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August 20, 1987 | NIKKI FINKE, Times Staff Writer
He was winding up four days of routine financial meetings in Philadelphia and had told his administrative assistant to confirm his return flight to Los Angeles. He had just finished reading Allan Bloom's "The Closing of the American Mind" and was looking for another good book. He was trying to figure out when he could reschedule dinner with actor Vincent Price. And, as he always did whenever he went out of town, Edgar Rosenberg kept in close telephone contact with his wife. "I spoke to him the day before," comedienne Joan Rivers said Tuesday night, her voice filled with disbelief and anguish.
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March 31, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Scholar Jonathan Bate has been at work on his biography of British poet Ted Hughes for four years. He was surprised to recently learn that the Hughes estate had withdrawn its support of the book. Hughes was British poet laureate from 1984 until his death in 1998. Much beloved at home, the prolific writer has been less well-regarded by some fans of Sylvia Plath, who committed suicide when she was married to Hughes. Bate, a Shakespeare scholar, was at work on a biography that would tie together Hughes' life and work.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2010
Jane Smiley, the California author of a dozen wildly different books, tackles half a century of events in the life of Margaret Early, a plain girl who gets married off to an eccentric scientist, in "Private Life." The pair move to San Francisco, where they suffer a series of internal and external disasters, but the knowledge that Margaret has married a madman is what keeps the pages turning. The Washington Post has called "Private Life" a "quantum leap" for this already accomplished writer, who will sign her latest work.
SPORTS
December 2, 2013 | By David Wharton
British diver Tom Daley, a teenage star at the 2012 London Olympics, has revealed that he is in a relationship with a man. Daley made his announcement by posting a video Monday on YouTube. "In spring this year my life changed massively when I met someone, and they make me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great," he said. "And that someone is a guy. " He also said: "Of course I still fancy girls but right now I'm dating a guy and I couldn't be happier. " The bronze medalist said he took to the Internet because of continued speculation about his private life.
WORLD
July 8, 2009 | Henry Chu
No one accuses Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of being a reluctant host. In fact, as he greets the world leaders jetting in to Italy today for a three-day summit, the billionaire head of government's problem is just the opposite: Eyebrows are raised at home and abroad at Berlusconi's willingness to welcome guests who tend to be young, photogenic women.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2001 | JANA J. MONJI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Noel Coward has been sighted yet again. In "Private Life," at the Hudson Guild Theatre, Craig Archibald is a suave, troubled Coward woozily waking up at New York's Plaza Hotel while on tour to promote his new autobiography. The production at the Hudson follows the recently closed "A Private Spirit . . . A Celebration of the Music and Wit of Noel Coward," in which Don Snell played Coward at the Tiffany. Where Snell inspired ennui, Archibald projects it.
NEWS
June 26, 1997 | JONATHAN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Responding to a report that Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth W. Starr is investigating President Clinton's private life, Clinton's advocates, including two former White House attorneys, unleashed a furious assault on Starr for conducting "a salacious witch hunt," and demanded that he either renounce it or quit. "Looking into the president's private life is nothing more than prurient excess," Abner J.
NEWS
February 17, 1993 | ROBIN ABCARIAN
She has never married. She has no children. Our attorney general-designate has no nanny problem, no pesky tax troubles. From all descriptions, it appears she has virtually no life at all outside work. How lucky we are! In Miami prosecutor Janet Reno, we at last have the perfect candidate. At 54, Reno, in her unfashionable glasses and nondescript blue dress, is a little dowdy, a little self-deprecating. Not your expensively suited corporate lawyer type.
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November 15, 2003 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
When he wants a break from the stresses of public office, Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger will have an appealing recourse: to disappear. Schwarzenegger owns a private jet. He has tens of millions in the bank, a cadre of security guards and a sprawling home in Sun Valley, Idaho. Unlike Gov. Gray Davis, who was often seen traipsing through airports to catch a flight on Southwest Airlines, Schwarzenegger can get away when he wants to do so -- quickly and discreetly.
NEWS
May 3, 1990 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First Lady Barbara Bush offered a strong defense of private lives, including her own, saying Wednesday that she sympathizes with Wellesley College students who raised questions about her speaking at their graduation, but she thinks they don't understand "where I am coming from." "That's all right," Mrs. Bush said. "I chose to live the life I've lived, and I think it has been a fabulously exciting, interesting, involved life. I hope some of them will choose the same. . . .
