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December 16, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Jane Austen was born on this day in 1775. Happy 238th birthday, Jane Austen! Austen, of course, was the author of novels that have endured and delighted for centuries. Her biggest hits are "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma" and "Sense and Sensibility" -- lasting stories of young women coming of age in Edwardian England. Less well-known, but no less Austen-y, are "Mansfield Park," "Northanger Abbey" and "Persuasion. " Born into an affluent family, Austen had a comfortable upbringing not unlike her characters': She learned to play piano, visited friends, attended dances.
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March 28, 2014 | By Amy Helmes
Approaching self-declared spinsterhood, I blamed Jane Austen. Having read all her novels and watched achingly gorgeous film adaptations thereof, I would consider only men who epitomized one of those gallant and stouthearted Regency-era heroes (barring the breeches and riding jackets because, well, I had to be realistic). Yet here was the sad but universal truth: If Jane Austen couldn't find a suitable mate in her day and age - she never married - there was no way in hell I'd ever find my "Mr. Darcy" in L.A., of all places.
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February 9, 1996
With "Persuasion," "Pride and Prejudice," "Sense and Sensibility," our movies are becoming quite Austen- tatious. CLAIRE WEINBERG Granada Hills
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December 16, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Jane Austen was born on this day in 1775. Happy 238th birthday, Jane Austen! Austen, of course, was the author of novels that have endured and delighted for centuries. Her biggest hits are "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma" and "Sense and Sensibility" -- lasting stories of young women coming of age in Edwardian England. Less well-known, but no less Austen-y, are "Mansfield Park," "Northanger Abbey" and "Persuasion. " Born into an affluent family, Austen had a comfortable upbringing not unlike her characters': She learned to play piano, visited friends, attended dances.
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July 24, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the next face to grace the 10-pound note will be Jane Austen's, the Bank of England announced Wednesday. The author of the classic novels "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma" and "Sense and Sensibility" is expected to begin gracing British currency sometime in 2016. The new governor of the Bank of England said, “Jane Austen certainly merits a place in the select group of historical figures to appear on our banknotes. Her novels have an enduring and universal appeal and she is recognised as one of the greatest writers in English literature.
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August 13, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
Kelly Clarkson is currently out $235,000, is not able to take possession of the Jane Austen ring she bought last year, and faces British Austen fans who want to buy the ring back. Clarkson, an avowed Austen fan who has also purchased a first edition of the author's novel "Persuasion," set off a battle with her purchase at auction of Austen's gold and turquoise ring . The British government stepped in, declaring the object a national treasure and placing a temporary export ban on the item on Aug. 1, meaning it can't leave the country.
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May 22, 2007 | Lee Margulies
PBS announced with pride Monday that it has a prejudice for Jane Austen. The noncommercial network said that, beginning in January, it would turn over "Masterpiece Theatre" to a four-month marathon of works by the famed British author: Repeats of 1997's "Emma," with Kate Beckinsale, and 1996's "Pride and Prejudice," with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, and new productions of "Northanger Abbey," "Persuasion," "Mansfield Park" and "Sense and Sensibility."
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November 13, 1988 | MELINDA BERGMAN BURGENER, Burgener is a San Francisco free-lance writer and illustrator.
Thirteen years ago, in Paris, I went spiraling into a deep middle-class depression. I was recently divorced, my finances were a mess and the new true love of my life had just left me. He had toyed with the idea in 11 countries during a miserable marathon of a European tour on which we had mistakenly embarked. To top it off, I had forsaken my work for this travel adventure. My pockets were empty, my heart was broken and I was unconvinced I had a future.
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February 7, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Jane Austen has been dead for close to 200 years, but it's hard to imagine she's gotten much rest in her grave in Westminster Abbey, what with all the rewrites, updates and zombifications of her work. We get it: her books are much beloved, and readers enjoy encountering them again and again, and anew. Similarly, "Downton Abbey" has spread through the culture like well-attired kudzu. There are Downton books, Downton-esque fashions, and heaps of Downton-era stories of the upper-class and lower-class living in close proximity in the grand houses of England.
