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The Ask Stacy column

Ask Stacy: ‘Wipeout’ Mini Course, Bob Harper, Garrett Morris, Susan Powter, ‘Goonies’

John Anderson, John Henson ABC photo

DEAR STACY:  I read in your column where John Henson said that there would be a mini version of the “Wipeout” obstacle course touring the country this summer.  When will it be in this area? – Nick G., Moreno Valley, CA

DEAR NICK:  Sorry, but the tour finished up mid-June, after the “Wipeout” course replica opened at Orlando, New York, Atlanta, Nashville and other Eastern and Southern locations.  Maybe with enough demand, they’ll bring it to other parts of the country.

DEAR STACY:  Is Bob Harper of “The Biggest Loser” gay? – M.K., Dearborn Hgts. MI

DEAR M.K.:  The hard-charging, hugely popular, unmarried trainer has not stated his sexuality.  Many have taken note that he was one of the stars of a video called “Queer Abs,” but that hardly counts as definitive.  The hilarious “Queer Abs” commercial spot is a You Tube favorite.  As one user noted, “gay or straight…I don’t care…beautiful piece of man!”

DEAR STACY:  Whatever happened to Garrett Morris of “Saturday Night Live”? – Penny D., Canton, OH

DEAR PENNY:  The Broadway and TV veteran, whose long list of credits also includes his stints on “Martin” and “The Jamie Foxx Show,” keeps working.  He has done commercials for Miller Lite and Nintendo DS over the last year or so.  He was in the 2008 Ice Cube feature “The Longshots.”  Morris is owner of The Downtown Comedy Club in L.A.

DEAR STACY:  Susan Powter used to be one of the top fitness gurus, then she just disappeared.  What happened to her? – Leslie C., New York

DEAR LESLIE:  The Australia-born health and fitness advocate and self-described “radical feminist lesbian woman” took a decade away from the limelight to raise her third son, according to her susanpowteronline.com web site.  Since then, she’s dispensed advice, blogged and put out an e-zine, but simply hasn’t recaptured the audience she had in the 90s.

DEAR STACY:  Is it true that there’s going to be a sequel to “The Goonies”? – Mason J., Chattanooga, TN

DEAR MASON: Although rumors have flown in conjunction with the Steven Spielberg movie’s 25th anniversary this year, star Josh Brolin told Extra TV that although Spielberg has a sequel script, but there are no plans to make it.

Ask Stacy: Dianna Agron, ‘Glee’ and ‘Veronica Mars’

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Dianna Agron

DEAR STACY:  I enjoy watching “Glee” very much.  I read that Dianna Agron, who plays pregnant cheerleader Quinn Fabray, was a semi-regular on “Veronica Mars.”  I don’t remember her in that show.  What part did she play? – M.N., St. Clair Shores, MI

DEAR M.N.:  Agron appeared in three episodes in the 2006-2007 season only, in the role of rich girl Jenny Budosh, who masterminded the framing of an ex-convict working at Hearst College for a fraud actually perpetrated by herself and her friends

DEAR STACY:  I noticed on “The Bachelorette,” the name of the producer is Mike Fleiss.  My roommate says that is Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss’ brother.  Is that true? – Brandi S., Brooklyn, NY

DERA BRANDI:  No, the reality show producer is a second cousin of the notorious Heidi.

DEAR STACY:  Can you please tell me if it’s true that Danny Trejo was in prison?  What were the circumstances?  I think he is a very good actor. – David F., Hawthorne, CA

DEAR DAVID:  The actor who has appeared in many of the films directed by Robert Rodriguez, a second cousin of his, did indeed do time, for armed robbery and various drug offenses.  In fact, he was in and out of jail for 11 years, as he struggled with addiction from childhood on.  While in San Quentin, he became a champion boxer and completed a successful 12-step program.  Once he was out, he counseled others, and his efforts led him to the set of 1985’s “Runaway Train” with Eric Roberts.  He was offered a job as an extra to play a convict and since the movie’s theme was boxing, he began giving Roberts tips.  After the director noticed, Trejo was cast opposite Roberts and has worked in Hollywood since.

