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
December 22, 2006 |
One of the most successful duets in Christmas music history -- and surely the weirdest -- might never have happened if it weren't for some last-minute musical surgery. David Bowie thought "The Little Drummer Boy" was all wrong for him. So when the producers of Bing Crosby's Christmas TV special asked Bowie to sing it in 1977, he balked. Just hours before he was supposed to go before the cameras, though, a team of composers and writers frantically retooled the song.
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.
July 16, 2006 |
Beginnings The community was founded in 1885 by Jacob Taylor, whom the local historical society describes as "a dynamic visionary who pictured Del Mar as a seaside resort for the rich and famous." The centerpiece of Taylor's vision was his Casa del Mar hotel-resort -- which burned to the ground five years after it was built, prompting him to leave Del Mar and never return.
August 1, 2005 |
Rather than run Greg's Gold for a fourth time at Hollywood Park's spring-summer meet after the gelding's win June 11, trainer Dave Hofmans and owner-breeder Bill Boswell decided to wait for Del Mar. Wise choice. Making his graded stakes debut in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Handicap on Sunday, Greg's Gold, an 8-1 shot, sat just behind a contested pace, got through along the rail in the stretch and went on to win the Grade 1.
July 30, 2005 |
The dominant trainer of late in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Handicap, which will be run for the 60th time Sunday at Del Mar, has been Bruce Headley. Since 1998, Headley has won the Grade I sprint three times -- always with senior citizens. Son Of A Pistol was 6 years old when he won in 1998 and Kona Gold won at 6 and 7 in 2000 and 2001. Headley has a chance to win the six-furlong Crosby again this year, but he'll be trying it with a youngster, Storm Wolf, a lightly-raced 3-year-old.
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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.
November 16, 2003
Singer Michael Feinstein is the host of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences centennial tribute to Bing Crosby, set for Friday at the academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Though Crosby is best known these days for his ba-ba-ba-boo crooning of such tunes as "White Christmas" and "Swinging on a Star," his golf game and his popular "Road" pictures with Bob Hope, Der Bingle was an accomplished, versatile film star.
July 29, 2003
On Monday I felt one day older -- as a great humanitarian, plus a great entertainer, died at the age of 100. Bob Hope is now with his friends, including Lucille Ball, who was one of his regular leading ladies. I grew up being entertained by Milton Berle, Jackie Gleason, Lucille Ball, Ernie Kovacs, George Jessel, Bing Crosby and Jimmy Durante, plus many more, including Hope. Bless him for everything he did for our troops during all the wars, starting with World War II. May God take care of him. Although he was born in 1903 in England, he became an American citizen and loved and honored this country.
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January 25, 2003 |
Doris Fisher, who with lyricist Allan Roberts wrote "Put the Blame on Mame," "You Always Hurt the One You Love," "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall," "Tampico" and a string of other 1940s hits, has died. She was 87. Fisher, whose songs were recorded by everyone from Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby to Gene Autry and the Ink Spots, died Jan. 15 of causes associated with old age at Century City Hospital.