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Q Goldie Hawn was excellent, as usual, in "The First Wives Club." What is her background?

A Hawn was born in Takoma Park, Md., and began training as a dancer at age 3. By the time she was 17, she was running her own ballet school. Hawn studied drama at American University for two years and made her professional dancing debut in the New York World's Fair in 1964-65. She performed in a number of stage productions in New York and Los Angeles before landing a spot on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In."

Hawn made her feature film debut in "The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band" in 1967. Two years later she won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role in "Cactus Flowers." She went on to star in "Butterflies Are Free," "The Sugarland Express," "There's a Girl in My Soup," "The Girl from Petrovka," "The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox" and "Shampoo."

After a two-year hiatus during which she spent time with her family, Hawn returned to the screen. She endeared herself to audiences with memorable performances in films such as "Foul Play," "Private Benjamin," "Seems Like Old Times," "Best Friends," "Swing Shift," "Protocol," "Wildcats," "Overboard," "Bird on a Wire," "Deceived," "Housesitter" and "Death Becomes Her."

She also has formed her own production company, Cherry Alley Productions, and recently was executive producer of "Something to Talk About," starring Julia Roberts. Hawn will soon appear in Woody Allen's newest film, "Everyone Says I Love You."

Q What is the background of the actor who plays Cloud Dancing on "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"?

A Larry Sellers is of Osage, Cherokee and Dakota heritage. He works not only as an actor and stuntman but also as a translator, technical adviser, historian and educator. Sellers is a native of Oklahoma and now makes his home in Colorado, except when filming "Dr. Quinn" in California.

Q Has Anthony LaPaglia of "Murder One" been in any other TV series?

A No. The actor made his TV series debut as defense attorney James Wyler when the show returned for its second season this fall. LaPaglia got his start with a string of successes on the New York stage, in such works as Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo," the Joseph Papp production of "On the Open Road" and David Rabe's "Those the River Keeps."

His film and TV movie credits include "Betsy's Wedding," "One Good Cop," "29th Street," "Keeper of the City" and "Never Give Up: The Jimmy V. Story."

LaPaglia's next big-screen appearance is "Commandments," with Courteney Cox and Aidan Quinn. Meanwhile, his brother, Jonathan LaPaglia, has joined the cast of "New York Undercover."

Q Did Abbott and Costello make any TV shows, or were their programs excerpted from their movies?

A Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made 52 half-hour TV shows for syndication from 1951-53. The team broke up in 1957, two years before Costello's death. Abbott died in 1974.

Q Years ago there was a TV series, "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir." Hope Lange played Mrs. Muir. Who played the sea captain ghost?

A Edward Mulhare played Capt. Daniel Gregg on the 1968-69 series. The TV show was based on the 1947 film starring Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney.