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December 18, 2009 |
Jennifer Jones, the actress who won an Academy Award for her luminous performance in the 1943 film "The Song of Bernadette" and who was married to two legendary men -- producer David O. Selznick and industrialist and art collector Norton Simon -- has died. She was 90. Jones died Thursday of natural causes at her home in Malibu, according to Leslie C. Denk, a spokeswoman for the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Jones had an influential role at the art museum, becoming chairwoman of the Norton Simon Foundation Board after her husband's death in 1993 and overseeing a $3-million renovation of the museum's interior and gardens that was completed in 1999.
December 16, 1985 |
In case you missed "The Herdsman" when it was shown as part of UCLA's Xie Jin retrospective, you have another chance to see this outstanding film by China's greatest director when it screens tonight at the Nuart as part of its Monday evening Chinese Film Series. Once again Xie displays his special gift at bringing intimacy and grace to the epic form.
September 16, 1988
Movies If fantasy-adventure fans don't get a charge out of "Batteries Not Included" (MCA, $89.95, PG), at least it might help keep them occupied until "E.T." arrives Oct. 27. Like "Cocoon," "Batteries" concerns elderly humans who have a run-in with beings from outer space. "Presented" but not directed by Steven Spielberg (who did direct "E.T.," just to confuse you), "Batteries" stars Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn.
September 18, 1994 |
This witty and stylish Carol Reed-Graham Greene 1949 film noir is set in seedy postwar Vienna and stars Joseph Cotten as a brash, naive American ensnared by danger and intrigue. With Aliva Valli, Trevor Howard, Anton Karas' famous zither score--and, of course, Orson Welles (pictured) as the slippery Harry Lime (A&E Sunday at 8 a.m., Monday at 1 a.m.). Other four-star films airing this week: North by Northwest TNT, Monday, 7 p.m. High Noon TBS, Tuesday, 9:05 p.m.
November 23, 1995
Leonardo Bercovici, 87, veteran screenwriter and educator who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. Bercovici, who worked for the film division of the Office of War Information during World War II, testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1951. He denied that he was a Communist, but refused to state whether he had ever been involved in the party. He lost his U.S. passport, regaining it in 1956, and moved to Europe for several years.