October 14, 2012 |
A great fear has been unleashed in Hollywood. No, not dwindling audiences or the epidemic of sequel-itis that threatens to incapacitate the movie industry. Those are mere worries. What Hollywood fears is that Nikki Finke, considered by most of the industry to be the single toughest journalist in the history of the known world, might soon have some sort of editorial control of Daily Variety, the most venerable trade publication in Hollywood. Of course, Nikki has been making show business insiders uncomfortable since she launched her blog, now known as Deadline.com, in 2006.
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June 30, 2012
Doris Singleton Actress worked with Lucille Ball Doris Singleton, 92, an actress best known for playing Lucy's friend Caroline Appleby on the classic TV comedy "I Love Lucy," died Tuesday in Los Angeles of complications from cancer, according to her nephew Henry Isaacs. Singleton, who was married for 61 years to comedy writer Charles Isaacs, worked in radio as an actress and singer before moving into television in the early 1950s. Besides her recurring part on "I Love Lucy," she had guest roles on several of Lucille Ball's later TV series, as well as "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "My Three Sons," "Hogan's Heroes," "All in the Family," and other comedies and dramas.
June 29, 2012 |
Doris Singleton, an actress on "I Love Lucy" who played one of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo's neighbors and called her character "Lucy's nemesis," has died. She was 92. Singleton died Tuesday in Los Angeles from complications of cancer, according to her nephew Henry Isaacs. Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz , posted on Facebook that Singleton died the same day that writer-director Nora Ephron passed away, according to the Associated Press.
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May 4, 2012 |
Charles Higham, a poet, critic and prolific celebrity biographer who found political and sexual intrigue in the lives of Hollywood icons such as Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich and, most controversially, Errol Flynn, died April 21 at his Los Angeles home. He was 81. The cause was apparently a heart attack, according to Todd McCarthy, a close friend. Higham was the author of two dozen biographies, many of which were so salacious that a book critic reviewing "Howard Hughes: The Secret Life" in 1993 quipped that the writer had "reached the point where most of his subjects have slept with one another.
September 28, 2011 |
A new musical-comedy tribute to an old favorite — TV's "I Love Lucy" — aims to be more than just another rerun. For starters, says director Rick Sparks, "I Love Lucy Live on Stage" offers the rare chance to see "those beloved black-and-white characters in living color. " The show, which premieres Saturday at the Greenway Court Theatre, also takes audiences out of their living rooms and into the studio to watch the "filming" of two episodes from the classic '50s sitcom, which starred Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley.
August 1, 2011 |
Lucille Ball would have turned 100 on Aug. 6, and it would seem that Americans have loved her for nearly that long. But in fact, it took years for audiences to love Lucy. She had been kicking around Hollywood for nearly two decades before her performance in the seminal CBS sitcom "I Love Lucy," which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Her portrayal of the sweetly daffy redhead Lucy Ricardo, whose slapstick antics and schemes exasperated her Cuban bandleader husband, Ricky (real-life hubby Desi Arnaz)