Dear Ken: How old would Minnie Pearl be if she were living?
“How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E!” I’m jest so proud you asked. The country comic, who was born Sarah Ophelia Colley in Centerville, Tenn., would have notched her 100th birthday on Oct. 25. A star of the “Grand Ole Opry” for more than 50 years, Cousin Minnie was also on “Hee Haw” from 1969 until 1991. A graduate of Ward-Belmont College (today known as Belmont University), the wonderful woman debuted as Minnie Pearl in 1939 and debuted on the “Opry” in 1940. Colley married Henry R. Cannon in 1947. The couple had no children. Their home was located next door to the Tennessee Governor’s Mansion. The grand old comedienne, who battled breast cancer, died in 1996 at age 83 of complications from a stroke The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation was founded in her memory. In 1966, she had a top-10 country hit with “Giddyup Go Answer,” a response to a hit by Red Sovine, her only chart hit.
Dear Ken: I just saw the TV movie “Stagecoach,” starring Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and John Schneider. What other country music stars were in this Western?
The 1986 remake of the 1939 John Ford classic (which made a star out of John Wayne) also included June Carter Cash, Jessi Colter, David Allan Coe, Billy Swan and John Carter Cash.
Dear Ken: How many cast members of “Gone With the Wind” are still with us?
There are four actors still living who had speaking roles in the 1939 film. They include Alicia Rhett, 97, who played India Wilkes; Olivia de Havilland, 96, who played Melanie Hamilton; Mary Anderson, 92, who played Maybelle Merriwether; and Mickey Kuhn, 80, who played Beau Wilkes as a child. As for survivors who were in the film but spoke no lines, there is Patrick Curtis, who played Beau Wilkes as a baby, and Greg Giese, 73, who was 11 days old when he played both infants Bonnie Blue Butler and Beau Wilkes.
Dear Ken: How many movies did Paul Newman and Robert Redford make together?
Two. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” in 1969 and “The Sting” in 1973. And in case you were wondering, Newman was 11½ years older than Redford, who is now 76 and stars in the upcoming thriller “The Company You Keep.”
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