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September 18, 2006 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Patricia Kennedy Lawford, a sister of President John F. Kennedy whose wedding to actor Peter Lawford in the 1950s was one of the first marriages of politics and Hollywood and provided her brother with many of his closest entertainment industry ties, has died. She was 82. Lawford died Sunday at her home in New York City of complications from pneumonia, according to a statement from the Kennedy family. "My sister Pat is irreplaceable," Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) said in the statement.
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April 12, 2014 | Steve Chawkins
Today, the image would have gone viral in an instant: The president of the United States, dripping wet in swim trunks before a throng of excited beachgoers, trading a look and a laugh with an attractive woman in a polka-dot bikini. But well before the Internet's relentless rationing of spontaneous fame, the 1962 photo of President Kennedy at Santa Monica's beach made quite a splash. For a Los Angeles woman named Eva Ban, its effect lasted a lifetime. Ban was the woman in the two-piece swimsuit, which was called a bikini in news accounts but was modest by today's standards.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 1998 | CLIFF ROTHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"It's the program of the moment," said the personal assistant of one of the Sinatras, referring to HBO's "The Rat Pack." This was not an exclamation of celebration but of media-savvy resignation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2006 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Patricia Kennedy Lawford, a sister of President John F. Kennedy whose wedding to actor Peter Lawford in the 1950s was one of the first marriages of politics and Hollywood and provided her brother with many of his closest entertainment industry ties, has died. She was 82. Lawford died Sunday at her home in New York City of complications from pneumonia, according to a statement from the Kennedy family. "My sister Pat is irreplaceable," Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) said in the statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 1988 | DEBORAH CAULFIELD and STEVE WEINSTEIN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
An unreleased low-budget movie starring Peter Lawford and Carol Wayne (both of whom are deceased) may find its way to the big screen because it includes some racy scenes of Vanna White. "Gypsy Angels," filmed six years ago, shows the "Wheel of Fortune" letter-turner cavorting in a G-string and in an erotic shower scene in which she is seen in silhouette. The movie is caught in a tangle of lawsuits, but one of its main backers, Pizza Hut franchiser Jack Bicknell, is trying to get it released.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 1986
In the interesting item by Pat H. Broeske previewing the upcoming book "Bitch--The Autobiography of Lady May Lawford," considerable attention was given to the obvious disparity in age between my wife Lady Lawford and me (Outtakes, Sept. 7). Her last husband, Sir Sydney Lawford, was 45 years older than she was. Her son, actor Peter Lawford, married three wives that were younger than his children by Patricia Kennedy. My fellow UCLA graduate school classmates seemed to place the situation in clear perspective by referring to Lady Lawford and me as "the Harold and Maude of society."
BOOKS
July 21, 1991 | Chris Goodrich
PETER LAWFORD: The Man Who Kept the Secrets by James Spada (Bantam: $22.50; 504 pp.). It was a sorry ending for Peter Lawford on Christmas Eve, 1983. Broke, alcoholic, addicted to drugs and virtually friendless, Lawford died of kidney and liver failure, and even in death managed to grab only the third lead--one obituary headline read: "Kennedy in-law was last to speak to Marilyn Monroe."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2014 | Steve Chawkins
Today, the image would have gone viral in an instant: The president of the United States, dripping wet in swim trunks before a throng of excited beachgoers, trading a look and a laugh with an attractive woman in a polka-dot bikini. But well before the Internet's relentless rationing of spontaneous fame, the 1962 photo of President Kennedy at Santa Monica's beach made quite a splash. For a Los Angeles woman named Eva Ban, its effect lasted a lifetime. Ban was the woman in the two-piece swimsuit, which was called a bikini in news accounts but was modest by today's standards.
NEWS
December 6, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Though the Rat Pack's heyday was 40 years ago, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop still represent the epitome of hipness and cool. They played hard and drank hard--they always seem to have a drink in one hand and a cigarette or some gorgeous babe in the other. They appeared in concert together in Las Vegas and made several movies--some entertaining, some just dreadful. The Rat Pack performances have been released on CD.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 1998 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Which Way to the Rat Pack?" is the name of a new dinner show at the Casino Royale in Las Vegas, but the title would work just as well in deconstructing the buzz surrounding two movies in the works about the merry band of superstars that included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. Both Warner Bros. and HBO Pictures, the two film companies with Rat Pack movies in the works, aren't commenting on the record on their projects.
