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May 4, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
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.
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September 28, 2011 | By Karen Wada, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
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July 17, 2011
A nice little piece on the Lucille Ball museum ["A World of Funny" by Jay Jones, July 10] but Jones might also have noted that in and about the area is the resort town of Bemus Point on Lake Chautauqua, the Chautauqua Institution itself, across the lake, and the home and museum of Roger Tory Peterson, whose "Birds of North America" is the standard reference book on the subject. I'm not from the area but passed through there a number of years ago and … discovered that there were a number of interesting things besides the Lucy museum, which, by the way, is terrific.
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July 10, 2011
The comedy queen will be regally remembered Aug. 3 to 7 during the Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy in Jamestown, N.Y. The festival coincides with the centennial of her birth there on Aug. 6, 1911. "She's the high-water mark in situation comedy," said Joan Rivers, who will be among the funny people performing during the celebration. Rivers, who worked with Ball on several of her later TV shows, believes Ball broke plenty of ground — and not just for females. "I think funny is funny," she said.
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July 10, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO JAMESTOWN, N.Y. From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to Buffalo, N.Y., is offered on Southwest, AirTran, Delta, United, US Airways, American and Continental. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $318. The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center operates the Lucy-Desi Museum, 10 W. 3rd St., and the Desilu Playhouse, 2 W. 3rd St., in Jamestown, N.Y., (716) 484-0800, http://www.lucy-desi.com . Adult admission for both is $15, children ages 6 to 18, $10. Single admission is $10 and $7, respectively.
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July 10, 2011 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Even though she was born 100 years ago next month and her mega-hit TV show premiered 60 years ago this October, there remains a single truth about Lucille Ball: We still love Lucy. "I Love Lucy" is in black and white, and the fashions are outdated, but the show continues to air in 80 countries and has been dubbed in 21 languages. Her fans are multigenerational. "My daughter is 15 and she just loves it," said Ginger Atkins, whose husband, Scott, treated her to a trip to Jamestown — Ball's hometown — for their 23rd anniversary.
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April 22, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Madelyn Pugh Davis, who with her writing partner Bob Carroll Jr. made television history in the 1950s writing Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's landmark situation comedy "I Love Lucy," has died. She was 90. Davis, a pioneering female radio and TV comedy writer whose work with the red-haired queen of TV comedy spanned four decades, died Wednesday at her home in Bel-Air after a brief illness, said her son, Michael Quinn Martin. The team of Davis and Carroll was writing Ball's CBS radio comedy "My Favorite Husband," co-starring Richard Denning, when they and their colleague, writer-producer Jess Oppenheimer, wrote the pilot episode for "I Love Lucy.
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April 15, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Seaman Jacobs, 96, a veteran comedy writer who worked for legendary Hollywood entertainers, died April 8 of cardiac arrest at Century City Hospital in Los Angeles. In a career spanning more than half a century, Jacobs wrote for, among others, Bob Hope, George Burns, Lucille Ball, Danny Thomas and Johnny Carson. He shared a Writers Guild of America award for his work on television's "The George Burns One-Man Show" with frequent writing partners Fred S. Fox and Elon Packard. A native of Kingston, N.Y., Jacobs graduated from Syracuse University, starting his writing career at the school's humor magazine.
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August 15, 2007 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
The paint that covers Patrick's Roadhouse borders on the unappetizing -- think soggy yellow-green algae in a tidal pool. But Bill Fischler knew what he was doing when he chose the color in the early 1970s for his new eatery. The eye-assaulting hue helped turn an otherwise lackluster building into one of the most recognizable landmarks on Pacific Coast Highway, and, with Fischler as alchemist, green became golden.
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