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Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 12/15/2012

Read this: ‘Downton Abbey’ in D.C.; Melissa Francis memoir; ‘The Bachelor’ track record

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Washington A-listers turned into hopeless groupies when the cast of “Downton Abbey” came to the British embassy — but Monica Hesse knows you really want to know what the stars look like “when not rolled up in poplin.” Thomas “is stubbly,” Mr. Carson “is 11 feet tall with the best eyebrows,” and Lord Grantham “looks exactly the same as he does on-screen. He is in tweed.”And look at all these great photos of the Downton Abbey cast!

In other news: Fox Business anchor Melissa Francis was a child star with a craaaaazy mom — and that makes for an excellent Hollywood-childhood memoir. . . Guess how much money Psy made off of the “Gangnam Style” craze.

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“I think that’s one heck of a batting average.”

— Mike Fleiss, executive producer of “The Bachelor,” on the 24 seasons that have resulted in only three marriages. Our colleague Emily Yahr probes the reason viewers still tune in.

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