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October 27, 1999 | GLENN LOVELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Outraged friends and colleagues are rallying to the defense of late '50s screen hunk Jeff Chandler to offset damage done to his reputation by Esther William's racy bestselling autobiography, "The Million Dollar Mermaid." According to Williams, who began a love affair with Chandler during the shooting of "Raw Wind in Eden" in 1956, Chandler was "happy and secure only in women's clothing." Cross-dressing, she writes, gave the actor a sexual thrill.
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October 8, 2008 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
Walking across the parking lot of a Hollywood diner, Roderick Poole was on his way to dinner with his wife on Mother's Day when a car backed out of a parking space and bumped into a restaurant worker standing nearby. "Watch it!" Poole called out. The vehicle's driver apologized to the worker but exchanged angry words with Poole.
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July 15, 1990 | STEVE WICK, Steve Wick is a bureau chief with Newsday and spent three years researching "Bad Company." A member of Newsday's 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team, he lives on Long Island, N.Y., with his wife and three children.
After Roy Radin's disappearance, film producer Bob Evans, believing he was Jacob's next target, traveled to Las Vegas to seek help from two friends who he thought were connected to the Mob, as author Steve Wick reports in this excerpt from the book "Bad Company: Drugs, Hollywood and the Cotton Club Murder."
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September 27, 2008 | Audrey Davidow, Special to The Times
IT'S HARDLY the vision of classic loft living. No funky freight elevators, no heroic climbs. No industrial neighbors and no industrial-strength rodents. The Broadway Hollywood, a 1927 department store tower revamped into 96 loft-style condominiums, has taken the concept and given it some L.A. sparkle. Call it loft-living lite: fitness center, valet, even cabanas for lounging by the rooftop pool. The black-and-white checkerboard floor in the lobby seems primed for Fred and Ginger.
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April 22, 1990 | Jack Mathews, This article was written by Times film editor Jack Mathews from reporting by himself, Elaine Dutka and Nina J. Easton.
* A film producer sends 10 copies of a script to 10 different directors, attaching notes to each one saying, "You're my first choice." An ethical lapse? Ten little white lies? Or business as usual? * A major studio agrees to a star's salary demand, but insists on paying some of it "on the side" so the true amount won't be used by agents of other actors as leverage in future negotiations. Deceit? Or just a savvy competitive dodge?
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July 13, 1990 | STEVE WICK, Steve Wick is a bureau chief with Newsday and spent three years researching "Bad Company." A member of Newsday's 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team, he lives on Long Island, N.Y., with his wife and three children.
The prospect of a partnership between Roy Radin and producer Bob Evans enraged the woman who introduced them. Laney Jacobs wanted in on the deal to produce "The Cotton Club," which she felt she had put together. She also accused Radin of having knowledge of a $1-million cocaine theft from her garage, where she stored the powder before distribution.
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July 12, 1990 | STEVE WICK, Steve Wick is a bureau chief with Newsday and spent three years researching "Bad Company." A member of Newsday's 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team, he lives on Long Island, N.Y., with his wife and three children.
After Playboy centerfold Melonie Haller was assaulted at Roy Radin's Southampton, N.Y., beachfront home, Radin moved to the West Coast in hopes of starting over. There he met Karen (Laney) Jacobs, an aspiring producer who offered to introduce him to a man who could make his dream of a Cotton Club musical a reality.
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June 24, 2007 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
Decades before Paris Hilton and voracious media hordes anxiously awaited her release from County Jail, aspiring crooner Bing Crosby was quietly jailed with nary a mention in the newspapers. And after he became a star, his arrest and court records just as quietly vanished. Crosby, then 27, crashed his car in front of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in November 1929 after a night of drinking. This was during Prohibition, when liquor was illegal.
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February 12, 2004 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Antoine Eugene Miller, part of the mob that attacked trucker Reginald Denny in the first hours of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, died a week after being shot during an altercation outside a Hollywood nightclub, police said. Miller was shot at 2:40 a.m. Super Bowl Sunday in a parking lot across from a nightclub in the 1600 block of Schrader Boulevard, said Los Angeles Police Department homicide Det. Mike Thrasher.
