Dear Ken: What can you tell me about Mrs. Grissom of salad fame, whom Ive seen in TV commercials recently?
That would be Grace Grissom, 93, who was a secretary in Knoxville in 1955 when she and her husband Herbert went into business with one of her friends who had a small company that made prepared sandwich spreads, which were sold at local grocery stores. Within a year the couple bought out their partners, and soon Mrs. Grissoms sandwich spreads (chicken salad, pimento cheese, ham salad and tuna salad) were being sold across the South. My husband and I worked day and night to build the business and loved every single minute of it, Grissom says about the Nashville-based enterprise. I still enjoy coming in and working. Of course, I leave the 18-hour days up to the younger folks now.
Dear Ken: What has happened to British actress Vanessa Redgrave? Didnt she make a movie near Lebanon, Tenn., several years ago?
It was Lynn Redgrave, Vanessas sister, who starred with Olympia Dukakis and Diane Ladd in the 2003 film Charlies War, which was largely filmed in Watertown. Lynn died of breast cancer in 2010 at 67. Vanessa, 75, continues to work. She was the voice of the Queen in Cars 2, stars in the current BBC series Call the Midwife and next appears in the film Song for Marion.
Dear Ken: When and how did Jack Webb of TVs Dragnet die?
Webb, famous as Sgt. Joe Friday on the long-running police series, died in 1982 at age 62 of a heart attack. A jazz enthusiast who played cornet, he was also a producer, director and writer. He was the executive producer of the TV series Adam-12 and Emergency! and the movies Pete Kellys Blues, The Last Time I Saw Archie and The D.I. Married four times, Webbs first wife was actress-singer Julie London, a co-star of Emergency!
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