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April 2, 2006 | Debra J. Miller, Debra J. Miller teaches English at a private high school in Los Angeles.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, 1964, the day the police decided my mother killed my father, I woke up late, the kind of late that snaps you out of your favorite dream, the one where you're wrapped in the arms of your favorite TV hunk--mine was Dr. Kildare--and he's just about to . . . when bang your unconscious tells you the sun is out, the lights are on all over the house and you're going to be late for school because nobody got you out of bed. We were a family of five. I was 14 and the oldest.
May 7, 2012 | By David Ng
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.
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.
May 25, 2000
Lucille Ellis Simon, an art patron and collector who served on the board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and funded the museum's influential "Living With Art" program for children, died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a long illness. She was 88. The first wife of industrialist and art collector Norton Simon, she grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., the daughter of a candy and tobacco wholesaler.
July 6, 1989 | From Times wire services
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.).
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."
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."
January 19, 1993
Longtime Ventura County resident Lucille B. Powell, who taught elementary grades in Santa Paula schools for more than 32 years, has died at age 80. Powell died Saturday of natural causes, mortuary officials said. She was retired, having taught at McKevett and Barbara Webster schools in Santa Paula. Powell was involved in several organizations, including the Ebell Club and the Santa Paula chapter of the Eastern Star.
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