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HeadScratcher No. 71: Desperate Love Interests

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Nicolette_l So what do Gary Cole, Chris Farley, Leslie Nielsen, John Ritter, and Mario Van Peebles have in common? “Making me laugh hysterically at the thought of what they might possibly have in common, that’s what,” writes PopWatcher Ben Davis. (We’re laughing hysterically at your comment, Ben.) Reader Dianne Werthmuller suggested that they were all “coming soon to Celeb-reality Fit Club.” (Uh, no. But also funny.) Others guessed that they had all played presidents or vice presidents, or that they were all Canadians. (Nope.)

Nine of you guessed correctly that the connection was Nicollette Sheridan, who was back this weekend as Desperate Housewives resumed with new episodes, and as she made a rare big-screen foray opposite Cedric the Entertainer with a role in thriller spoof Code Name: The Cleaner (pictured). All five actors played her love interest. She was Farley’s gal in Beverly Hills Ninja, Van Peebles’ in the straight-to-video Raw Nerve, and Nielsen’s in another spoof, Spy Hard. In made-for-TV movies, she appeared as Cole’s wife in A Time to Heal and Ritter’s in Dead Husbands. (As some of you pointed out, Ritter and Sheridan were also part of the ensemble casts of big-screen features Noises Off and I Woke Up Early the Day I Died.)

We could have made this easier (but what fun would that be?) by including on the list John Cusack, Harry Hamlin, William Devane, or Cedric. Kudos to those of you who were able to figure it out anyway: Jeremy Beaulne,Jeff Butler,Kevin Christopher,Charles Neal,James Piercy,Wendy Swiggett,Jan Willemsen,Max Williams, andPatrick A. Yearout.

Thanks for playing, everyone! Come back Friday afternoon for another HeadScratcher…

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