Ask Stacy -- Week of 3/15/14

By Stacy Jenel Smith

March 15, 2014 3 min read

DEAR STACY: I haven't seen Mara Wilson on TV or in movies for a long time. How old is she now and what has she been up to? — Lisa P., Canyon Country, Calif.

DEAR LISA: Wilson, 26, spent years out of the limelight focusing on her education at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She's more recently been busy with a variety of projects, including penning an off-Broadway play titled "Sheeple," and appearing on a podcast titled "Welcome to Night Vale" The former child keeps up a site, marawilsonwritesstuff.com. Five years ago, she told Karina Grudnikov of the NYU online publication NYU Local that she might like to try acting in a film "just as an experiment, but I know that I could never do the mainstream thing again."

DEAR STACY: Now that gorgeous Lupita Nyong'o has her Oscar, what is her next film going to be? — Jerry B., Huntington, W.Va.

DEAR JERRY: My crystal ball is cloudy at the moment. As of this writing, she is still deciding between several projects. When actress-of-the-hour Nyong'o does decide, you can be sure the news will travel a long way.

DEAR STACY: Whatever happened to the actor who played Tony in "West Side Story"? So handsome! — Julia C., Youngstown, Ohio

DEAR ANNA: Richard Beymer, aka Tony to "WSS" fans, is 75 now and lives in Fairfield, Iowa — a couple hundred miles away from his home town of Avoca, Iowa. His long list of acting credits ranges from films ("The Longest Day," "Diary of Anne Frank") to numerous guest star shots on episodic TV shows ("Family Law," "Profiler," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine") to his role on "Twin Peaks" as Benjamin Horne. His filmmaking credits range from an avant-garde movie called "The Innerview" in 1974 to his award-winning 1964 documentary "A Regular Bouquet: Mississippi Summer," documenting the Freedom Summer of the Civil Rights Movement, with which he was involved. He's a photographer and painter, and in 2007 self-published an autobiographical novel called "Imposter: Or Whatever Happened to Richard Beymer?"

DEAR STACY: Why don't TV networks ever bother letting fans know when a show is on its final episode or when it's been cancelled? Can't they put up a notice? It is unfair to cause viewers to hunt for shows that aren't coming back. — Carla S., Cedar Rapids, Iowa

DEAR CARLA: They certainly could put up notices if they wanted to, but the traditional wisdom is that announcing a show's cancellation could lead viewers to stop tuning in, never a good idea from the networks' point of view.

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