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Singer Jewel to portray June Carter Cash in TV movie
Dear Ken: Someone told me that there is a new movie in the works based on the life of June Carter Cash. Who will play her and when is it coming out?
The Lifetime network has announced that pop-country singer-songwriter Jewel, 37, will star in “The June Carter Cash Story,” which is based on “Anchored by Love,” the book by June and Johnny’s son John Carter Cash. It will be filmed this summer in Atlanta, and Matt Ross of the TV series “American Horror Story” will portray Johnny Cash. It should hit TV late this year. Jewel and her husband Ty Murray, 42, a nine-time World Champion rodeo cowboy and co-founder of the Professional Bull Riders, live on 2,400-acre ranch in Stephenville, Texas, with their 11-month-old son Kase Townes Murray. Among Jewel’s hit songs are “Who Will Save Your Soul,” “You Were Meant for Me,” “Foolish Games,” “Hands,” “Standing Still” and “Intuition.”
Dear Ken: How old are the girls who starred on “The Brady Bunch” now?
Well, Florence Henderson, who play mother Carol Brady, is 78. Maureen McCormick, who played Marsha, Marsha, Marsha, is 55. Eve Plumb, who played Jan, is 54. Susan Olsen, who played Cindy, is 50. And while she wasn’t a Brady girl, Ann B. Davis, who played housekeeper Alice, was like a member of the family and is 86.
Dear Ken: Who played Redd Foxx’s sister-in-law on “Sanford and Son” and what else did she appear in?
That was LaWanda Page as Aunt Esther. She died in 2002 of complications of diabetes at 81 years of age. The stand-up comedian also appeared in such TV series as “The Love Boat,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Amen,” “Family Matters,” “Martin,” “Dream On” and “The Sanford Arms.” Her movie credits were “The Meteor Man,” “My Blue Heaven,” “Friday,” “Mausoleum” and “Zapped!” Born Alberta Pearl, Page grew up in St. Louis, Mo., a close childhood friend of Foxx. She started her career in nightclubs where she was billed as “The Bronze Goddess of Fire,” and her act included her lighting cigarettes with her fingertips and eating fire, probably an occupation of which Aunt Esther would not approve.
Dear Ken: When and how did country music star Johnny Horton die?
Horton died when a truck collided with his car on a bridge near Milano, Texas, at about 2 a.m. on Nov. 5, 1960. He was 35. Among his big hits were “The Battle of New Orleans,” “North to Alaska,” “When It’s Springtime in Alaska (It’s Forty Below),” “Sink the Bismarck,” “Honky Tonk Man, “I’m a One-Woman Man” and “Sleepy-Eyed John.”