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Flying Nun Sally Field has three grandkids

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Dear Ken: I see Sally Field in those Boniva commercials on TV. How old is she? Does she have children or grandchildren?

The actress turns 63 on Nov. 6. She has married and divorced twice. She has three children, a grandson and two granddaughters. She also has two Oscars for her films “Norma Rae” and “Places in the Heart.” Of course, you can see her as Nora Walker on the ABC TV drama “Brothers & Sisters.” Voted class clown by her peers when she graduated from high school in 1964, her first claim to fame came in the TV series “Gidget” and “The Flying Nun.”

Dear Ken: Whatever happened to James MacArthur, who played Danno opposite Jack Lord on “Hawaii 5-0”?

MacArthur, 71, the son of Broadway’s Helen Hayes, now has a head full of white hair and hasn’t worked in TV or film since 1998, but he does make appearances on occasion. He has been interviewed by Turner Classic Movies about his work in the Disney films “Swiss Family Robinson, “The Light in the Forest” and “Kidnapped,” and that documentary should air in the near future. He resides in Palm Desert, Calif., with his third wife, H.B. Duntz, a former golf pro, and has two sons and a daughter.

Dear Ken: How many actors have played Sherlock Holmes in films and on TV over the years?

More than I can count. The most recent will be Robert Downey Jr., who plays the sleuth in the Christmas Day release of “Sherlock Holmes.” Among others have been Matt Frewer, Rupert Everett, Jeremy Brett, Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston, Edward Woodward, Michael Caine, Peter Cushing, Peter O’Toole, Tom Baker, Christopher Plummer, Roger Moore, Stewart Granger, Ronald Howard, Clive Brook, Raymond Massey, Eille Norwood and William Gillette. I’ll take Brett and Rathbone over the others.

Dear Ken: What is the differenced in age between sisters and country music stars Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle?

Lynn was born Loretta Webb on April 14, 1935, and Gayle was born Brenda Gail Webb Jan. 9, 1951, so they are they are 15 years and 10 months apart. Loretta was the second of eight children, while Crystal was the youngest.

Dear Ken: We were so saddened to learn of Patrick Swayze’s death in mid-September. What were some of his best movies? We want to rent some of them.

I would go with “Red Dawn.” “Dirty Dancing,” “Ghost,” “Tall Tale,” “Black Dog” and a film that I consider to be king of the redneck flicks, “Road House,” where he and Sam Elliott kick and punch the snot out of every hooligan within miles. 

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck via where you can also find classic films and TV shows on DVD or visit Sherlock’s Book Emporium in Lebanon, Tennessee.

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Journalist Ken Beck, a longtime resident of Wilson  County, has recently become a contributing writer for Main Street Media and its local newspaper, "The Wilson Post."

Earlier this year Beck concluded a 31-year career with "The Tennessean" where he edited the Nashville paper’s “Sunday Showcase” entertainment magazine for 25 years. Besides interviewing stars of film and television, Beck wrote Tennessee travel and feature stories and a popular Q&A entertainment column.

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