Mulligan will be DiCaprio's May flower in 'Gatsby'
Dear Ken: Who will be playing Daisy in the new version of "The Great Gatsby"?
British actress Carey Mulligan will play Daisy opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Jay Gatsby in the film, set to open in May. Mulligan, 27, made her film debut as Kitty Bennet in the 2005 version of "Pride & Prejudice." She has since starred in "Shame," "Drive," "Never Let Me Go," "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," "The Greatest" and won the BAFTA Award (the Brit equivalent to the Oscar) for best actress in 2009's "An Education." Besides "Gatsby," Mulligan will star with Justin Timberlake and Oscar Isaac in the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" later this year.
Dear Ken: Before Roger Moore played James Bond on film, I remember him in a TV series called "The Saint." How many episodes of that show did he make and what other TV series did he star in?
Roger George Moore, 85, who was born in Stockwell, London, England, played Simon Templar in 118 episodes of "The Saint" between 1962 and 1969. Moore, who has been married four times, also starred or co-starred in the TV series "Ivanhoe," "The Alaskans," "Maverick," "The Persuaders" and "The Dream Team." The father of two sons and a daughter published his autobiography, "My Word Is My Bond" in 2008. In October, he released "Bond on Bond," about 50 years of Bond films, to coincide with the latest 007 flick, "Skyfall," starring Daniel Craig. "I played Bond as a lover. Daniel [Craig] does it as a killer. He has the best physique of any of us 007s, and he's the best actor, too. I used to think that Sean Connery was the most obvious choice, but Daniel is better than any of us, and I hope he will reign for many more Bond adventures," said Moore.
Dear Ken: What was the real name of Grandpa Jones of "Hee Haw" fame?
The banjo player and old-time country and gospel singer was born Louis Marshall Jones in Niagara, Ky. It was songwriter Bradley Kincaid who gave him the nickname of "Grandpa" around 1935 because of his off-stage grumpiness during their early-morning radio shows. Jones liked the nickname so he built a persona around it that proved popular for the rest of his life. By 1946 he was performing on "The Grand Ole Opry." Jones, whose country hits included "Mountain Dew," "T for Texas" and "The All-American Boy," died in 1998 after suffering a stroke. He was 84.
Dear Ken: How many movies did Marilyn Monroe make?
Between 1947 and 1961, Monroe appeared in about 32 films but was only credited in 26 of them. Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, the Los Angeles native, whose husbands included Yankee slugger Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller, died in 1962 at the age of 36.
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