Of an actress’s TV career
Q: I’m enjoying Frances Fisher on “Resurrection.” Where have I seen her before? – Linda Parks, West Palm Beach, Fla. A: Many, many places ... perhaps most famously in the 1997 movie blockbuster “Titanic,” in which she played the mother of Kate Winslet’s Rose. She also had a standout role in another Oscar winner for best picture, the 1992 Western “Unforgiven,” directed by Clint Eastwood – with whom Fisher was involved personally for a number of years, and with whom she has a daughter. While her initial fame came from her work on the daytime serials “The Edge of Night” and “Guiding Light,” Fisher made a big leap into the prime-time spotlight by playing Lucille Ball in the TV movie “Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter.” Her numerous other home-screen credits have included “Roseanne,” “Becker,” “ER,” “Eureka” and “Torchwood: Miracle Day,” and among her many other movies are “House of Sand and Fog,” “Laws of Attraction,” “The Lincoln Lawyer” and “The Host.” Q: Why was Brooke Burke-Charvet let go from “Dancing With the Stars”? – Carol Mitchell, Fayetteville, N.C. A: Evidently, no one was more surprised than she was, based on what she Tweeted shortly after getting the news she wouldn’t be coming back as co-host of the ABC competition. Also the winner of Season 7, she’s been succeeded by another past contestant, popular sports reporter Erin Andrews. That switch wasn’t the only change, since longtime bandleader Harold Wheeler also was replaced ... and it all adds up to a bid to raise the ratings. It’s no secret those had fallen off in recent seasons, with the scheduling opposite NBC’s hugely popular “The Voice” posing a challenge. Enlisting very recent Olympic medalists as competitors also shows how serious “Dancing” is about regaining strength.