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September 14, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
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.
September 12, 2010 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
When she shuffles into a room, her white, cotton-candy-esque hair in place and her fingernails a perfectly manicured pink, one can't help but think: "Betty Omigod White in the house. " Just ask Jamie Lee Curtis. That was her reaction when the octogenarian took a break between takes of the bridal shower scene on the set of Disney's "You Again" at the Langham Huntington hotel in Pasadena last summer and moseyed down a corridor. "If there was a funny word for 'it girl' … if we could come up with a geriatric word for 'it girl,'" Curtis said.
May 9, 2010 | By Tricia Romano, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
April 12, 2010 | By T.L. Stanley
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 5, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Admit it. You had no idea ESPN has 18 platforms. But they do and there is Super Bowl coverage on all of them. And this isn't even the network that is actually televising the game, so ESPN has to get creative. For example, Friday at 12:30 on the actual, original ESPN platform, Mike Tirico will host "SportsCenter." And not just any "SportsCenter," but a "SportsCenter Special: The Champions" with analysts who have won Super Bowl rings -- Tedy Bruschi, Mike Ditka, Trent Dilfer, Jon Gruden, Keyshawn Johnson, Matt Millen, Mark Schlereth and Steve Young.
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.
January 6, 2010 | By Gina Piccalo
Betty White is a master of the double-entendre. Over the years, her sly deadpan has trumped some of Hollywood's most trenchant wits. Even now, on the cusp of 88, even when she's being genuinely demure, a zinger of a punch line feels imminent. A few days before Christmas, White was arranged elegantly on a sofa in an office overlooking Westwood, her platinum coif just so, her long pink nails poised over one knee. For the moment, the petite comedian was playing it straight, puzzling over the news she'd be receiving the Screen Actors Guild's Life Achievement Award.
June 17, 2009 | SUSAN KING
One of the episodes on the "Best of Password" DVD set features panelist Betty White and host Allen Ludden acting as starry-eyed as teen loves Bella and Edward. The original installment aired in the early summer of 1963, right after the two had gotten married. White and Ludden glowed with excitement as they discussed their upcoming engagements in summer stock theater. A warm smile flashes across White's face at the mention of the episode during a recent chat at her Brentwood home.
February 21, 2006 | Stephen Clark, Times Staff Writer
Actress Betty White has long been an unofficial animal ambassador, writing books about pets and working with welfare organizations.
July 18, 2003
Three veteran actresses from the 1970-77 CBS sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" will compete against one another as best guest actress in a comedy series: Georgia Engel for "Everybody Loves Raymond," Cloris Leachman, left, for "Malcolm in the Middle" and Betty White for "Yes, Dear." Leachman has won seven Emmys; White has won four; Engel has been nominated three times and has never won. "MTM" won 29 Emmys during its seven seasons. Only "Frasier" has won more, 30 in its first nine seasons.
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