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Nigella Lawson judges cooking on ABC's reality competition "The Taste," but lately the British lifestyle expert's private life is cooking up serious trouble that may threaten her role on the show. Lawson's ex-husband Charles Saatchi accused her in a letter made public during a British court case this week of being "off her head" due to habitual abuse of cocaine and prescription drugs. Calling his ex-wife "Higella," he said Lawson also gave drugs to her 19-year-old daughter Cosima.
SPORTS
September 17, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Directors Michael Hamilton and Corey Ogilvie have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $110,000 in funding to market "Nash: The Documentary. " The documentary gives insight into the life of Lakers point guard Steve Nash, focusing on his personas as athlete, philanthropist and family man. "I think you're measured not just by your skill or your fame or your wealth, but by your character," President Obama says in the film.  "I think by...
SPORTS
May 11, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Maria Sharapova, the epitome of grace and elegance on and off the court, has kept her private life rather private over the years, including her romance and subsequent engagement to former Laker Sasha Vujacic. Since the former No. 1 women's tennis player in the world called off the wedding plans last year with Vujacic, there had been plenty of speculation as to budding romances. That has come to an end. During the Madrid Open this week, Sharapova was photographed hand in hand and lip to lip with Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov.
SPORTS
January 22, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers' new owners have made some nice moves, some intriguing moves and some absolutely blockbuster moves since they took over last May. On Tuesday they upped their game to a completely brilliant move. There's being fan-friendly, and then there is this: The return of Sandy Koufax. Koufax will officially join the organization this season as a special advisor to team chairman Mark Walter. He is scheduled to attend a portion of spring training to work with pitchers and consult with the team throughout the year.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Prince Harry is speaking out for the first time about those naked photos of him that caused a royal kerfuffle over the summer. "It was probably a classic example of me probably being too much army, and not enough prince. It's a simple case of that," the royal said during a BBC interview at his military base in Afghanistan. "Back home all my close friends rallied round me and were great. " VIDEO: Kate Middleton's portrait unveiled The au naturel photos were taken of the prince, 28, in Las Vegas last August  after he lost a game of strip billiards . They were obtained by TMZ and published online, then later published in Britain's Sun tabloid.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Receiving the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award during the Golden Globes telecast is usually a time for some  benignly pleasant remarks. Jodie Foster, however, used the platform Sunday night to publicly address her sexuality and private life. Introduced by Robert Downey Jr., who captured the freewheeling, slightly needling spirit one might more typically expect, Foster declared what "feels like the end of one era and the beginning of something else. " The actor-director seized the moment for an obliquely playful, complex and emotional speech in the middle of an evening otherwise reserved for glitzy Hollywood puffery.
NEWS
February 5, 1994 | Associated Press
Former Defense Secretary Les Aspin returned to private life Friday, praising his successor and the country's military leaders. "I know that as I leave this job, America's security is in great hands," the former Wisconsin congressman said at a ceremony in his honor at Ft. Myer. Aspin, who chaired the House Armed Services Committee before President Clinton nominated him as defense secretary, resigned two months ago. William J. Perry, who had held the No.
NEWS
June 18, 1991 | CONSTANCE CASEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's not easy for a literary biographer to pin down what makes a writer great. Biographers often recount the details of writers' lives without facing up to the very tough question of what it is that makes their subjects worth writing about. In this life of one of the saddest and oddest of a sad and odd crowd--the late-Victorian poets--Robert Bernard Martin, in a very subtle way, defines what makes Gerard Manley Hopkins great.
WORLD
July 29, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - An engineering student is killed for walking with his fiancee by men reportedly linked to a group called the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. Women are harassed for not wearing veils, owners of liquor stores say they're being threatened, and fundamentalists are calling for sex segregation on buses and in workplaces. Egypt's recent election of an Islamist president has rekindled a long-suppressed display of public piousness that has aroused both "moral vigilantism" and personal acts of faith, such as demands that police officers and flight attendants be allowed to grow beards.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Johnny Carson did not invent late-night television - he wasn't even the first (or second) host of "The Tonight Show," which he captained for 30 years until he quit the business cold in 1992 - but he is the most important person ever to have made it his home. His name may mean increasingly little to younger generations, but late-night is still very much the thing he created, shepherded by hosts formed in his image. Any time a talk-show host plays disaster for comedy, building more laughs on the back of a dud joke than he might be getting with a live one, you are watching the shade of Johnny Carson.
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