January 9, 2011 |
A verdant acre in the residential heart of Beverly Hills is the setting for a contemporary home with Old World flair designed by architect-to-the stars Harold "Hal" Levitt. Levitt's design combines modern elements such as geometric skylights, generous sheets of glass, touches of concrete and an open floor plan in reimagining a European villa. Levitt, who died in 2003, designed the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences building in Los Angeles.
December 27, 2011 |
The Northridge home originally built as a ranch and retreat by renowned Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parsons sold for $719,000. The two-story French Colonial, part of a 28-acre farm known as Marson Farms when it was constructed in 1937, sits on slightly more than half an acre. A sun porch-family room looks out on the backyard lawn, rose garden and swimming pool. The four-bedroom, 31/2 -bathroom main house features built-in cabinetry in the dining room, a wet bar opening to a den, a kitchen breakfast area and a butler's pantry.
September 5, 2009 |
An Australian newspaper mocked Russell Crowe for smoking and shoveling down a fatty meal during a recent bike ride, so the notoriously salty actor set out to prove he is still in gladiator shape -- by challenging the paper's gossip columnist to a duel by bicycle. In a story published Friday, the Daily Telegraph in Sydney said Crowe's spokesman called up gossip columnist Annette Sharp a day after the critical article appeared this week and said, "Get on your bike. Russell wants you to go riding with him. Are you ready to die?"
February 16, 1992
Bravo again to Howard Rosenberg for paying attention to what he sees and hears, and for pointing out the ludicrous appearance of (New York Post gossip columnist) Cindy Adams (Calendar, Jan. 29), on CNN's "Larry King Live" and also the disappearance of the old Larry King who used to take an aggressive approach to his guests rather than his current benign role as an observer and sometime sycophant. Artie Kane, Los Angeles
September 17, 1987 |
Of course, the gossip columnist for L'Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper, would be expected to cover the Pope's visit to Los Angeles. So it was not really much of a surprise when Father Guido Sarducci of "Saturday Night Live" fame showed up while Pope John Paul II spoke to students at the Universal Amphitheater on Tuesday. Actually, actor Don Novello said he was videotaping segments for a cable TV comedy special.
July 14, 1996 |
LEARNING TO DRIVE by William Norwich (Atlantic Monthly Press: $22, 214 pp.). What made "Bonfire of the Vanities" such a wonderful book was Tom Wolfe's ability to chronicle, through personal experience of New York City's myriad subcultures, the clash of divergent social groups. William Norwich, a Manhattan gossip columnist, tells of a similar collision in "Learning to Drive," but the novel is pale and skeletal compared to Wolfe's.