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December 5, 2013 | Matt Cooper
The Second City puts a twist on Dickens, the Troubies build a holiday show around one-hit wonders, and Impro Theatre is making it up as it goes along in "Jane Austen Unscripted. " The Gizmo Guys Comedy juggling act for ages 4 and up. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Today, 1 and 3:30 p.m. $8, $12. (562) 944-9801. Blue Suede Christmas A pair of Elvis impersonators perform classic hits and seasonal favorites. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos.
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September 30, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Why has Helen Fielding killed off the best guy ever? That guy, of course, is Mark Darcy, created by Helen Fielding (with a big boost from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"). In Fielding's bestselling novel "Bridget Jones's Diary," sparks flew between Bridget and Darcy. They managed to get together, finally, at the end of that book; its sequel, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,” ended with their engagement. And now Darcy is dead. That's the big news from excerpts of Fielding's new Bridget Jones novel, "Mad About the Boy" that appeared in the British Sunday Times Magazine this weekend.  "Mad About the Boy" debuts in the U.S. in October, 14 years since Jones' last appearance.
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September 24, 2013 | By Emily Keeler
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a pop star in possession of strong pipes must be in want of historical literary bling. But Kelly Clarkson, one-time "American Idol" winner and apparent Jane Austen fan, won't be wearing Austen's gold and turquoise ring after all. Clarkson purchased the ring for more than $243,000 at auction last year, outbidding the Jane Austen House Museum. The purchase of the historical artifact was permitted with a caveat. Ed Vaizey, Britain's culture minister, placed the ring under a provisional export bar until Sept.
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August 21, 2013 | By Susan King, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
It's been two decades since Groundlings alum Jennifer Coolidge got her first big break in "The Masseuse" episode of the NBC series "Seinfeld," as Jerry's new masseuse girlfriend who refuses to give him a massage. In the subsequent 20 years, the statuesque, 51-year-old actress has created a memorable gallery of no-holds-barred, outrageously funny ladies. Frat boys know her as Stifler's seductive mom who likes her scotch and men the same way - aged 18 years - in Paul and Chris Weitz's 1999 blockbuster "American Pie" and two of its sequels.
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August 15, 2013 | By Michael Phillips
Keri Russell, she of "Felicity" and "Waitress" and many others, is such a winning actress, even in a flat soda of a comedy like "Austenland," she's in there, doing all she can to carbonate things. Against type, she plays the insecure thirtysomething Jane, an utter freak for all things Jane Austen. Her "I HEART MR. DARCY" T-shirt says it all. Rashly, she blows her live savings on a getaway English vacation with a difference: The resort she chooses, run by a fearsome witch played by Jane Seymour, is a Club Med for the frills-and-bonnets set, designed to ravish the senses and satisfy the literary fantasies of female Austen fans from all over, allowing the guests to dress the part.
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August 13, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
Kelly Clarkson is currently out $235,000, is not able to take possession of the Jane Austen ring she bought last year, and faces British Austen fans who want to buy the ring back. Clarkson, an avowed Austen fan who has also purchased a first edition of the author's novel "Persuasion," set off a battle with her purchase at auction of Austen's gold and turquoise ring . The British government stepped in, declaring the object a national treasure and placing a temporary export ban on the item on Aug. 1, meaning it can't leave the country.
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August 13, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
The coming Carole King musical has found its star: Producers of "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical"  announced Monday that Tony nominee Jessie Mueller will play the singer/songwriter. The show is set to premiere at San Francisco's SHN Curran Theatre with a four-week run starting Sept. 24. "Beautiful" and Mueller will then transfer to Broadway, with previews starting Nov. 21 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre and an opening night set for Jan. 12. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The bio-musical about the Brooklyn girl turned chart topper features songs from King's catalog and a book by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Douglas McGrath ("Emma," "Bullets Over Broadway")
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August 13, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Kelly Clarkson is quite the Jane Austen fan. The pop star owns a first-edition of Austen's "Persuasion," and recently purchased the author's ring at auction for five times the estimated price. But the Jane Austen's House Museum in Hampshire doesn't want the relic to leave England and has launched a fund-raising campaign Friday to buy it. The English government put a temporary export ban on the sale through Sept. 30, a power it can use with items deemed national treasures, with hopes a British buyer would come forward.
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