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January 23, 2010 |
Jean Simmons, a radiant British actress who as a teenager appeared opposite Laurence Olivier in "Hamlet" and emerged a star whose career flourished in the 1950s and 1960s in such films as "Guys and Dolls, "Elmer Gantry" and "Spartacus," has died. She was 80. Simmons, who won an Emmy Award for her role in the 1980s miniseries "The Thorn Birds," died Friday evening at her home in Santa Monica, said Judy Page, her agent. She had lung cancer. "Jean Simmons' jaw-dropping beauty often obscured a formidable acting talent," Alan K. Rode, a writer and film historian, told The Times in an e-mail.
December 23, 1993 |
About 150 guys and dolls turned up for a cast party to celebrate the opening of "Guys and Dolls," the Tony Award-winning revival of the Broadway musical, at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. The post-performance gala, staged by the center's board of directors and underwritten by John and Donna Crean, was held Tuesday at Randell's jazz club in Santa Ana.
March 18, 2007 |
NOTHING could have kept William Shatner away from the 15th annual Night at Sardi's Benefit for the Alzheimer' Assn. Shatner presented an award to Wells Fargo exec Shelley Freeman. "When I was asked to present, I said, 'Wild horses could not keep me away. Domestic horses, burros, donkeys, zebras could not keep me away!' " But Shatner didn't join 6. Dick Van Dyke, 7. Eric McCormack, 8.
December 30, 2003 |
"Broadway lived within an exuberant whirl of energy," writes Jerome Charyn, chronicling the real-life figures of Manhattan's Jazz Age myth, "a signage that lit the night, and a social order that included apartment hotels and rooming houses, delicatessens and vaudeville palaces, nightclubs and cabarets, where one might meet struggling chorines, retired actresses coughing their lungs out in a room that faced a wall, Jack Johnson shadowboxing in some...
May 7, 2008 |
Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen's obscenity-laced blowup Sunday was nothing compared with the blowup some of his team members performed that day. The Chicago Sun Times reported that Major League Baseball is investigating the appropriateness of a locker room stunt in which White Sox players placed unclothed inflatable female dolls on couches and surrounded them with "strategically placed" bats in an effort to break a slump that has the team...
May 6, 1993 |
It's no coincidence that the two most accomplished productions in the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera's history--"42nd Street" and "Singin' in the Rain"--were the work of director/choreographer Jon Engstrom. Engstrom's flair for eye-popping production numbers set new quality standards for the civic light opera's shows. And true to form, Engstrom's gift for coaxing professional-caliber dancing out of amateur ensembles catapults "Guys and Dolls" to dazzling heights of showmanship.