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April 10, 2004 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Carrie Snodgress, the actress who was nominated for a best actress Oscar for her performance in 1970's "Diary of a Mad Housewife," has died of heart failure. She was 57. Snodgress was hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center awaiting a liver transplant when she died of heart failure on April 1, her manager, Sidney Craig, told the Associated Press on Friday. Her son, Zeke, by rock star Neil Young was at her side, he said. A native of Barrington, Ill.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2001 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
"They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" at the Greenway Court Theatre is a vibrantly realized stage adaptation of Horace McCoy's Depression-era novel. Adapters Rick Sparks and Gary Carter faithfully preserved the essence of the 1935 original, which also was adapted for a 1969 movie. In his shrewd environmental staging, director Sparks casts us, the audience, as the spectators at a dance marathon. Set designer James Eric has reconfigured the Greenway Court into an old-fashioned dance pavilion and more.
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August 11, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Mel Stuart had firmly established himself as an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker in the 1960s when his daughter Madeline, a big fan of Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," insisted he turn the popular children's book into a movie. "It was my favorite book at the time, and I told him this would make a great movie," Madeline Stuart told The Times on Friday. Her father proceeded to add the 1971 fantasy musical "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" to his extensive resume as a director.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 1990 | Pat H. Broeske \f7
Jennifer Warren was a busy stage actress when she broke into features in a quirky 1969 movie, the obscure "Sam's Song," with a then-unknown Robert De Niro. But it was opposite Gene Hackman in director Arthur Penn's critically-admired film noir thriller, "Night Moves" (1975), that Warren caught Hollywood's eye. She played a tough-talking Key West boat hand with an offbeat sensuality and a mysterious past.
NEWS
February 18, 1994 | BILL HIGGINS
The Scene: Wednesday's screening on its 25th anniversary of United Artists' "Midnight Cowboy" by the American Film Institute's Third Decade Council. A discussion with the filmmakers and a reception followed the screening of the only X-rated film ever to win a Best Picture Oscar. "It's a touching, rather sweet film," said David Hockney. "It tells you something about censors that they would give this an X."
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April 19, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
John Vlahos, 87, a scriptwriter who earned an Emmy for "The Defenders," died April 8 of natural causes at his home in Westport, Conn. A native of Springfield, Ohio, Vlahos grew up working in the family restaurant, playing violin and acting in school plays and local theater. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, he moved to New York City to become an actor, but segued into writing instead.
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February 2, 2010 | Dennis McLellan
Aaron Ruben, a comedy writer, producer and director whose five-decade career included producing "The Andy Griffith Show" for the first five seasons and creating the spinoff series "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," has died. He was 95. Ruben, who devoted much of his later life to being a court-appointed advocate for abused and abandoned children, died Saturday of complications from pneumonia at his home in Beverly Hills, said his son Tom. A Chicago native who began his comedy writing career in radio after serving in the Army during World War II, Ruben helped write radio shows for Dinah Shore, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Fred Allen, Henry Morgan and Milton Berle.
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November 10, 1996 | KATE FOLMAR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They came, in a caravan of roaring, gleaming steel and chrome, for the bikes: glistening Harleys, dozens of them, with tailpipes that put mirrors to shame. "They're rolling sculptures--poetry in motion," said Willie G. Davidson, admiring a display of 1920s olive green and burgundy Harley-Davidsons at Otis Chandler's Vintage Museum on Saturday. He should know. As his grizzled hands and clunky silver rings suggest, the 60-something Davidson has been a biker for half his life.
SPORTS
December 11, 2002 | Larry Stewart
The source of Chick Hearn's wit may have been his wife of 64 years. Marge Hearn was at a recent Pasadena Quarterback Club's awards luncheon to present the group's Chick Hearn Award for broadcasting to Keith Jackson. "Keith, I don't know you very well," Marge said, "but your name was mentioned a lot around our house in recent years.
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May 1, 1998 | STEVE HARVEY
Beautiful people occasionally get arrested by L.A. police but that's been about the extent of the department's involvement with that group. Now, for the first time, a local cop has been named one of the 50 "most beautiful people in the world," as rated by People magazine. It's the chief himself--Bernard C. Parks. Glamour is not usually a word you associate with LAPD honchos, although two ex-chiefs had flings with the media (Tom Reddin as a TV news anchor and Daryl Gates as a radio shock jock).
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