July 24, 1998 |
The days are numbered for one of Laguna Beach's celebrity houses, the former oceanfront home of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. Come October, if all goes according to plan, the three-bedroom, single-story house perched atop a bluff in the gated neighborhood of Lagunita will be razed. Tony and Jane Ciabattoni, the new owners, will then begin building a two-story, Italian country house reminiscent of those on the southern coast of Italy. Designed by Newport Beach architect Brion S.
October 3, 2002 |
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.
December 19, 1995 |
Bob Dole divorced Phyllis a long time ago. But Phyllis (who married a rancher from Kansas, then wed her old high school sweetheart when the rancher died) says she's always liked Bob's second wife, Elizabeth. Bob and Phyllis' daughter, Robin, considers Elizabeth one of her best friends and has brunch with them every Sunday in Washington when she can.
March 5, 1995 |
Nicky Silver sits on a bench in New York City's Union Square Park not far from the Vineyard Theatre, the site of last season's acclaimed production of his play, "Pterodactyls," and where his new work, "Raised in Captivity," opened to excellent reviews last week. A photographer snaps away, capturing the 34-year-old playwright in his usual sartorial splendor--penny loafers, white socks, khakis, vest, tie, shirt and overcoat.
December 5, 1991 |
For Desi Arnaz Jr., portraying his father, Desi Sr., in the upcoming film "The Mambo Kings" provided a moment of deja vu . "The movie's sound stage was re-created at the old Desilu studios on Cahuenga where they originally filmed 'I Love Lucy,' " he said. For Desi Jr., the son of the late Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, it was like returning to his birthplace. For, on Jan. 19, 1953, millions of viewers tuned in as Lucy Ricardo had a baby boy on the show.
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April 21, 2011 |
Sol Saks, a veteran television writer and playwright who created the classic 1960s sitcom "Bewitched," has died. He was 100. Saks, a longtime Sherman Oaks resident, died Saturday of respiratory failure as a result of pneumonia at Sherman Oaks Hospital, said his wife, Sandra. Although Saks wrote the pilot script for the sitcom "Bewitched," he never penned another episode of the popular series about a witch married to a mortal. It ran on ABC from 1964 to 1972 and starred Elizabeth Montgomery and, originally, Dick York.
June 12, 1994 |
It is a rare quiet day at the Santa Monica villa of computer software king Peter Norton and his wife, Eileen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has recently come and gone, as have William Gray, head of the United Negro College Fund, a group of 800 looky-loos on a garden tour and the guests at a preschool fund raiser. The Nortons are hanging out at the kitchen table. Their butler, who used to work for Malcolm Forbes, hovers discreetly. "We're ordinary.
April 6, 2002
With all the talk about violence on TV, what about simple rudeness? When I watch "NYPD Blue," "ER" or any other of the popular TV shows, I am stunned by the unrelentingly rude, humorless and abrasive manner of the characters. I couldn't spend two minutes with such people. I am glad I grew up on the television fare of the 1950s such as "I Love Lucy," "My Little Margie" and "Ozzie and Harriet." The characters were sweet and gracious, as are most people in real life. A popular TV psychologist recently talked about the "Never-never land of Ozzie and Harriet."
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July 27, 2006 |
Barbara Eiler Sperzel, 79, actress on radio and television from the 1940s through the '60s, died July 16 at Sherman Oaks Hospital of complications from hip surgery. The Los Angeles native started acting as a teenager and appeared regularly on the radio programs "The Life of Riley," "A Day in the Life of Dennis Day," "The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy" and "Glamor Manor."
November 14, 1992
Regina Carrol, 49, star of several cult horror films, among them "Satan's Sadists," directed by her husband, Al Adamson. She also made "The Female Bunch," "Dracula vs. Frankenstein" and her last film, the 1982 movie "Carnival Magic." Her more conventional pictures included "Two Rode Together" with James Stewart, and "Viva Las Vegas" with Elvis Presley. On TV, she was seen in "Route 66" and the Dinah Shore and "Ozzie and Harriet" shows. In St. George, Utah, on Nov. 4 of cancer.