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June 5, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
A different set of "Golden Girls" sprints into action this week, as the newest offering by Louise Page ("Salonika") opens Friday on South Coast Repertory's Mainstage. "It's about a British women's track team," said actress Margaret Marx, who plays one of the runners. "They've been running freely, without corporate sponsorship. Then they get the sponsorship-- which doesn't corrupt their integrity, but it does influence it.
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SPORTS
August 2, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
LONDON -- When Kayla Harrison won the women's 78-kilogram title Thursday, she gave the U.S. its first Olympic gold medal in judo. And if the sport's leaders are hoping to use that victory to popularize judo in the U.S., they couldn't have picked a better spokeswoman than Harrison, a likable, enthusiastic and media-savvy 22-year-old with an inspirational personal story she's not afraid to share. "Kayla is the individual that you can cheer for at any time," says Eddie Liddie, a bronze medalist in judo at the 1984 Games and now the director of high performance for U.S. Judo.
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NEWS
September 17, 1985 | Associated Press
Hoping to be this year's "Cosby Show," "The Golden Girls," NBC's geriatric comedy, got a head start on the 1985-86 season and raced to the top of last week's A.C. Nielsen rankings, finishing with the highest ratings for any premiere program in two years. "Golden Girls," lavishly praised by TV critics and advertising agencies, had a 25 rating and 43 share, according to Nielsen figures released today. The new show led NBC to its 16th victory, including one tie, in 17 weeks. NBC averaged a 14.
SPORTS
June 20, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
EUGENE, Ore. -- After Joanna Hayes tore her patellar tendon at the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials and couldn't defend the 100-meter hurdles gold medal she had won at the Athens Games, she figured her athletic career was over. She rehabbed slowly, well enough to run alongside the kids she coaches at Studio City Harvard-Westlake but with no goal other than to live a “normal” life. Giving birth to her daughter, Zoe, in December 2010 seemed to cement her retirement. But then her knee stopped hurting during her cross-country runs with the Harvard-Westlake kids, and her boyfriend, Eric Thomas, triggered her competitive instincts by suggesting she could probably still compete on an elite level.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 1991
TV or not TV. . . . GOLDEN GIRL: Without Susan Harris, it is safe to say, NBC would be in a pickle. She created two series, "The Golden Girls" and "Empty Nest," that have helped keep the network atop the ratings. And this weekend, another of her sitcom creations, "Nurses," which is set in a hospital, joins the two established hits in its debut--giving her three NBC series each Saturday. That alone makes her a major TV power broker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1999 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's Friday at the Orange County assessor's public counter. Amid cabinets, piles of property rolls on hard copy as well as those stored on computer disks sits Evelyn Throneberry. The legend. At 81, Throneberry is the oldest person in the assessor's office and a proud member of the "Golden Girls," a pool of 18 retirees who are paid to answer the public's questions part-time by telephone.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 1996
Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty, former stars of "The Golden Girls," reunite on the March 12 episode of NBC's "The John Larroquette Show." The plot, however, revolves around a spoof of "Sunset Blvd.," with Larroquette the writer who winds up face down in a swimming pool.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 1988 | JAN HERMAN, Times Staff Writer
Nobody can accuse David Chambers of false enthusiasm. "Theater bores me," the 43-year-old director said. "I rarely go. It's more fun to make than watch." Such candor, delivered with a cool smile, would be less striking if he were not in the midst of previews for the American premiere of Louise Page's "Golden Girls," which opens tonight at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. The play has nothing to do with the TV sitcom of the same name. It is about a British women's track team.
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June 4, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Rue McClanahan, an actress best known for her Emmy-winning role as the sassy, man-crazy Southern belle Blanche Devereaux on the hit TV series "The Golden Girls," has died. She was 76. McClanahan died early Thursday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital of a brain hemorrhage, according to her manager, Barbara Lawrence. FOR THE RECORD: Rue McClanahan: The headline with the news obituary of actress Rue McClanahan in Friday's LATExtra section gave her year of birth as 1933. As the article noted, she was born in 1934.
