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November 6, 2007 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Peter Viertel, the novelist, memoirist and screenwriter best known for his books chronicling episodes in the lives of Ernest Hemingway and John Huston, has died. He was 86. Viertel died of lymphoma Sunday in the Spanish coastal resort of Marbella, according to Paula Kane, a family friend. His death came less than three weeks after his wife of 47 years, actress Deborah Kerr, died in Suffolk, England, also at 86.
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November 6, 2007 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Peter Viertel, the novelist, memoirist and screenwriter best known for his books chronicling episodes in the lives of Ernest Hemingway and John Huston, has died. He was 86. Viertel died of lymphoma Sunday in the Spanish coastal resort of Marbella, according to Paula Kane, a family friend. His death came less than three weeks after his wife of 47 years, actress Deborah Kerr, died in Suffolk, England, also at 86.
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February 28, 1995 | ELAINE KENDALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The epigraph for this appealing novel is the rule for Hollywood gin rummy, a variation of the game in which one player is dealt 11 cards; the other, 10. After the first hand has been played, the loser always deals. Although Robert Masters, the engaging narrator, seems to consider himself a loser, he's far too resilient, charming and genial to deserve the label. His self-esteem may be a degree or two below normal, but that merely lends his prose a pleasantly ironic edge.
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February 28, 1995 | ELAINE KENDALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The epigraph for this appealing novel is the rule for Hollywood gin rummy, a variation of the game in which one player is dealt 11 cards; the other, 10. After the first hand has been played, the loser always deals. Although Robert Masters, the engaging narrator, seems to consider himself a loser, he's far too resilient, charming and genial to deserve the label. His self-esteem may be a degree or two below normal, but that merely lends his prose a pleasantly ironic edge.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 1988 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, Times Staff Writer
Barely done wrangling with John Huston over a rewrite of "The African Queen," screenwriter Peter Viertel produced a novel that is still regarded as a masterpiece of Hollywood literature. Published in 1953, Viertel's "White Hunter, Black Heart" was a thinly fictionalized account of the tense relationship between screenwriter "Pete Verrill" and a romantic, obsessive movie director, "John Wilson."
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September 9, 1990 | JACK MATHEWS
'I 've got a little proposition to make you," he said, enjoying the moment. "How would you like to go to Africa?" "Sure, " I said, living up to his notion of me. "Where in Africa?" "Darkest Africa," he said. "The very darkest bloody corner of Africa we can find."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 1989 | Claudia Puig, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Clint Eastwood, in Zimbabwe to film his latest movie, said Sunday that he hoped his first African film venture will encourage the conservation of wild animals, particularly the African elephant. The movie, "White Hunter, Black Heart," will criticize the obsessional hunting of big game animals for ivory or souvenirs, Eastwood said. "I think it is better in the long run to have animals alive than dead trinkets," he said. "I personally will not buy ivory for this reason." He is producer, director and star of the movie, based on Peter Viertel's novel set in Africa during the filming of John Huston's classic "The African Queen."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 1990 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
You see, movies are all foolishness . . . an exercise in insanity . . . pure madness. . . . But, as we're in this thing, well, we might as well bluff our way through to the bitter end. --John Wilson, in Peter Viertel's "White Hunter, Black Heart." Films about moviemaking often veer between honey and gall: the sweetness of self-celebration, the acid of iconoclasm. In "White Hunter, Black Heart" (citywide), Clint Eastwood reaches for the acid.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1989 | David Pecchia \f7
Eyewitness to Murder (Armritraj). Shooting in L.A. Thriller with Andrew Stevens protecting an artist who witnesses the murder of the gallery owner at one of her shows. It's tricky here because she's blinded during the homicide and must escape someone whom she cannot see, a la "Wait Until Dark." Executive producer Ahsok Armritraj. Producer Victor Bhalla. Director Jag Mundhra. Screenwriters Karen Baldwin and Michael Potts. Also stars Baldwin, Sherilyn Walter, Adrian Zmed and Carl Strano.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 1990 | MICHELA WRONG, REUTERS
The usually taciturn Clint Eastwood's acting career takes a new turn in "White Hunter, Black Heart," which received its world premiere in Cannes today. Eastwood sprang to fame as the near-silent hero of "spaghetti" westerns and pared his script down to little more than a husky "Make my day" as detective Dirty Harry. But he waxes positively wordy in his role as devil-may-care director John Wilson, a closely modeled portrait of the legendary John Huston.
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September 9, 1990 | JACK MATHEWS
'I 've got a little proposition to make you," he said, enjoying the moment. "How would you like to go to Africa?" "Sure, " I said, living up to his notion of me. "Where in Africa?" "Darkest Africa," he said. "The very darkest bloody corner of Africa we can find."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 1988 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, Times Staff Writer
Barely done wrangling with John Huston over a rewrite of "The African Queen," screenwriter Peter Viertel produced a novel that is still regarded as a masterpiece of Hollywood literature. Published in 1953, Viertel's "White Hunter, Black Heart" was a thinly fictionalized account of the tense relationship between screenwriter "Pete Verrill" and a romantic, obsessive movie director, "John Wilson."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 1990 | From United Press International
Actress Marisa Berenson has been a jet-setter, a chic international figure, as a child, as a girl and as a young woman living in Paris and Manhattan. She is, after all, a granddaughter of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli and she led a charmed and somewhat indulged life as an offspring of the rich and famous. Berenson, tall and elegant, made her major movie debut 15 years ago co-starring with Ryan O'Neal in Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon." Playing an 18th-Century aristocrat came easily to her.
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December 31, 1993 | BARBARA SALTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Among films deserving the complete laser-disc treatment, "The African Queen" has to be high on the list. * So there is good reason to cheer that it gets the deluxe treatment in a limited commemorative boxed edition (CBS-Fox Video/Image Entertainment, $70) that not only includes a restored digital remastered copy of the film, but also two books and eight lobby card reproductions.
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