NEWS
December 6, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Though the Rat Pack's heyday was 40 years ago, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop still represent the epitome of hipness and cool. They played hard and drank hard--they always seem to have a drink in one hand and a cigarette or some gorgeous babe in the other. They appeared in concert together in Las Vegas and made several movies--some entertaining, some just dreadful. The Rat Pack performances have been released on CD.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2000 | ANN W. O'NEILL
Has Robert Downey Jr. paid his debt to society? His lawyers think so. They say it's paid in full and then some. And on Thursday they will ask the state Court of Appeal in Los Angeles to set the actor free. Santa Monica lawyer Robert Waters will lead the charge, arguing that Downey already has served his time. He contends that the Malibu judge who gave Downey the max, sending him to the big house for three years, made legal and mathematical errors in calculating the sentence.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 1998 | CLIFF ROTHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"It's the program of the moment," said the personal assistant of one of the Sinatras, referring to HBO's "The Rat Pack." This was not an exclamation of celebration but of media-savvy resignation.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 1998 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Which Way to the Rat Pack?" is the name of a new dinner show at the Casino Royale in Las Vegas, but the title would work just as well in deconstructing the buzz surrounding two movies in the works about the merry band of superstars that included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. Both Warner Bros. and HBO Pictures, the two film companies with Rat Pack movies in the works, aren't commenting on the record on their projects.
BOOKS
July 21, 1991 | Chris Goodrich
PETER LAWFORD: The Man Who Kept the Secrets by James Spada (Bantam: $22.50; 504 pp.). It was a sorry ending for Peter Lawford on Christmas Eve, 1983. Broke, alcoholic, addicted to drugs and virtually friendless, Lawford died of kidney and liver failure, and even in death managed to grab only the third lead--one obituary headline read: "Kennedy in-law was last to speak to Marilyn Monroe."
NEWS
December 25, 1988 | GERRI HIRSHEY, The Washington Post
Beginning in February of this year, I tried to interview journalist/author Kitty Kelley for this article. I called her home in Georgetown and left messages on her answering machine, which played Sinatra singing "My Way." She called back a week later and politely demurred. "Tell your editor I'm not sanguine towards it," she said. Shortly thereafter, she announced that her next subject would be Nancy Reagan. The advance is believed to be about $3.5 million. I called again. And again.
NEWS
December 25, 1988 | GERRI HIRSHEY, The Washington Post
Beginning in February of this year, I tried to interview journalist/author Kitty Kelley for this article. I called her home in Georgetown and left messages on her answering machine, which played Sinatra singing "My Way." She called back a week later and politely demurred. "Tell your editor I'm not sanguine towards it," she said. Shortly thereafter, she announced that her next subject would be Nancy Reagan. The advance is believed to be about $3.5 million. I called again. And again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2000 | ANN W. O'NEILL
Has Robert Downey Jr. paid his debt to society? His lawyers think so. They say it's paid in full and then some. And on Thursday they will ask the state Court of Appeal in Los Angeles to set the actor free. Santa Monica lawyer Robert Waters will lead the charge, arguing that Downey already has served his time. He contends that the Malibu judge who gave Downey the max, sending him to the big house for three years, made legal and mathematical errors in calculating the sentence.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 1988 | DEBORAH CAULFIELD and STEVE WEINSTEIN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
An unreleased low-budget movie starring Peter Lawford and Carol Wayne (both of whom are deceased) may find its way to the big screen because it includes some racy scenes of Vanna White. "Gypsy Angels," filmed six years ago, shows the "Wheel of Fortune" letter-turner cavorting in a G-string and in an erotic shower scene in which she is seen in silhouette. The movie is caught in a tangle of lawsuits, but one of its main backers, Pizza Hut franchiser Jack Bicknell, is trying to get it released.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 1986
In the interesting item by Pat H. Broeske previewing the upcoming book "Bitch--The Autobiography of Lady May Lawford," considerable attention was given to the obvious disparity in age between my wife Lady Lawford and me (Outtakes, Sept. 7). Her last husband, Sir Sydney Lawford, was 45 years older than she was. Her son, actor Peter Lawford, married three wives that were younger than his children by Patricia Kennedy. My fellow UCLA graduate school classmates seemed to place the situation in clear perspective by referring to Lady Lawford and me as "the Harold and Maude of society."
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