SPORTS
February 15, 1992 | MIKE DOWNEY
A baseball person would call her a pepper pot. Or a little scrapper. Girls like her often get branded for life as "perky," remembered even in womanhood not so much for being queen of the prom but as the one who was just as happy putting up the decorations. Bonnie Blair, our girl of winter, our Greatest American Woman Winter Olympian Ever, has that quality.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Harold Gould, a veteran character actor who played con man Kid Twist in the 1973 movie "The Sting," Valerie Harper's father on TV's "Rhoda" and Betty White's boyfriend on "The Golden Girls," has died. He was 86. Gould, who also was known for his stage work, died Saturday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement community in Woodland Hills of prostate cancer that had metastasized, said Leah Gould, his daughter-in-law. A former university drama teacher who launched his career in front of the camera in the early '60s, Gould appeared in movies such as "Harper," the 1974 remake of "The Front Page," "Love and Death," "Silent Movie," "Freaky Friday" and "Patch Adams.
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June 4, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Rue McClanahan, an actress best known for her Emmy-winning role as the sassy, man-crazy Southern belle Blanche Devereaux on the hit TV series "The Golden Girls," has died. She was 76. McClanahan died early Thursday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital of a brain hemorrhage, according to her manager, Barbara Lawrence. FOR THE RECORD: Rue McClanahan: The headline with the news obituary of actress Rue McClanahan in Friday's LATExtra section gave her year of birth as 1933. As the article noted, she was born in 1934.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2010 | By T.L. Stanley
In the space of one recent week, Betty White hopped in the shower with Hugh Jackman on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," watched a Chippendales dancer gyrate for her on "Ellen" and told Larry King she didn't know the meaning of the word "retirement." The string of TV appearances came on the heels of a Super Bowl commercial for Snickers that went not only viral but global; a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award; a starring role in a new TV Land sitcom; and a Facebook campaign, 500,000 fans strong, that paved the way for her first hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2009 | SUSAN KING
One of the episodes on the "Best of Password" DVD set features panelist Betty White and host Allen Ludden acting as starry-eyed as teen loves Bella and Edward. The original installment aired in the early summer of 1963, right after the two had gotten married. White and Ludden glowed with excitement as they discussed their upcoming engagements in summer stock theater. A warm smile flashes across White's face at the mention of the episode during a recent chat at her Brentwood home.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2009 | Richard Verrier
One of Hollywood's largest prop shops is closing, the latest sign that the falloff in local film and TV production is taking its toll on small businesses that serve the entertainment industry. 20th Century Props of North Hollywood said Thursday that it would shut its doors next month because of mounting business losses. The prop shop, which supplied the chandeliers in the blockbuster "Titanic" and futuristic furniture in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," has been a fixture for two decades.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2009 | CHARLES McNULTY, THEATER CRITIC
"God will get you for that, Walter." Nobody could do more with these words than Beatrice Arthur as Maude Findlay on the marital warpath. She could slingshot them in fury or release them in a chilling deadpan, but however she delivered them you could be sure they'd hit their mark with a prizefighter's pop. All the tributes that will be lavished on Arthur, who died Saturday at 86, will extol her impeccable comic timing.
NEWS
May 25, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Emmy-winning "The Golden Girls" star Rue McClanahan now has her own fashion and accessories line designed to appeal to seasoned citizens and women of all shapes and sizes. "Over the years I've received hundreds of letters from people asking me where I buy my clothes," she explains. "Until now, they couldn't be found anywhere. Each piece was individually tailored for me."
NEWS
September 22, 1986 | LEE MARGULIES, Times Staff Writer
Six women from two breakthrough television series teamed up to storm the 38th annual Emmy Awards on Sunday as "Cagney & Lacey" was named best drama series for the second year in a row and "The Golden Girls" was honored as best comedy series. The four Emmys for the first-year "Golden Girls" series helped propel NBC to a major victory in the ceremonies honoring the top nighttime programs of the 1985-86 season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2009 | Claudia Luther
Beatrice Arthur, best known as the acerbic Maude Findlay on Norman Lear's sitcom "Maude" and as the strong-willed Dorothy Zbornak on the long-running "The Golden Girls," died Saturday. She was 86. Arthur, a stage-trained actress who was a success on Broadway long before television audiences got to know her, died of cancer at her Los Angeles home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2008 | Claudia Luther, Special to The Times
Estelle Getty, whose acting career bloomed late in life with her Emmy-winning performance as Sophia Petrillo, the wisecracking mother of Bea Arthur's character on the popular NBC sitcom "The Golden Girls," died Tuesday. She was 84. Getty, who also won notice for her performance on Broadway as Harvey Fierstein's mother in "Torch Song Trilogy," died at her home in Hollywood, said her friend and caretaker, Paul Chapdelaine.
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