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Andy Griffith made 6 TV series after Mayberry
Dear Ken: How many TV series did Andy Griffith star in besides “The Andy Griffith Show”?
After leaving Sheriff Taylor and Mayberry behind, Griffith starred in “Headmaster,” “The New Andy Griffith Show,” “Adams of Eagle Lake,” “Salvage 1,” “The Yeagers” and “Matlock.” He was also in the miniseries “Washington: Behind Closed Doors” and “Centennial.”
Dear Ken: What happened to the actress who played Chevy Chase’s wife in the “National Lampoon” movies?
That was Beverly D’Angelo, who played Ellen Griswold, mate to goofus Clark Griswald in four feature films. The native of Columbus, Ohio, 60, has continued to work in film and TV. She had the recurring role of Rebecca Balthus in “Law & Order: SVU” from 2003 to 2008 and most recently starred as Barbara Miller on “Entourage.” She has three movies coming down the pike: “I Heart Shakey,” “A White Trash Christmas” and “Popcorn Ceiling.” D’Angelo was in a relationship with Al Pacino from 1996 to 2003, which produced twins in 2001.
Dear Ken: Someone told me that Anderson Cooper of CNN had a famous mother? Can you tell me who she is?
The host of “Anderson Cooper 360,” 45, is the son of the late writer Wyatt Emory Cooper and artist, designer, writer and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt. His great-great-great grandfather was Cornelius Vanderbilt. Cooper joined ABC News in 1995 and went to CNN in 2001.
Dear Ken: Was Charlene Tilton, who played Lucy on “Dallas,” married to a country music singer? Did they have any children?
Tilton, 53, a native of San Diego, Calif., was wed to country singer Johnny Lee (“Lookin’ for Love”) from 1982 to 1984. and they have a daughter, Cherish Lee, who will be 30 this year. Before landing her most famous role on “Dallas,” she was a guest on “Happy Days” and “Eight Is Enough” and in the film “Freaky Friday.” She now plays Lucy Ewing again in the TNT revival of “Dallas.” Tilton also is writing and producing the Tammy Faye Baker story, based on the life of the televangelist who died in 2007. She plans to star in the project as well.