TV Detective News: A Sex Change for 'McCloud'

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Lord was so popular, he inspired a porn movie legend. A 16-year-old fan named Nora Louise Kuzma changed her name to Traci Lords, added on a couple of years on a fake I.D., and went on to appear in at least 80 X-rated films before her real 18th birthday, including Tailhouse Rock and Huge Bras No. 3.

When her true age was revealed, the incident sparked a national furor as video stores raced to rid their shelves of kiddie porn. The underage adult film star's fake ID was so good, she even had some public officials fooled. Where is Detective McGarrett when you need him?

McGarrett, by the way, was actually the name of Lords' pet cat.


Erik Estrada had no illusions. He's described CHiPs as "Baywatchon Motorcycles," and like Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, he never expected international stardom.

To capitalize on his sudden fame in Latin America, Estrada had to overcome a mildly embarrassing professional handicap. He couldn't speak Spanish. When he starred in Mexican "telenovelas" (soap operas), the New York native with Puerto Rican roots needed to have his lines fed to him over an earphone.

Estrada has since taken a 30-day Berlitz language class and now claims to be fluent. He recently appeared in a Spanish-language ad for Old Navy clothing, once again capitalizing on his stint as motorcycle patrol officer Frank "Ponch" Poncherello. Barnaby Jones:

If you really believe that Oz never gave anything to the Tin Man that he didn't already have, you've been listening to America's "Greatest Hits" album too long.

Buddy Ebsen, who died last year at 95, was originally cast as The Wizard of Oz. But instead of singing "If I Only Had a Heart," Ebsen ended up lamenting, "If I only had an allergist."