Q: "Gigi's" handsome Louis Jourdan -- is he alive, age, where is he? Married, children?
A: The suave actor, now in his 90s, is still with us at this writing, although it has been close to 20 years since he last appeared onscreen (in "Year of the Comet"). He has been married to the same woman, Quique Jourdan, since 1946. After decades in Hollywood, they sold their house and moved back to France, where Louis said he felt more at home. They had a son, also named Louis, who died in 1981 at the age of 29 from an apparent drug overdose.
Turner Classic Movies has several showings of Louis Jourdan's movies coming up, including "Madame Bovary" and "Letter From an Unknown Woman" on Jan. 23.
Q: There was a show on TV that was excellent but it only ran for three or four weeks. It was called "Playboys." We are very disappointed that they would take it off the air and not even finish the season.
A: I think you are referring to "The Playboy Club," the NBC drama set in a Playboy club in the '60s. While you and your friends may have liked it, not enough other people did. In spite of a lot of conversation and controversy about the show before it aired, according to EW.com the ratings started small and became smaller. NBC yanked it after three episodes. The network has those three available for online viewing at NBC.com, where the show is listed -- with unintended irony -- under "recent favorites."
Q: I have watched the show "Dancing With the Stars" since it began, and I like it a lot. Could you find out why the music almost never matches the dance style? Latin dances should be danced to Latin music, not pop rock. Ballroom dancing calls for ballroom music, and there is lots of great music that was written just for that purpose in the '30s, '40s, '50s when ballroom dancing was very popular. The kind of music Harold Wheeler's band plays for the most part is soft rock or pop rock.
A: I am reminded of what "DWTS" pro Cheryl Burke recently told AOL TV: "It's just a show, not a real competition." She was referring more specifically to the judges' scoring (and could have added their bickering and histrionic behavior). But you also have to think of the music as part of the overall entertainment, whether it's music by guest acts or the songs used in performances. And to entertain, the songs have to be recognizable to a fair portion of the audience -- as well as to the contestants, who are often young and, uh, culturally challenged. Even then, the songs often fail to match the dance required.