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January 25, 1992 | From Associated Press
Gov. Bill Clinton left the Democratic presidential campaign trail Friday to be in Arkansas for the scheduled execution of a brain-damaged cop killer. Rickey Ray Rector, 40, was executed by injection Friday night. Earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court without dissent denied last-ditch appeals filed on Rector's behalf in state and federal courts. Clinton denied clemency to Rector on Thursday.
December 15, 1996 | Susan King
If you love "It's a Wonderful Life," you probably won't want to be without the golden-anniversary snow globe. To commemorate the film's 50th year, Republic Home Video has released three editions of the movie as well as a deluxe laserdisc. The uncut version, which includes special collector's cards, goes for $14.98. "The 50th Anniversary Edition" ($19.98) includes a "making of" featurette, the original trailer and an audiocassette of "It's a Wonderful Life: The Christmas Album."
August 28, 1999
"Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol," based on an "unauthorized biography," is a distorted exploitation of a family I love very much: Ricky Nelson, his brother and his mother and father ("Unbalanced Portrait of 'Teen Idol' Rick Nelson in VH1's Biopic," by Steve Hochman, Aug. 21). The Nelsons remain the most decent human beings I have ever known. Those of us who had the good fortune to have worked with them, as I did for five years on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," and to have known them personally know the truth.
May 29, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Paul Gleason, best known for playing the grumpy high school principal who presides over detention in the 1985 film "The Breakfast Club," has died. He was 67. Gleason died Saturday at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer linked to asbestos, said his daughter, Shannon Gleason-Grossman.
December 1, 1993 | KURT PITZER
Had her piano rendition of "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" been flawless, Carol Coombs Mueller might have disappointed her audience. Instead, each sour note was greeted with smiles and nods from entertainment industry retirees at the Motion Picture and Television Home, as they recalled images from Frank Capra's 1946 tear-jerker "It's a Wonderful Life."
Jimmy Hawkins probably knows as much as anybody alive about "It's a Wonderful Life," having recently established contact with most of the movie's surviving participants while researching an exhaustive trivia book about the 1946 classic. Larry Simms, on the other hand, doesn't much care for movies and may be the last man in America who has never even seen "It's a Wonderful Life," let alone wept copiously through it. These two wouldn't seem to have much in common.
Radio on television? What a concept. But that's exactly what turns up tonight in PBS' "Merry Christmas, George Bailey," a taping of a radio broadcast-style rendering of the classic holiday film "It's a Wonderful Life." Even in an industry prone to remakes, that's a mouthful, and one which somehow manages to chew every bit of sustenance out of the much-loved picture, from film to radio to live performance to tape to television.
March 30, 1987 | TOM FRIEND
Pitcher Eric Show, who ended last season on the disabled list with a sore elbow, will start the Padres' 1987 season opener in San Francisco, Manager Larry Bowa said Sunday. Bowa also announced the order of his starting rotation: Show, Ed Whitson, Andy Hawkins, Storm Davis and either Ed Wojna or Jimmy Jones. Hawkins will start the Padres' home opener April 13, also against San Francisco. On Thursday night, Show struck out nine Milwaukee Brewers in five innings, and that decided it.
June 14, 1990 | DAVID LUSTIG, Lustig is a regular contributor to Valley View.
Actress Kirstie Alley walks into the office of attorney Robert L. Diamond and can't resist pretending she's on horseback, galloping around and whinnying. A city attorney neighs and paws the floor each time he passes Diamond in the courtroom. And when Diamond approaches the bench during a trial, more than one judge has inquired about the health of his horse. One judge even asked about his dog. Excuse me, your honor. Wrong show.
December 7, 1997 | Elaine Dutka, Elaine Dutka is a Times staff writer
In the early 1970s, actor Jimmy Hawkins left a phone message with a New York agent. When the man's colleague, Mary Jo Slater, heard his name, she asked if he was the Jimmy Hawkins from her favorite film, "It's a Wonderful Life." None other, Hawkins replied--and the seeds of a 25-year friendship were sown. Slater, who later traded agenting for a Hollywood casting career, went on to produce a musical of the 1946 Frank Capra holiday classic.
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