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May 7, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
In his new autobiography, "My Happy Days in Hollywood," which he co-wrote with his daughter Lori, Garry Marshall recalls the time in his life when he wasn't very happy - producing the 1976-83 ABC comedy series "Laverne & Shirley. " "It was a tough show," recalled the gregarious Marshall with his trademark Bronx accent, in his memorabilia-filled office at his Falcon Theatre in Burbank. It was the opposite of the carefree set of "Happy Days," the ABC series about the Cunningham family and leather-jacket clad Fonzie (Henry Winkler)
March 14, 2014 | By Noelle Carter
It's Pi Day! While geekdom recognizes March 14 (3.14) as the unofficial glorious day symbolic of the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, we say, make a pie. We've compiled 52 of our favorite pie recipes -- everything from cream pies to berry pies to custard pies and more -- to help you out. That strawberry pie pictured above? You can find the recipe below. Happy Pi Day! RECIPES: 52 favorite pies from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen Strawberry pie Total time : 20 minutes, plus chilling time Servings: Makes 1 (9-inch)
May 7, 2012
Garry Marshall's touchstones: Joey Bishop The comedic member of the Rat Pack and host of "The Joey Bishop Show" was Marshall's mentor "Happy Days" The nostalgic ABC comedy series that made Henry Winkler a superstar aired from 1974 to 1984. "Pretty Woman" This iconic 1990 romantic comedy resurrected the career of Richard Gere and earned Julia Roberts an Oscar nomination.
March 14, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Friday is Pi Day -- the Greek letter that represents the mathematical number 3.14159 (etc.)-- a thoroughly American invention with more happening than you might think. The day may not merit a stop at the mall for a gift (unless you're buying something for someone who just got admitted to MIT , which sends out its college admission decisions on 3.14), but plenty of places in California are celebrating with pi worship, science puzzles, races and, of course, slices of pie (for the mathematically challenged or those who don't want to sit around calculating the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter )
January 2, 2009 | Mark Sachs
Scott Baio was a tender 15 when fame tapped him on the shoulder and changed his life forever. The TV show was "Happy Days," he played Chachi, and Joanie would eventually love him. America too. But he's a married father of 47 now and hosting a new VH1 show that ruminates on the whole young-fame thing: "Confessions of a Teen Idol," premiering at 8 p.m. Sunday.
August 19, 2005 | Don Shirley
The premiere of a stage musical version of "Happy Days" -- Garry Marshall's, not Samuel Beckett's -- has been scheduled for Marshall's Falcon Theatre in Burbank from Feb. 24 through March 12. Marshall wrote the book, adapted from his hit TV sitcom of the '70s, and will direct. Paul Williams, an Oscar winner for the lyrics of "Evergreen," wrote the score. * Don Shirley
The real happy days were before America discovered the Fonz. They were during the first season of Happy Days. Before the series became "The Fonzie Show," with these typical plot lines: Fonzie conquers Suicide Hill, Fonzie goes blind, Fonzie saves the world from nuclear destruction. Before the live studio audience went berserk whenever the Fonz (Henry Winkler) entered the set. And before "Aaaaay" became part of the language of TV watchers.
September 3, 2010 | By Fred Fox Jr., Special to the Los Angeles Times
In 1987, Jon Hein and his roommates at the University of Michigan were drinking beer and had Nick at Nite playing in the background. They started talking about classic TV shows when someone asked, "What was the precise moment you knew it was downhill for your favorite show?" One said it was when Vicki came on board "The Love Boat. " Another thought it was when the Great Gazoo appeared on "The Flintstones. " Sean Connolly offered, "That's easy: It was when Fonzie jumped the shark. " As Hein later recounted, there was silence in the room: "No explanation necessary, the phrase said it all. " Thus was born an expression that would quickly make its way into the pop culture mainstream, defined by Hein as "a moment.
March 3, 2012 | T.J. Simers
What a fine day. Hundreds of youngsters in new baseball jerseys and caps are stretched across the infield from third to first. Every kid should have such sweet memories of growing up. There are green and white balloons strung like a wreath above home plate, which has a new coat of white paint. They have already served almost 3,000 sausages and pancakes as part of the festivities, with not a gloomy or hungry soul in sight. A new load of brick dust has been spread across the field, which has been freshly chalked.
MARION ROSS, who co-stars as Shirley MacLaine's housekeeper and friend in the upcoming "Terms of Endearment" sequel, "Evening Star," has just moved back into her Woodland Hills home after completing seven months of repairs of damage caused by the Northridge earthquake.
February 12, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
For Valentine's Day, let's forget love's mysteries and get down to the biological basics that fire some of our fiercest emotions. Jane Austen once wrote: “You pierce my soul. I am half agony and half hope.” Here's why, Jane. Helen Fisher, biological anthropologist, has done extensive research on the topic. In an interview Tuesday with the L.A. Times, the author and Rutgers visiting professor described some of her findings -- culled from longtime married couples still “madly” in love, as well as from love's sad rejects.
