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August 17, 1990 | KATHRYN BOLD, Kathryn Bold is a regular contributor to Orange County View
Judy Barry cringes whenever she sees two women at an elegant black-tie affair wearing identical gowns. "I'm embarrassed for them," Barry says. "I've seen women seated at the same table in matching dresses." Barry is so determined to avoid a similar fate, she designs her own glamorous gowns, traveling to Hong Kong to oversee production of her sequined sheaths. Her friends, seeing Barry show up at galas in one slinky, sparkling dress after another, commissioned her to make gowns for themselves.
April 12, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Philomena Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.99 Available on VOD beginning April 15 One of last year's most heartening box-office success stories, this British melodrama had more financial success and drew more awards attention than one might've expected for a midbudget tear-jerker about a woman trying to find the son she was forced to give up in Ireland in the 1950s. Credit Judi Dench's lead performance as Philomena Lee, a proud woman who's spent decades dealing with the sense of shame she felt as a young unwed mother.
February 23, 1999
Re "Feud With Officer Pursued Online," Feb. 17: Judy Komaromi should be grateful that her 130-mph joy ride didn't result in death or injury, such as the tragic disfigurement suffered by Jung Won Ko, the innocent victim of another driver attempting to evade police (Feb. 16). Nowhere in the article or on her Web site does Komaromi sound the least bit concerned about anyone but herself. JOSEPH ANTCZAK Los Angeles
February 5, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - She was older than the woman in the pictures - 38 years older. And she was using a different name, with government documents as proof. But those eyes seemed to fit the 1976 mug shots, leaving San Diego police convinced they had found Judy Lynn Hayman, wanted by Michigan authorities for a 1977 prison escape. When police indicated that they were not buying her denial, Hayman confessed that she was the woman in the mug shots, police officials said Tuesday. Hayman, 60, is now in the women's jail in Santee awaiting an extradition hearing in San Diego County Superior Court.
August 10, 1991
I was so happy to read the article on the Hollywood Bowl and the rain factor ("Getting the Bowl Rolling," Calendar, July 9). I was one of the 18,000 Judy Garland fans enthralled with her concert who sat in a California rain for two hours Sept. 16, 1961. The article brought back memories of a miraculous night. First of all, Judy stood out the storm (couldn't she have gotten electrocuted or something?) and we, the audience, sat out the storm for her concert.
November 22, 1998
Re "Judy Lazar's Experience Is Irreplaceable," by Beverly Kelley, Nov. 15. When you agree with someone in public office, it is disappointing if that person fails to be reelected. Beverly Kelley's column clearly shows her agreement with Judy Lazar's policies. I'd like to present a rebuttal, based on disagreement with those policies. I believe that Lazar has been a brilliant propagandist, operating right next to Alex Fiore until he retired and then taking the center. I don't care how capable Lazar is; I think she has consistently applied her capabilities to the wrong purposes.
July 16, 2006
REGARDING the review of Barbara Cook's CD. No disrespect meant to her, but it said that it was the first time in the history of the Metropolitan Opera that a nonclassical female singer was invited to sing there ["Cook Has a Way With (Others') Words," July 9]. Judy Garland may not have been specifically invited by the Metropolitan Opera, but she performed at that opera house for 10 nights in May 1959. I was the assistant choreographer and a dancer in the show. Besides Judy, the show had Alan King, John Bubbles, 16 singers, 14 dancers and Gordon Jenkins conducting a full orchestra in the pit. One of the highlights of the show was our doing "Born in a Trunk" (from "A Star Is Born")
October 27, 1998 | AL MARTINEZ
Judy Hammontree is a slim, red-haired lady with eyes the color of emeralds and an outlook as bright as a day in spring. It's hard to believe she might be dying. "I won't stop fighting," she said to me one day across a bowl of Halloween cookies in the Huntington Park house she has occupied for 20 years. No sign of the rare disease that threatens her life was apparent. "I'll fight every day I live." It is a statement that is not debatable.
April 6, 2000 | PAUL BROWNFIELD
* The comedian performs each Monday in April at the Cinegrill in Hollywood. Her film, "Desperation Boulevard," premiered on the Internet at, and plays Friday and Saturday at midnight at the Sunset Laemmle. Early Riser: Saturdays I get a nice manicure and pedicure from some women who like to draw blood. I also try to cook. That's really scary. I made banana pecan pancakes, and I had to give them to homeless people because my boyfriend wouldn't eat them. So I'm a giver.
