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October 12, 2013 | By Robert Hilburn
Johnny Cash's life in the 1960s is mostly remembered as a time of glorious achievement - from the landmark prison albums at Folsom and San Quentin to the launch of the ABC-TV series featuring such guests as Bob Dylan and the Doors that led to his becoming a giant figure in popular culture, a symbol to millions, no less, of the best of American social values. But Cash also experienced excruciatingly dark times in the decade, fueled by drugs and guilt over the breakup of his marriage.
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April 7, 2014 | Valerie J. Nelson
Mickey Rooney, a celebrated child actor who embodied the All-American boy in the "Andy Hardy" films of the 1930s and '40s and became one of the era's top box-office draws, has died. He was 93. Rooney, whose roller-coaster show-business career was marked by an often-turbulent personal life, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. Cmdr. Andrew Smith of the LAPD and the L.A. County coroner's office confirmed his death. The cause was not disclosed. One of the most enduring performers in show business, he made his debut on the vaudeville stage in 1922 as a toddler and toured into his late '80s in a two-person stage show with Jan Chamberlin, his eighth wife.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Jason Aldean has filed for divorce, kicking last week's news of separation from his wife up a notch. "This is a really tough time for my entire family," the country singer told Us Weekly in a statement about the divorce, noting that he and Jessica Ussery had been together since they were teenagers - he's 36 now - and had had ups and downs along the way. They would have been married 12 years in August. "I've learned that everyone always rushes to judgement when they hear news like this," he told the mag . "That's really hard because no one knows anything about our relationship but us. I understand that because of my job, I have to go through a lot of this in the public eye, but for my girls' sake I really wish people would give us some level of privacy and at the very least be respectful of them.
IMAGE
April 5, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
The combination of sandals and socks has long been seen as a major footwear faux pas. And, as recently as last year when British department store Debenhams polled 1,500 customers on what they felt was the most egregious of all fashion offenses, sandals with socks ranked No. 1 - beating out platform shoes for men and scrunchies. But proving that fashion is often wildly unpredictable, wearing sandals with socks is no longer a fashion misstep. This season, it's suddenly a trend embraced by celebrities and fashion industry insiders who are pairing their Birkenstocks, clogs and even open-toed high-heel sandals with ankle-length socks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
UCLA Health System has agreed to pay $865,500 as part of a settlement with federal regulators announced Thursday after two celebrity patients alleged that hospital employees broke the law and reviewed their medical records without authorization. Federal and hospital officials declined to identify the celebrities involved. The complaints cover 2005 to 2009, a time during which hospital employees were repeatedly caught and fired for peeping at the medical records of dozens of celebrities, including Britney Spears, Farrah Fawcett and then-California First Lady Maria Shriver.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2010
A Short History of Celebrity Fred Inglis Princeton University Press: 312 pp., $29.95
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
The holidays provide an opportunity for comedians and other celebrities to let loose their funny on social media. In honor of Thanksgiving 2012, here are Ministry of Gossip's hand-picked top 10 Turkey Day celebrity tweets: -- "Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! I'm grateful for each & every one of the 3,354,714 of you. (Except @KrazyMike15)" --  Rainn Wilson ("The Office," "Super," "Juno") -- "I bet those pilgrims didn't shower before Thanksgiving dinner either. " -- Jim Gaffigan ("My Boys," "It's Kind of a Funny Story")
SCIENCE
February 24, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Anthropologists and psychologists called it the "magical law of contagion," or the belief that a person's essence can be transmitted through objects they have touched. In the 1920s, anthropologist James Frazer suggested the belief was common to "savage and barbarous society. " But, in a study published Monday in the journal PNAS, Yale University researchers argue that such magical thinking is alive and well here in the United States. To prove their hypothesis, study authors analyzed several high-profile celebrity auctions: the estate of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Onassis; the estate of actress Marilyn Monroe and the estate of convicted swindler Bernard Madoff and his wife Ruth Madoff.
NEWS
March 2, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Movie stars, television actors, rock singers, fashion models and professional athletes are just like you and me. They want to take their families and friends to Disneyland for a day of fun. But that's not always as easy when you're better known than Mickey Mouse. Photos : See celebrities at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure To avoid hassles from overzealous fans and the ever-present paparazzi, celebrities trade front-of-the-line VIP treatment from the Anaheim theme park for a few snapshots on Disneyland rides and with Disney characters that show up in celebrity magazines and on entertainment shows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Drawn by the seclusion and high-performing schools, actors, athletes and other A-listers have flocked to Calabasas and surrounding communities over the years. The city of 23,000 is built for privacy, far beyond the reach of any celebrity tour bus and unplotted by most star maps. About 40% of the homes are hidden behind guarded gates, and the priciest are protected behind a second set of gates opened only by car-mounted transponder. Regular residents and their celebrity neighbors, for the most part, have coexisted in peace - that is, until Justin Bieber came to town last year.
