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Q: I was impressed with Allison Williams’ singing in “Peter Pan Live!” Has she sung in public before? – Dan Janes, Cyberspace

A: She’s done so in her regular role as Marnie on HBO’s “Girls,” which returns for its fourth season Jan. 11. You also can find videos of her singing on YouTube and some other Internet sites … and one such performance helped her land her “Girls” job after executive producer Judd Apatow saw it. “Classically trained” was a phrase used a lot for her singing in the publicity for NBC’s recent live-musical broadcast.


Q: I was sad to learn of the death of director Mike Nichols. How long were he and Diane Sawyer married? – Joan Ferris, Palm Coast, Fla.

A: They were wed for more than 26 years. It was the fourth marriage for stage and screen icon Nichols; when asked once what the secret to a happy union was, he replied that he didn’t have an all-encompassing answer, but … “If you marry Diane, you’re in pretty good shape.”


Q: With Randy Jackson leaving “American Idol,” will anyone else be filling the mentor role in its new season? – Mike Holland, Cyberspace

A: Yes, and much as Jackson had a strong background in various facets of the music industry, so does his successor for Season 14 of the Fox show (which begins Jan. 7). He’s Scott Borchetta, president and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group … whose roster of talent includes Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line and the Band Perry. And the winner of the new “Idol” season will have his or her name added to that group.

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