June 10, 2011
'Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer' MPAA rating: PG for some mild rude humor and language Running time: 1 hour, 31 minutes Playing: In general release
January 9, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
At the box office, young people still hold the buying power -- sending caped crusaders and archery-loving heroines to the top of the charts. Iron Man and Katniss Everdeen don't mean much, however, to the editors at AARP's The Magazine -- the publication aimed at the 50-plus set. This week, the magazine released the winners of its 13th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, which -- no surprise here -- honor films for mature audiences. Many of the winners on AARP's list have been staples on the award-season circuit over the last few months.
January 4, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
He came in from the rain wearing a scarf, tattered pants, unlaced canvas tennis shoes and a sweater somewhere between the colors of plum and rust. His hair looked like an approaching storm, and he had missed a spot shaving just above the collar. His publicist - he's not crazy about publicists - whispered a friendly warning: "Have you met Stephen before? He can be a bit dry, he has a dry sense of humor. British. " Stephen Frears, the director, walked past the concierge, through a half-lighted, polished lounge at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.
December 19, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
LONDON - The first time Judi Dench witnessed the power of acting, she was 7 and saw her brother get away with using a swear word. Dench was accompanying her parents to a boarding school performance of "Macbeth," with her oldest sibling in the role of King Duncan. "He came on stage and said, 'What bloody man is that?'" Dench said, with a gasp. "I thought, 'What did he say?'" Now 79, Dench has performed nearly every play of Shakespeare, Chekhov and Ibsen, as well as the role of M in seven James Bond films; Queen Elizabeth in "Shakespeare in Love," for which she won her Oscar in 1998; and Queen Victoria in "Mrs.
November 21, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
On the job for 55 years, Judi Dench elevates everything she does, from M in the James Bond epics to the less intimidating but equally determined "little old Irish lady" who's the title character in "Philomena. " Dench is not the only reason to see this unapologetic crowd-pleaser, but she is the best one. As directed by the veteran Stephen Frears, "Philomena's" "inspired by true events" narrative initially has trouble deciding what kind of film it wants to be, alternating between cheeky comedy and the more serious emotional moments inherent in the story of a woman looking for a child she was forced to give away in adoption.
November 21, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
It's a story so incredible, if it weren't true you wouldn't believe it. An unmarried young woman in Ireland gave birth to a boy in 1952. Sent to have the baby in a convent home, she remained there until her son Anthony was given away against her will at 3 years old, adopted by an American family. She would spend some 50 years with no idea what became of him, while keeping her secret from the family she would start in England. The new film "Philomena," opening Friday in Los Angeles, is based on Martin Sixsmith's 2009 book, "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. " Starring Steve Coogan as Sixsmith and Judi Dench as Lee, it was written by Coogan and Jeff Pope and directed by Stephen Frears.
November 14, 2013 | By John Horn and Amy Kaufman
For all of those teenage boys dying to see Judi Dench playing an elderly Irish woman: Now you don't have to bring your parents to get into "Philomena. " In a victory against the Motion Picture Assn. of America that could be as much publicity win as potential box-office triumph, the Weinstein Co. successfully appealed the R rating given to the Dench movie, which had been handed a PG-13 mark. "Philomena," which stars the Academy Award winner as a mother searching for a son she was forced to give up for adoption 50 years earlier, was initially given the restrictive rating because it included more than one utterance of a certain expletive, an automatic trigger in most instances of an R rating.
September 20, 2010
Yellow Dirt An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed Judy Pasternak Free Press: 320 pp., $26
November 7, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Nobody takes advantage of a well-placed F-bomb quite like the Weinstein Co. The studio's latest demonstration of the martyring -- and marketing -- power of profanity is a brief YouTube video of Judi Dench, resurrected as M., her deceased character from the James Bond series, decrying the Motion Picture Assn. of America. "Just when you thought I was dead," Dench says in the video, a 23-second teaser for yet another video that will appear on FunnyorDie. "I have an important mission for you. Are you familiar with MPAA?"
October 28, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Judi Dench is back to walking the red carpet, with "walking" being the operative word here. The vivacious 78-year-old Academy Award winner had knee-replacement surgery just six weeks before the premiere of her latest film, "Philomena," in London's Leicester Square nearly two weeks ago. Now she's thrilled to share her current state of mind and thoughts on her speedy recovery time. "When I had it done on September 6, I said to my surgeon, 'On October 16, I will walk up a red carpet unaided,' and so I did," she told the Daily Mirror.
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