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March 29, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Wearing a dark blue traditional Iranian garment, Roxanna Ameri followed the rhythm of the music as she marched with others outfitted in festive shades of red, green and purple. Ameri, 18, was among hundreds of Iranians who flocked to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last weekend for the sixth annual Iranian New Year celebration, hosted by the Farhang Foundation, a nonprofit that celebrates Iranian art and culture in Southern California. March 20 commemorates both the first day of spring and the Iranian holiday Nowruz, which translates to "new day. " The holiday, which ends Sunday in the U.S. and on Tuesday in Iran, is a time for Iranians across the globe to gather with family and friends to celebrate spring and the rebirth of nature.
NEWS
March 29, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Following Thursday's official opening night for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, the cast took the opportunity to unwind at a party in their honor at the nearby South Coast Plaza. The scene: Surrounded by upscale jewelers and boutiques near the shopping center's Jewel Court, Quattro Caffé served up salmon-topped salads, three-cheese ravioli and raspberry cocktails and desserts at stations, while servers passed hors d'oeuvres.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2014 | By David Colker
Former Los Angeles Times reporter Ruth Ryon, who created the highly popular and enduring Hot Property column on celebrity real estate, died Friday at a hospice facility in Redondo Beach. She was 69. The cause was complications of Parkinson's disease, said her husband, George Ryon. For Angelenos, some of whom visit homes for sale even if they're not looking to buy, Ryon's column quickly became a guilty-pleasure must-read. The first column, which appeared Nov. 25, 1984, led with Johnny Carson buying a house in Malibu for $9.5 million, at the time the most ever paid in that area for a single-family home.
OPINION
March 27, 2014
Re “Welcome, Professor Bieber,” Opinion, March 25 Fortunately (or unfortunately) we live in a time and place of almost unlimited choices as to what we ingest in both mind and body. We have access to junk food and healthful food, Internet garbage and Internet gems, TV treasures and TV trash. “Reality” and “entertainment” shows fuel our fascination with stardom and almost anyone who is in the public eye. Our obsession with fame has no doubt contributed to the rise in narcissism (think Lance Armstrong and Lindsey Lohan)
IMAGE
March 24, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Today it's rare to see a piece of celebrity-worn apparel - on screen or off - that can't be identified and even purchased with a few mouse clicks. From politician Sarah Palin's eyeglass frames (Kawasaki 704s) to film protagonist Jay Gatsby's bow tie (Brooks Bros.), the power of the Internet has made the world one great, big clickable catalog. But what if the jacket you covet was the one Amelia Earhart was wearing on her 1932 solo flight across the Atlantic? Or the dress of your dreams was last seen on Josephine Baker in a 1940 wartime photograph?
NEWS
March 21, 2014 | By Stacey Leasca
What's it like to stare down a 78-foot wave? It's really no big deal. Or so big-wave legend Garrett McNamara claims. “I got desensitized by riding so many big waves that I don't really get a rush anymore,” McNamara said with a laugh, adding, “I'm hoping I get the rush someday when I find a big enough wave.” It's hard to tell if he's kidding because McNamara has ridden many of the world's largest waves. So many that it's hard to keep track of all his record-setting rides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
For months, the story had intrigued Hollywood: Email accounts of celebrities were being hacked, and the perpetrator's motive remained a mystery. Some figured the hacker was planning to blackmail his victims. Others thought he might be trying to sell compromising information to the highest bidder. After a yearlong investigation, FBI officials Wednesday identified the man they said had broken into the email accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and several dozen others.
HEALTH
June 14, 2010 | By Marni Jameson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Want to look and feel younger? Click on Dr. Oz's website. Seeking an alternative treatment to what ails you? Visit Andrew Weil's daily blog. Aren't sure whether it's OK to spank your kid? Ask Dr. Phil. Society has revered famous physicians for years, swallowing their directives like vitamins. Dr. Benjamin Spock helped parents raise a generation. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop pushed the nation to kick, or at least curb, its smoking habit. Ruth Westheimer, a.k.a. "Dr. Ruth," encouraged us to talk about sex without squirming.
NEWS
March 17, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
L'Wren Scott, a towering 6-foot-4 fashion figure who started modeling in her teens, styled many of Hollywood's leading ladies for the red carpet and went on to create her own high-end clothing line that's been worn by everyone from Nicole Kidman to First Lady Michelle Obama, was found dead in her New York apartment Monday, her publicist said. She was in her late 40s. New York police officials told the Los Angeles Times that an investigation into Scott's death was ongoing. Scott was romantically linked to Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and helped style the band's stage looks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks in conjunction with Pershing Square will host a St. Patrick's Day celebration that will include a parade and concert. Organizers are expecting about 5,000 people to attend Monday's public event, which will also include food trucks and a beer garden. The event will begin with the launch of a parade at 5 th and Hill Streets, which will include L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge , the L.A. Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums band and 32 uniformed police officers from Berlin, Germany.
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