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June 27, 2010 | By Alex Espinoza, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Madonnas of Echo Park A Novel Brando Skyhorse Free Press: 204 pp., $23 The Madonnas of Echo Park, in Brando Skyhorse's debut novel of the same name, are a group of Chicanas who flock every Friday night to El Guanaco, "a mercado near Angelino Heights that [sells] rock-hard Twinkies, Colt 45s, and homemade tacos and burritos in the back." It's the same mercado prominently featured in Madonna's 1984 music video "Borderline," and Skyhorse uses the women as a metaphor to explore the growing pains of one Los Angeles community facing demographic, economic and cultural shifts.
June 4, 2011 | Patt Morrison
Bookshelves real and virtual are stocked with volumes about Los Angeles and Southern California written by people who parachute into a Westside guest house for a few weeks, hit the hot spots and high spots, then write with voice-of-God authority for audiences who wouldn't know the Grapevine from grape juice. But there is authentic writing to be found about Los Angeles. Brando Skyhorse's debut novel, "The Madonnas of Echo Park," won this year's PEN/Hemingway Award for highlighting that neighborhood on the literary map of Los Angeles.
April 2, 2012
What actor-crooner gave Marlon Brando the nickname Mr. Mumbles? Frank Sinatra
February 3, 2006 | From a Times staff writer
A lawsuit filed against the estate of Marlon Brando by a woman who worked as the actor's business manager for four years has been amicably settled out of court, her attorneys said Thursday. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Jo An Corrales of Kalama, Wash., had filed the suit in L.A. Superior Court last year, accusing the Oscar-winning actor of sexual harassment and wrongful termination of employment.
November 17, 2005 | Robert K. Welkos
Marlon Brando's longtime personal secretary sued the late actor's estate for more than $1 million Wednesday, seeking access to personal letters, journals, movie scripts and other biographical documents about the Oscar-winning star of "On the Waterfront" and "The Godfather," and monetary damages for "promises and representations" she claims Brando made to her over the years that weren't kept.
July 8, 2004 | From Times wire services
Actor Marlon Brando was cremated after a private memorial service attended by a small group of family members and friends, his attorney said Wednesday. Lawyer David Seeley declined to disclose the site of Monday's service. He said he knew of no plans for a public memorial service. "Marlon was a really private guy and didn't enjoy the media, and his family is trying to honor that in his death," Seeley said. The reclusive Brando died July 1 of lung failure at the age of 80.
November 8, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Marlon Brando says he blames Los Angeles prosecutors for his 20-year-old daughter Cheyenne's poor mental and physical condition. "I hold them directly, not indirectly, responsible for her present mental and physical state," Brando said in a statement released Wednesday in the Tahitian capital of Papeete. He named Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner and Steven Barshop, a deputy district attorney.
April 16, 1996
Re "Can We All Get Along?" editorial, April 10: In your efforts to mollify the racial strife rampant in Los Angeles, you have sided on the wrong side of two very minor incidents: KFI radio host Bill Handel's sarcastic remarks about Asian Americans and actor Marlon Brando's critical opinion of Hollywood Jews. Handel's remarks about ice skaters Kristi Yamaguchi and Michelle Kwan were pure satire, following the tradition of Jonathan Swift. That Handel now apologize because some Asian Americans did not appreciate his ironic criticism of redneck racism would be inappropriate.
October 24, 1990
Prosecutors trying Marlon Brando's son for murder said Tuesday they probably will fail in bringing the actor's daughter back to California in time to testify against her half-brother. At a hearing Tuesday in Santa Monica, a judge ordered jury selection to begin Nov. 5 in Christian Brando's first-degree murder trial in the shooting death of his half-sister's boyfriend. The district attorney's office has sought for months to return Cheyenne Brando from Tahiti.
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