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January 30, 2011 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
The 1961 building in Beverly Hills that once housed the Friars Club, where Jack Benny, Gary Cooper and other Hollywood kingpins engaged in cheeky character assassinations at lavish, alcohol-soaked dinners, is being razed. Demolition of the building at 9900 Santa Monica Boulevard began last week and is expected to take just a few days. The structure housed the West Coast branch of the private entertainers club until 2007, when the New York Friars prevailed in a lawsuit that forced the Beverly Hills group to change its name.
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June 13, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Tom Cruise was given the Friars Clubs' fourth Entertainment Icon Award on Tuesday in Manhattan, putting him in an elite group rounded out by Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra. And while wife Katie Holmes was off working in China, Cruise didn't go stag. Rather, 6-year-old daughter Suri Cruise was his date, pretty in pink with coloring books in tow, Us Weekly said . "Rock of Ages"costar Alec Baldwin presented the award at the R-rated event (Suri, cover your ears!
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1997 | DADE HAYES
A Woodland Hills man charged with swindling fellow Friars Club members out of at least $500,000 surrendered to authorities Friday and pleaded not guilty to eight counts of grand theft, a prosecutor said. Joel Burakoff, a 56-year-old former member of the prominent Beverly Hills social club's board of directors, is accused of enticing wealthy members to put money into Univest Home Loan Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2011 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
The 1961 building in Beverly Hills that once housed the Friars Club, where Jack Benny, Gary Cooper and other Hollywood kingpins engaged in cheeky character assassinations at lavish, alcohol-soaked dinners, is being razed. Demolition of the building at 9900 Santa Monica Boulevard began last week and is expected to take just a few days. The structure housed the West Coast branch of the private entertainers club until 2007, when the New York Friars prevailed in a lawsuit that forced the Beverly Hills group to change its name.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1997
A Woodland Hills man who stole from friends and fellow members of the Friars Club in a multimillion-dollar investment swindle was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison, but remained free for now. Joel Burakoff, 57, who in May admitted in Los Angeles County Superior Court that he stole from clients in a scheme that triggered the 1995 collapse of Gardena-based Univest Home Loan, still faces a federal inquiry of the scandal. Superior Court Judge Terry A. Green stayed the sentence for 90 days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1996
Joel Burakoff, who allegedly defrauded fellow members of the Friars Club in a multimillion-dollar investment swindle, was charged Monday with eight counts of grand theft, culminating a yearlong investigation, authorities said. Burakoff, 56, a former member of the prominent Beverly Hills social club's board of directors, is accused of abusing his position to recruit wealthy victims who put money into Univest Home Loan.
NEWS
June 19, 1994
The Friars Club plans to bestow its Lifetime Achievement Award on Charlton Heston, it was announced last week. The award will be made at a Friars Club dinner July 29 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The event, to be emceed by Steve Allen, will feature Heston's former co-stars and appearances by comics who will reflect on the veteran actor's accomplishments. Heston has starred in more than 50 motion pictures, including "Ben Hur," for which he won a Best Actor Oscar in 1959.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Bernard "Buddy" Arnold, 88, a key writer for Milton Berle for half a century, died Wednesday at Indian River Memorial Hospital in Vero Beach, Fla., of unspecified causes. He had suffered from Parkinson's disease. Arnold moved to Florida from Los Angeles three years ago. Born in New York City where he attended what was then City College of New York, he served in the Army during World War II. He began writing for variety shows in New York after the war, and soon was introduced to Berle.
NEWS
October 24, 1985 | Jody Jacobs
"A legend in our time." That's what the Friars Club calls Gene Kelly, that all-around, splendid talent. To back up those words the Friars are giving Kelly their Lifetime Achievement Award at a resplendent black-tie affair Nov. 9 at the Beverly Hilton. The award is no small token of recognition. In past years it has gone to such worthies as Lucille Ball, James Stewart, Sammy Davis Jr., Red Buttons, Marvin Davis and Milton Berle.
