CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2010 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2010 |
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.
April 12, 2010 |
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."
June 17, 2009 |
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.
June 12, 2009 |
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.
April 27, 2009 |
"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.