Q: Can you tell me in what movie did the famous Frenchman, Maurice Chevalier, sing the sexy "Mimi"?
A: It was one of several songs Chevalier performed in the 1932 musical "Love Me Tonight." The movie, which also starred Myrna Loy, is available on DVD.
Q: I heard that Cher is going to make a comeback in a Las Vegas concert. With many singers recording favorite songs of the '50s, '60s and '70s, will Cher record some of her favorite songs? Will Cher consider a Christmas CD?
A: First of all, Cher isn't doing just one concert. She will appear at Caesars Palace for a month beginning May 6, then return in August, as part of a three-year deal.
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It has been reported that she is planning a new CD, her first in several years, but I have not found any specifics about content. If you are looking for Cher tackling oldies, you may want to look at various compilations of her work over the years, since she has been recording since a lot of oldies were newies. One possibility is "The Best of Cher: The Imperial Recordings 1965-1968," which includes songs like "Needles and Pins," "Dream Baby," "Girl from Ipanema," "Reason to Believe" and "Homeward Bound."
As for Christmas music, Cher has tried it, notably in a duet with Rosie O'Donnell on "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." There is also a DVD, "Sonny & Cher: The Christmas Collection," of old Sonny & Cher holiday telecasts.
Q: Could you tell me what happened to George "Goober" Lindsey of "The Andy Griffith Show"? Also, what happened to the actresses who played Helen Crump and Thelma Lou, and the actor who played Floyd the barber?
A: As this writing, Lindsey is still with us, still making personal appearances and active with various charities. He is a regular guest at the George Lindsey University of North Alabama Film Festival, which has its 11th annual event in March. (Lindsey is a UNA grad.)
Aneta Corsaut, who played Helen, died in 1995 of cancer. Howard McNear, who played Floyd, died in 1969 from the effects of a stroke; he had also suffered a stroke while starring on "The Andy Griffith Show" and in later episodes was only shown sitting down. Betty Lynn, who played Thelma Lou, is in her 80s and reportedly has retired from acting.
Q: Could you tell us more about the cute young man on "Two and a Half Men"? Also, does he really sing the theme song? He is great! We love him!
A: Fourteen-year-old Angus T. Jones plays Alan's son, Jake, on the show. According to a CBS bio, he has began acting in commercials when he was 4 and had his first lead role in a movie ("See Spot Run") when he was 6.
According to CBS: "Jones's television credits include appearances in the series 'ER' and the movies 'Audrey's Rain,' 'Dinner with Friends' and 'The Christmas Shoes 2.' Born in Austin, Texas, he lives in Los Angeles with his parents, baby brother and their cat."
Studio musicians, not the stars of the show, do the theme song. (They lip-synch very well, though.)
Q: I am trying to locate a PBS miniseries that appeared in the late '70s. Unfortunately, I do not recall the name of the show. It was about several generations of servants at the White House. The title was something like "Downstairs at the White House" but that was not it.
A: You are most likely thinking of "Backstairs at the White House," which originally aired on commercial television in 1979. It focused on the African-American servants in the White House and starred, among others, Olivia Cole, Leslie Uggams and Louis Gossett Jr. It is available on DVD.
Q: I need to know why "Crossing Jordan" isn't on NBC anymore. I know it was on for a few years, and there are reruns on A&E, but I really enjoyed watching it. Will it ever be on DVD?
A: NBC dropped the drama starring Jill Hennessy in 2007 because there weren't enough young-adult viewers to justify the network's continued support. It had been on the network since 2001. The first season is due on DVD on May 6.
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