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Ask Stacy -- Week of 3/30/13

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DEAR STACY: Avan Jogia in "Twisted" is hot! Where is he from? What's his background? — Cori H., Clinton, Iowa

DEAR CORI: The 21-year-old actor, of Indian, Irish and Welsh descent, hails from Vancouver, British Columbia. Before his new Family Channel show, he was best known for costarring as Beck in "Victorious!" on Nickelodeon. Other credits include playing the younger brother of a transsexual in the TV movie, "A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story." Jogia is reportedly pals with Josh Hutcherson and Victoria Justice, and was caught out on the town with Miley Cyrus a time or two a couple years back

DEAR STACY: Are Ray Romano and Christy Carlson Romano related to each other? Also, what is Christy Carlson Romano up to lately? I used to watch her on "Even Stevens." — Billie M., Chattanooga, Tenn.

DEAR BILLIE: The actress, who rose to fame on the Disney Channel, and starred on Broadway in "Beauty and the Beast" when still a teen, is not related to the TV/film/comedy star. Now 29, she has done various musical theater shows and TV parts in recent years. This month, she was among the actors doing readings in New York for "Scary Musical... The Musical!" — a show described as "The Rocky Horror Show" meets "High School Musical" and "Glee." That's pretty scary, all right.

DEAR STACY: Whatever happened to Jonathan Gilbert of "Little House on the Prairie"? — Tracy R., Cedar Rapids, Iowa

DEAR TRACY: The former child actor, who appeared on sister Melissa Gilbert's long-running "Little House" series, grew up and became a New York stockbroker.

DEAR STACY: Please give some information about Sandra Lee, who is on the Food Network. Did she go to cooking school? Does she have a family? — C.W., Albuquerque, N.M.

DEAR C.W.: Lee, 46, is also known as the significant other of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, with whom she shares a home in Westchester, N.Y. She was born in Los Angeles and raised in Washington state and Wisconsin. After her parents split, her mother was often bedridden. Sandra, in her "Made From Scratch" autobiography, disclosed that her mom was addicted to prescription painkillers and was physically abusive — and that she became a surrogate mom to her four younger siblings, relying on food stamps and welfare to get by. She studied marketing at the University of Wisconsin, and proved her talent for business and clever corner cutting right away with a wire-rigging contraption she built that allowed users to create window treatments without any sewing. Her Kurtain Kraft device became a huge hit at the L.A. County Fair, led to her patented home decorating kit and do-it-yourself product line, and by her mid-twenties the former waitress had a $20 million business. Lee, also the author of best-selling cookbooks and decorating books, moved to Manhattan after 20 years in L.A., following her split from her husband, former KB Home chieftain Bruce Karatz. Active in several charities, she doesn't have children but is said to spend a lot of time with Cuomo's three teenage daughters. She took a course at Le Cordon Bleu — but didn't finish it.

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