Dear Ken: What has happened with actress Lynda Carter, who used to star on TV as Wonder Woman?
Carter, 58, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., has worked in theater in the past few years and done voiceover work for video games. Since 2005 she has been in the films “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Sky High” and “Tattered Angel” and been on TV in “Law & Order” and “Smallville.” The mother of two is also a singer and released a jazz album, “At Last,” last summer. She will be taking her revue, “Lynda Carter Sings,” to a number of cities this year.
Dear Ken: What can you tell me about film star Jack Carson? Was he married to an actress?
Famous for his double take, Carson was one of the most popular character actors during the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. Born in Carman, Manitoba, Canada, he began his career in vaudeville and then was an extra in movies before becoming a radio comedian and getting meatier roles. He often played the self-confident good guy with a heart of gold who lost the girl. He made a lot of films with his pal Dennis Morgan and several with Ginger Rogers and Doris Day. Among his credits are “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Mildred Pierce,” “A Star Is Born,“ “The Tarnished Angels” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” He was married four times. His second wife, Kay St. Germain Wells, was a singer and actress, and third wife was actress Lola Albright. He died in 1963 at the age of 52 of stomach cancer.
Dear Ken: I’m a huge fan of thriller writer Alistair MacLean and love his books that were turned into movies, such as “The Guns of Navarone,” “Ice Station Zebra” and “Where Eagles Dare.” What other novels of his were made into movies? Did MacLean serve in World War II?
The Scottish novelist served as a seaman and leading torpedo operator in the Royal Navy during WWII. He died in 1987 at age 64. About 17 of his book were made into films or TV movies. Among several more of those were “The Satan Bug,” “Puppet on a Chain,” “Caravan to Vaccares,” “Breakheart Pass,” “Bear Island” and “Force 10 From Navarone.”
Dear Ken: What was the cause of death of singer-dancer-actor Sammy Davis Jr.?
Davis died in 1990 at age 74 of complications of throat cancer. The 5-foot-5-inch actor was sometimes billed as “the world’s greatest living entertainer.” As a singer he had eight Top-20 pop hits including the No. 1 “The Candy Man” in 1972.
If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck via www.sherlocksbooks.com where you can also find classic films and TV shows on DVD or visit Sherlock’s Book Emporium in Lebanon, Tennessee.