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Latest ‘Gossip’ for the Grinch’s Cindy Lou Who


Akron Beacon Journal

Q. Did the young actress who played Cindy Lou Who in the Grinch movie continue with acting?

Fans of the screen adaptations of Dr. Seuss’ work know there are two versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the 1966 animated TV special and the big-screen, live-action, 2000 rendition with Jim Carrey. In the latter, Cindy Lou Who was played by Taylor Momsen, then 7, who has continued acting, most recently as Jenny Humphrey on the CW soap Gossip Girl.

Q. I am a big fan of House, but I missed the final show and wondered if you could tell me how it ended.

The show’s eighth and final season is on DVD and Blu-ray, so you could watch the conclusion, but if you can’t wait, here goes (spoiler alert):

Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) was facing prison, and his best friend, Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), was dying. In the finale, it appears that House has died in a fire, but as Wilson is offering a eulogy at his memorial service, he receives a text message saying, “Shut up you idiot.”

House had faked his own death and wants to spend Wilson’s last months with him. We see what happens to other cast members including Chase (Jesse Spencer), who gets House’s job, and Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), who finds love and motherhood. Meanwhile, House and Wilson rev up their motorcycles and hit the road to Louis Prima’s Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think).

Q. On the series Monk, did Monk ever find out who killed his wife and why?

Yes. And, once again, for those of you just catching up on the series, consider this a spoiler alert: In the series finale in 2009, Monk (Tony Shalhoub) found a videotape made by his late wife, Trudy (Melora Hardin). In it she said she had a long-ago affair with her law professor, Ethan Rickover (Craig T. Nelson). She became pregnant and had a child who, Trudy believed, had died at birth.

Rickover, determined to bury his past as his career advanced, killed the midwife and arranged several other murders, including that of Trudy. Monk solved the case, which led to Rickover committing suicide. He then learned that Trudy’s daughter was alive, and met her.

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