NEWS
July 16, 1995 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Did you hear the one about the Friars Club, home away from home for comedians and other wise guys? They're having a face-lift. Not the members--the building! (Though with some of those guys, it wouldn't hurt.) The three-story building has more cracks in it than George Burns has wrinkles! Take the steam bath--please! And the card room--with all those cigars going, it smells as bad as these jokes. But seriously, folks, enough with the wisecracks already.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2010
Dr. Luke isn't Dr. Death Despite the fact that his songs are superficial, soulless and sorely lacking in actual songcraft, Dr. Luke is nevertheless not "ruining music" ["Doctoring the Charts," Aug. 15]. I am pleased he has created a canon that my two tween kids can claim, generation-wise, as their own. That being said, in 10, 20, 30 years — when my son and daughter will be living in college dorms, getting married and throwing their own dinner parties — I can almost guarantee they will be cueing up Jimi Hendrix and Frank Sinatra, not Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson, and Dr. Luke will have long since taken his rightful place a small footnote in pop music history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Bernard "Buddy" Arnold, 88, a key writer for Milton Berle for half a century, died Wednesday at Indian River Memorial Hospital in Vero Beach, Fla., of unspecified causes. He had suffered from Parkinson's disease. Arnold moved to Florida from Los Angeles three years ago. Born in New York City where he attended what was then City College of New York, he served in the Army during World War II. He began writing for variety shows in New York after the war, and soon was introduced to Berle.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2000 | STEVEN LINAN
PEOPLE Reiner's Night: A funny thing is happening to writer-director Carl Reiner: He'll be honored next Saturday by the Friars Club in Beverly Hills. Larry King will serve as master of ceremonies for the tribute featuring Hal Linden, Dick Van Dyke, Larry Gelbart, Hal Kanter, Sid Caesar and Fyvush Finkel. "Carl has had an extensive and impressive history in the entertainment industry, and he deserves a very special night of his own.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 1999 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Aren't you staying for the orgy? --Lot to Noah in NBC's "Noah's Ark" Noah and his ark have been a hot ticket for ages, from the Old Testament to John Huston in "The Bible" to a CBS special in 1993 that was exposed as hoax when a piece of wood identified on the program as a chunk of the famous boat turned out to be contemporary pine treated to look like the real thing.
SPORTS
July 22, 1998 | BILL DWYRE, TIMES SPORTS EDITOR
It won't be any fun breaking bread around the Friars' Club for a while. They'll be missing Harry Ornest, who died Tuesday. The Friars was Ornest's front porch; the world of sports was his living room. He was a man who grew up in Edmonton, started a vending machine business in Western Canada while he worked as a referee in the NHL, and eventually gathered the wherewithal to own one of the teams he once officiated and the building it played in when he bought the St. Louis Blues.
MAGAZINE
March 22, 1998 | RJ SMITH, RJ Smith last wrote for the magazine about Charlie Haden
In a counter top in Mike De Luca's office, a toy Darth Vader stands sentry. Push a button at Darth's feet and an imperial fanfare blasts, followed by the whoosh of light sabers in flight. Finally, Vader issues a harsh judgment. "Most impressive--but you are not a Jedi yet." What do you have to do to get respect in this town? For Hollywood's junior Jedis, young men in their late 20s and early 30s, these are complicated times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1997 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Woodland Hills man who ripped off friends and fellow members of the Friars Club in a multimillion-dollar investment swindle was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison, but he remains free for now. Joel Burakoff, 57, who in May admitted in Los Angeles County Superior Court that he stole from clients in a scheme that triggered the 1995 collapse of Gardena-based Univest Home Loan, still faces a federal investigation of the scandal. Superior Court Judge Terry A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1995 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State and local authorities are investigating an alleged multimillion-dollar investment swindle whose victims include members of the Friars Club. The probe of Univest Home Loan Inc., a Gardena-based firm that uses funds of private investors to finance real estate loans, was triggered by complaints from some clients that their money was stolen.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 1997 | Donald Liebenson, Donald Liebenson is an occasional contributor to Calendar
In "Mr. Saturday Night," Buddy Young Jr., the iconic comedian portrayed by Billy Crystal, is skeptical of the young apprentice agent played by Helen Hunt, who has been assigned to him. After she fails a barrage of questions about classic comedians such as the Ritz Brothers, he summarily dismisses her.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1997
A Woodland Hills man who stole from friends and fellow members of the Friars Club in a multimillion-dollar investment swindle was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison, but remained free for now. Joel Burakoff, 57, who in May admitted in Los Angeles County Superior Court that he stole from clients in a scheme that triggered the 1995 collapse of Gardena-based Univest Home Loan, still faces a federal inquiry of the scandal. Superior Court Judge Terry A. Green stayed the sentence for 90 days.
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