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Ask Stacy -- Week of 11/16/13

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DEAR STACY: Please give some background information about Shemar Moore of "Criminal Minds." Age? Height? Where from? Married? What a hunk. — Nancy A., Redlands, Calif.

DEAR NANCY: The former "The Young and the Restless" daytime star, 43, 6'1" whose credits include several beefcake calendars, is single, though he's been romantically linked with such noteworthy names as Halle Berry and Toni Braxton in the past. Earlier this year, he told Essence magazine, "My Black hasn't cracked yet, so I'm truly excited to be a husband and a father one day soon. I know I have it in me" We'll see. He was born in Oakland, Calif., to a mother of Dutch descent and an African-American father. He spent his early years in Denmark and reportedly didn't learn English until age five. He also accompanied his mother, a mathematician, to Bahrain, where she taught for several years. Eventually they wound up in Palo Alto, Calif., and Shemar went on to study at Santa Clara University — and began modeling on the side. His mom, with whom Shemar is very close, is afflicted with MS, and he has done a lot of campaigning to combat the disease. His other credits include hosting "Soul Train" from 1999-2003, and the movies "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," "Motives" and "The Brothers."

DEAR STACY: What happened to Judge Mablean, who was the "Divorce Court" judge for years? My girl friend said she was too outspoken and was fired. Did she get tired of the show? Or was she really fired? — Leah L., St. Paul, Minn.

DEAR LEAH: Judge Mablean Ephriam was let go from the show by Fox after a bitter salary dispute.

She issued a statement at the time saying that the last straw, to her, was the network's interference with her hairstyle. I can tell you that some of the people she worked with were not sorry to see her go. She was replaced by Judge Lynn Toler. She pops up in Tyler Perry's "Madea movies, does speaking engagements, writes (she came out with "Judge Mablean's Life Lessons" in 2009) and continues to hold her annual HUF (Honoring Unsung Fathers) Awards, the next of which are slated for June 2014.

DEAR STACY: Whatever became of Amy Locane who was so great in "Cry Baby" with Johnny Depp? — Curious Fan, Whitefish Bay, Wis.

DEAR FAN: Sad story. The former actress was sentenced to three years in state prison this past February, having been convicted of vehicular homicide in a drunk-driving crash in New Jersey that killed a woman and seriously injured her husband. Her blood alcohol reading was nearly three times the limit according to law enforcement sources. She had retired from acting after marrying businessman and volunteer firefighter Mark Bovenizer in 2008 and giving birth to their two young daughters. One of the daughter's physical and mental difficulties were a mitigating factor in Locane-Bovenizer's sentence; the victim's family had been hoping she would receive maximum punishment of 10 years. Locane-Bovenizer, who is also remembered for her roles in "School Ties," "Melrose Place" and other projects, will be eligible for parole in July 2015.

DEAR STACY: Garret Dillahunt of "Raising Hope" played Jesus Christ in a movie years ago, but I cannot think of the name. Can you help? — George D., Cedar Rapids, Iowa

DEAR GEORGE: You're thinking of "The Book of Daniel," the ambitious but short-lived TV series of 2006.

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