; and his untitled biopic of the late wild man rock drummer Keith Moon of The Who. All three of the latter are anticipated 2010 releases.
DEAR STACY: Please help me win a trivia argument. On "Nurse Jackie," the pharmacist Edie Falco is having an affair with an actor that I say was also on "The Sopranos." My co-worker doubts me. — Pat F., New York
DEAR PAT: You're right. Paul Schulze, Eddie on "Nurse Jackie," also played Father Phil Intintola on "The Sopranos."
DEAR STACY: Please tell me everything about Clint Walker — like, what is he doing now, if anything. His age, marital status, etc. — Jean D., Old Bridge, N.J.
DEAR JEAN: At 82, Walker stays busy. The star of TV's vintage "Cheyenne" series, whose credits also include the big screen "The Dirty Dozen" and other movies, is set to be among the stars meeting 'n' greeting fans at the Aug. 26-29 Western Legends Roundup event in Kanab, Utah — the kind of personal appearance he makes every so often.
He's been married to his third wife, Susan, since 1997. They maintain his clintwalker.com Web site themselves, according to the site, and even personally mail out the autographed items fans can order online. They have a farm in Northern California. Walker cowrote the 2003 Western novel "Yaqui Gold." The former star is part Cherokee. He reportedly had chest-waist-hips measurements of 48-32-36 in his prime and stood 6-foot-6. He has a grown daughter. He says he's open to acting offers, but not in any projects he finds in poor taste. His last significant role was as one of the voice talents in the 1998 "Small Soldiers."
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