Q: I’ve been watching reruns of “JAG” on INSP, the Inspiration Network, and have a question about Bud (Patrick Labyorteaux). Bud lost his leg below the knee. In other similar TV accidents, the leg is bound behind the body so it can’t be seen. Bud’s accident was real, and the leg was really gone. Did Labyorteaux have an accident in real life, which was written into the script?
A: Patrick Labyorteaux didn’t lose his leg. The series made it seem that way through more sophisticated special effects than you have seen in some other productions. But the question has been persistent, Labyorteaux told the Nerdist website a couple of years ago, because of “a persistent rumor online.”
On the other hand, when Bud broke his jaw, that was added for real-life reasons, the actor said. “In real life I needed braces, so they wrote the jaw into the show.”
French singer made an impression
Q: I saw a Jerry Lewis movie recently called “The Ladies’ Man.” In it there was a beautiful woman singing a song called “A Touch of Paris.” She had a knockout voice and the looks to go with it. I have never seen her before or since. What is her name?
A: To answer this question, I’m grateful for help from Hope Holiday, who also starred in Lewis’ 1961 film. She pointed me to the movie’s singer, Vicki Benet, a French artist in the ’50s who put out a series of jazz-pop albums whose covers often highlighted her looks. One writer called her “an exquisite blonde-type woman.”
That same profile said that her parents were musicians, that she came to the United States as a child but returned to Paris to finish school — and that she worked hard to get rid of her accent to sing in perfect English as well as French. Her recordings are on CD — Amazon.com sells several — and on digital, including iTunes.
Getting royal treatment
Q: Could you help me locate a new cable series about queens in history? One of them is Mary, Queen of Scots. The title is “Reines” or “Reigns.”
A: It appears you are looking for “Reign,” which airs on the CW — a broadcast network, not cable. Since the network especially targets young adults, the series focuses on Mary in her teens. It usually airs at 8 p.m. Thursday. The season finale was May 15, but the CW has already ordered a second season. Some episodes are available at www.cwtv.com. More can be downloaded from Amazon and iTunes for a fee.
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