August 26, 2009 |
Diane Baker's professional acting career began by her performing a scene from the 1955 James Dean movie "East of Eden." "I did the scene for three studios," says the vivacious 71-year-old. "That's all I ever did. I never went on an audition. I got offered contracts with CBS, Paramount and Fox. My agent came to me and said, 'You got offers from all three. Let's pick the best one.' It turned out to be Fox." Baker, who is celebrating her 50th year as an actress, has appeared in such classic films as "The Diary of Anne Frank," "Marnie" and the Oscar-winning best film "The Silence of the Lambs."
September 17, 2010 |
The flickering light of a dozen dripping candles illuminates magician Rob Zabrecky's gaunt visage and pronounced brow. Wearing an old-fashioned tuxedo, he resembles a cross between a 1920s vaudevillian and Lurch from "The Addams Family. " "Welcome to the most famous address in magic: Brookledge," he intones from the stage of an antique theater located behind a Spanish-style mansion in Hancock Park named Brookledge. It's a Friday night, and the 70 guests, all here by invitation, are insiders in the mysterious yet thriving world of illusion in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2000 |
Stepping into the middle of a dispute between a hillside developer and Pacific Palisades residents, Los Angeles officials have begun erecting a $150,000 safety fence between a cliff and nearby homes. Officials said Tuesday that they took the unusual step of hiring a private contractor to build the wall after developer Nasser Ahdoot failed to meet a deadline last week to construct it himself.
August 5, 1998 |
Eva Bartok, colorful Hungarian-born actress who made more than 40 films under several flags in the 1950s and 1960s, including "The Crimson Pirate" opposite Burt Lancaster, has died. She was 69. Bartok, almost as famous for her romantic liaisons as her acting, died Saturday in a London hospital. She reportedly had heart problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1992
I refer to your July 5 article "Memos Show Herschensohn Watergate Role." I was in daily touch with Bruce from August, 1973, through 1974 and I am perhaps in a better position to attest to his genuine qualities than the memos cited in the article, with which I take no issue. The memos reflect only the man's duties at the time, which are only in contradiction with a sterling character because of their proximity to the Watergate scandal. To believe Richard Nixon innocent does not disqualify Herschensohn from serving the good people of California in the U.S. Senate.
August 16, 1990 |
"The Crimson Pirate" is a spoof of all those pirate movies that had Errol Flynn leaping about and skewering evil Spanish dons and just generally being gallant as hell. This time it's Burt Lancaster who gets to swing on ropes, bounce off canopies and otherwise put his acrobatic skills to good use. He turns out to be a fine comic actor, and his pirates are just as funny: They say "arrrgh" a lot and tend to get their peg legs stuck in the grills over the hatches.
May 3, 1991 |
The Scene: The party Paramount Pictures and Turner Entertainment hosted at the studio's Stage 32 before the Wednesday night screening of RKO's "Citizen Kane." The black-and-white classic (to which Turner owns the U.S. rights) has been restored for theatrical re-release. It plays locally at the Nuart through Thursday.