ASK STACY FOR 12/3

By Stacy Jenel Smith

December 3, 2016 3 min read

DEAR STACY: It looks like that "Access Hollywood" tape hurt Billy Bush's career more than it did Donald Trump's (wink). Seriously, does the ex-"Today Show" guy have any work on the horizon? — Just Curious

DEAR JUST CURIOUS: It was reported immediately following the election that the conservative Breitbart website was trying to recruit Bush for its entertainment coverage, but as of this writing, there's no more to that story. Still, I think you can count on the smarmy personality returning to the spotlight in some kind of way sooner or later.

DEAR STACY: What is my favorite "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" actress, Amber Tamblyn, up to these days? — KT88

DEAR KT88: Motherhood — soon. She and her husband, "Arrested Development" actor David Cross, are expecting their first child, a daughter. Tamblyn has also been quite busy in her writing life, contributing to Glamour magazine online with political and other observations. And she continues to write her poetry (past volumes include "Dark Sparkler"). No word on her next acting plans at the moment.

DEAR STACY: I would like to know about the little boy who played Jack Nicholson's son in "The Shining." — Melanie G., Peoria, Illinois

DEAR MELANIE: Danny Lloyd, now 43, made one other movie — the 1982 "Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy" telepic starring Robert Conrad — then left acting. He became a science teacher in Illinois.

DEAR STACY: Tell me more about Tammi Terrell, the Motown singer who sung with Marvin Gaye. She died very young. I've read Motown books by Mary Wilson, Diana Ross and Berry Gordy, but they never talked much about her. — AndreV

DEAR ANDREV: The lovely femme voice in such '60s hits as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "You're All I Need to Get By" belonged to Philadelphia-born natural talent Thomasina Montgomery, who was already recording for Scepter/Wand Records at age 15. In 1965, she wed heavyweight boxer Ernie Terrell — whose sister Jean later became a Supreme. Tammi toured with the James Brown Revue for a year as a teen. She rose to prominence after signing with Motown Records and beginning a string of hits in 1966. In 1967, the same year she replaced Kim Weston as Gaye's partner, Terrell collapsed in Gaye's arms onstage, leading to the discovery that she had a brain tumor. Major surgeries and treatments failed to stop the march of her illness and she died in 1970, only 24 years old. Her death has been the subject of much speculation, centered on rumors that her brain disorders were triggered by beatings from shadowy record business figures. Marvin Gaye's former aide, Elaine Jesmer, wrote that story in her novel "Number One With A Bullet," which includes a Terrell-like character.

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