March 14, 2009 |
In an apparent gambit to head off a legal challenge, the charity that operates a nursing home for entertainment industry workers said it has "no plans" to issue eviction notices to more than 100 residents. On the face of it, the announcement makes it seem as though the Motion Picture & Television Fund, operator of the Woodland Hills facility, is backpedaling from its decision to close the nursing home.
January 15, 2009 |
The Motion Picture & Television Fund -- a charity started by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and other Hollywood luminaries to care for entertainers who fell on hard times -- said Wednesday that it was closing a hospital and nursing home by year's end. With more than 500 hospital admissions last year and about 100 long-term residents, the Woodland Hills facilities have been a $10-million annual drain on the fund's budget for the last four years.
February 3, 2010 |
David Tillman, the beleaguered head of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, has resigned, capping a yearlong feud with residents of Hollywood's oldest nursing home and their families. The fund, which operates the nursing home and hospital for entertainment industry workers that are slated to close, said that board member Bob Beitcher, a former chief executive of Panavision, would replace Tillman as chief executive on an interim basis until a successor could be found. Tillman headed the fund for a decade but came under sharp criticism over his handling of the board's controversial decision a year ago to close the Woodland Hills facilities that have been a fixture of the entertainment industry for more than half a century.
February 24, 2011 |
Hollywood's embattled nursing home may get a second act. The Motion Picture and Television Fund said Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with hospital chain Providence Health & Services that would allow the fund to keep open the hospital and nursing home in Woodland Hills. Under the proposed agreement, which was first reported in the Los Angeles Times in December, Providence would sign a long-term lease agreement with the fund to manage the hospital and nursing home and assume financial responsibility for its operations.
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August 19, 2011 |
Edie Wasserman, who was the widow of Hollywood powerhouse Lew Wasserman and who was known as a tireless benefactor for charitable causes, especially the Motion Picture and Television Fund, has died. She was 95. Wasserman died Thursday in Beverly Hills of natural causes, said her grandson, Casey Wasserman. "She was an incredible woman, sort of once in a lifetime," he said. "She had very strong convictions and was dogged in her pursuit of those. And they usually involved helping others.
January 23, 2009 |
More than 200 people armed with picket signs Thursday afternoon chanted in protest of the planned closure of a Woodland Hills hospital and nursing home owned by the Motion Picture & Television Fund. The crowd flowed from the sidewalk and into the street along Mulholland Drive, west of the 101 Freeway. The protesters -- employees of the care facility, family members of those living there and a few actors and writers -- vowed to keep the facilities open.
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February 20, 2011 |
Walter Seltzer, a Hollywood press agent-turned-producer who started out at MGM in the 1930s and made an enduring mark on the industry in the 1980s as a tenacious fundraiser for the Motion Picture and Television Fund, has died. He was 96. Seltzer died Friday of an age-related illness at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement home in Woodland Hills, said Jennifer Fagen, a spokeswoman for the fund. His successful ad campaign for MGM's "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935)
December 4, 1990 |
The backers of tonight's benefit premiere of "The Russia House," starring Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer, hope it will be more than a glittering debut of a new movie. They want it to be the beginning of a turnaround for the Motion Picture and Television Fund that has seen contributions sharply decline in the face of rising costs. "It's not a crisis situation," said Roger Davis, a top executive at the William Morris Agency and the current fund president. "But the problem is that we're starting to lose money and we depend heavily on voluntary contributions and bequests from the film industry's employees."
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May 3, 1994
Bill Quinn, a television, film and stage actor whose career included roles for the Mercury Playhouse radio troupe and in the movie "Star Trek V," died last week in Camarillo. He was 81. Quinn, who had lived in Camarillo for 17 years, was born in Manhattan in 1912. He made his theatrical debut at age 5 as the youngest member of the Quinn Brothers, a vaudeville children's act.
March 31, 1995 |
Paul Brinegar, Western character actor best remembered as the grizzled chuck wagon cook Wishbone in the long-running television series "Rawhide," has died. He was 77. The veteran actor died Monday in Los Angeles of emphysema. "I love the role," Brinegar said of the Wishbone part in 1959. "My appearance (always) suited me more for character roles than straight or romantic parts."