Published July 29, 1999|Updated Sept. 29, 2005

Question: What can you tell me about Jan Smithers, who played Bailey Quarters on WKRP in Cincinnati? Is she still acting? Has she done anything notable since leaving the series?

Answer: Smithers has done very little acting since WKRP left the air in 1982. Her last credit was in the 1987 movie Mr. Nice Guy.

She was married to actor James Brolin for nine years before they divorced in 1995. They have a 10-year-old daughter named Molly.

Internet fans of Smithers report that she lives a quiet life in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she celebrated her 50th birthday on July 3. Meanwhile, WKRP reruns joined the Nick at Nite lineup earlier this month.

Question: Please give me a short bio on John Henson from E!'s Talk Soup. What is he going to be doing now that he has left the show?

Answer: The former Talk Soup host grew up in Connecticut and attended Boston University to study acting. Instead, he got hooked on performing stand-up and left school at the age of 20 to hit the comedy club circuit. He landed the Talk Soup gig in 1995 after Greg Kinnear left the show for a late-night network talk show.

Now Henson, 32, hopes to follow in Kinnear's footsteps again. He is working on an unnamed project for ABC that may turn out to be a late-night talk show. Meanwhile, comic Hal Sparks has taken the reins at Talk Soup.

Question: On Homicide: Life on the Street, I read that the star, Yaphet Kotto, is a Canadian. I assumed that he was an American.

Answer: Kotto, who starred as Lt. Giardello in the late (the show was not picked up for the 1999-2000 season) and already lamented series, was born in Harlem in New York City to a Jewish family who traced their roots to both Africa and the Holy Land. Several years ago, he moved his family to Toronto, where many American productions were filmed, but he remains an American citizen.

_ Times wires

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