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Los Angeles Fire Department investigators have narrowed the source of last month's deadly fire at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement home to a gas wall heater--the same heater that had passed an inspection only days earlier, Battalion Chief Daryl Arbuthnott said. Motion Picture home officials declined comment Friday on the finding, but said their own review of other heaters at the Woodland Hills complex found no problems.
MCA Inc. chairman Lew Wasserman and his wife, Edie, have pledged $5 million to the Motion Picture and Television Fund as part of a campaign to offset rising costs afflicting the organization, which provides a wide array of health-care services for the entertainment industry. The contribution is one of the largest single gifts ever received by the fund, which was founded in 1921 by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and other celebrities of the day.
Many of the stories told in the lunchroom of the Motion Picture and Television Country House unfold along well-creased lines, like a cherished letter. "There I was at CBS Studios, standing in line next to this young guy in jeans," began Hal Riddle, an 82-year-old retired character actor. "He was a good-looking guy with something special about him--you can tell these things if you've been in the business. And while we were auditioning for this game show, he had to carry a balloon with pins.
March 14, 2009 | Richard Verrier
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 | Lisa Girion and Richard Verrier
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 | By Richard Verrier
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 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
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.
January 23, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
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.
August 19, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson and Barbara Thomas, Los Angeles Times
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.
February 20, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
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)
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