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January 4, 2005 | Patrick Moore, Patrick Moore is the author of "Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality" (Beacon Press, 2004).
On Dec. 29, 2004, major gay and lesbian news organizations announced that "lesbian writer Susan Sontag" had died. In its obituary of Sontag, the New York Daily News wrote, "Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz had been her longtime companion." On Dec. 29, 2004, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times reported Sontag's death on their front pages, with more stories inside. Yet neither paper mentioned Sontag's relationships with Leibovitz and other women.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2008 | Tom Roston, Special to The Times
"It WAS one of those wonderful phone calls," Robby Benson says, recalling February when producer Larry Mortoff dialed him up and asked if he wanted to direct "Billy: The Early Years," a new film about evangelist Billy Graham being released in late October. "It's why so many people are in show business. Because, mostly, you don't get the good phone calls." It wasn't always this way.
REAL ESTATE
May 24, 1987 | DIANE KANNER, Special to The Times: Kanner is a Los Feliz-area free-lance writer
History was not made in the breakfast room of Ariel and Will Durant's Hollywood Hills home. According to their granddaughter, Monica Mehill, the celebrated historians left scholarship behind when they dined in the hexagonally shaped room. It was a room with a view of the Hollywood skyline, fruit trees, and birds and deer in the foreground. It became their retreat. Six years after their deaths, the Spanish Colonial-style house is once again for sale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2002 | ELAINE WOO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paul Ecke Jr., a horticulturist whose innovations transformed the poinsettia into the country's best-selling potted plant, died of pancreatic cancer Monday at his Encinitas home. He was 76. Ecke turned his father's north San Diego County ranch into the nation's largest producer of poinsettias, the distinctive red-and-green plant that has become a holiday season fixture.
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