By Rich Heldenfels Akron Beacon Journal
Q: What happened to Stephanie on “The Bold and the Beautiful”? Her picture still hangs in Eric’s home.
A: In 2012, Susan Flannery, who had played Stephanie Douglas Forrester on the daytime serial since it began in 1987, told the makers of B&B that she had decided to leave the show.
“Twenty-five years was a great run,” she said in a statement to Soap Opera Digest. “I was very lucky, but it was time to exit.” She made clear she was not retiring, and planned not only to keep acting but also to continue directing, which she has done for an online series, “Venice.”
The daytime drama had Stephanie’s lung cancer recur, killing her off, though not before a long and affectionate farewell in November. Considering that, it should not be surprising that Stephanie’s husband, Eric (played by John McCook), would still have her photo on display.
Q: The show “Hit and Miss” has not appeared since the end of the first season. It was about a woman who was transgender and an assassin. I believe it was on the A&E channel, but I’m not sure about that. Could you please find out what happened to the series?
A: Chloe Sevigny starred in the six-episode series, which was originally made for Britain’s Sky Atlantic television service and aired in the U.S. on DirecTV’s Audience Network.
While the series had its admirers, Sky Atlantic chose not to make more. Digital Spy noted Sky’s assertion that the show “was always intended as a miniseries, and as such, there are no plans for it to return.”
Q: I just watched Yasmine Bleeth in “Ultimate Deception,” a TV movie from 1999. I know she was in a soap opera. Any big-screen movies? How old is she? Married? Has she been in anything recent?
A: Bleeth, 45, was on “Ryan’s Hope” and “One Life to Live” before becoming better known as a regular on “Baywatch.”
She has a few big-screen credits but was known mainly for her work in television, including regular roles on the TV series “Nash Bridges” and “Titans.”
But she had problems off-camera because of the cocaine addiction she described in a 2003 article in Glamour magazine. From People.com’s summary of the article: “By the end of 1999, having shrunk from size 6 to size 0, she ‘looked like an alien,’ she writes, and she finally collapsed during a photo shoot in July 2000.
“The following November she checked into the Promises rehab facility in Malibu, though two weeks after her release, while on cocaine, she hit a roadway median in Detroit.
As part of a plea agreement, she is serving two years of probation and submitting to regular drug tests.”
She also married club owner Paul Cerrito, whom she met in rehab, and reportedly settled into a quiet life with him in Arizona. According to the Internet Movie Database, her most recent screen role was in the TV movie “Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding” in 2003. But she is listed in the cast of an upcoming horror movie, “Beautiful Evil.”
Q: I hope you can help me locate a tape or DVD about a dog named Kipper. I would greatly appreciate it.
A: I am hoping there isn’t more than one Kipper in the movies and TV. There is such a dog in a series of children’s books by Mick Inkpen, and those books became an animated TV series.
There are also Kipper DVDs under titles like “Kipper: Imagine That!” and “Kipper: Puppy Love.”
If your local retailer does not have them, you can find them for sale by online retailers including Amazon.com and Deepdiscount.com. Telecasts are also in streaming video on Amazon.com, Netflix and iTunes.