January 14, 2012 |
If you're lazily inclined to define Diane Keaton by the crossword-puzzle-sized word "actor," you need to get out more. Add to that her work as director and producer, photographer, restorer of venerable houses, board member of the Los Angeles Conservancy and, perhaps above all, as a daughter -- as revealed by her daughter-mother memoir "Then Again. " Little Diane once sat in a neighborhood theater on North Figueroa and watched her mother being crowned Mrs. Highland Park, and wished it were her up on stage instead.
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January 8, 2011 |
Sylvia Bursztyn, who parlayed her playful spirit and love of language into a 30-year career of creating devilishly clever Sunday crossword puzzles for the Los Angeles Times, has died. She was 62. Bursztyn was found dead at her Granada Hills home on Dec. 30. The Los Angeles County coroner ruled her death was from natural causes. Bursztyn collaborated with her puzzle partner Barry Tunick on The Times' word game from April 1980 until his death in 2007, then continued on her own. Their Puzzler first appeared in the Book Review, then moved to the Sunday magazine and finally landed in Sunday Calendar.
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January 7, 2010 |
Dan Naddor, a real estate broker who coped with cancer diagnosed five years ago by learning to construct crossword puzzles that were regularly published in the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers, died Dec. 28 in Newport Beach. He was 53. The cause was complications related to cancer, said his wife, Tracie. The pastime "definitely prolonged his life because he created a bond with a community of people who looked up to him," his wife said. "Everyone knew who he was in the puzzle world.
September 4, 2009 |
By the time the majestically unstable and unfunny "All About Steve" gets to a smudged, bleeding Sandra Bullock delivering a teary soliloquy next to a scared deaf girl in a mineshaft, you might assume a film this bonkers would head straight to the center of the Earth next. Or a moon made of cheese. Someplace woefully unreal, in other words. Hollywood movies preaching nonconformity are rarely a winning proposition, and "All About Steve" is no exception: an eat-your-cake-and-have-it-too exercise that razzes oddballs to no end before nearly martyring its off-kilter heroine to guilt-trip the audience.
June 7, 2009
Where is the Sunday crossword by Sylvia Bursztyn? Please tell me that you haven't eliminated her puzzles, which I have been following for over 20 years. Her puzzles, and those with the late Barry Tunick, are unique and the highlight of the Sunday L.A. Times for me. It was bad enough when you eliminated the stand-alone book section, but please don't touch Bursztyn's puzzles. Carol Perry Redondo Beach Editors' note: Bursztyn is taking some time off, and Merl Reagle is filling in.
May 17, 2009
Crossword puzzle: In the crossword in today's Arts & Books, the clue for 42 down is incorrectly numbered 43.