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November 23, 1996 | BRETT ANTHONY COLLINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jim Wagner, a Burbank civic and business leader known for wearing red socks, has died. He was 57. Wagner suffered a fatal heart attack Nov. 19 after playing racquetball at the Burbank YMCA, according to his family. Born Oct. 17, 1939 in Chicago, Wagner earned a business degree from the University of Illinois. In 1959 he began a six-year stint in the U.S. Army, during which he married and moved to California.
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February 15, 2004 | Michelle Levander
Jimmy "Bubbles" Wagner is one of Hollywood's best known "baby wranglers." His knack for persuading babies to perform on-camera stunts earned him film credits on "Baby Geniuses," "Baby Geniuses II," "Baby's Day Out" and "George of the Jungle." Wagner's hidden talent came to light on the set of "Baby Boom" in the late 1980s, when he was working as a prop assistant. He managed to calm a hysterical baby using soap bubbles, now one of his trademark tools.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1994 | ROBERT LEVINE
Jimmy Wagner works with some of the most difficult actors in Hollywood. Prone to temper tantrums and even crying fits, they work only when the mood hits them and they can't be mollified with money or fame. Their attention spans are short, and they insist on sleeping in the middle of the day. Of course, Wagner has ways of controlling these actors, namely bubbles, toy whistles and a toy clown named JoJo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2000 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There are two Ernani Bernardis on this planet. One is a former Los Angeles city councilman shrunken and wizened by time, who holds onto the wall while he stands, speaks in a delayed whisper and looks every day of his 88 years. But there's another Bernardi who appears suspiciously akin to the ex-politico and shows up a couple times a month at Leon's Steak House in North Hollywood to blast big band music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2000 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Success hinged on Joelle Carreon's mood. And at the moment, the 15-month-old girl had a runny nose, cookie crumbs caked around her mouth and a scowl as fierce as a Santa Ana wind. Suddenly, with a slap of her chubby little hand, Joelle hurled her bowl of ravioli onto the floor of the Studio City home. And an already anxious crew of photographers, art directors, advertising people, stylists and assorted minions spun into a frenzy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2000 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Success hinged on Joelle Carreon's mood. And at the moment, the 15-month-old girl had a runny nose, cookie crumbs caked around her mouth and a scowl as fierce as a Santa Ana wind. Suddenly, with a slap of her chubby little hand, Joelle hurled her bowl of ravioli on the floor of the Studio City home. And an already-anxious crew of photographers, art directors, advertising staff, stylists and assorted minions spun into a frenzy.
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February 15, 2004 | Michelle Levander, Michelle Levander is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles.
I'm pawing through a wardrobe of matching caps and booties, jumpers and nightshirts to find outfits that will make my 2-month-old twin boys look more, well, infantile. This on the advice of their Hollywood manager, who counsels me to lie about their weight and to dress them to look younger. Hollywood is famously cruel about age and beauty, but things reach a whole new level when you are heading off to a baby casting call.
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