June 30, 1989 |
Entertainer Lola Falana, who quit the stage two years ago because of multiple sclerosis, will play a weekend date at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas starting tonight. She's going back to work, she says, because "I'm not into being a chicken." Falana, 42, was partially paralyzed when struck by the debilitating disease in 1987. When she was offered the Las Vegas date, she told herself: "It's now or never. . . . You'd be surprised how high you can rise above these things if you set your heart and your mind to it. You have to move ahead, and make things happen."
April 6, 1986
Four housing industry leaders will be inducted Wednesday into the Hall of Fame of the Building Industry Assn. of Southern California. The 1986 Medal of Honor Award dinner at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel will be highlighted by the induction of Raymond D. Edwards, chairman of the board of Glendale Federal Savings & Loan; Ernest W. Hahn, chairman of the board of Ernest W. Hahn Inc.; Ralph Lewis, chairman of the board of Lewis Homes of California, and John D.
September 13, 1992 |
Offbeat director John Waters ("Polyester," "Hairspray") might seem an unlikely candidate to write/direct a film in the ever-predictable "Female Psychos From Hell Who Kill" genre. Imagine if Waters--the man who made Patty Hearst a movie star in "Cry-Baby"--had been the director of "Single White Female." Instead of a Bridget Fonda/Jennifer Jason Leigh pairing, Waters' sensibility might have leaned to a Lola Falana/Joey Heatherton combo.
December 17, 1990 |
"When the women call, you've got to show up," said Lou Gossett Jr. These women were the members of the Kwanza Foundation, a fund-raising and charitable organization made up of black women in the entertainment industry. The occasion was the foundation's 17th annual dinner held at the Radisson Bel-Air Summit hotel on Friday night honoring singer Dionne Warwick. Gossett emceed the evening, which was chaired by his wife, Cyndi James Gossett.
October 31, 2003 |
Glitz or angst? Camp or gloom? Miss Coco Peru, now appearing at the Gay & Lesbian Center's Renberg Theatre in her one-woman show, "Miss Coco Peru Is Undaunted," is a creature of many moods and mercurial temperament. A sweet solo from Disney's "The Little Mermaid" is laced with barked expletives. An account of a sentimental journey to Ireland turns suddenly acidic. Miss Coco candidly confides, "I'm sorry I write shows to work out my issues and then charge you to see it." We're not.