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Bet­tany & Con­nelly col­lab­o­rate Q I saw Aisha Tyler do­ing standup com­edy on TV. Can you tell me any­thing about her? —Amy Stevens, Wilm­ing­ton, Del. A The gor­geous and hi­lar­i­ous Tyler has also done some se­ri­ous act­ing on CSI and Ghost Whis­perer. “I re­ally be­lieve that en­gag­ing in ev­ery­thing that you feel ex­cited about keeps you creative, keeps your life in­ter­est­ing,” the 39-year-old says. Catch her com­edy DVD, Aisha Tyler Is Lit: Live at the Fill­more. Q What was it like for Jen­nifer Con­nelly and her hus­band to co-star in the movie Cre­ation?— Sarah Evans, St. Louis, Mo. A “It was gru­el­ing,” hus­band Paul Bet­tany tells us. In Cre­ation, he plays 19th-cen­tury evo­lu­tion­ist Charles Dar­win, and Con­nelly plays Emma, Dar­win’s wife. The con­flict be­tween the re­li­gious Emma and her hus­band comes to a head when their daugh­ter dies. “Jen­nifer and I have chil­dren,” Bet­tany adds. “Ev­ery­thing felt very close to home.” The film is out Fri­day. Q Why do mil­i­tary per­son­nel wear fa­tigues all the time now? What hap­pened to dress uni­forms?— Bruce Hotchkiss, Paci­fica, Calif. A “ We still wear dress uni­forms on oc­ca­sion, but as an army at war, wear­ing our ACU—Army Com­bat Uni­form—is a way of con­nect­ing to the sol­diers in the field,” Army spokesman Lt. Col. Christo­pher Garver tells us. “At one point there was a pol­icy that said you had to wear a dress uni­form on civil­ian air­craft—that changed shortly af­ter 9/11.” Along with so much else. QWith 26 nov­els pub­lished and 400 mil­lion sold, how does Jackie Collins stay in­spired?— Cathy White, Wheel­ing, W.Va. A Make that 27 nov­els, if you count her lat­est, due out in early Fe­bru­ary. “I just love cre­at­ing char­ac­ters,” the queen of racy Hol­ly­wood ro­mances says. “I think one of the rea­sons ea­sons my books are suc­cess­ful is be­cause I write about out peo­ple of all colors, ages, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tions—and tions—and I love do­ing it. As I tweeted d re­cently, ‘Sex doesn’t sell books; in­ter­est­ing ting char­ac­ters do.’ ” She tweets, too! Q In the film Julie & Ju­lia,ia, how did Meryl Streep man­age nage to look like the 6-foot-2 t-2 Ju­lia Child?— Rita Woch, h, Ocala, Fla. A Act­ing ge­nius— — plus clothes and d shoes. “ The pro­por­tion n of Ju­lia Child was key,” ” Os­car-winning cos­tume e de­signer Ann Roth tells s us. “Once you get that high h waist and long legs, those e storky arms, and that apron tied around, all of a sud­den, Meryl Streep is not stand­ing there any longer— there’s some­body else.” Putting the 5-foot-6 6 Streep in four-inch plat­form m shoes and stand­ing her next to short ac­tors didn’t hurt ei­ther. For more amaz­ing trans­for­ma­tions, ns, visit Pa­­for­ma­tions s Q PA­RADE’s Dec. 13 ar­ti­cle on Ge­orge and Bar­bara Bush men­tioned Ge­orge’s post-Pres­i­den­tial friend­ship with Bill Clin­ton. Which two U.S. Pres­i­dents had the clos­est friend­ship?— Doug Linebaugh, Me­chan­ics­burg, Pa. A “Jimmy Carter and Ger­ald Ford had a shared per­spec­tive that they should use their stand­ing as ex-Pres­i­dents to do good things in the world,” Pres­i­den­tial his­to­rian Robert Dallek tells us. “And there has been some of that be­tween Clin­ton be­tween Clin­ton and the elder Bush.” But ac­cord­ing to Dallek, John Adams and Thomas Jef­fer­son had “the most ro­bust con­nec­tion. There was a com­mon in­tel­lec­tual per­spec­tive and a sense that as Found­ing Fathers they had launched this ex­per­i­ment in democ­racy that was work­ing.” Pres­i­den­tial pals Clin­ton & Bush Q What does So You Think You Can Dance’s Nigel Lyth­goe do in his spare time?— Sue Clark, Char­lott N.C. A “ I love to play golf but get lit­tle chance,” he tells us. When he’s not judg­ing on the show he cocrea cre­ated, Lyth­goe works with Dizzy Feet, a foun­da­tion that helps un­der­priv­i­leged kids with dreams of be­com­ing pro­fes­sional dancers. “So many hugely tal­ented kids ei­ther don’t have the money or don’t have any­where to train,” he says. Maybe we’ll be see­ing some of them soon on So You Think You Can Dance. Gen­er­ous judge Lyth­goe

Streep as Ju­lia Child (inset): A height­ened per­for­mance

The ev­erver­sa­tile Tyler

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