Q: Can you tell me why Amy Carlson left the CBS drama “Blue Bloods”?
Teresa Schaefer, of Belleville
A: As I always say, I’m amazed by how long some actors remain in a role. I mean, sure, it’s job security and millions of dollars, but, for example, after 19 years and 415 cases of investigating every sex crime imaginable, I’d need two tablespoons of Prozac in my coffee to get me going in the morning if I were Mariska Hargitay in “Law & Order: SVU.” Even I as a viewer quit watching after Christopher Meloni left in 2011, and I see Dann Florek finally turned in his badge as well.
After seven years, Ms. Carlson apparently decided it was time to stretch her acting chops. At least, that’s the reason she gave after her character, Linda Reagan, was abruptly said to have been killed off in a helicopter crash that followed the season seven cliffhanger. Like you, the show’s fans are not happy some of her costars have noted their disappointment by the totally unexpected departure, but Carlson indicated it was time for her to move on professionally.
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“I’m proud of my contribution to the series,” she said in a statement. “Mostly, I am grateful to the fans who have supported me and the show. Peace, blessing and many ‘love you mores’ to all of you.”
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Answer to Wednesday’s trivia: She was born Helen Beck in tiny Elkton, Mo., but she would rise to fame as fan- and bubble-dancing sensation Sally Rand, a name reportedly given her by movie mogul Cecil B. DeMille, who apparently was inspired by the Rand McNally atlas. She was in debt when she died in 1979 at age 75, but Sammy Davis Jr. reportedly wrote a $10,000 check to cover her bills.