ASK STACY -- 05/07/16

By Stacy Jenel Smith

May 7, 2016 3 min read

DEAR STACY: Any truth to the story that Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers will get back into the ring as their younger characters, Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed, in the sequel to "Creed"? A friend told me this and I find it very hard to believe. - Jay B., Ontario, California

DEAR JAY: Stallone was talking about doing just that back in January when he first let the world know he planned to make a sequel to his "Creed" flick that revitalized the "Rocky" series. It would obviously have required going back in time prior to the Apollo Creed character's death. However, in an interview in March, producer Irwin Winkler indicated that the team is currently planning a sequel focusing on figher of today Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) — much to, well, a lot of people's relief. Stallone and Weathers are 69 and 68 years old, respecftively, and in awesome shape for their age, but still. A November 2017 release date is targeted.

DEAR STACY: Please settle a disagreement over Sylvester Stallone's height. I say he's much shorter than people think. — HRRyder

DEAR HRRYDER: The actor's oft-disputed height has been reported as anywhere from 5'6" to 5'10" — with people who've been face to face with him leaning toward the lower end of that range.

DEAR STACY: Years ago, there was a show called "The Starlet," and the girl who won was really beautiful, and went on to appear on "One Tree Hill." Whatever happened to her? — BSwink

DEAR BSWINK: You are referring to Minneapolis-born Michelynne McGuire, who did appear on "One Tree Hill" in 2005 — the same year "The Starlet" came and went. It is readily apparent that her career did not take off. Her only other credits are "Dani and Wayne" (2011) and "The Olivia Experiment" (2012). She now refers to herself as an actress and event coordinator. And you're right; she is really beautiful.

DEAR STACY: Is Deanna Durbin still alive? — Dorothy R., Binghamton, New York

DEAR DOROTHY: No, she died at age 91 in 2013. The hugely-popular singer/actress of the 1930s and '40s — for two years the top-salaried woman in America — moved to Paris and retired from show business after her 1948 film, "For the Love of Mary." She lived in France and Switzerland with her third husband, her "Lady on a Train" director Charles David, until his death in 1999. She had obviously had her fill of fame. It's been reported that when they wed, David agreed to give her what, by then, she wanted most: "the life of nobody." Durbin, who had a daughter and a stepson, remained true to her plan to stay away from Hollywood despite numerous attempts to woo her back for various projects and events.

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