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March 7, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Lenny Dykstra had already filed for bankruptcy and was fighting to somehow keep the $17.4-million mansion he had purchased from hockey legend Wayne Gretzky when he was interviewed by The Times' Alejandro Lazo back in October 2010 . Back then, a defiant Dykstra was confident he would once again make his way back to the top. "I have been fighting my whole life," Dykstra said. "That's why I have a new theme song, dude, and I am going to play it for you: "I want to be a billionaire, so … bad, buy all of the things I never had," he sang along, loudly and off-key, to the Travie McCoy song "Billionaire," as it blared from his Bose computer speakers.
November 27, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Lenny Kravitz has been tapped to star as soul singer Marvin Gaye in an upcoming biopic, according to reports. The film is the first lead role for Kravitz, who has played supporting roles in "The Hunger Games," “Precious” and the forthcoming White House drama “The Butler.” According to Deadline , the biopic will focus on the early 1980s when the Motown legend was in Europe attempting to curb his addictions and reignite his career...
July 2, 2006 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Lennie Weinrib, a character actor and prolific voice-over artist who supplied the voice for the title character in the children's fantasy television series "H.R. Pufnstuf," has died. He was 71. Weinrib died Wednesday at a hospital in Santiago, Chile, after suffering a stroke, said his daughter Linda Weinrib. He had retired from show business in the early '90s and moved to Chile, the native country of his second wife, Sonia.
May 21, 1995 | SUSAN KING
Michael McKean and David L. Lander, who played Laverne and Shirley's oddball pals Lenny and Squiggy, were friends who met as drama majors at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Tech (now called Carnegie Mellon). "One of the things we did right from the beginning was those two characters," Lander says. "We only did them for our friends." Lenny and Squiggy were based on other people both of them knew.
November 17, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Packing 115 mph winds and torrential rains, Hurricane Lenny careened past the Dominican Republic on a rare west-to-east course aimed directly at Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. At 10 p.m. EST, Lenny was 170 miles south-southwest of San Juan, speeding east-northeast at 16 mph. Late Tuesday, Lenny became a Category 3, designating a dangerous storm with winds from 111 mph to 130 mph. The storm was expected to hit Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands this morning.
December 30, 2006 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Joan Worth, an artist who became a theatrical writer-producer in her later years to carry on her late husband's work in furthering the legacies of comedian Lenny Bruce and black nationalist leader Malcolm X, has died. She was 72. Worth, the widow of writer-producer Marvin Worth, died Dec. 8 at her home in Beverly Hills, said her daughter Missy Worth. No cause of death was announced.
Going to see a children's show at the Museum of Tolerance about a lion and a lamb who teach a lesson in peace didn't sound particularly exciting. It would be worthy, certainly. Well-meaning, no doubt. And preachy, probably. The show, "Lenny & Lori," defied expectations, however. This quick-paced short musical play by William S.
June 17, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Howard Solomon, 75, a former New York City nightclub owner who fought obscenity charges after comedian Lenny Bruce appeared at his Greenwich Village nightspot, died of a heart attack June 3 in Crestline, Calif. Bruce was arrested at Solomon's Cafe au Go Go club April 3, 1964. Vice officers had recorded Bruce performing at the club earlier in the week. Solomon and his wife, Elly Solomon, also were arrested; he was charged with allowing an obscene act to perform in his club.
April 16, 2011 | By Alejandro Lazo and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Former Major League Baseball star and self-styled financial guru Lenny Dykstra has been charged with selling pieces of his former life as he struggled to battle numerous creditors in Bankruptcy Court. Dykstra helped the New York Mets win the 1986 World Series and later became a celebrity stock picker and entrepreneur before his finances dissolved in the summer of 2009. Dykstra was charged with one count of embezzling from a bankruptcy estate, the Justice Department said Friday. The former Mets and Phillies outfielder had been arrested on separate charges Thursday by the Los Angeles Police Department's commercial crimes division.
December 17, 1992 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who regularly covers comedy for OC Live!
"I'm like a jazz comic," Lenny Clarke says. "I don't do the same act twice. I just get up there and wail." In fact, the high-energy Boston native says, if he's doing two shows in one night, the second show will be different from the first. "I stay pretty topical. My act is always changing: Somalia. Clinton. Just whatever's happening in the news." Although he does a lot of political humor, Clarke doesn't consider himself a political comedian.
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