December 26, 2011 |
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.
June 3, 1989 |
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.
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
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.
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.
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.