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September 12, 2013 | By Robert Abele
  The Vietnam-era Southern family saga "Jayne Mansfield's Car," Billy Bob Thornton's first directorial outing in more than a decade, is old-fashioned big-cast melodrama, treated by its director as if it were a nostalgic heirloom. Written with Thornton's "One False Move" co-writer Tom Epperson, the movie even gets away with its classicist vibe for a good while too. Robert Duvall plays an small-town Alabama patriarch with three middle-aged sons (zoned-out loner Thornton, hard-headed Robert Patrick, anti-war hippie Kevin Bacon)
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April 11, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Since his star-making turn nearly two decades ago as the mentally challenged Karl Childers in "Sling Blade," Billy Bob Thornton has been known for what may best be described as playing expressive eccentrics. There was a bad Santa, an astronaut farmer and a taciturn barber so lacking in human connection that the movie about him was titled "The Man Who Wasn't There. " In FX's highly touted new series "Fargo," Thornton adds to that oddball gallery when he plays a drifter named Lorne Malvo.
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April 11, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Since his star-making turn nearly two decades ago as the mentally challenged Karl Childers in "Sling Blade," Billy Bob Thornton has been known for what may best be described as playing expressive eccentrics. There was a bad Santa, an astronaut farmer and a taciturn barber so lacking in human connection that the movie about him was titled "The Man Who Wasn't There. " In FX's highly touted new series "Fargo," Thornton adds to that oddball gallery when he plays a drifter named Lorne Malvo.
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September 12, 2013 | By Robert Abele
  The Vietnam-era Southern family saga "Jayne Mansfield's Car," Billy Bob Thornton's first directorial outing in more than a decade, is old-fashioned big-cast melodrama, treated by its director as if it were a nostalgic heirloom. Written with Thornton's "One False Move" co-writer Tom Epperson, the movie even gets away with its classicist vibe for a good while too. Robert Duvall plays an small-town Alabama patriarch with three middle-aged sons (zoned-out loner Thornton, hard-headed Robert Patrick, anti-war hippie Kevin Bacon)
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April 25, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
For decades, Mike Silverman touted himself as "the Realtor to the stars," drawing swoons from the news media here and abroad both for his movie-star clientele and his movie-star looks. In his case, the nickname wasn't just a publicist's creation but a reflection of star-studded fact. He had catered to a seemingly endless string of A-list celebrities that started, according to Silverman, when he sold Frank Sinatra's house to Cary Grant. Silverman, who retired in 2001, died April 17 of congestive heart failure at his vacation home in Bellingham, Wash.
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September 4, 1991 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Drive-In Out: New Jersey's last drive-in theater will have its last picture show tonight. The Route 35 Drive-In in Hazlet Township near Atlantic City will soon be turned into a shopping center that will include a 12-screen theater. The drive-in's last presentations will be films from its early days: "The Girl Can't Help It," 1956, starring Jayne Mansfield, Fats Domino, Little Richard and the Platters, and "The Fly," 1958, starring Vincent Price.
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April 26, 1995
May Mann, syndicated Hollywood columnist and biographer who interviewed and wrote about stars for several decades. Her books included "Elvis and the Colonel," "Jayne Mansfield" and "My Friend Clark" (on actor Clark Gable). She was syndicated to 400 newspapers by King Features, Faucett Publications and General Features. She also wrote for the New York Herald-Tribune before it folded.
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November 13, 1997
Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery, the final resting place of Rudolph Valentino, Tyrone Power and Jayne Mansfield, was auctioned off in bankruptcy court Wednesday for $275,000. Buck Kamphausen, a Vallejo businessman who owns a chain of Northern California cemeteries and mortuaries, was the top bidder for the bankrupt 62-acre property off Santa Monica Boulevard behind Paramount Studios.
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May 5, 1991 | IRV LETOFSKY
Actress Loni Anderson, who has made a blond career for herself, knows something about playing movie blondes. She did a Jayne Mansfield biofilm for CBS in 1980, and for Thelma Todd she studied some of her movies and talked with people who remembered her. "I wanted to know how talented she was--and she was quite talented," Anderson said. "Jayne Mansfield was not a very good actress but incredibly good at instigating publicity.
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April 25, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
For decades, Mike Silverman touted himself as "the Realtor to the stars," drawing swoons from the news media here and abroad both for his movie-star clientele and his movie-star looks. In his case, the nickname wasn't just a publicist's creation but a reflection of star-studded fact. He had catered to a seemingly endless string of A-list celebrities that started, according to Silverman, when he sold Frank Sinatra's house to Cary Grant. Silverman, who retired in 2001, died April 17 of congestive heart failure at his vacation home in Bellingham, Wash.
NEWS
April 26, 1995
May Mann, syndicated Hollywood columnist and biographer who interviewed and wrote about stars for several decades. Her books included "Elvis and the Colonel," "Jayne Mansfield" and "My Friend Clark" (on actor Clark Gable). She was syndicated to 400 newspapers by King Features, Faucett Publications and General Features. She also wrote for the New York Herald-Tribune before it folded.
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September 4, 1991 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Drive-In Out: New Jersey's last drive-in theater will have its last picture show tonight. The Route 35 Drive-In in Hazlet Township near Atlantic City will soon be turned into a shopping center that will include a 12-screen theater. The drive-in's last presentations will be films from its early days: "The Girl Can't Help It," 1956, starring Jayne Mansfield, Fats Domino, Little Richard and the Platters, and "The Fly," 1958, starring Vincent Price.
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November 27, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
William Read Woodfield, 73, producer and writer on television's "Mission: Impossible" and a photographer of such celebrities as Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, died Saturday at UCLA Medical Center of a heart attack. Woodfield's first professional photo assignment was a picture of Elizabeth Taylor. His pictures of Jayne Mansfield for Playboy sold more than 1 million copies.
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March 28, 2001
Rick Spalla, 77, producer of travel series, commercials and segments for television specials. A native of Sandusky, Ohio, Spalla attended Ohio State University where he was a featured singer in its choral groups. After serving in Army Air Force Special Services during World War II, he moved to Hollywood to sing and work as a film extra. He completed his education at USC and moved into production.
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