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CELEBRITY Q&A - BURTON'S BACKGROUND

Q. Tell me a little about LeVar Burton. Where can I write to him either at "Reading Rainbow" or "Star Trek: The Next Generation"? - T.D., Philadelphia.

A. Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr. was born Feb. 16, 1957, in Landsthul, Germany. (His father, a career Army man, was stationed there.) Burton grew up in northern California, studied drama at USC. He was 19 when he auditioned for the role of Kunta Kinte in "Roots." He never returned to college but continued acting. Write: Paramount TV, 5555 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197.Q. The Feb. 22 and March 1 episodes of "Northern Exposure" had haunting background music, some of which sounded native American; some almost Celtic. Tell me what it was and how I can purchase a tape of it? - P.M., Blasdell, N.Y.

A. The folks at "Northern Exposure" like to find unusual music to go with their quirky show. Marilyn toured Seattle on Feb. 22 to "Objiway Square Dance" by Georgia Wettlin-Larsen from an album titled "Songs of the People." Chris' light display celebrating the winter solstice on March 1 was accompanied by "Ebudae" by Enya from the album "Shepherd Moons."

Q. Do you have an address for Jason Alexander, of "Seinfeld"? I used to cut his hair in his unknown acting days in L.A. I'd like to congratulate him on his success. - S.N., Sacramento, Calif.

A. NBC-TV, 3000 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, CA 91523.

Q. Brynn Thayer is so good in the current "Matlock" series. Tell us something about her and the address for a note to her. - A.C., Midland, Mich.

A. Thayer is another soap opera alumnus. Her first professional acting was done as Jenny Wolek on "One Life to Live." Dallas-born, she studied to be a teacher at the University of Arkansas and taught elementary grades in Texas and Virginia. She was a model in New York when she landed on "OLTL" in 1978. Seven years later, she left to try Los Angeles, where she guest-starred on TV, did the series "TV 101" and feature films "Hero" and "Kansas."

Q. Tell me where I could write to Joe Regalbuto, of "Murphy Brown." - H.E., Phoenix, Ariz.

A. Warner Bros. Television, 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522.

Q. What happened to the sitcom "The Powers That Be" with John Forsythe? I loved that show. - Mrs. D.S., Redford, Mich.

A. The Norman Lear comedy was scuttled by lack of audience interest. NBC renewed it after last spring's tryout, gave it two tries this season, then gave up.

Q. Tell me something about Geraint Wyn Davies, who plays the vampire Nicholas Knight on CBS' "Forever Knight." I can't recall seeing him on anything before. Do I detect a faint British accent? - H.V.J., Lima, Ohio.

A. Wyn Davies was born in Wales but has been in Canada for many years. He has worked on stage, including the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespearean Festival and in Canadian TV. In 1987, when "Airwolf" moved to cable's USA after it was canceled by CBS, Davies was part of the new cast. To save money, the show was moved to Canada for filming. CBS' "Knight" also is a Canadian-based production.

Q. My husband and I have had a disagreement on this: How old was Lucy when she died? How old is her daughter now? - F.H., Detroit.

A. Lucille Ball died at 78 in 1989. Daughter Lucie Arnaz is now 41.

Q. I was a contestant on "Concentration" 20 years ago. It's always been my desire to show my family my appearance on the show. I would like to have the tape of the show (I'm willing to pay the cost). I have no address to write the producers. At the time, the show was produced in New York with Bob Clayton as host. - E.L.S., Beach Haven, N.J.

A. Clayton hosted the game show 1969-73, the end of its long run on NBC daytime, 1958-73. There isn't storage space to keep such shows forever. Most are destroyed within several years. (The tapes are kept for legal purposes only.) Producers discourage requests for recent shows because of the expense of reproducing individual tapes.

Q. Who wrote "Accent You Ain't the Positive," heard on "Homefront"? Where can I get the record? - B.S., Portland, Ore.

A. That's Johnny Mercer's "Accen-u-ate the Positive" from 1944's "Here Come the Waves." Check your record store for Bing Crosby's version.

Q. Here's hoping you can help me. Has Johnny Carson ever played in a western as a cowboy? I have a picture with John Wayne, William Boyd, Buck Jones, Ken Maynard, Hoot Gibson and Johnny Carson. My wife thinks its a hoax. I don't. I remember these cowboys. - A.J., Hackensack, N.J.

A. Could it be Sunset Carson, a cowboy actor of the same era as the others? Buck Jones was killed in 1942. At that time, Johnny Carson was still in high school in Norfolk, Neb., where his forays into show business were as amateur magician "The Great Carsoni."

Q. What year were Richard Ney and Greer Garson married? Are they still married? What were their ages when they married? What was the best movie they appeared in together? - V.U.S., Portland, Ore.

A. Garson, 35, married Ney, 25, in 1943. They were divorced in 1947. The only movie they made together was the one that brought them together, 1942's "Mrs. Miniver."

Q. This has baffled me: In all of Audrey Hepburn's biographies, there has been no mention of her movie "Lilli." I remember Mel Ferrer was in it. Why isn't it mentioned? - P.A.B., Branden, Fla.

A. Because it was Leslie Caron who starred as the French waif who joins a carnival in the 1953 movie.

Q. What's happened to Jack Buetel, who was Billy the Kid in "The Outlaw"? - A.E.M., Wichita Falls, Texas.

A. Buetel made his movie debut in the then-controversial Howard Hughes' "Outlaw," actually filmed in 1940 but not seen generally until 1950. He did a few minor westerns and one TV series, but had disappeared from Hollywood by 1960. Now 76, he was last known to be a businessman in Portland, Ore.

Q. I'm trying to find a movie but don't know the full title. All I know is " ------ and the Flying Dutchman." It starred Tyrone Power. Where can I find the video? - R.K., Oklee, Minn.

A. It's 1951's "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman" starring Ava Gardner and James Mason. It's not listed as on tape.

Q. What is the real name of Frannie Hughes Crawford on "As the World Turns"? Tell me about her. - M.B., Lakeland, Fla.

A. Mary Ellen Stuart is Crawford. She replaced Julianne Moore in the role in 1989. Stuart's a native of Little Rock, Ark., who started acting with a little theater group in her home state, then studied at Oklahoma City University. She headed for New York after winning the Miss Arkansas title in 1982. She acted in a few plays, then portrayed Jenny Holmes on "The Guiding Light." She met her husband, actor Mark Lewis, who played Kurt Corday on "GL," and they married in 1987.

Q. I admire Emma Samms so much and would like the address to write to her. - C.U., Orchard Park, N.Y.

A. Write Samms in care of General Hospital, ABC Televsion Center, 1938 N. Gower St., Hollywood, CA 90028.

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