June 6, 2013 |
Even her dog could swim. That's one of my favorite memories from interviewing swimmer-turned-movie-star Esther Williams at her house in Beverly Hills in 1984. Williams, who died Thursday morning at the age of 91, was delightful talking about her fabled past at MGM. And of course her house had a pool - that's where her little terrier would dog paddle. Like many baby boomers, I grew up watching the former swimming champ's vastly entertaining MGM Technicolor musicals like 1944's "Bathing Beauty" and 1949's "Neptune's Daughter" on television, swooning over her extravagant, almost psychedelic swimming routines.
July 20, 1988 |
A city jumping with nervous energy and restless high spirits, a jungle for the lonely, a mean turf for the disenfranchised--Manhattan in the 1950s was the colorful setting for all sorts of feature films. With a Thursday-evening series, beginning this week, of famous and lesser-known movies from the era, the Newport Harbor Art Museum is complementing its ongoing exhibition, "The Figurative '50s: New York Figurative Expressionism."
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July 28, 2000 |
Glendale police Thursday painted a picture of an increasingly complex and wide-ranging investigation into the deaths of the two boys bludgeoned in a schoolyard, and they changed the allegations against one suspect from murder to burglary. Police said Adam Walker, 19, who had originally been arrested on suspicion of murder in the case, was being held on an unrelated charge of attempted residential burglary in Burbank. Glendale Police Capt.
November 19, 2008 |
A sure sign that a coach's career is not proceeding as hoped is when he starts suggesting that fans get a life. "It's amazing some of the things that people would say [on a message board] or yell at you of a personal nature," Michigan football Coach Rich Rodriguez told reporters Monday. "You almost want to tell them, 'Get a life.' "There's a whole lot bigger problems. Look at the economy." Looking at the economy is a diversionary tactic, as far as Rodriguez is concerned. In Rodriguez's first season as Michigan coach, the Wolverines have lost a school-record eight games, including a record five games at Michigan Stadium.
November 8, 1998 |
Since emerging as a major force in contemporary R&B, Kelly has juggled a bad-boy persona with a musical sensibility as smooth and accessible as that of Babyface, his relatively G-rated rival for the title of reigning singing-writing-producing R&B love man of the '90s.
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June 7, 2013 |
The water, Esther Williams once quipped, was her favorite costar. With her beauty, sunny personality and background as a champion swimmer, Williams shot to stardom in the 1940s in the "aqua musical," an odd sub-genre of films that became an enormous hit with the moviegoing mainstream, fanned popular interest in synchronized swimming and turned Williams into Hollywood's Million Dollar Mermaid. The MGM bathing beauty, whose underwater extravaganzas made her one of the most popular actresses of the era, an idol in competitive swimming and a fashion force, died in her sleep early Thursday in Beverly Hills, said her publicist, Harlan Boll.
January 3, 1994 |
The Buffalo Bills are staying home for the playoffs. Thurman Thomas rushed for 110 yards and one touchdown and Jim Kelly and Frank Reich each passed for one touchdown Sunday as the Bills beat the Indianapolis Colts, 30-10, to earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. "I think we earned it," Kelly said. "Definitely, we earned it this year to be in the position we are."
January 24, 1997 |
It's one of life's great unsolved mysteries: How come we can send a space probe to Mars but we can't make a decent toupee? Or, more to the point, how can ABC newsman Sam Donaldson earn $2 million a year and still have such ridiculous hair? As a public service, The Times recently dispatched me--Roy "I'm not bald, I just own a vicious, hair-eating Cabbage Patch Kid" Rivenburg--to investigate this continuing fashion conundrum. Among my discoveries: * Ancient Egyptian mummies wore hairpieces.