DEAR STACY: I used to watch "Drop Dead Diva" and enjoyed it very much. What is the star of that series doing these days? — Paul_b_T
DEAR PAUL_b_T: Brooke Elliott, who starred in "Drop Dead Diva" for six years, is soon to make a CBS pilot with Katey Sagal and Swoosie Kurtz, according to The Hollywood Reporter. An adaptation of Australia's "Upper Middle Bogen," it's about a wife and mother who learns she was adopted and that her biological parents are drag racers.
DEAR STACY: My Oscar pick this year is "Lion," hands down. I'd like to know whether Dev Patel is still romantically involved with his "Slumdog Millionaire" leading lady? Is he married? — Poppy, Long Beach, California
DEAR POPPY: No and no. Patel and "Slumdog's" leading lady, Freida Pinto, broke up in 2014 after six years of togetherness. He's unattached now — at least, as far as we know. The best supporting actor Academy Award nominee is mum about his private life.
DEAR STACY: Whatever became of actor Tim McIntire, the son of Jeanette Nolan? He was in "Brubaker" and other movies. — Tamera B., Cedar Rapids, Iowa
DEAR TAMERA: McIntire passed away at age 41 in 1986 due to congestive heart failure.
DEAR STACY: I heard from a friend that Rusty Hamer, who played Danny Thomas' son on the old "Make Room for Daddy" series, died by suicide. Would like to know if that is true? — C.V.D., Canton, Ohio
DEAR C.V.D.: Hamer died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 42 in 1990. Once a household face across America with a gift for comic timing, Hamer lived a troubled life after the series, unable to find fulfillment and suffering from depression and alcoholism. His brother John was quoted saying that he'd found he wasn't qualified to do anything after his acting career ended, and "at 18, he was a has-been with a star on Hollywood Boulevard." It was his death that inspired Paul Petersen of "The Donna Reed Show" fame to launch his A Minor Consideration support group for juvenile actors.