March 18, 2005 |
Montana authorities have arrested a man on allegations he was plotting to kidnap David Letterman's young son and nanny from the home on the 2,700-acre Montana ranch that the talk-show host bought in 1999. Sally Hilander, a spokeswoman for the Montana Department of Corrections, identified the suspect -- who was under state supervision for a previous crime -- as Kelly A. Frank. The plot was uncovered when someone whom Frank had approached about the plan informed local police, Hilander said.
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.
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September 18, 2007 |
Alex Romero, a dancer and choreographer who directed Elvis Presley's dancing for the movie "Jailhouse Rock" and also worked with Presley on three other films, has died. He was 94. Romero died Sept. 8 of natural causes at the Motion Picture and Television Fund home, according to Mark Knowles, a dance writer and friend. He had been a resident of the home for several years. A gracefully athletic dancer, Romero got his start in movies in the early 1940s.
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 21, 1999 |
As teenagers in Santa Clarita during the early '90s, the members of the Autumns found musical inspiration in arty British pop acts, particularly cult heroes the Cocteau Twins. So just imagine how much air showed between the ground and their feet earlier this year when Cocteaus bassist Simon Raymonde produced their forthcoming second album. "In the studio [with him], there really was no comprehension of how profound and bizarre the situation was," says Autumns singer-guitarist Matthew Kelly.
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February 13, 2011 |
Betty Garrett, a comedic actress who was a fixture in such MGM musicals as "On The Town" and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," a regular on the television series "All in the Family" and "Laverne & Shirley" and a star on Broadway and in Los Angeles theater productions, has died. She was 91. Garrett died early Saturday morning at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center of an aortic aneurysm, said her son Garrett Parks. Just last Wednesday, Garrett went to dinner with friends and afterward taught a weekly musical comedy class at Theatre West , the nonprofit theater she helped found in North Hollywood half a century ago. "She was a woman of boundless optimism," Miles Kreuger, president of the Los Angeles-based Institute of the American Musical, told The Times on Saturday.