March 29, 1993 |
Robert Crichton, author of the bestsellers "The Great Impostor" and "The Secret of Santa Vittoria," both of which were made into films, has died. He was 68. The cause of death was heart failure, his family said. He died Tuesday at a nursing home. "The Great Impostor," written in 1959, was the true story of Ferdinand W. Demara Jr., a man who posed as a priest, a prison warden and a doctor. The 1961 movie version starred Tony Curtis.
April 6, 2001 |
"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.
July 15, 1990 |
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.
February 18, 1994 |
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 |
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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November 10, 1996 |
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.
December 11, 2002 |
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 |
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).
April 12, 2005 |
Paul Newman, co-owner of the winning car in Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, first took an interest in auto racing while filming the 1969 movie "Winning," in which he played an Indianapolis 500 driver. Besides being a car owner, Newman is also a skilled sports car driver. So what does Joanne Woodward think about her husband's hobby? "She doesn't buy jewelry, she doesn't buy dresses," Newman told Jay Leno last week. "She buys insurance."