August 31, 1992
Jack Weiner, 97, who began a flirtation with show business in the early 20th Century as one of the child stars of Gus Edwards' Song Revues, which also featured George Jessel and Walter Winchell. The three continued to perform in vaudeville in the 1920s before Weiner gave up performing to become one of the most durable talent agents in the entertainment industry. Over the years he represented such vaudeville headliners as Charlie Foy, Ruth Clifford and Winifred & Milis.
December 31, 1995 |
David O. Selznick's glorious 1939 film of Margaret Mitchell's fiery Civil War-Reconstruction epic still stands as Hollywood's greatest popular screen epic. Starring Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara (both pictured in the film's famous embrace). With Leslie Howard as Ashley and Olivia de Havilland as Melanie plus Thomas Mitchell, Hattie McDaniel and Butterfly McQueen, Laura Hope Crews and a cast of thousands. Directed (largely) by Victor Fleming (TNT Tuesday at 5 p.
December 10, 1989 |
Best known as Scarlett O'Hara's mammy in "Gone With the Wind," Hattie McDaniel played in about 300 films. It was not until after she received the Academy Award--the first black person ever to win the honor--that she was automatically given screen credits, although she was at the time no newcomer to the screen; her previous appearances had included "The Blonde Venus" and "I'm No Angel." "Hattie" draws on the actress' personal papers to tell the story of her life and career.
January 15, 1988 |
Kaye Ballard got down to business fast in her first set at the Studio One Backlot on Wednesday night. "Don't ask the lady what the lady did before," was her opening line, followed by "Ask what the lady's doing now." It was a sentiment that dominated a high octane performance by the multi-talented singer/actress/comedienne.
June 18, 1989 |
Phylicia Rashad, who plays Mom Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," will be directed by her sister, Debbie Allen, in "Polly," a two-hour musical special for NBC. Joining Rashad from "The Cosby Show" cast will be little Keshia Knight Pulliam. Only she'll play Rashad's niece, not her daughter. The show also will boast the talents of Brock Peters, Butterfly McQueen, Celeste Holm, Dorian Harewood, Larry Riley, Ken Page, Barbara Montgomery, Brandon Adams, T.K. Carter and Vanessa Bell Calloway. Showtime has a bevy of comedy specials in the works, including the 11th from Gallagher, which will be taped in Lake Tahoe.