DEAR STACY:  Whatever happened to Audra Lindley, who was so funny in “Three’s Company”?  — Terry G., Springfield, MA

DEAR TERRY:  The Broadway and television actress passed away in 1997 due to complications from leukemia. She was 79, and still doing recurring roles on two series (“Cybill” and “Nothing Sacred”) the same year she died.

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Ask Stacy for May 9

DEAR STACY:  Whatever happened to the plans for Janet Jackson to do a movie playing Lena Horne? – Terry B., Cedar Rapids, IA

DEAR TERRY:  Apparently you missed the stormy weather when Horne, now 92, made it clear she wanted no part of Jackson’s portrayal after Janet’s breast-baring Super Bowl moment back in 2004.  She and her daughter asked ABC not to allow Janet to portray her, and even though the network resisted, Janet willingly backed out.  Then producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan left the project in solidarity with Janet.  It’s too bad.  With a dramatic life story that spans the heyday of Harlem’s Cotton Club, Golden Era Hollywood, blacklisting, the Civil Rights Movement and on, the sensual singer-actress certainly warrants a bio-pic.  A stage musical about her, “Stormy Weather,” was mounted at the Pasadena Playhouse last year.   (The brilliant, iconic performer passed away the day of this posting, leaving an amazing legacy.)

DEAR STACY:  You see Ryan Seacrest everywhere, but I haven’t seen much about him personally.  I’m curious.  What is his background? – John M., Chattanooga, TN

DEAR JOHN:   The ubiquitous “American Idol” emcee/radio host/budding TV mogul (“Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” etc.), was born the day before Christmas in 1974.  He hails from Atlanta, GA, son of an attorney and a full-time mom.  There, he landed a job at radio station WSTR while still in high school – and continued with his on-air gig while attending the University of Georgia.  He landed his first TV show hosting job – ESPN’s “Radical Outdoor Challenge” – while still in college.  Aspiring toward a Merv Griffin-like career of hosting and producing television shows, Seacrest moved to L.A. in 1995.  He was hosting NBC’s “Saturday Night at the Movies” by 2000.  “American Idol” came along in ’02, and, of course, last year he signed a renewal on his “AI” deal for $45 million.  While there’s been much speculation about his romantic life and sexual orientation, Seacrest has said he simply doesn’t have time for relationships, and that when a past girlfriend and he split up after three and a half years, he just worked harder.

DEAR STACY:  How old is Mary Hart?  Have enjoyed watching her all these years.  Does she have any plans to retire? —  Angie S., Canton, OH

DEAR ANGIE:   The “Entertainment Tonight” anchor, 59, says she’s entertained the idea of stepping away from the microphone, but has realized over the last couple of years, “I’m not ready to call it quits.  I’m still having so much fun.  I love running into Leonardo Di Caprio, George Clooney, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  When you know people through the years, there’s a comfort level in your interactions and that’s fun.  In a sense, we’ve matured together.  And I enjoy the working with the people I see on a daily basis.”

DEAR STACY:  Can you tell me if and when “Burn Notice” is coming back? – Pat K., Woodland Hills, CA

DEAR PAT:  The popular Jeffrey Donovan-Gabrielle Anwar series returns June 3 on USA.

DEAR STACY:  What did they finally determine was the cause of Brittany Murphy’s death?  A friend of mine said it was a drug overdose. – M.L., Spokane, WA

DEAR M.L.:  The L.A. county coroner’s office found that the 32-year-old actress died last December primarily of pneumonia.  However, she was also found to have been suffering anemia and multiple drug intoxication from an assortment of over-the-counter and prescription medications used to treat colds and respiratory infections.  All the medications were legal.  Noted the coroner’s report, “The possible adverse physiological effects of elevated levels of these medications cannot be discounted, especially in her weakened state.”