July 16, 2000
Thank you for remembering Juanita Moore and for the update on her career ("A Hard Lesson From Hollywood's Past," by Eric Harrison, July 9). "Imitation of Life" is a must-see despite the transparent performances of Lana Turner and Sandra Dee. Moore carries the film. I challenge anyone not to cry, nay, bawl, for her character in that film. It is a travesty that she didn't make more films, but I am glad, at least, to hear that she is back and doing well. I hope she realizes that she has affected lives along the way. DONNA PIERSON Long Beach What kind of patronizing, insulting terminology is "moon-pie face" anyway?
March 1, 1992 |
The old joke about hometowns is that they're nice places to be from . But some people actually have fond memories of their native cities. For instance: Richard Tyler, fashion designer, Los Angeles. Hometown: Melbourne, Australia. "My parents are what I most love about my hometown. But Melbourne itself was great to grow up in because it's a cultural and fashionable city. I did hate the weather, though: It rained a lot."
October 21, 1985 |
With professional black theater so scarce in Los Angeles (indeed everywhere), even a two-performance revival of James Baldwin's creaky "The Amen Corner" by the Cambridge Players had to be welcome news. True, it was never a great play, but the Broadway version originated in Los Angeles in 1964 in a wildly successful production staged by the late Frank Silvera. Beah Richards rose to stardom in its central role and almost single-handedly carried the play's success on Broadway.
August 16, 2005 |
Authorities offered a reward of up to $25,000 and established a tip line in an attempt to solve the slayings of two Florida civil rights pioneers whose home was blown up on Christmas night in 1951. The investigation into the deaths of Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore has been revived periodically, most recently by Atty. Gen. Charlie Crist.
January 31, 2011 |
In an interview with the L.A. Times 20 years ago, Sidney Poitier, the first African American superstar and the first to win the lead actor Oscar (for 1963's "Lilies of the Field") discussed the extreme prejudice and hardships faced by African American performers in the 1920s, '30s and '40s. "The guys who were forerunners to me, like Canada Lee, Rex Ingram, Clarence Muse and women like Hattie McDaniel, Louise Beavers and Juanita Moore, they were terribly boxed in," Poitier said then.
July 20, 1995
In the news: Comedy writer Paul Ryan, on Serbs saying they'll kill U.N. peacekeepers if NATO uses airstrikes and Bosnians threatening to use them as human shields if NATO doesn't: "The only way out is the Clinton Solution: Promise both, do neither." Cutler Daily Scoop, on Republicans demanding to know how White House personnel could initially miss finding the torn-up suicide note of Clinton aide Vince Foster: "Easy.