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May 25, 2011
Phyllis Avery Actress on Ray Milland, George Gobel shows Phyllis Avery, 88, an actress who portrayed the wife of Ray Milland in the early 1950s CBS sitcom originally called "Meet Mr. McNutley," died Thursday of heart failure at her Los Angeles home, her family said. When she was cast in 1958 as George Gobel's TV wife on his variety show, The Times called her "an accomplished actress and a very pretty lass. " She also was a regular on the CBS soap opera "The Clear Horizon" from 1960 to 1962.
May 6, 1986 | Associated Press
A University of Kansas professor believes that President Franklin D. Roosevelt had cancer and heart disease in the years before his death and that physicians concealed the illnesses for fear he would lose the 1944 election. Dr. Robert P. Hudson, professor of history and medicine, described his conclusions at a conference here of the American Assn. for the History of Medicine. Hudson, the association's president, has researched Roosevelt's last illness for seven years.
January 25, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hungarian mezzo-soprano Klara Palankay, 85, acclaimed for her role as Judith in Bela Bartok's opera "Bluebeard's Castle," died Wednesday in a Budapest hospital where she was being treated for a cold, said Hungarian State Opera press officer Judit Varkonyi. The cause of death was not immediately known. Palankay studied at Budapest's Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music and later in Rome between 1938 and 1944, the year she began her career at the Hungarian State Opera.
March 8, 2010
Tears ran, applause thundered and a glass ceiling shattered on a historic night as Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the director Oscar, for her uncompromising vision of courage under fire in "The Hurt Locker." It was a moment 82 years in the making on a night when history -- both cinematic and personal -- was in the air. Supporting actress winner Mo'Nique's flowers were a copy of those Hattie McDaniel wore in 1940 when she became the first African American whom Oscar would honor.
July 21, 1985 | Associated Press
Ewen Montagu, who commanded the wartime British counter-espionage unit responsible for the "man who never was" hoax to deceive the Nazis about Allied landings in the Mediterranean, died Friday at his home here, his family reported. He was 84. In the hoax code-named Mincemeat, the body of a man was floated ashore in Spain in April, 1943, outfitted with clothes and papers designed to fool German spies into thinking it was a military courier on a secret mission.
August 11, 2002 | Bob Mieszerski
A Ransom became the first horse to win the Vessels Maturity three times and moved closer to millionaire status with a record-setting victory in the Grade I on Saturday night at Los Alamitos. Owned by John and Kathie Bobenrieth and trained by Connie Hall, the 6-year-old gelding and 3-5 favorite collected his 20th win in 31 starts and the winner's share of the $125,000 purse left him with $987,056 in earnings for his career.
April 19, 2012 | By F. Kathleen Foley
In 1944, 14-year-old Lucy Deutsch, a young Czech girl, was rousted from her home with her parents and two siblings and transported to Auschwitz.  Of her family, only she survived. Now in her 80s, Deutsch tells her story in the autobiographical musical "No Time to Weep," a rental production at the Matrix that features a book by Deutsch, lyrics by Deutsch and Deedee O'Malley, and music by O'Malley and Ivor Pyres, who also directs. Reviewing such a heartfelt endeavor feels a bit like correcting the grammar on a lovingly handcrafted Valentine.
June 27, 1985 | SAUL RUBIN, Times Staff Writer
A four-day celebration marking the 40th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter ended here Wednesday, reflecting more the tensions within the world body today than the hopes for it 40 years ago.
Pairing up aging leading men with much younger actresses is an age-old story in Hollywood where it seems guys are almost never that far past their prime that they can't catch a leading lady. History, in fact, is repeating itself with "A Perfect Murder."
June 18, 2011 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
On Dec. 16, 1944, 21-year-old Army Cpl. Gordon Hearne found himself in an hours-long gun battle with German soldiers in the Belgium countryside — one of countless such stories that marked the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge, Germany's last major offensive and a turning point in World War II. On Saturday, Hearne, now 87, was formally thanked by King Albert II of Belgium for his service. In a ceremony at Taix French Restaurant in Echo Park, Hearne was awarded the Knight of the Order of the Crown by Belgium's consul general in Los Angeles.
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