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February 3, 2014 |
Jimmy Murphy, the genial Irishman who reigned as a Beverly Hills dining room power broker for more than three decades, has died. The longtime maitre d', first at the Bistro in Beverly Hills and later at his own Jimmy's Beverly Hills, was an icon in the days when restaurants were better known for their dining room staffs than for the chefs who were working in their kitchens. Murphy, 75, died at home in Beverly Hills on Friday afternoon after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, his family said.
January 10, 2014 |
His current repertoire consists of plucky glee club singers and horror-tastic witches. But come May, TV everyman Ryan Murphy will be presenting a more somber story to viewers in the HBO play-to-telepic adaptation of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart. " Kramer's groundbreaking semi-autobiographical play about the early years of the AIDS crisis made its off-Broadway debut in 1985. Film adaptations have long been rumored, but it was not until recently that anything came to fruition. Murphy bought the rights to the play in 2010, joking that he took out a second mortgage to do so. He directed and produced the project, which is set between 1981 and 1984, and worked on the script with Kramer for three years -- estimating that about 45% of the movie will be new material.
December 23, 2013 |
Long before "lean in" became a rallying cry for professional women of America, there was "Murphy Brown. " In fall 1988, the sitcom about a brash, unmarried, fortysomething news anchor and recovering alcoholic premiered on CBS. Though it was slow to build into a hit, "Murphy Brown" became a top 5 show, won 18 Emmys over 10 seasons and sparked a contentious national dialogue about single motherhood, thanks to a certain vice president. Played by patrician blond Candice Bergen, Brown may have been physically reminiscent of real-life newswoman Diane Sawyer, but with her irascible and relentless disposition, she was, as creator Diane English famously put it, closer to "Mike Wallace in a dress.
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December 5, 2013 |
A 39-year-old woman who allegedly kidnapped her three children remained at large Thursday, a day after the siblings were found safe. Nisshawn Murphy was being sought after she failed to heed a judge's order to relinquish custody of her children due to several criminal convictions. She allegedly kidnapped her 10-year-old son outside his Palmdale foster home and left with his two younger siblings. The 10-year-old was reported missing about 8:50 a.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
November 25, 2013 |
Brittany Murphy's mother, Sharon Murphy, is rejecting a recent claim by her daughter's estranged father that poisoning was a possible cause of the actress' 2009 death. Angelo Bartoletti, Brittany's biological father, last week made public the results of new toxicology tests he'd had done after suing to gain possession of hair samples that were not used in the autopsy process. The tests revealed higher-than-normal levels of 10 heavy metals in his daughter's hair, he said, and the lab he used suggested such a result was most likely from third-party poisoning.
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November 21, 2013 |
The U.S. Postal Service wanted to honor slain President John F. Kennedy, but first it needed Jackie Kennedy's stamp of approval. That's how a Los Angeles Times photo came to be chosen for the first commemorative postage stamp honoring the fallen president following his Nov. 22, 1963, assassination in Dallas. The 5-cent stamp issued on May 29, 1964, was based on a photo of then-Sen. Kennedy during a visit to the Santa Monica beachfront home of his brother-in-law, actor Peter Lawford, by Times staff photographer William S. Murphy.