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Wagners heart belongs to Jill St. John

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Dear Ken: Robert Wagner was once married to the late Natalie Wood. I believe he is now married to another movie star. Can you tell me who? Besides “It Takes a Thief” and “Hart to Hart,” what other TV series did Wagner star in?

Wagner, 79, known as R.J. by the Hollywood crowd, has been married to Jill St. John since 1990.

His other TV shows include “Lime Street,” “Switch” and “The Trials of Rosie O’Neill.”The actor released his memoirs last year, “Pieces of My Heart.” He made his first film appearance in 1950’s “The Happy Years” and is currently working on a new movie, “Prism.”

Dear Ken: There is a European actor, Terence Hill, that I simply loved in some 1970s westerns such as “Trinity,” “My Name Is Nobody” and “Trinity Is Still My Name.” Is he still making movies?

The Italian actor, who turns 70 on March 29,  just wrapped a TV film, “Doc West,” at the end of 2008 in Santa Fe, N.M. The plot surrounds a witty gunslinger-doctor who arrives in a small town to hustle the locals at cards but finds himself caught between two warring families. “Doc West” debuts this spring on Italian TV. Hill has a new film, “The Man Who Rode in the Dark,” being released later this year.

Dear Ken: After “The Cosby Show” didn’t Bill Cosby star in another situation comedy with the same actress that played his wife on “The Cosby Show”?

Yessiree, Bob. Cosby and Phylicia Rashad returned six years after “The Cosby Show” concluded to play husband and wife in “Cosby.” This series ran from 1996 to 2000 on CBS, as Cosby portrayed a 60-year-old curmudgeon who had just lost his job working for an airline and found himself with too much times on his hands.

Dear Ken: What’s the latest on Alexis Bledel who played Rory on “Gilmore Girls”?

The 27-year-old Texan and former teen model is busy making films. She was just in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” and has completed filming of “The Good Guy” and “The Post Grad Survival Guide.”

Hey, did you know that when you saw Bledel as Rory sipping coffee on “Gilmore Girls” that she was actually guzzling Coca-Cola?

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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