December 26, 2011 |
Donna Reed was more than just a TV mom to actress Shelley Fabares. Fabares played Reed's teenage daughter, Mary Stone, on the well-loved 1958-66 ABC family sitcom "The Donna Reed Show," which revolved around Donna Stone (Reed), the wife of handsome pediatrician Dr. Alex Stone (Carl Betz), and mother to Mary and energetic younger son Jeff (Paul Petersen) "She definitely became my second mother," said Fabares, 67, who left the series in 1963. "She was a role model and remains so to this day. I still periodically hear her voice in my head when I am making a decision about doing something, I hear her urging me on to make the stronger decision of the two. I just adored her. " Petersen echoes her sentiments.
May 30, 2011
Though the majority of combat films made during World War II were propaganda dramas and action-adventures, a few service comedies managed to sneak into the mix. One of the most popular comedies, 1944's "See Here, Private Hargrove" just arrived on Warner Archive for Memorial Day. Based on journalist Marion Hargrove's bestselling memoir of his days in boot camp, the film made a star out of Robert Walker, who received acclaim as the baby-faced Hargrove....
June 3, 2007 |
It's not easy being a pass-through state, with no dells or dunes, no arch or Ozarks. That's why small towns with big water towers across Iowa celebrate the long dead or the long in the tooth, in hopes that someone from elsewhere will come to join the celebration. In the pleasant town of Winterset, locals organized a bash last weekend marking the 100th birthday of the famous American celluloid tough guy, John Wayne, who was born here on May 26, 1907, and left at age 3.
June 7, 1998
Thank you for the excellent article on John Leguizamo ("Just Try to Shut Him Up," by Patrick Pacheco, May 31). Loved his short-lived TV show ("House of Buggin' ") and love him. Most people in America did not grow up in a "Donna Reed/Father Knows Best" household. To be able to laugh and learn from any negative experience instead of becoming bitter and hateful is what makes Leguizamo a young man with a lot to offer all people, not just Latinos. Insulting? Come on, mi gente. Let's loosen up a little and enjoy this incredible talent.
July 28, 1996 |
Shelley Fabares is a rarity in Hollywood: a popular child star who has continued working as an adult actress, currently as co-star of ABC's "Coach." Though most viewers know the young Fabares as the wholesome Mary on the classic sitcom "The Donna Reed Show," she actually began acting at the ripe old age of 3 in such TV series as "Captain Midnight" and "Annie Oakley."
July 14, 1995 |
This is the CD equivalent of a Christmas stocking stuffer--a novelty collection whose entire appeal rests in its campy theme. Includes various pop hits, from Johnny Mathis' "Chances Are" to Bobby Vinton's "Blue Velvet," that recall the innocence of '50s and '60s TV sitcoms. Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (e x cellent).