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October 7, 1989
Dan Sullivan's review of the play, "Groucho a Life in Revue," by my brother, Arthur Marx, is quite accurate (" 'Groucho in Revue': It Takes All Night to Hit Its Marx," Oct. 4). I too was bothered by the high-pitched voice that Frank Ferrante used when portraying my father, Groucho, as a young man. However, I must take exception to his comment that Groucho didn't appear winded after doing a jitterbug routine at the age of 50. Frank Ferrante's portrayal was completely accurate because I remember my father frequently doing a Russian dance called the kozatki around the house where he would squat down and extend one leg and then the other in time to the music and even when he was several years older, he never once showed any sign of being winded.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 1989
Dan Sullivan's review of the play, "Groucho a Life in Revue," by my brother, Arthur Marx, is quite accurate (" 'Groucho in Revue': It Takes All Night to Hit Its Marx," Oct. 4). I too was bothered by the high-pitched voice that Frank Ferrante used when portraying my father, Groucho, as a young man. However, I must take exception to his comment that Groucho didn't appear winded after doing a jitterbug routine at the age of 50. Frank Ferrante's portrayal was completely accurate because I remember my father frequently doing a Russian dance called the kozatki around the house where he would squat down and extend one leg and then the other in time to the music and even when he was several years older, he never once showed any sign of being winded.
NEWS
September 7, 1989 | DENNIS MCLELLAN
Although he was nothing like his madcap screen image, Groucho Marx was, as announcer George Fenneman would say, "the one and only Groucho." Groucho's daughter, Miriam Marx Allen, remembers one time in the 1930s when MGM director Archie Mayo was building a house across the street from the Marxes' Beverly Hills home. The pool was already finished, and Mayo told Groucho, "Any time you want to use our pool, go on over."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2000 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, Robert W. Welkos is a Times staff writer
All that's missing from this family feud are Groucho's raised eyebrows, painted mustache and big cigar, Chico's trademark cap and fractured English, and Harpo's piercing horn, mute grin and childlike innocence. But now, the endearing legacy left behind by the Marx Brothers has embroiled their descendants in a legal dispute that they find anything but funny.
NEWS
June 6, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I've always had this dream," Newport Beach writer John J. Gobbell says, "of a fellow escaping from a waterfront warehouse in San Diego in a mini-submarine. I've had the dream for about 15 years. I don't know why." Gobbell is proof that dreams sometimes do come true. His first novel, "The Brutus Lie," features a top-secret, fuel-cell-powered mini-submarine (the Brutus) that is commandeered by its designer, a former U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 1994 | JAN HERMAN
As the quintessential Groucho Marx impersonator, Frank Ferrante has many fans, but none more convinced of his talent for mimicry than the late, great comedian's daughter, Miriam Marx Allen. "I don't think Frank just plays my father," she said. "I think he becomes him." That's why she'll be attending Ferrante's affectionate tribute, "An Evening With Groucho," tonight at Orange Coast College's Robert B. Moore Theatre in Costa Mesa.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 1993 | M.E. WARREN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Back in 1985, Frank Ferrante gave a performance that changed his life. He was playing the title role--the only role--in "An Evening With Groucho" as a senior project at USC. In the audience were some very special people: Miriam Allen Marx and Arthur Marx, Groucho's daughter and son, and writer Morrie Ryskind, who had collaborated on such Marx Brothers gems as "The Cocoanuts," "Animal Crackers" and "A Night at the Opera." Miriam Allen Marx was charmed and wrote him a fan letter.
NEWS
June 13, 1993 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This week, Arts & Entertainment's "Biography" series examines the life and career of the most famous Marx Brother--the one, the only, Groucho. Groucho, who was born in 1890 and died in 1977, and his siblings aren't exactly fresh topics when it comes to documentaries.
BOOKS
July 4, 1993 | JOHN ESPEY
Whether or not the tradition of "light summer reading" survives, or, for that matter, ever truly existed, it seems only polite to salute it for listeners with a collection of short pieces, each unabridged, especially when this introduces some new sources for tapes. The Commuter's Library has recently issued three collections of short stories by Anton Chekhov and another three by James Joyce. Each unit consists of two cassettes, making for two hours or more of listening.
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