May 7, 2012 |
The musical "Once" and Stephen Karam's play "Sons of the Prophet" took the top honors at the Lucille Lortel Awards in New York on Sunday. The awards recognize excellence in off-Broadway productions and are presented by the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers. " Once " received the award for best new musical. The production, which is adapted from the popular 2006 indie film of the same name, opened at the New York Theatre Workshop before transferring to Broadway this year.
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.
April 1, 1999 |
Gary Morton, stand-up comedian and producer for the post-"I Love Lucy" television shows starring his late wife, Lucille Ball, has died. He was 74. Morton, who was married to the legendary red-haired comedian for nearly 28 years, died of lung cancer Tuesday in Palm Springs, Variety columnist and longtime friend Army Archerd reported Wednesday.
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February 21, 2010 |
When Lucille Clifton was a girl in the 1940s, she saw her mother burning poems in their furnace. A grade-school dropout who loved words and wrote traditional verse, her mother had an offer to publish her work in a book, but her husband and children scorned the idea of a poet in the family. Their rejection was so stinging that she turned the cherished words to cinders in a fit of fury and sorrow that Clifton never forgot: her hand is crying. her hand is clutching a sheaf of papers.
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April 27, 1989 |
Lucille Ball, the leggy showgirl, model and B-grade movie queen whose pumpkin hair and genius for comedy made her an icon of television, died early Wednesday, a week after undergoing emergency heart surgery. The co-creator and star of " I Love Lucy," a product of TV's Golden Age that continues via syndication to be viewed by millions around the world, was 77 and died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of a ruptured abdominal aorta. Known simply as "Lucy" to four decades of smitten television fans, she had undergone surgery at Cedars-Sinai on April 18 to replace part of her aorta and aortic valve and had recovered from the 6 1/2-hour operation to a point where she was eating and even walking around her hospital room.
July 6, 1989 |
President Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to the late comedian Lucille Ball and to four former public leaders today. The medal for meritorious contributions to the country was given posthumously to Ball and was presented personally to retired Gen. James H. Doolittle, former Treasury Secretary C. Douglas Dillon, former Ambassador George F. Kennan and former Sen. Margaret Chase Smith (R-Me.).
January 18, 1991 |
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that the mother of Hank Gathers can sue for wrongful death, the strongest cause of action in the $32.5-million suit filed by Lucille Gathers and members of her family against Loyola Marymount University and 13 other defendants in the death of her son. In denying a motion for summary judgment, Judge Gary Hastings said he was "not convinced" that Lucille Gathers was not financially dependent on her son when he died.
December 18, 1990
Lucille Beatrice Smith, 95, widow of Albert E. Smith, a co-founder in 1896 of the Vitagraph studios and a featured player in several of that production company's earliest films. Prior to marrying Smith, who with J. Stuart Blackton turned to film making after a successful career as an exhibitor, she appeared on screen as Jean Page. Her Vitagraph credits included "Black Beauty," "Prodigal Judge," "Captain Blood" and the studio's first picture, "Burglar on the Roof."
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May 13, 1988
Comedienne Lucille Ball was in fair condition Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center under a doctor's care for an undisclosed illness, a hospital spokesman said. Spokesman Ron Wise said Ball, 76, was driven from her Beverly Hills home to the hospital Wednesday by her husband and will remain under her doctor's care until the weekend. No overt signs of illness were found, Wise said, but "her physicians want to do a complete work-up on her and make sure everything is OK."