January 24, 2014 | By Elena Howe
Comic actor Brad Garrett has been tapped by the Writers Guild of America, West to host the 2014 Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 1, and you can watch how he works the room with a live webcast of the ceremony along with pre-awards nominee interviews - from film and television -- starting at 5 p.m. PST at . While Garrett, best known for costarring on "Everybody Loves Raymond," skewers the best of Hollywood, the awards themselves...
June 21, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Enjoy the sunny rays Friday, the first day of summer, because this weekend may be slightly cooler and more cloudy, forecasters said. Friday will have the most hours of daylight of any day in the year. The summer solstice was marked at 10:04 p.m. Thursday in Los Angeles, when the sun was at its highest point in the northern hemisphere.  A low-pressure system is approaching the Los Angeles area from the northwest, which will lower temperatures slightly and create more clouds, said Scott Sukup, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
May 31, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Henry Winkler has managed to stay in the comedy zeitgeist for more than 40 years, from his star-shot to fame on "Happy Days" in 1974 to the fourth season of "Arrested Development" on Netflix. These days Winkler continues to make recurring appearances on the USA series "Royal Pains" and the Adult Swim series "Children's Hospital. " Additionally, he continues to publish children's books and act as a spokesman for issues as diverse as dyslexia and the use of therapeutic Botox in stroke victims.
May 12, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
When it comes to dreaming about a perfect Mother's Day, Los Angeles' top chefs turn out to be just like working moms everywhere -- sleep and perfectly behaved children are at the top of the list. Suzanne Goin is chef and owner at Lucques, AOC, Tavern and the Larders at the Tavern and on Burton Way. Married to Hungry Cat chef David Lentz, Goin has three kids - 4 1/2-year-old Charles and 6-year-old twins, Alexandra and Jack. What does she want for Mother's Day? Goin summed it up succinctly by email: “Sleep in, big breakfast, nap, massage, play with kids, dinner with David, sleep (did I mention sleep?
April 25, 2013 | By Michael Muskal and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
DALLAS -- Led by the only people who really understand what it means to sit in the Oval Office, the nation commemorated the presidential administration of George W. Bush on Thursday at the dedication of the library, museum and policy center that bears his name. In the bright Texas sunshine, President Obama led four former presidents and an estimated 8,000 people in attendance at Southern Methodist University, home of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. “This is a Texas-sized party,” Obama told the crowd that included foreign dignitaries, U.S. governors and about 2,500 alumni of the administration of the nation's 43rd president.
June 9, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Henry Winkler felt lost when he hung up his iconic leather jacket in 1984 after playing the super cool Fonzie for 11 seasons on ABC's nostalgic sitcom "Happy Days." "I didn't know what to do any more," admits the 64-year-old actor, producer, director and children's book writer. "I didn't have the drive that got me 'Happy Days' and gave me the ability to do it for 10 years. I don't know why. But I was rudderless at the time, which is psychically painful." So while he was finding his acting rudder, he produced such TV shows as "MacGyver" and "Mr. Sunshine" and directed such films as 1988's "Memories of Me," starring Billy Crystal.
February 1, 1996 | JIM MURRAY
When Magic Johnson first joined the Lakers, they were a dour lot, uncommunicative, uncooperative, joyless, not complaining exactly, but not much fun to be around. They seemed to approach their job with the attitude of a guy who came to fix a leak or run a lathe. A job. Not much more than that. A day at the drill press. Then Magic came. He brought a wide smile, a happy attitude. He was like Dorothy arriving in the land of Oz. A kid on his first merry-go-round.
April 22, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - Sucking on a cigarette and swigging from a bottle of spirits, the Virgin Mary isn't looking all that virginal in Colm Tóibín's defiantly strange, inescapably controversial and at moments intensely gripping dramatic experiment "The Testament of Mary. " If she seems distinctly Irish that is because the play, which had its Broadway opening Monday at the Walter Kerr Theatre, is being performed by the powerhouse Irish actress Fiona Shaw, known to many as Harry Potter's aunt but awarded an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her stage genius.
March 14, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Happy Pi Day!  March 14 -- a.k.a. 3.14 -- has become a day to appreciate the wonders of pi. This mathematical constant describes the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. It's also handy for calculating a circle's area, along with plenty of other uses in the fields of trigonometry, physics, statistics, cosmology and fluid dynamics, to name just a few.   Humans have been contemplating pi for nearly 4,000 years. The ancient Babylonians figured out that pi's value was roughly 3 as far back as 1900 BC. The ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes figured out that pi was slightly bigger than 22/7.
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