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 Parade.com/watson 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