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March 5, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
John Belushi can be remembered in many ways, a number of them unflattering. It was 30 years ago Monday that the comedian was found dead in Bungalow No. 3 of the Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard. He died of accidental drug overdose, the combined injection of cocaine and heroin called a speedball. Catherine Evelyn Smith, described variously as a groupie, backup singer and -- at the time -- drug dealer , was with him in his final hours and, later, in a National Enquirer story headlined “I Killed John Belushi,” she talked of injecting the comedian with drugs.
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December 6, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
It's debatable whether the best love stories are also the "weirdest," as Emile Hirsch's character declares in "Twice Born. " But they do require chemistry, the missing piece in his pairing with Penélope Cruz. Set in Sarajevo before, during and many years after the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, the drama is undone by hyperventilating poetics and a busy time-hopping structure. The usually subtle Hirsch flounders as American photographer Diego, who falls hard for older Italian graduate student Gemma (Cruz)
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April 2, 2004 | William Wan, Times Staff Writer
Capping a 10-year quest by his family, the late comedian John Belushi was honored Thursday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in an April Fools' Day ceremony that was part memorial, part comedy routine. There were enough comedians to make an army laugh, ranging from Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase to Belushi's brother, Jim. But along with the one-liners, the guests also offered tearful memories of Belushi, who died of a drug overdose in 1982. "It's sweet and sour ...
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July 20, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Decades after writer-director Nelson Lyon released the X-rated sex comedy "The Telephone Book" in 1971, the film was hailed as a neglected masterpiece. By then Lyons was a former "Saturday Night Live" writer long known for a darker connection: He went on a drug-fueled binge with John Belushi during the comedian's final days in 1982. "He was blamed for Belushi's death, and it ruined his career," said Dennis Perrin, author of "Mr. Mike," a 1999 biography of former "Saturday Night Live" head writer Michael O'Donoghue, who had been Lyon's writing partner.
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January 24, 1998 | ANN W. O'NEILL and VALERIE BURGHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
"John Belushi's ghost is coming," a student whispered, creating a noisy buzz among her classmates as they gathered for assembly Friday at Hollywood High School. A dark-haired woman, once one of the most notorious people in Los Angeles, began her spiel: "It was March 5, 1982, when I got into a world of trouble. John Belushi was found dead at the Chateau Marmont, and how I got there was by a long circuitous route. "I had been a walking dead person. I don't want that to happen . . .
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June 11, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Trumpet player Alan Rubin was recruited to join the Blues Brothers after backing up John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in the "Saturday Night Live" television skits that spawned the band in the late 1970s. One of many gifted session musicians in the group, Rubin became known for his movie portrayal of head waiter Mr. Fabulous in 1980's "The Blues Brothers" and a 1998 sequel. Rubin died Wednesday of lung cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, said his wife, Mary Moreno Rubin.
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March 7, 2011 | Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
James Nelson, a longtime Los Angeles Municipal Court judge whose career included high-profile preliminary hearings involving Richard Ramirez, the serial killer known as the Night Stalker, and Cathy Evelyn Smith, who was charged in the death of comic John Belushi, has died. He was 83. Nelson died Feb. 26 in his sleep after a family gathering at his home in Pasadena, said his wife, Dorothy, a senior judge on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He had a stroke and underwent bypass surgery a couple years ago. In 1985, Nelson ruled that Smith must stand trial on a second-degree murder charge in the 1982 drug overdose death of Belushi, the former "Saturday Night Live" star.
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July 20, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Decades after writer-director Nelson Lyon released the X-rated sex comedy "The Telephone Book" in 1971, the film was hailed as a neglected masterpiece. By then Lyons was a former "Saturday Night Live" writer long known for a darker connection: He went on a drug-fueled binge with John Belushi during the comedian's final days in 1982. "He was blamed for Belushi's death, and it ruined his career," said Dennis Perrin, author of "Mr. Mike," a 1999 biography of former "Saturday Night Live" head writer Michael O'Donoghue, who had been Lyon's writing partner.
