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Anne Tyler vs. Stacy Keibler, six others, in finals!

Baltimore's most accomplished novelist, Anne Tyler, has done it again -- thanks to your votes.

She beat retiring TV anchor Sally Thorner to advance to the final round of The Baltimore Sun's Celebrity Smackdown, where she'll compete in a one-week runoff with seven others. Most -- Nestor Aparicio, Tom Tasselmyer, Stan Stovall, Stacy Keibler and Dave Durian -- have made their names on TV or radio. But who would have thought Tyler, BSO conductor Marin Alsop and former Gov. William Donald Schaefer would still be in the running?

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So who should represent Charm City? Keibler, who's best know as a leggy pro wrestler, or Tyler, a Pulitzer Prize winning writer? Maybe we can offset Keibler's pyrotechnic personality by reviving that stirring 1840 election slogan: Tippecanoe and Tyler Too (for William Henry Harrison, hero of the battle of Tippecanoe, and John Tyler, his Vice President).

You know the drill: Vote Anne, early and often.

Photo by Diana Walker courtesy of Random House

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