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April 7, 2007
IF rich Russians want to pay Nikas Safronov big bucks for new portraits in old styles ["Stars in His Eyes," by Jeffrey Fleishman, March 31], that's their privilege, but shouldn't The Times, rather than report this as something new under the sun, provide some perspective? Back in the '30s, quirky Hollywood artist John Decker painted the Marx Brothers in the styles of Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Gainsborough. What's more, anonymous studio craftsmen since the dawn of movies have been executing such portraits to provide gags and plot points for the flicks.
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May 15, 1988 | MARC RIC, Associated Press
Margaret Mitchell called it "The Dump." And in its current state, the apartment where she wrote much of "Gone With The Wind" shows the effects of care by those who, frankly, couldn't give a damn. The three-story brick-and-stucco building sits in the middle of a muddy lot in mid-town Atlanta. Its windows are broken or boarded, its roof is sunken and torn, its walls are sooty.
NEWS
January 18, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
THE oldest item in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' new exhibition, "The Peregrinations & Pettifoggery of W.C. Fields," is a small theatrical datebook from 1898 filled with browning newspaper clippings about the then 18-year-old comic's juggling routines and play dates that year.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2005 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
On Bundy Drive just north of Sunset Boulevard, in the leafy, hillside section of Brentwood, a postage stamp-sized Tudor-style lodge lurks unobtrusively behind a row of hedges. In a block of rebuilt insta-mansions and multimillion-dollar homes, there is little about this low-key cabin to suggest that it was, at the height of Hollywood's Golden Age, headquarters to a clan of the movie industry's most famous names and its most celebrated group of over-the-hill scalawags.
NEWS
March 31, 1995 | RIP RENSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In youth I wassailed neighb'ring pubs, but now reflect on friends gone by. --From "In Repose" by Will Fowler * I went to visit a waning landmark the other day, in the company of a living landmark. It's an elegant way to witness history. The landmark I visited was Chasen's restaurant in West Hollywood. The landmark that took me there was 72-year-old Will Fowler. Chasen's, of course, is one of the last of the great old L.A. celebrity restaurants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1997 | SCOTT STEEPLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Paul Smith said he would pay about $15 per year. John Decker would make it an even $500. Mary King doesn't know how much she would pay to keep police officers on the street in Simi Valley, but said there are days when no amount of money is enough for the job they do.
BUSINESS
September 8, 1999
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NEWS
February 20, 1988
Winners of the 20th annual Orange County Academic Decathlon were announced Thursday night in an awards ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel. The following list is of the winning high school teams and individuals, both overall and in the individual events. Each of the decathlon's categories had a possible total of 1,000 points. A team's two highest scores on each competition level were added to determine the team's total.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2003 | Alex Pham, Times Staff Writer
Fearing a delay in the business-spending recovery, investors sent Oracle Corp.'s shares lower Friday after the database giant posted an unexpected dip in sales of new software licenses. The Redwood City, Calif., company said sales of new licenses -- an indicator of corporations' willingness to spend -- dropped 7% in its fiscal first quarter, which ended Aug. 31. Total revenue grew an anemic 2% to $2.07 billion, from $2.03 billion a year earlier.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 2000 | By KARIN LIPSON,
When he went to see Oscar de la Hoya fight at Madison Square Garden last month, Jimmy Smits admitted he was more animated than he's ever been at a boxing match. "I'm saying, 'His right hand is down, you got to jab, you got to jab!' " the actor recalled recently with a smile, over a lunch of chicken noodle soup and bottled water in a Manhattan hotel. "We were fairly close, and a couple of people turned around.
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