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Question: My friend and I have a debate regarding Mike Nichols and Elaine May. Were they married or only comedy partners?

Answer: The two college pals (never married to each other) were the premier comedy team of the late 1950s and early '60s. They split up in 1962 after a successful run on Broadway. Both have since turned to movies. Mike Nichols, now married to ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, has directed major hits including The Graduate, Working Girl and The Birdcage. Presently, the two are teaming again on a movie based on the novel Primary Colors. Elaine May has written the screenplay; Nichols is directing. The movie will star John Travolta and Emma Thompson as the Clintons-like president and first lady.

Question: I recently saw Elaine Stritch on a TV show. I have been a longtime fan and remember when she used to be on Broadway. I was recently told that she's related to a very important figure in the Catholic Church. Is this true? And if so, who is this person?

Answer: The very talented Ms. Stritch is related to the late Cardinal Stritch of Boston.

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