Question: Your recent answer about China Beach's beautiful Dana Delany reminded me that the last time I saw her was (sans clothes) in East of Eden. What happened to her since then? Did the nude scene hurt her career? Thanks.

Televisionary: Assuming you mean Exit to Eden (similar titles make the mix-up an easy one, though it's the first time I realized it's easy to confuse works by John Steinbeck and Anne Rice), I'd argue that nudity had nothing to do with her career.

More likely if any harm was done ? and it's tough to say since Delany's had steady, albeit sub-A (no pun intended), work since that picture ? it was due to Eden's box-office fizzle rather than too much flesh on her part. I don't know whose idea it was to take a Rice throwaway mainstream, but the concept is so awful in principle it seems unfair to blame the lousy performance on Delany alone. After all, it also starred Dan Aykroyd. 'Nuff said, no?

Anyway, a good case can be made that Delany's star is about to burn brighter. If you're a fan, you'll want to catch her return to a network starring role in Good Guys, Bad Guys, an upcoming NBC pilot. In the crime drama, from Homicide and Oz producers Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson, Delany plays an FBI agent hot on the trail of crime lord John Seda.