April 18, 1999
Haven't we yet heard the last of Poor-Little-Misunderstood-but-Look-What-a-Genius-I-Am Don Johnson (Letters, April 11)? Enough already! Now we have to read of a director, Peter Werner, lauding this latent enfant terrible, all the while dropping names, like an excited codfish aristocrat, of actors he's guided, several of whom bear recognition as accomplished tantrum throwers themselves. As an actor who's also been privileged to play important roles opposite such renowned performers as Mary Martin, Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda, Helen Hayes, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Claude Rains and Fredric March, among many others, I can assure a skeptic reader none of these artists behaved obnoxiously or took rudeness to new heights.
September 15, 1989 |
Valentina Nicholaevna Sanana Schlee, who under the professional name Valentina became one of the best-known designers of high-fashion clothes in the 1940s and 1950s, died Thursday, it was reported today. Valentina, 90, died at her Manhattan apartment of Parkinson's disease, the New York Times said. She was the widow of George Schlee, the financier who served as her business partner and as an adviser to Greta Garbo, who was one of Valentina's notable clients.
February 18, 1988 |
Frederick Loewe, the composer who with Alan Jay Lerner created such stage classics as "My Fair Lady," "Camelot" and "Brigadoon," was eulogized Wednesday as a shy man who had "warmth and love" for his music. About 100 people attended a public memorial in the garden of the home where Loewe had lived for 25 years. He died at 86 Sunday after suffering a heart attack.
October 14, 2003
Mt. Whitney has posed a significant challenge since it was first ascended in 1873. The first conquest of Whitney turned out to be of Mt. Langley, by Clarence King (1871). John Muir was the first to climb Whitney from the Mountaineer's Route (Oct. 21, 1873). First women to summit: Hope Broughton, Mary Martin, Anna Mills, Mrs. Redd, on Aug. 3, 1878. First scientific use of summit: Professor Samuel Langley for solar observations (August 1881). First overnight summit stay: Capt.
December 24, 1988
Regarding Don Heckman's analysis of Columbia's recent Broadway cast and sound track reissues (Calendar, Dec. 11): It was Betty Comden and Adolph Green who co-wrote "On the Town" with Bernstein, not Betty Green and Adolph Comden; He's confused the Jean Arthur "Peter Pan" with the Mary Martin version (also newly reissued on compact disc by RCA Victor); it was Martin's that was televised in 1955, not Arthur's. Columbia's "Bye Bye Birdie" is not the sound track, it's the original cast album.
October 9, 1987
Robert Regester Jr., a theatrical producer whose most recent credit was "Legends," the Mary Martin and Carol Channing star vehicle, has died at age 55. Anna Cottle, a longtime colleague, said he died last week at a Century City hospital of complications of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Regester, a native of Indiana, was affiliated for several years with Woodfall Films in London and went from there to a successful producing career.
February 25, 1989
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini blusters and everyone caves in. Bookstores take Salman Rushdie's novel "The Satanic Verses" off their shelves. The State Department is "appalled." Our secretary of state thinks it's "regrettable." What wimps! Whatever happened to standing tall? Next thing, Khomeini will demand that American women go veiled. May the great goddess save us from all religious fanatics. MARY ST. MARTIN Pomona
October 5, 1985 |
Kenny Baker, the radio songster who was a daffy and muddled foil for Jack Benny on the comedian's old network show but who also established a separate film and stage presence in a series of musical comedies, has died in Solvang. Baker's death on Aug. 10 of an apparent heart attack had gone unreported until the Loper Funeral Chapel confirmed it Friday.