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November 27, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
To organize his research on the Watts riots, journalist Robert E. Conot sketched out the hour-by-hour progress of events in 1965 on a 25-foot-long stretch of paper, then dressed the diagram in the exhaustive detail for which he became known. The timeline helped him write "Rivers of Blood, Years of Darkness," a 1967 study of the smoldering unrest behind the riots. Based on his eyewitness account and extensive interviews, the book was called "brilliant" by Times reviewers. In 1969, one of them wrote: "With honesty and soul," he revealed the "real, ordinary" people of the "ghetto.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2001 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jean-Pierre Aumont, the suave, debonair actor whose seven-decade career on American and continental stage, screen and television ranged from "Lili" with Leslie Caron to Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" to the 1998 television miniseries "The Count of Monte Cristo," has died. He was 90. Aumont died Tuesday in his home in Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera.
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November 7, 2002 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Vinnette Carroll, Broadway's first black woman director, died Tuesday in Lauderhill, Fla. Carroll, who brought African American-oriented musical theater to a wider public in the 1970s, had suffered a stroke last year and had symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, though the exact cause of death was not announced. She was 80.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 1997
1967: The Taper opens with John Whiting's "The Devils." The season includes Friedrich Durrenmatt's "The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi" and premieres of Romulus Linney's "The Sorrows of Frederick" and Oliver Hailey's "Who's Happy Now?" The experimental series New Theatre for Now begins. 1968: The U.S. premiere of Heinar Kipphardt's "In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer" addresses nuclear issues in the pre-SALT era and becomes the first Taper export to New York. Premieres of A.R. Gurney Jr.'
NEWS
April 5, 1993 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eugenie Leontovich, stage and film actress, writer, director and acting teacher, has died in New York City at 93. Noted for her Broadway roles in "Grand Hotel" and "Anastasia," Miss Leontovich died Friday at a nursing home in Manhattan of cardiac arrest and pneumonia. Her best-known film role was probably that of the Maharani in "The Rains of Ranchipur" with Richard Burton and Lana Turner in 1955.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 1985 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer and
The American Cinematheque and UCLA Film Archives' introductory week of "50 Years of Film From the Museum of Modern Art" tonight at 8 will present at the Doolittle (formerly Huntington Hartford) two of the 12 one-hour documentaries Joris Ivens made in China in 1972-73 as the Cultural Revolution was coming to its conclusion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
James Crosby, who parlayed a small paint company into the major gaming corporation that launched gambling in Atlantic City nearly eight years ago, has died at age 58. Crosby, board chairman of Resorts International, died Thursday at New York University Hospital in New York City after respiratory surgery. He had suffered from chronic emphysema for many years. On May 26, 1978, Resorts International opened the city's first gaming hall, at the time the only legal American casino outside Nevada.
NEWS
October 8, 1992 | RAY LOYND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
No one writes drawing room comedies anymore. They don't even build drawing rooms anymore. And they were hard to find even in 1958, when playwrights Cornelia Otis Skinner and Sam Taylor unveiled "The Pleasure of His Company," a work Noel Coward said he wished he had written himself.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 1986 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
High costs may be forcing the Music Center's Center Theatre Group and Gordon Davidson, artistic director of the CTG's Mark Taper Forum, to withdraw from their participation in the booking and management of the James A. Doolittle Theatre (formerly the Huntington Hartford). Unconfirmed reports indicate that unless a new arrangement can be struck or new sources of revenue found, Davidson and the CTG may have to pull out of the Doolittle operation in Hollywood after less than a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2003 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Paul Zindel, who turned tales of troubled teenagers into a Pulitzer Prize-winning play and a string of young adult novels, died Thursday of cancer in New York City. He was 66. Zindel's initial fame stemmed from "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds," a play about a sensitive girl, her epileptic sister and their bitter and controlling mother. The title refers to the girl's high school science experiment.
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