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May 8, 1988 | MICHAEL CIEPLY
Once upon a time in Hollywood----three or four years ago, actually--a ferocious band of movie makers called the Independents came out of Nowhere to take the town by storm. Talk about chutzpah! For eons and eons, Hollywood--the movie capital, where the River of Bankability flowed with glitz and celluloid--had been ruled by the Major Studios. All was calm in the land between the Sea of Red Ink and the Ocean of Profit. According to legend, there were seven fearsome Majors. Or maybe there were 10.
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April 28, 2008 | From Times staff and wire reports
The popular restaurant Off Vine was badly damaged by a fire late Sunday afternoon. The California cuisine eatery, on Leland Way near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street, was in a 100-year-old house that was converted to a restaurant in 1989. No injuries were reported in the blaze, which was reported at 5:20 p.m. and extinguished in about half an hour, fire officials said. The cause remains under investigation.
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February 17, 2008 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
There's the Hollywood sign everyone knows -- white letters 50 feet high, recognized the world over as the landmark of Tinseltown. And then there's the other Hollywood sign, the hidden one, whose red neon letters were once as familiar as the larger sign just across the canyon. The sign that read "Outpost" in neon letters 30 feet high was, like the original "Hollywoodland" sign, raised up to publicize a new housing development, Hillside Homes of Happiness.
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January 1, 2008 | Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writer
Late nearly every night, Vicki Kipper says, she hears the roar of drivers racing outside her Highland Avenue home, occasionally punctuated by the crunch of a speeding car tearing the side mirror off a parked car. "You hear them before you see them," said Kipper, who has lived on Highland for 26 years. "We also hear cars getting hit all the time out here."
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December 31, 2007 | Tiffany Hsu
A passenger who suffered third-degree burns in a crash early Saturday died of his injuries Sunday morning, police said. He was in an Infiniti struck by a speeding car. The driver of the Infiniti died Saturday at the crash site on Sunset Boulevard and Highland Avenue, said Sgt. Ron Alberca of the Los Angeles Police Department. Police have not released the names of the two victims. On Saturday, police arrested Carlos Steven John, 21, of Los Angeles on suspicion of murder.
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December 27, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein
Police are seeking the public's help in the case of a 15-year-old who was fatally shot Monday. Diego Cruz, a Los Angeles resident, was shot in the 5600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, police said. He was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. -- -- Andrew Blankstein
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December 6, 2007 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A charter bus bound for a taping of the "Dr. Phil" show crashed Wednesday morning in Hollywood, authorities said. The bus struck a car before crashing through a wrought iron fence and striking two trees at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, church officials said. Nobody suffered serious injury in the crash, although 19 people were taken to the hospital, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
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August 22, 1992 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In May, 1943, a young red-haired, freckled-faced woman walked into the office of Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper and said she had a story to tell. It involved one of America's most beloved comedians, a secret love affair and, she said, a child that was on the way. In the weeks that followed, Joan Berry's accusations against Charlie Chaplin--the legendary "Little Tramp" of silent films--would explode into one of Hollywood's biggest scandals. Chaplin would issue statements to the press.
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January 18, 1998 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hollywood, which gave Southern California its glamorous image around the world, is rapidly moving from supporting player to star of the region's economy on the strength of exploding global demand for its movies, TV shows and new entertainment technologies.
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November 26, 2007 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
For Michelle Sawers, the bottom line Sunday night was that no matter what, she and her family got to watch a holiday parade along Hollywood Boulevard. "It's a family tradition," said Sawers, who was surrounded by her four young children and her father near North Cherokee Avenue. "It's on the agenda every year. It's the kickoff to our Christmas season."
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October 18, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A woman jumped from the balcony of her burning fourth-floor apartment Wednesday afternoon, suffering multiple injuries after hitting the concrete four stories below. Officials said the woman was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and that none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. Inspector Frank Garrido of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said she suffered possible fractures to her right leg and pelvis, along with cuts to her forehead and face.
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