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February 15, 1990 | JAN HERMAN
Santa Ana's Alternative Repertory Theatre is looking for four black actresses to cast in its next offering, "Yalla Bitch," a coming-of-age drama about a young black woman. But when nobody showed up at an open audition earlier this week, artistic director Patricia L. Terry said the storefront theater may drop the play, which is to run from April 6 to May 27. "We're holding another audition," she said. "We'd settle for one black actress for the lead.
March 10, 1998 | EDWARD M. YOON
Actresses Lisa Lord, Hattie Winston and Liz Torres will lead a panel at Cal State Northridge today titled "Creativity, Casting and Critics--Women of Color Confront Industry Images." Lord, who is part Chinese, is a cast member of the ABC soap opera "Port Charles" and has appeared in the television series "ER" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." Wilson, an African American, had a role in the movie "Jackie Brown" and will be appearing in the upcoming Disney movie "Meet the Deedles."
October 6, 1989
Timothy Scott Roman, son of actress Susan Cabot, testified Thursday that his mother attacked him with a barbell and scalpel the night she died in her Encino home. Roman, 25, on trial in Van Nuys Superior Court for bludgeoning to death the 1950s-era B-movie actress, portrayed his mother, 59, as suffering from increasing physical and mental deterioration. He said her doctor had told him to call paramedics if need be. "She was screaming . . . calling for her mother . . . talking to herself.
December 11, 2011 | By Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
One microphone wasn't working. The makeup lady hadn't arrived, and that was the subject of much concern. The director was worried that a desk wouldn't be removed from the third scene, and that someone would forget to turn on the street lamp prop. The 27 members of the cast were laughing, pacing, doing their own ironing and singing scales, silly with pre-curtain anxiety. Some had vocal training, some didn't. The youngest cast member was a high school senior waiting to hear back on her early-decision application to Princeton, the oldest a 64-year old math professor at a nearby college.
January 5, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Hideko Takamine, a child star in Japan in the 1930s who became one of her country's leading screen actresses during the post- World War II era, in which she played a variety of contemporary women who captured the tenor of the times, has died. She was 86. FOR THE RECORD: Hideko Takamine: In the Jan. 5 LATExtra section, the caption for a photo that appeared with the obituary of Japanese actress Hideko Takamine misspelled the name of the actor with whom she was pictured. He was Eijiro, not Fijiro, Tono.
December 19, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
June Squibb, 84; Judi Dench, 79; Meryl Streep, 64; Oprah Winfrey, 59; Emma Thompson, 54; Sandra Bullock, 49; Julia Roberts, 46; Cate Blanchett, 44; Lupita Nyong'o, 30; Jennifer Lawrence, 23. These 10 actresses received either a leading or supporting nomination from the Screen Actors Guild last week for their fine work in 2013. Eight of them got a similar nod from the Golden Globes. Most will likely surface again when the Oscar nominations are announced in January. The numbers are there for a reason.
September 7, 1989
A man who had been following actress Justine Bateman, former star of the television series "Family Ties," was taken into custody Wednesday after he threatened suicide outside a theater in Berkeley where she was scheduled to perform, police said. Police persuaded John Thomas Smetek, 39, of Houston, Tex., to surrender the loaded revolver he held to his abdomen as he sat in the courtyard of the Berkeley Repertory Theater, Berkeley Police Lt. Robert Peters said.
February 2, 1990
Actress Beulah Quo will be given the Assn. of Asian Pacific American Artists (AAPAA) Lifetime Achievement Award at the sixth annual awards dinner March 19. The awards, known as a Jimmie after cinematographer James Wong Howe, recognize outstanding work by Asian Pacific Americans. Besides credits in "The Sand Pebbles," "MacArthur" and "Chinatown," Quo has played a recurring role in "General Hospital" since 1985. Information: (213) 874-0786.
August 22, 1989 | JANICE ARKATOV
Nancy Lenehan has become a quick-change artist. In Larry Shue's "Wenceslas Square" (set in Czechoslovakia and playing at the Matrix Theatre in West Hollywood), the actress moves seamlessly from character to character: early 20s Katya in cheerful vest and loafers, 40-year-old Illinova in a tight maroon suit and four-inch pumps, and the older Smocekova--in saggy bathrobe, granny glasses, babushka and beat-up men's shoes.
September 27, 1991
The day after actress Rebecca Schaeffer was slain, obsessed fan Robert John Bardo sobbed and told a policeman, "You'd better arrest me now, I shot somebody," the officer testified Thursday. Schaeffer, 21, a star of the sitcom "My Sister Sam," was shot to death July 18, 1989, when she answered the door of her Fairfax district apartment. Tucson, Ariz., Police Officer John Norton said he was summoned a day later by a man who said there was a person on a freeway ramp "acting strangely."
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