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October 29, 2008 |
Gerard Damiano, 80, director of the pioneering pornographic film that lent its name to the Watergate whistle-blower known as "Deep Throat," died Saturday at a hospital in Fort Myers, Fla., his son, Gerard Damiano Jr., told the Associated Press. He had suffered a stroke in September. "He was a filmmaker and an artist and we thought of him as such," the younger Damiano said. "Even though we weren't allowed to see his movies, we knew he was a moviemaker, and we were proud of that." Damiano's "Deep Throat," starring Linda Lovelace and Harry Reems, was a mainstream box-office success and helped launch the modern, hard-core adult entertainment industry.
September 12, 2012 |
Newly named Kennedy Center honoree Dustin Hoffman is probably best-known for movie roles that include Benjamin Braddock in "The Graduate," Carl Bernstein in "All the President's Men" and Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels in "Tootsie. " But his roots are in the theater, and he has occasionally returned to the stage. But before he became one of Hollywood's leading anti-heroes in '60s and '70s films, he spent two years at the Pasadena Playhouse's College of Theater Arts, where he met and befriended fellow student Gene Hackman.
June 18, 2013 |
Does the story of Edward Snowden not scream political thriller? The 29-year-old analyst disappeared from his Hong Kong hotel room a day after his identity was revealed as the person responsible for leaking secrets about U.S. government surveillance programs. In his 12-minute video interview with the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, Snowden said the CIA could grab him at any moment or pay off a Chinese triad to kill him. PHOTOS: Famous document-leakers...
April 4, 1989 |
A group of 180 prominent American Jews called on Israel today to change its policies in the occupied territories and to engage in direct negotiations with the Palestine Liberation Organization. "Many American Jews do not support the suppression of the Palestine people and the continued occupation of the West Bank and Gaza," the group said in a statement released as Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir arrived in the United States for talks Wednesday with President Bush.
October 23, 1989 |
The major effect that the rescheduling of the World Series will have on ABC-TV is that the network must now do some more reshuffling of programming. With the Series tentatively planned to resume Friday instead of Tuesday, the biggest dilemma could occur next Sunday if a Game 5 is necessary, and starts at 5:30 p.m. On the ABC schedule that night is a heavily promoted, made-for-TV movie, "The Final Days," based on the book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.
September 3, 1989
Particularly striking to me is Shaw's observation that "as conventional wisdom becomes more prevalent, it becomes both more conventional and less wise. When all think alike, none really think; society ultimately suffers." I found myself wishing, as I read, that Shaw had included reference to the independent reporter I.F. Stone as described in The Times just two months ago by Henry Weinstein and Judy Pasternak, on the occasion of Stone's death at age 81. They quoted Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post:"At a time when the herd instinct ran rampant in our profession, he almost alone remembered what being a real reporter was about."
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July 18, 2001
For most of her life, her family, her peers and her competitors underestimated Katharine Graham. Never an outspoken feminist, she was nevertheless a trailblazer as publisher and eventually CEO of the Washington Post, positions that fell to her unexpectedly after her husband, Philip Graham, committed suicide in 1963. Early doubters of Graham, who died Tuesday after a bad fall at age 84, were legion. Graham, then 46, didn't just lack a journalistic background; she had no work experience at all.
September 23, 1989 |
As a protest against his depiction in the upcoming ABC-TV movie based on "The Final Days," which is being sponsored by AT&T, former President Richard M. Nixon has decided to switch his personal phone service at his home in Saddle River, N.J., from AT&T to its competitor, MCI. The former chief executive also has asked the General Services Administation, the federal agency that pays for the phone bill in his office in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., to switch from AT&T to MCI.