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January 12, 2011 | Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
David Nelson, the elder son of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and the last surviving member of the family that became an American institution in the 1950s and '60s as the stars of the classic TV sitcom "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," died Tuesday. He was 74. Nelson died at his Century City home of complications from colon cancer, said publicist Dale Olson. "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" began on radio in 1944, focusing on the home life of bandleader Ozzie Nelson and his vocalist wife, Harriet Hilliard.
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September 11, 2013 | Devin Kelly, Los Angeles Times
Don Nelson, a screenwriter, film producer and musician who co-wrote scripts for "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" - the classic American television series centered on his brother Ozzie's family - as well as for more than two dozen other films and TV series, has died. He was 86. Nelson, who had Parkinson's disease, died of an aortic aneurysm Tuesday at his home in Studio City, said his wife, Marilyn. As a staff writer for "Ozzie and Harriet," one of the longest-running family comedies in TV history, Nelson came up with Ricky Nelson's trademark catchphrase "I don't mess around, boy," and contributed to more than 200 episodes of the series with storylines anchored famously on the harmless.
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September 11, 2013 | Devin Kelly, Los Angeles Times
Don Nelson, a screenwriter, film producer and musician who co-wrote scripts for "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" - the classic American television series centered on his brother Ozzie's family - as well as for more than two dozen other films and TV series, has died. He was 86. Nelson, who had Parkinson's disease, died of an aortic aneurysm Tuesday at his home in Studio City, said his wife, Marilyn. As a staff writer for "Ozzie and Harriet," one of the longest-running family comedies in TV history, Nelson came up with Ricky Nelson's trademark catchphrase "I don't mess around, boy," and contributed to more than 200 episodes of the series with storylines anchored famously on the harmless.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Donna Reed was more than just a TV mom to actress Shelley Fabares. Fabares played Reed's teenage daughter, Mary Stone, on the well-loved 1958-66 ABC family sitcom "The Donna Reed Show," which revolved around Donna Stone (Reed), the wife of handsome pediatrician Dr. Alex Stone (Carl Betz), and mother to Mary and energetic younger son Jeff (Paul Petersen) "She definitely became my second mother," said Fabares, 67, who left the series in 1963. "She was a role model and remains so to this day. I still periodically hear her voice in my head when I am making a decision about doing something, I hear her urging me on to make the stronger decision of the two. I just adored her. " Petersen echoes her sentiments.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Donna Reed was more than just a TV mom to actress Shelley Fabares. Fabares played Reed's teenage daughter, Mary Stone, on the well-loved 1958-66 ABC family sitcom "The Donna Reed Show," which revolved around Donna Stone (Reed), the wife of handsome pediatrician Dr. Alex Stone (Carl Betz), and mother to Mary and energetic younger son Jeff (Paul Petersen) "She definitely became my second mother," said Fabares, 67, who left the series in 1963. "She was a role model and remains so to this day. I still periodically hear her voice in my head when I am making a decision about doing something, I hear her urging me on to make the stronger decision of the two. I just adored her. " Petersen echoes her sentiments.
NEWS
June 3, 1989 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Times Staff Writer
With a cool breeze blowing in off the steel-gray ocean below, Harriet Nelson stood on the deck of her cliff-top Laguna Beach house and remembered warmer days. "Ozzie would swim way out past the rocks, and then he'd swim all the way down there," she said, pointing to the rocks off Victoria Beach to the north and then down to Blue Lagoon a half mile to the south. "When we first came down here he'd swim twice a day and play volleyball with all the kids," she said, adding with a throaty laugh: "He'd knock his brains out. Ozzie had to win, you know.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2007
I never thought that I would see "Ozzie and Harriet" given such a fair and insightful treatment in the L.A. Times ["Ozzie, Bland? Look Deeper," May 2]. Isn't Robert Lloyd ultra-hip and super-sophisticated? No cultural Marxist agenda? No deconstructionist analysis? Ozzie Nelson had a certain kind of genius and Lloyd captured it wonderfully. Thanks! ROGER MCGRATH Thousand Oaks
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2011
If Ed Wood had made a holiday movie, it would have been "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians," one of the worst movies ever made. Just like Wood's "Plan 9 from Outer Space" and "Glen or Glenda," this 1964 release starring a young Pia Zadora as a green-faced Martian has developed into a cult favorite. Directed by Nicholas Webster, this well-stuffed turkey finds Martians kidnapping Santa Claus (John Call) and bringing him to their planet because no one is giving Martian kids presents. The film has been digitally restored and is screening Friday and Saturday at midnight at the Regent Theatre in Westwood as part of the "Santa's Cool Holiday Film Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 1990
Re Howard Rosenberg's "Remembering the Lenny Bruce of TV Sitcoms": There are several reasons why "All in the Family" was a success. First of all, though Archie Bunker was a distasteful person he was nonetheless a real person, not some cardboard, near-perfect character like Cliff Huxtable. As a result, you could relate to him. Though Archie had several disagreeable qualities, underneath his hard-headed exterior there was genuine affection and sensitivity. Secondly, though "All in the Family" was a comedy, it was not afraid to tackle controversial and serious social and human issues, like rape, prejudice, death, abortion, feminism and homosexuality, dispelling myths and enlightening us in its own special way. Unlike most situation comedies before and after it, "All in the Family" didn't idealize the American family.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 1999
"Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol," based on an "unauthorized biography," is a distorted exploitation of a family I love very much: Ricky Nelson, his brother and his mother and father ("Unbalanced Portrait of 'Teen Idol' Rick Nelson in VH1's Biopic," by Steve Hochman, Aug. 21). The Nelsons remain the most decent human beings I have ever known. Those of us who had the good fortune to have worked with them, as I did for five years on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," and to have known them personally know the truth.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2011
If Ed Wood had made a holiday movie, it would have been "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians," one of the worst movies ever made. Just like Wood's "Plan 9 from Outer Space" and "Glen or Glenda," this 1964 release starring a young Pia Zadora as a green-faced Martian has developed into a cult favorite. Directed by Nicholas Webster, this well-stuffed turkey finds Martians kidnapping Santa Claus (John Call) and bringing him to their planet because no one is giving Martian kids presents. The film has been digitally restored and is screening Friday and Saturday at midnight at the Regent Theatre in Westwood as part of the "Santa's Cool Holiday Film Festival.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2011 | Kate Linthicum and Ari Bloomekatz and Scott Gold
On a leafy drive in west Los Angeles, at a newly renovated home with cathedral ceilings and a backyard pool, 4-year-old Kate Eisenpresser-Davis' friends have been known to pose an intriguing question: "Why does Kate have three mommies?" Lisa Eisenpresser, 44, and her partner, Angela Courtin, 38, share custody of Kate with Eisenpresser's ex-partner. When asked to describe their life, Eisenpresser and Courtin respond with the same word: "Normal. " Days are spent searching for the right balance between work and home, and zigzagging through Mar Vista to meetings, school and gymnastics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2011 | Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
David Nelson, the elder son of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and the last surviving member of the family that became an American institution in the 1950s and '60s as the stars of the classic TV sitcom "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," died Tuesday. He was 74. Nelson died at his Century City home of complications from colon cancer, said publicist Dale Olson. "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" began on radio in 1944, focusing on the home life of bandleader Ozzie Nelson and his vocalist wife, Harriet Hilliard.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2007
I never thought that I would see "Ozzie and Harriet" given such a fair and insightful treatment in the L.A. Times ["Ozzie, Bland? Look Deeper," May 2]. Isn't Robert Lloyd ultra-hip and super-sophisticated? No cultural Marxist agenda? No deconstructionist analysis? Ozzie Nelson had a certain kind of genius and Lloyd captured it wonderfully. Thanks! ROGER MCGRATH Thousand Oaks
MAGAZINE
January 11, 2004 | Nelson Handel, Nelson Handel last wrote for the magazine about the excesses of aromatherapy.
The bulb first lit up in my head two years ago, while I was painting the window trim in what would be the baby's room. Our son, Charlie, was due in a month, and though his birth mother in Tacoma, Wash., had made a firm adoption plan and chosen us to be his parents, we were still unsure. In adoption, you learn, it ain't over till the fat baby sings. We'd begun decorating the nursery in the blind act of faith that, after years of infertility, our prayers would be answered.
NEWS
October 3, 2002 | ROGER K. MILLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On a Friday night 50 years ago today, amid some anxiety from ABC executives about the show's appeal, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" was televised for the first time. They needn't have worried; it stayed on the air for 14 years, setting a record for the longest-running family sitcom. It's a record that will be tied when "The Simpsons" returns to Fox for its 14th season next month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2011 | Kate Linthicum and Ari Bloomekatz and Scott Gold
On a leafy drive in west Los Angeles, at a newly renovated home with cathedral ceilings and a backyard pool, 4-year-old Kate Eisenpresser-Davis' friends have been known to pose an intriguing question: "Why does Kate have three mommies?" Lisa Eisenpresser, 44, and her partner, Angela Courtin, 38, share custody of Kate with Eisenpresser's ex-partner. When asked to describe their life, Eisenpresser and Courtin respond with the same word: "Normal. " Days are spent searching for the right balance between work and home, and zigzagging through Mar Vista to meetings, school and gymnastics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1986
I drove my Mustang at 5 in the morning to Pasadena for the parade when I heard over the radio, "Rick Nelson has been killed in a plane crash in Texas." The rock music came on again. I couldn't believe it. Tears came to my eyes. Then, I thought, "What's wrong with you? You don't even know him!" But I do! I grew up with Ozzie and Harriet. All of us baby-boomers did. I'd watch them on television and laugh after a hard day at school. Rick and Dave were like my brothers. Then, later, a crush.
NEWS
January 28, 2002 | AL MARTINEZ
I'm beginning my 50th year in newspapering, and the very idea amazes me. I never thought I'd be able to do any one thing for half a century, but here I am, still pecking away in a field of words like a chicken at chow time, as hungry as ever. I tell you this even though it violates an unspoken rule in the City of Angles never to even hint at how old you might be. When I told a friend what I intended, he replied in a shocked tone, "You're coming out of the closet?" "I'm revealing my age," I said, "not changing my gender."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 1999
"Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol," based on an "unauthorized biography," is a distorted exploitation of a family I love very much: Ricky Nelson, his brother and his mother and father ("Unbalanced Portrait of 'Teen Idol' Rick Nelson in VH1's Biopic," by Steve Hochman, Aug. 21). The Nelsons remain the most decent human beings I have ever known. Those of us who had the good fortune to have worked with them, as I did for five years on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," and to have known them personally know the truth.
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