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November 7, 1989 | from Associated Press
Actress Bette Davis left her daughters and grandsons out of her nearly $1- million estate, according to a will filed for probate Monday. The bulk of the estate is split between her son and a close friend. Davis, who died on Oct. 6 of cancer at age 81, had been estranged from her daughter, Barbara Davis Hyman of Charlottesville, Va., since Hyman's book, "My Mother's Keeper," was published in 1985.
November 2, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
The Entertainer Movies, Magic and My Father's Twentieth Century Margaret Talbot Riverhead: 432 pp., $28.95 In "The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father's Twentieth Century," New Yorker staff writer Margaret Talbot succeeds at what Hollywood failed to do for her father: She makes him a star. Humphrey Bogart, Jack Warner and William Randolph Hearst are all bit players in this breezy history, which looks at American entertainment on the stage and screen specifically through the lens of the late, little-remembered - but apparently quite charming - Lyle Talbot.
October 24, 1989
The year was 1964. Bette Davis was filming "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte" on the 20th Century-Fox lot. I was a young, wide-eyed, and newly arrived Hollywood correspondent for a daily newspaper in Mexico City. Having been a long-time admirer of the star, I requested an interview with her, only to be told by the publicist in charge, "Miss Davis eats little boys like you for breakfast." Somehow the interview took place. The encounter went extremely well. She laughed, she told me stories, she answered all my questions, and when we were finished she turned to the publicist and told him, "Finally, you bring me somebody who knows what he's doing."
October 14, 2012 | By Dennis Lim
In many ways, Robert Aldrich was an independent filmmaker before the notion existed. Born into New England old money, he spent much of his life and career chafing against the system. From early on he insisted on being his own producer, and the success of "The Dirty Dozen" (1967) allowed him to set up his own Aldrich Studios, where he made some of his most adventurous work, up until the commercially disastrous "The Grissom Gang" (1971), his eccentric Depression-era tale of a kidnapping-turned-Stockholm syndrome romance.
September 18, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Movie legend Bette Davis is being remembered on a new U.S. postage stamp. The 42-cent commemorative stamp, being released today in Boston, features a portrait of Davis as she appeared in the 1950 film "All About Eve." Davis was nominated for an Academy Award for that performance, one of 10 times in the running. She won twice, for "Dangerous" and "Jezebel."
December 21, 2002 | From Associated Press
Steven Spielberg has rescued another Oscar from the auction block. The director-producer paid $180,000, not including fees and taxes, to buy Bette Davis' best actress Oscar for the 1935 movie "Dangerous," spokesman Marvin Levy said. It was auctioned by Sotheby's in New York last Saturday. Spielberg will donate the Oscar to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "It's part of preserving film history," Levy said.
MGM/UA Home Video has begun packaging star turns in beautiful black-and-white transfers, no mean feat inasmuch as many are now part of the Turner-Warner Bros. film library. The result is a series of finely etched portraits from some of Hollywood's most high-powered stars in their prime.
January 3, 1989 | NINA J. EASTON, Times Staff Writer
One Friday night last spring, Hollywood legend Bette Davis left the Los Angeles film set of "Wicked Stepmother" after one week of shooting to undergo some dental work in New York. She never returned. Now, eight months later, the true story behind that departure is the source of a heated dispute between the 80-year-old Davis and "Wicked Stepmother's" 41-year-old director, Larry Cohen.
October 19, 1989 | JIM GOMEZ
The organizer of a beachside memorial service for Bette Davis has canceled the event, saying that mourners of the late actress should send money to help victims of the San Francisco earthquake. Longtime Laguna Beach resident Harry Moon said Wednesday that he decided to cancel the scheduled Friday memorial service as he watched television accounts of the 6.9 temblor that killed scores in the Bay Area.
August 25, 2006
Aug. 25, 1943: Arthur Farnsworth, husband of actress Bette Davis, died at Hollywood Hospital of a skull fracture he suffered in a sidewalk fall on Hollywood Boulevard. "The film star, who had taken an adjoining room at the hospital to be near her husband, was hysterical with grief and under a physician's care," The Times reported. A Hollywood police report stated that Farnsworth, 35, a former commercial airline pilot, was found unconscious about 4 p.m. along the 6200 block of the boulevard.
