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Emma Wat­son is ac­tively pur­su­ing a higher ed­u­ca­tion at Brown Uni­ver­sity. Which other stars are Ivy Lea­guers?— Kelsey McCabe, Bethel, Conn.


Quite a few, in­clud­ing Natalie Port­man, Elis­a­beth Shue, and Tommy Lee Jones (Har­vard); Jodie Foster, Ed­ward Nor­ton, andd Jen­nifer Beals ( Yale); Mag­gie Gyl-lenhaal and Amanda Peet (Colum-bia); and Brooke Shields and David Du­chovny (Prince­ton). Wat­son, 19, is also ac­tively pur­su­ing se­ri­ous money— in 2009, the Harry Pot­ter heroine was Hol­ly­wood’s high­est-paid ac­tress, earn­ing close to $30 mil­lion. And she has a flair for style: She re­cently helped de­sign a spring line for Peo­ple Tree, a fair-trade fash­ion brand. Smart is sexy! See pho­tos of Wat­son through the years at Pa­­son Q Richard Cas­tle, the lead char­ac­ter on the ABC drama Cas­tle, is a mys­tery writer. A novel, Heat Wave, re­cently pub­lished un­der his name, be­came a best­seller. Who re­ally wrote it? —P. Manzer, Gloversville, N.Y. A Cas­tle’s pro­duc­ers and Hype­r­ion, the book’s pub­lisher, won’t say. While Nathan Fil­lion, who plays Richard Cas­tle, does book sign­ings for Heat Wave, “I don’t show up and pre­tend to be Richard Cas­tle,” he tells us. The pub­lisher will say only that the real au­thor has ap­peared on Cas­tle. The about-the-au­thor note on the Heat Wave jacket teases: “His first novel…re­ceived the Nom De­Plume So­ci­ety’s pres­ti­gious Tom Straw Award for Mys­tery Lit­er­a­ture.” Has Tom Straw (an ac­tual TV and mys­tery-novel writer) ever ap­peared on Cas­tle? “Yes,” Fil­lion says. Case closed. Q

When Hous­ton’s In­tercon­ti­nen­tal Air­port was re­named for our 41st Pres­i­dent, why wasn’t it given the se­nior Bush’s mid­dle ini­tials, H. W., to dis­tin­guish the name from Pres­i­dent Num­ber 43’s? —Carolyn Guerts, Cross Plains, Wis.


The air­port was re­named in 1997. “Un­til Ge­orge W. Bush be­came Pres­i­dent, the first Pres­i­dent Bush never used his mid­dle ini­tials,” Ge­orge H. W. Bush’s chief of staff, Jean Becker, says. “But once his son be­came Pres­i­dent, the he elder Bush be­gan to re­al­ize that it was nec­es­sary, to help iden­tify which Pres­i­dent Bush was be­ing re­ferred to.” The air­craft car­rier U.S.S. Ge­orge H. W. Bush, chris­tened in 2006, is one ex­am­ple. Q

Is it true that many Miss Amer­ica con­tes­tants spray their bodies with hair­spray to keep from jig­gling and with WD-40 to keep their gowns from stick­ing to cer­tain ar­eas?— — David Evans, Los An­ge­les, Calif.


Too true.. The TLCC spe­cial Miss Amer­ica: Be­hind the Cur­tain made th­ese shock­ing rev­e­la­tions, and this year’s win­ner, Ca­ressa Cameron, 22—a for­mer Miss Vir­ginia and the eighth African-Amer­i­can to take the crown—didn’t mind a bit. “I was re­ally ex­cited about the show,” she tells us. “It was good for peo­ple to know that there are lit­tle tricks of the trade that make sure we look our best. WD-40 is ab­so­lutely awe­some.” Q

On The Gaither Gospel Hour re­cently, Jimmy Dean was in a wheel­chair. Is he all right? —N. V. Gil­liam, Crab Or­chard, Tenn.


Just fine, thanks. “I have a lower-back prob­lem that a lot of peo­ple get, but no pain what­so­ever,” the re­tired ac­tor, singer, and sausage spokesman, 81, tells us. “I’m ex­actly where I want to be—we live out here on the James River out­side Rich­mond, I have three ponds, and we catch the big­gest, most beau­ti­ful bass you’ve ever looked at in your life.” Good eat­ing? “Good God, yes. I fry ’em,” Dean says. In but­ter but­ter? He laughs. “Is there any other way?” Q How do the Food Net­work’s cook­ing stars stay so slim?— Kay­lan Fer­gu­son Colum­bus, Miss.


Good genes? Fast me­tab­o­lisms? Or could it be be­cause… they don’t re­ally eat their food? “Some­times when you’re cook­ing all day, it’s more about grab­bing a few bites here and there rather than a full plate,” Food Net­work hunk Tyler Florence, 38, ad­mits. “ Then again, just like

any­body else, we’re in the gym and try­ing to keep ev­ery­thing in mod­er­a­tion.”

Mys­tery man Fil­lion

Ac­tress/ scholar Wat­son

Cameron: Happy to come clean

Florence gives us the real skinny

Dean as­sures us that all is well

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