Dear Ken: Is rubbery-faced comedian Buddy Hackett still living?
The funny man, a native of Brooklyn and WWII veteran, died in 2003 at 78 after dealing with diabetes for several years. The nightclub entertainer and star of TV and film had his own TV series, Stanley, in 1956, and was in the movies, Gods Little Acre, The Music Man, Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Love Bug and Scrooged. Plus, he supplied the voice of Scuttle, the daft seagull, in Disneys The Little Mermaid. In his later years, Hackett and his wife created a non-profit animal refuge, Buddy Hacketts Singita, for unwanted dogs and cats.
Dear Ken: What has Kate Winslet, who starred as Rose opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic, up to these days?
The English actress starred in the 2011 miniseries Mildred Pierce and reteamed with DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road in 2008. In 2011, she also appeared in the films Contagion and Carnage. She will also be in an untitled comedy set for release early next year. Regarding physical changes since 1997s Titanic, she recently told the British press. We do look very different, were older. Leos 37, Im 36. We were 21 and 22 when we made that film. You know, hes fatter now Im thinner. Its true though!
Dear Ken: Tell us a bit about the late, great Dick Clark. Where was he born, married, children?
The host of American Bandstand from 1957 to 1987, who died April 18 of a heart attack at 82, was born Richard Wagstaff Clark in Bronxville, N.Y. He grew up in nearby Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and his only brother, Bradley, died serving in WWII. He earned a degree in advertising and a minor in radio at Syracuse University. Clark began his career in the mailroom at WRUN-AM in Rome, N.Y., at a station owned by his uncle and managed by his father in Rome, soon became the weatherman and then an announcer. And he began his TV career at WKTV in Utica, N.Y., as host of a country music radio show, Cactus Dick and the Santa Fe Riders. Married three times, he had three children. Among other TV shows he hosted were Where the Action Is, The New Hollywood Squares and The $10,000 Pyramid .
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