NEWS
September 12, 1985 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
Comedian John Belushi's 1982 drug overdose death could have been caused by something other than a hypodermic injection administered by Cathy Evelyn Smith, the Los Angeles County coroner indicated in testimony Wednesday. Fatal amounts of cocaine and morphine found in Belushi's blood after he died could have been inhaled or eaten as well as injected, said Dr. Ronald Kornblum, the county's acting chief medical examiner.
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December 23, 1989
Agnes Belushi, 64, mother of actors John and Jim Belushi. She and her husband, Adam, raised their four children in Wheaton, Ill., where Belushi owned a restaurant and Mrs. Belushi worked in a pharmacy. John Belushi, who died of a drug overdose in 1982, bought a house for his parents in California after his fame grew from appearances on television's "Saturday Night Live" and in films. The couple lived there for a short time before returning to Illinois. On Thursday in Addison, Ill., of cancer.
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March 5, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
John Belushi can be remembered in many ways, a number of them unflattering. It was 30 years ago Monday that the comedian was found dead in Bungalow No. 3 of the Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard. He died of accidental drug overdose, the combined injection of cocaine and heroin called a speedball. Catherine Evelyn Smith, described variously as a groupie, backup singer and -- at the time -- drug dealer , was with him in his final hours and, later, in a National Enquirer story headlined “I Killed John Belushi,” she talked of injecting the comedian with drugs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Trumpet player Alan Rubin was recruited to join the Blues Brothers after backing up John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in the "Saturday Night Live" television skits that spawned the band in the late 1970s. One of many gifted session musicians in the group, Rubin became known for his movie portrayal of head waiter Mr. Fabulous in 1980's "The Blues Brothers" and a 1998 sequel. Rubin died Wednesday of lung cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, said his wife, Mary Moreno Rubin.
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March 7, 2011 | Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
James Nelson, a longtime Los Angeles Municipal Court judge whose career included high-profile preliminary hearings involving Richard Ramirez, the serial killer known as the Night Stalker, and Cathy Evelyn Smith, who was charged in the death of comic John Belushi, has died. He was 83. Nelson died Feb. 26 in his sleep after a family gathering at his home in Pasadena, said his wife, Dorothy, a senior judge on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He had a stroke and underwent bypass surgery a couple years ago. In 1985, Nelson ruled that Smith must stand trial on a second-degree murder charge in the 1982 drug overdose death of Belushi, the former "Saturday Night Live" star.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2004 | William Wan, Times Staff Writer
Capping a 10-year quest by his family, the late comedian John Belushi was honored Thursday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in an April Fools' Day ceremony that was part memorial, part comedy routine. There were enough comedians to make an army laugh, ranging from Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase to Belushi's brother, Jim. But along with the one-liners, the guests also offered tearful memories of Belushi, who died of a drug overdose in 1982. "It's sweet and sour ...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1998 | ANN W. O'NEILL and VALERIE BURGHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
"John Belushi's ghost is coming," a student whispered, creating a noisy buzz among her classmates as they gathered for assembly Friday at Hollywood High School. A dark-haired woman, once one of the most notorious people in Los Angeles, began her spiel: "It was March 5, 1982, when I got into a world of trouble. John Belushi was found dead at the Chateau Marmont, and how I got there was by a long circuitous route. "I had been a walking dead person. I don't want that to happen . . .
NEWS
April 23, 1985
Journalist Bob Woodward, who wrote a biography of John Belushi, may not be subpoenaed to appear at a hearing for the woman charged with the actor's murder, Superior Court Judge Joseph Hannon ruled in Washington, D.C. Lawyers representing Cathy Evelyn Smith, 38, had obtained a certificate from a Los Angeles Superior Court judge asking a District of Columbia court to compel Woodward to appear at the May 7 preliminary hearing in Los Angeles.
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June 10, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Blues Brothers' suits brought $12,000 and a red satin jacket with "John" embroidered on it fetched $1,400 at the John Belushi Memorial Auction in Chicago. "We're thrilled," said the comedian's widow, Judy Jacklin Belushi, who donated all the items in the sale, which raised more than $100,000 for a fund for aspiring actors founded in the comedian's name.
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December 10, 1992 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Anyone who was fortunate enough--or unfortunate enough, as the case may be--to have been at the Goleta Valley Community Theater nearly a decade ago couldn't possibly have forgotten the show that was going on in the audience as well as on stage.
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