April 12, 2010 |
In the space of one recent week, Betty White hopped in the shower with Hugh Jackman on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," watched a Chippendales dancer gyrate for her on "Ellen" and told Larry King she didn't know the meaning of the word "retirement." The string of TV appearances came on the heels of a Super Bowl commercial for Snickers that went not only viral but global; a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award; a starring role in a new TV Land sitcom; and a Facebook campaign, 500,000 fans strong, that paved the way for her first hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live."
February 12, 1988
Betty White, 83, a veteran of radio in Chicago and New York best remembered for her ongoing roles in "Rin-Tin-Tin" and such other shows as "People's Playhouse" and "Junior Detective." At one time she was one of the best known children's voices on the air although she by then was a grown woman. Later she joined the staff of "Queen for a Day." In 1937 Mrs. White became a charter member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. In Fresno on Feb. 2.
January 24, 2010
After watching the Golden Globes red carpet turn into a soggy glamour scramble, the organizers of the Screen Actors Guild Awards pitched a tent over their scarlet rug. The rain never came Saturday evening at the Shrine Auditorium, but the covering still felt right -- every celebrity circus needs a big top. The Times' Geoff Boucher and Amy Kaufman share some moments from the center ring, inside and outside the show. The show ended with a director singing the praises of another director.
July 13, 1986 |
"How old are you?" It's a simple enough question. But asked of the wrong person, it may bring forth stammering, embarrassed evasion or an outright lie. Ask it of celebrities and see what kind of response you get. Over the years, Charo has managed not merely to look younger, but actually to cut a full decade off her age legally . As a green singer 20 years ago, she said she was born in 1947. No one really believed that, but with time, despite press skepticism, she pushed it to 1949.
October 21, 1993 |
After a disappointing premiere season, "Bob," Bob Newhart's third series in 20 years, returns to CBS Friday at 9 p.m. with a new setting, new characters and a new Bob, who will be more like the familiar stammering, befuddled Newhart character that propelled his previous two TV hits, "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Newhart." Last season, Newhart played graphic artist Bob McKay , who gave up his job drawing greeting cards to revive his "Mad Dog" super-hero at a comic-book company.
May 9, 2010 |
The average age of the American hipster has just gone up, way up. Samuel Halpern, the 74-year-old subject of a Twitter feed based on his profane observations (currently being developed into a TV show, tentatively named "Stuff My Dad Says," starring William Shatner) has 1.3 million fans who eagerly await his every uncensored utterance. Halpern is not the only senior citizen rocking the Internet: DJ Ruth Flowers, a.k.a. Mamy Rock, is a seventysomething former singer-turned-jet-setting dance music DJ with a penchant for sparkly headphones and track suits, who became a YouTube sensation this year, nabbing hundreds of thousands of hits after going viral on Twitter.
July 13, 1999 |
Gosh, Betty White just can't stop apologizing. She's so sorry she had to say all of those four-letter words up there on the big screen in that "Lake Placid" movie she had so much fun making in British Columbia. It's just that, well, she's "old-fashioned enough to believe certain things should be kind of private" and certain words definitely left unsaid.
August 14, 2011
Beach reading recommendations are a summer tradition: With vacations offering extra leisure time, everyone wants to know what books will help them pass the hours. But many pop culture fans now devour television with the same kind of intensity: They buy box sets, Netflix or download whole seasons, treating TV series like "The Wire" and "Breaking Bad" as if they were meant to be watched in five-hour stretches. Claire Danes, who began her career in "My So-Called Life" and returns to TV this fall in "Homeland," pinpointed the phenomenon recently.
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September 14, 2010 |
Harold Gould, a veteran character actor who played con man Kid Twist in the 1973 movie "The Sting," Valerie Harper's father on TV's "Rhoda" and Betty White's boyfriend on "The Golden Girls," has died. He was 86. Gould, who also was known for his stage work, died Saturday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement community in Woodland Hills of prostate cancer that had metastasized, said Leah Gould, his daughter-in-law. A former university drama teacher who launched his career in front of the camera in the early '60s, Gould appeared in movies such as "Harper," the 1974 remake of "The Front Page," "Love and Death," "Silent Movie," "Freaky Friday" and "Patch Adams.