published Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Mr. Know-It-All

By Gary Clothier

Q: Whatever became of Ginger Alden, the fiancee of Elvis Presley, when he passed away in August 1977? Did she ever marry? — J.S., Jackson, Wy.

A: Five months before Ginger Alden was to become Mrs. Elvis Presley, the King passed away. She entered the world in Memphis on Nov. 13, 1956. Although the two met in 1958, they were later reintroduced when Alden was 20 years old. Shortly after that, Presley proposed marriage to her. After Presley's death, Alden made a career in modeling, radio, television and film. She appeared in numerous commercials and made guest appearances on TV shows. She was a regular cast member of the daytime soap opera "Capitol" for the 1986-1987 season. I have read many biographies and interviews of Ginger Alden, but none mentions her marital status.

Q: Whatever happened to the child actor who played Ritchie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show"? — L.S., Arcadia, Calif.

A: Born in Burbank, Calif., on Aug. 15, 1955, Larry Mazzeo (stage name Larry Mathews) became Ritchie Petrie in 1961. He graduated from UCLA in 1976. He later returned to show business and worked behind the scenes on "I'm a Big Girl Now," "Soap," "Benson" and other TV shows. In 1983, he began working in postproduction sales. Most recently, he has been the director of a video company.

Send questions to Mr. Know-It-All at AskMrKIA@gmail .com or c/o United Feature Syndicate, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016.

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