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Question: My family has been debating for years about who is older _ Dick Clark or Ed McMahon. Can you clear this up?

Answer: The two longtime broadcasters, who have collaborated in recent years on the TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes specials, are about six years apart in age. Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson's sidekick on the Tonight show, turned 73 March 6. Dick Clark, who gained fame as host of American Bandstand and now produces such shows as the People's Choice awards, turns 67 on Nov. 30.

Question: Was Vivian Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air the same actress who played on The Jeffersons as Helen?

Answer: No. That was actress Roxie Roker who spent 10 years (1975-85) on The Jeffersons as Helen Willis, the wife of TV's first interracial couple. Roker, the mother of rocker Lenny Kravitz, died in December 1995. She was 66. Janet Hubert-Whitten was the first Aunt Vivian (1990-93) on Fresh Prince. She was replaced by actress Daphne Maxwell Reid.

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