October 6, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Budd Burton Moss is in his upstairs office at his Westwood Village house, working his computer to find work for actor Maxwell Caulfield. He signs on to a Hollywood casting service - to which he subscribes for $250 a month - that lists the acting roles that production companies around town are seeking to fill. Moss notices the synopsis of an episodic TV crime show that is looking for someone to play the part of an attorney. With a few clicks on his computer, he pulls up a photo of Caulfield dressed in a suit and tie and composes a quick note to the show's producers, inviting them to attend the play "Helen," in which Caulfield was performing at the Getty Villa.
August 18, 2012 | By Jim Brooks, Los Angeles Times
"What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" Looks like we're about to find out again. And actresses of a certain age everywhere must be quivering in their orthopedics at news of a remake. After all, the 1962 original, a delicious hot mess of black comedy/chiller thriller, earned late-career cred for two of golden Hollywood's declining and long feuding queen bees. Bette Davis camped it up as "Baby Jane" Hudson, a former child star-turned-abusive, frowzy caretaker. Joan Crawford was invalid sister Blanche, a onetime star in her own right, crippled years earlier in a mysterious car wreck.
June 21, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Lon Chaney stands pretty much alone in the history of American film. He became one of the biggest stars of the silent era by playing deeply human, invariably grotesque characters. Chaney's best-known role, the Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera," is a classic, but until now some of his other equally remarkable parts have been harder to come by. Now the Warner Archive Collection has reissued several of them, many directed by Tod Browning, the filmmaker who was increasingly on his wavelength.
May 15, 2012 | By Scott Timberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
While getting started for her debut in Culture Monster's Influences column, brassy Broadway veteran Elaine Stritch, 87, wanted to make one thing clear: She's never been influenced by anyone. "I am not influenced by other human beings," she says. "But I am inspired. If I see a great performance on television, onstage, in the movies, I go to work the next day with a renewed energy and less fear. These great artists take me out of my life and make me want to go there. But I never imitated anyone.
July 30, 2011 | Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
When it comes to makeovers at the movies, the rules have always been fairly straightforward: Girls get a Cinderella story, while guys get Spider-Man. It's pretty much been that way since the dawn of the movie makeover genre, which authors Elizabeth A. Ford and Deborah C. Mitchell trace to 1942's "Now Voyager" (starring Bette Davis) in their 2004 book "The Makeover in Movies. "That film may not be familiar, but the story arc certainly is, and it can be found in movies ranging from the animated "Cinderella" (1950)
March 3, 2011 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
I've been writing about the incomparable UCLA Festival of Preservation for nearly 20 years, and every time a new edition appears, I fear I'll run out of fresh adjectives to describe the UCLA Film & Television Archive's gift for restoring the widest possible spectrum of fascinating and hard-to-see cinema. I'm clearly getting low on superlatives, but UCLA has not run out of films for its festival, which opens Thursday at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater with Robert Altman's "Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.
May 7, 1995 | Lauren Lipton
You live out of town but just landed an extended film gig in Hollywood. Or you're doing a little post-earthquake remodeling at your Mulholland Drive estate. You need a place to stay that reflects your "player" status, but you don't want to fork out $6,600 a month for a Chateau Marmont suite. So have your people call L.A. Residence, which supplies classy digs to frugal Industry hipsters.
November 19, 2010 | By Beverly Beyette, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Entering the Charlie Chaplin cottage, I stooped to avoid hitting my head. At 5 feet 8, I'm about 3 inches taller than Chaplin. (It's said the Little Tramp had the door made small so his guests would have to bow as they entered.) I was at the Charlie, an eccentric but charming West Hollywood hotel occupying a cluster of cottages where, it's also said, Gloria Swanson, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis and other screen luminaries once lived. They are among the famous for whom the cottages are named.
June 25, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
When it comes to DVD releases, it's been feast or famine for vintage film fans. With the home entertainment business in decline, most of the studios have slowed or even stopped issuing classic titles, but June is shaping up to offer the hungry cineaste a veritable banquet of noteworthy movies from Hollywood's Golden Age. Leading the pack is Warner Home Video's Blu-ray release of the 1954 Judy Garland classic "A Star Is Born." Garland made a triumphant comeback in this lavish musical- drama based the 1937 film about a star on the rise who marries a star on the decline ( James Mason)
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