February 28, 1985 |
A waiter led the way--skirting the edge of the busy dining room and on through an iron-grate opening to a secluded nook, where a single VIP table had been reserved. Ann Blyth had insisted on the Brown Derby for lunch because, she said, she yearned for a Cobb salad, a specialty created by former owner Bob Cobb half a century ago. But it was more than the salad that appealed to the actress.
August 12, 2013 |
Singer-actress Ann Blyth loves her fans. So much so that Blyth's been personally answering her fan mail for nearly 70 years. "I get mail from all around the world," noted Blyth, who turns 85 on Friday. "I am so thankful to read their sweet notes and letters. " Though the fans write to her about her glorious soprano in movie musicals such as 1955's "Kismet," her deft comedic timing in farces like 1949's "Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid" and her credible dramatic turns in films such as 1952's "One Minute to Zero," there is one movie that dominates the letters - the 1945 film noir classic "Mildred Pierce.
January 18, 1996 |
If you believe what you read and hear--especially from news sources--pop music is a primarily young person's game. Chalk it up to the youth-orientation of the media and the pop-culture machine. But in the San Fernando Valley, entertainment options for older audiences are surprisingly plentiful of late. Friday night at the Alex Theatre, as part of the big band series there, the "Stars of the Lawrence Welk Show" will tap into the fan base of Welkies.
February 13, 1990
Frank McFadden, 75, a pioneer publicist who polished the images of businesses ranging from Lawry's Foods to Marineland of the Pacific while representing such entertainment personalities as Anthony Quinn, Ann Blyth, Aaron Spelling, Audie Murphy, Carolyn Jones and many more. He began as a messenger at Warner Bros. studios after graduating from Fremont High School in Los Angeles. From Warner Bros.
June 8, 1995
Harper MacKay, 73, composer, conductor, arranger, pianist and musical director for films and television as well as such artists as Ann Blyth, Sammy Cahn and Phyllis Diller. A native of Boston, MacKay earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and a doctorate in music from USC. From 1962 to 1980, he was the musical director for the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Music Theater Workshop.