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CELEBRITY Q&A - STEPHANIE ZIMBALIST

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Q. I have always been a great fan of Stephanie Zimbalist. Tell me what she has been doing lately. I would also like some information on her career, place of birth, age, etc. - D.H., Tucson, Ariz.

A. Zimbalist, 37, has been working on stage, touring and starring in regional theater. She's also been seen in TV movies. She was born in New York City, daughter of actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and socialite Stephanie Spaulding, granddaughter of violinist Efrem Zimbalist and opera star Alma Gluck. She studied acting at New York's Julliard School but got hooked when she was a drama counselor at a Vermont girls camp. She started out on stage, then went into TV. "Remington Steele," seen from 1982-87, is her only TV series. She's single.Q. There is an African-American female officer named Lou Ann on "In the Heat of the Night." What is her real name and where can I write her? - J.R. Ecorse, Mich.

A. Crystal Fox plays Sgt. LuAnn Corbin. Fox was born in Tryon, N.C., but grew up in Detroit. Write: CBS-TV, 7800 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90036.

Q. My Girl Scout troop made a Girl Scout-version video of "Tool Time' and would like to send Tim Allen a copy. What's the address for "Home Improvement"? - D.H., Tampa, Fla.

A. Address Allen and "Home Improvement" at Touchstone Television, 500 S. Buena Vista Blvd., Burbank, Calif. 91521.

Q. On a recent episode of "Law and Order," the actor who played MacGyver's boss appeared to be blind. Who is he and is he really blind? Was he blind during the "MacGyver" series? - G.G., Detroit.

A. Movie and TV veteran Dana Elcar, 65, is a victim of glaucoma, a progressive eye disease that can cause blindness. During the next to last season of "MacGyver," Elcar's character Peter Thornton had glaucoma and the ailment was used as the basis of a 1991 episode.

Q. My husband swears that Robert Loggia starred in a TV series about the FBI several years back. Tell us what TV shows Loggia has been in. - S.N., Dade City, Fla.

A. He's right. Loggia starred in "Mancuso, FBI" on NBC, 1989-90. He even had an Emmy nomination for it. He was repeating a character he portrayed in a 1988 miniseries, "Favorite Son." "T.H.E. Cat" and "Emerald Point N.A.S." were Loggia's others.

Q. Was Denny Dillon, of "Dream On," a regular on "Saturday Night Live"? I don't remember her. Where can I write to her now? - A.R., Pontiac, Mich.

A. Dillon was on "SNL" for its 1980-81 season. Write: HBO, 1100 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y., 10036.

Q. Let me know how I can write to the producers of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" to let them know how much I enjoy the show. Also, where can I write Jane Seymour and Joe Lando? - V.H., Myrtle Beach, N.C.

A. Write Beth Sullivan, executive producer/creator, CBS-TV, 7800 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90036. Write Seymour and Lando at the same address.

Q. Sally Jessy Raphael occasionally makes reference to events in her own life and about members of her own family while interviewing guests. I would like to hear more specifics. Where was she born, educated, marriages, children? Did a daughter recently die? - M.G., Buena Park, Calif.

A. Raphael, in her late 50s, was born in Easton, Pa. She got started in radio at 14 before studying broadcasting at Columbia University. She's been married twice, has two daughters from her first marriage, two stepdaughters and two adopted sons from her current marriage to manager Karl Soderlund. Raphael's real name is Lowenthal. She admits having had 24 jobs in 36 years of broadcasting and having been fired 18 times. She started her current talk show in 1983 in St. Louis, commuting to New York for a radio show until 1989 when the TV show was moved. In 1992, double tragedy struck when son J.J., 20, was seriously injured in an auto accident and daughter Allison, 33, died of respiratory failure.

Q. There was a series in the '60s or '70s called "U.S. Marshal." Who was the star? - L.E.M., Wichita, Kan.

A. First there was "Sheriff of Chochise" with John Bromfield as Frank Morgan, an Arizona county sheriff, 1956-57. Then there was "U.S. Marshal" with Bromfield as Morgan, a federal marshal working in Arizona, 1957-58.

Q. Mercedes McCambridge was a favorite of mine. Can you tell me her credits, some personal history and what's happened to her. - M.A., Estacada, Ore.

A. McCambridge, now 75, is probably best known for her years in radio. Orson Welles called her "the world's greatest living radio actress." A native of Joliet, Ill., she started in radio while still at Chicago's Mundelein College. She worked in the theater, then won an Oscar for her movie debut in "All the King's Men" in 1949. An intense actress by her own admission, hard to cast and works mostly in the theater. In 1992, she toured in Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers." She has been married twice. An recovering alcoholic, she now devotes much of her time to lecturing on alcoholism.

Q. Please give some information on Joan Plowright, who has appeared in "Avalon," "Enchanted April" and, most recently, "Dennis the Menace." - Jeffrey L. Rohrick, Kirksville, Mo.

A. Plowright, 64, was born in London. She trained at London's Old Vic Theater and made her stage debut in 1956. Not long after, she played Laurence Olivier's daughter in both the stage and screen version of "The Entertainer." The two were married in 1961. Plowright put her own career on hold to raise their three children. Since Olivier's death in 1989, she has been busy on screen and has done a few TV roles.