April 15, 1995 |
Burl Ives, the beloved balladeer who sang so convincingly of being a wayfaring stranger that he instead became a longtime friend, died Friday. The rotund folk singer, Academy Award-winning actor and concert hall artist, whom poet Carl Sandberg once called "the mightiest ballad singer of this or any other century," was 85 and had a history of circulatory problems and congestive heart failure.
March 21, 1986 |
Burl Ives is not a man to easily overlook. At 76, he is still a massive presence: the familiar girth, the commanding voice, the white hair and beard that give him the look of both biblical prophet and Falstaffian rogue. This has been the Ives persona for the 40 years that he has reigned as one of America's best-known folk singers.
October 10, 1993 |
Burl Ives has been released from a hospital after treatment for a high fever that resulted from a foot infection. The 84-year-old singer-actor, known for his rendition of "Jimmy Crack Corn" and "Frosty the Snowman," will continue receiving antibiotics and nursing care at home, his wife said Friday.
May 4, 2011 |
The actress recalls moments working with Burl Ives, Paul Newman and Charlie Chaplin. During an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Sophia Loren commented on some of the leading men and directors she's worked with over the years: 'Desire Under the Elms' (1958) "It was the first movie I made [in Hollywood]. It was a very dramatic movie with Burl Ives, a beautiful actor. I had a wonderful relationship with him. The drama was a little bit like what we had in Italy. It was a very strong drama and for me at that age I was overwhelmed by doing it, but still interested in trying.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1995
Re Drawingboard, June 19 and 20: First Conrad, then Oliphant! In depicting their view of a) an angry white male, and b) a contemporary militia-type, they drew individuals with big bellies. Is there something morally wrong with being fat? If so, must we think less of Babe Ruth, Burl Ives and Winston Churchill? As an off-white, sometimes angry and definitely horizontally challenged male, I would remind Conrad and Oliphant that Hitler was a vegetarian, and quite slim-and-trim, thank you. FRANK GATELL Santa Monica
March 7, 2009
As host of the weekly show "Off-Ramp" on KPCC-FM (89.3), I take exception to Susan Harris' letter about the death of talk on KLSX [Letters, Feb. 28]. She wrote, "There is always NPR when you feel like being educated." OK, granted there's lots of education and enlightening debate and all that on KPCC, but my producer Queena Kim and I always strive to include at least a modicum of mindless entertainment on our show. Surely my bad Andy Rooney impression ("I knew Burl Ives, and he hated that snowman with his fancy vest.