March 4, 2014 |
We were just settling in the other evening for some utterly inoffensive television viewing (reruns of "The Big Bang Theory," if memory serves) when our living room was invaded by a zombie. Yes, it was Audrey Hepburn, dead these 21 years, digitally dug up from the grave and reanimated to shill for Dove chocolates . You may already have seen this commercial, which began running on Oscars night and is now moving into wider rotation. (Check it out at the bottom of this post.) Dove and the commercial producers are inordinately proud of their achievement.
January 23, 2014 |
Donald and Nina Lewis spent $30,000 fixing up their retirement haven, an abandoned house they purchased in 2009 near Edwards Air Force Base. All seemed normal until a year ago, when a sheriff's deputy came knocking. He told them the home sale had been fraudulent and showed photos of a female suspect. The couple had never seen the woman, but they've spent each day since in fear of losing their house. "We have no idea what's going to happen," Lewis said. The couple is awaiting the outcome of a housing fraud investigation alleging the theft of at least 18 homes across California.
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December 22, 2013 |
When Edgar M. Bronfman Sr. heard that the pope had honored Kurt Waldheim, the Austrian president he had exposed as an ex-Nazi complicit in war crimes, he fired off a note to the Vatican. Pope John Paul II making Waldheim a papal knight was "like giving a rotten structure a fresh coat of paint," the billionaire head of the World Jewish Congress wrote with his customary directness. He received no reply to his 1987 letter - but the same blunt approach helped him persuade the Soviets to allow Jewish emigration and the Swiss to acknowledge that their banks had swallowed up the life savings deposited by Holocaust victims.
October 27, 2013 |
Question: Last year a reclusive relative, who owned and lived in a condominium, died. Still grieving over his death, the family tried to get organized in dealing with his belongings and the life he left behind. It was overwhelming, but his mortgage was paid off decades ago so our family assumed we didn't have to worry about the condominium because the bank couldn't take it. We learned too late, the reason he wasn't receiving any mail was someone with an illegible signature had put in a forwarding order sending his mail into the ether.
October 23, 2013 |
LONDON -- Prince George, heir to the British throne, was christened Wednesday in a private ceremony attended by four generations of the royal family and a small group of family and friends. The short private service for the 3-month-old prince was conducted in the 16th century St. James's Palace chapel by Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury. Queen Elizabeth II, looking like a delighted great-grandmother, was smiling and wearing a light blue ensemble with a wide-brimmed blue hat. She was accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip.
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October 14, 2013 |
Agent Roger Richman had a ton of celebrity clients - James Cagney, Mae West, Maria Callas, Albert Einstein, the Marx brothers, Sigmund Freud, Gypsy Rose Lee and W.C. Fields, to name a few. Contrary to expectations, none of them were overly demanding. "I don't have people calling me in the middle of the night saying there aren't enough red M&Ms in the Green Room," he told The Times in a 2001 interview. The reason was simple: By the time he began advocating for them, they were long dead.