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Question: My mom and I used ...

Question: My mom and I used to never miss Kate &#038 Allie since she and a divorced friend used to live together for a few years. But she said Jane Curtin and Susan Saint James didn't really get along in real life. Is that true? — Mary S., Northfield, Vt.

Televisionary: Nope, though there were some of the normal tensions brought about by the unfailingly ego-driven entertainment biz and the pressures of mounting a hit comedy during its 1984-89 run on CBS.

Take the time, for instance, that both were nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series after the show's first season. Saint James had already been nominated six times and had won once (for NBC's 1968-71 adventure series The Name of the Game). And she had it in her head read more

Question: Who's older, Kelly ...

Question: Who's older, Kelly or Jack Osbourne? I swear Kelly is older, but my friend says Jack is. I know they are about a year and a half apart, but who is older? — Janis

Televisionary: Kelly is. Oldest sister Aimee was born in September 1983, Kelly was born in October 1984 and Jack, who was named for Ozzy's late dad, came into the world in November 1985.

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Question: What can you tell ...

Question: What can you tell me about a short-lived show from the '60s called The Ugliest Girl in the World? Whenever you read about the worst show concepts ever, I always wonder how they could forget to include this bizarre show. — N.D., Short Hills, N.J.

Televisionary: Well, I can tell you your standards of beauty are even higher than the series' creators, who merely dubbed the cross-dressing Timothy Blair (Peter Kastner) The Ugliest Girl in Town when they named the show.

The set-up: When photographer Gene Blair (Happy Days and Laverne &#038 Shirley creator Garry Marshall) lost all his shots of local San Francisco hippies, he dressed talent-agent brother Timothy in drag, snapped s read more

Question: What happened on ...

Question: What happened on the last episode of Gilligan's Island? — Adnan B., Long Beach, Cal.

Televisionary: Technically speaking, the last episode of the lovably stupid sitcom, which aired April 17, 1967, didn't wrap anything up, if that's what you're driving at, Adnan. In a typical Island setup, a native king came calling, searching for a maiden to be sacrificed to his tribe's volcano god. The ever-heroic Gilligan, seeking to save Ginger, Mary Ann and Mrs. Howell from that fate, dolled himself up to distract the king and... well, I wouldn't want to ruin a good rerun for you.

If what you're really wondering is whether or not they ever got off the island, the answer is yes. But it didn't happen during the show's 1964-67 run on CBS. In 1978, NBC aired the two part Rescue from Gilligan's Island, in which the castaways got off the island, returned to normal life, then got stranded on the island again afte read more

Question: What were the ...

Question: What were the character names of Jaclyn Smith, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Kate Jackson, Shelly Hack, Cheryl Ladd and Tanya Roberts? — G.Y., Baton Rouge, La.

Televisionary: As an addendum to my recent lead answer about Charlie's Angels (and in the order you asked): Smith was Kelly Garrett; Fawcett-Majors was Jill Munroe (1976-77); Jackson was Sabrina Duncan (1976-79); Hack was Tiffany Welles (1979-80); Ladd was Kris Munroe (1977-81) and Roberts was read more


Actress Tara Reid — who was portrayed as a Carson Daly-obsessed drunk on Sunday's MTV Bash — says she's trying to repair her party-girl image. "I don't want to change my personality," she tells Details magazine. "[But] I want people to know that this is a girl who has plans, has focus, and she's going to get what she wants." And darnit, right now girlfriend wants a martini! read more

Question: How do people ...

Question: How do people submit those questions to David Letterman when he does the CBS Mailbag? I went to the website, but only found an address for CBS, nothing for Letterman in particular. — Mary, Portland, Ore.

Televisionary: It took a little digging on the site, Mary, but I came up with it. Go to the show FAQ page, follow the link at the end of the second answer and type away.

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Beckham Babe's Lingerie Lament

Corseted period costumes may look sexy on film, but Keira Knightley thinks they're a drag. The 18-year-old Brit actress — who soccer-kicked her way to fame in Bend It Like Beckham — nearly staged a mutiny over those snug-fitting bodices she wore for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Good thing her character, Elizabeth Swann, also objects to corsets, shedding hers ASAP in the movie. "It's funny, because I can't remember a film where they actually say [corsets] are a really uncomfortable thing," Knightley grins. "They are always very ladylike. So it was quite nice to say, 'This is really, really, really painful!'

"It was completely my fault though," she notes, "because I've got this kind of Scarlett O'Hara thing going on in my head, wh read more

Peta Wilson Vamps It Up

Peta Wilson — aka TV's La Femme Nikita — has a new role to sink her teeth into. She stars as Mina Harker, Dracula's half-human/half-vampire lover, in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. While that title suggests a he-man film, this blonde starlet brings quite a woman's touch.

"I'm the gentle in Gentlemen," Wilson laughs. "The attraction to this role was Sean Connery, [being] the only female and [doing] a period film. This was the ultimate dress-up film. Being in the 18th century, and to play a woman that is repressed, closed, shut down and, on top of that, Dracula's ex-girlfriend — what a great part to do!"

Though Mina is arguably the central character in the League comic books, she cedes the celluloid spotlight to Connery's Allan Quatermain. No blood was shed over any c read more

Secrets Spilled at WB Fall Preview Event

We're at the midway point of summer, and that can mean only two things: Soon there will be far fewer kids clogging the streets during the day, and it's time for that semi-annual ritual known as the Television Critics Assoc. (TCA) press tour. For three weeks every July (and two weeks in January), the broadcast and cable networks trot out for the media the stars of their new fall shows during a series of press conferences, parties and other thinly veiled excuses to schmooze. Occasionally, amid all the slick video packages and over-rehearsed sound bites, a genuine, unscripted moment takes place. We at TV Guide Online live for those moments. The broadcast portion of the tour kicked off Sunday (at the Renaissance Hotel in the heart of Hollywood) with the WB. Here are some highlights as they took place in real time &#151 give or take a few minutes. Work with me, people; it was a long day.

8:30 am A startled WB publicist spots veteran actor read more

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