December 24, 2011 |
Roll over Bing Crosby, and tell Perry Como the news: Christmas variety specials on TV are getting a lump of coal from viewers. Once a holiday staple — the same week in 1973, easy-listening stars Como and Andy Williams each drew more than 40% of the TV audience with their respective Christmas shows — the format has lately proved about as popular as sour eggnog. That's true even when a huge star is on the marquee. ABC's "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving," a vehicle for pop diva Lady Gaga, last month produced very un-Gaga-like ratings.
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December 13, 1989 |
Lindsay Crosby, the youngest son of Bing Crosby from the famed crooner's first marriage, shot himself to death in a Las Virgenes apartment after learning that the inheritance he relied on to support his family was gone, a family spokeswoman said Tuesday. Just 11 days earlier, Crosby and his three brothers had been told by attorneys that the oil investments their late mother, Wilma Wyatt, made for them had gone broke, said Marilyn Reiss, spokeswoman for Lindsay's older brother, Gary.
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January 17, 2004 |
Philip Crosby, one of Bing Crosby's twin sons -- and the last of the four sons from the legendary crooner's first marriage -- has died. He was 69. Crosby was found dead in his Woodland Hills home on Tuesday, according to Crosby family attorney Ed O'Sullivan. The Los Angeles County coroner's office said Crosby died of natural causes. Crosby's four sons from his marriage to former jazz singer-actress Dixie Lee, who died of cancer in 1952, were Gary, Lindsay and twins Philip and Dennis.
December 22, 1990
The major account on Ellsworth Vines (Dec. 11) was splendid. However, may I note that Ellie never played rounds with Bing Crosby at Lakewood Country Club in Toluca Lake. It was and is Lakeside Golf Club. NATHAN A. TUFTS Burbank
December 8, 2006 |
The former Met Theater in downtown Spokane, Wash., where Bing Crosby performed as a young man, will be renamed the Bing Crosby Theater at a public ceremony today. Crosby was born in Tacoma in 1903, but his family soon moved to Spokane and he remained a figure in the city's history for the rest of his life. The golden-throated crooner returned often to visit family and friends, and was a generous donor to Gonzaga University and other causes.
May 18, 1986
Kathryn Crosby has withdrawn her guarantee of $2 million for the new Crosby golf tournament at Greensboro, N.C., but officials said the event will still be played as scheduled June 5-8. Spokesman Norman C. Gaddis declined to say why Mrs. Crosby changed her mind, saying only it was related to family matters. Mrs. Crosby, who could not be reached for comment, is the widow of Bing Crosby and a key organizer of the charity tournament. Gaddis said he hoped the purse will reach $500,000.
February 8, 2007
Having been an admirer of W.C. Fields since childhood, I naturally loved "A Proboscis Worth Preserving" [Jan. 18]. Ironically, my favorite Fields film of all time is one rarely mentioned, "Mississippi" (1935). He upstaged Bing Crosby and Joan Bennett! Fields, like Charlie Chaplin, his only serious rival, hated Christmas Day. Is it not fascinating that Fields died on that day? EDDIE CRESS Sylmar
August 6, 2008 |
Get ready to celebrate "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" on Broadway. A stage version of the celluloid classic will play New York this holiday season, Nov. 14 to Jan. 4, at the Marquis Theatre. The musical is based on the 1954 movie that starred Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. The plot concerns a couple of showbiz veterans who travel to Vermont to put on a show. Of course, there's romance involved. The stage show first appeared in 2004 in San Francisco.
March 18, 2000
Chris Dufresne's March 13 NCAA tournament profiles contained the interesting "Tidbit" that Gonzaga University was "founded in 1887 by Jesuit Saint Aloysius Gonzaga . . . " This is indeed a rather startling observation in view of the fact that the boy Saint Aloysius Gonzaga died in 1591. Perhaps the university's founding was by way of some remarkable apparition. But, as many know, the truth is that Gonzaga was founded in 1887 by Bing Crosby. CARLO WEBER Camarillo Editor's note: According to the school's media guide: "Gonzaga University was founded in 1887 upon urging from Spokane's city leaders who sought a major university in their town."
December 15, 2010
POP MUSIC Badly Drawn Boy Damon Gough's popular indie folk band makes an appearance at the Troubadour with openers Justin Jones & the Driving Rain. The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. Wed. and Thurs. $30. (310) 276-6168; http://www.troubadour.com X Iconic L.A punk rockers X bring their signature sharp chords, woozy harmonies and jagged lyricism about the underbelly of L.A. life and love to the House of Blues for a KROQ-hosted Xmas show.