Question: Your comments on the Night Court actors reminded me that I had a crush on the woman who played the court clerk before Mac. What was her name, and did she do anything else besides Night Court?


Answer: That she did, and that she does, Bill. You're thinking of actress Karen Austin and her character, court clerk Lana Wagner, who was replaced on the comedy after a season by Charlie Robinson's Mac Robinson.

Austin did a lot of guest work on such series as Happy Days, The Rockford Files, Hart to Hart, Soap, CHiPs, Hill Street Blues, Quincy and many others before signing on to Night Court. Immediately afterward, she had a recurring role on St. Elsewhere and has since appeared in everything from L.A. Law, Jake and the Fatman, and Hunter, to more recent hits like Without a Trace, Cold Case and Desperate Housewives. She may not have landed another regular series gig, but the lady's working enough to boast a very long résumé.