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October 19, 2007 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Joey Bishop, the deadpan comedian who was ABC's answer to NBC's late-night talk show king Johnny Carson in the late 1960s and was the last surviving member of Frank Sinatra's legendary Rat Pack, has died. He was 89. Bishop, who had been in failing health for some time, died Wednesday night at his home in Newport Beach, according to his longtime friend, publicist Warren Cowan. An adept ad-libber with a dry, underplayed sense of humor, Bishop achieved his greatest fame in the '60s.
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March 25, 2014 | Elaine Woo
Patrice Wymore Flynn, a film and television actress who appeared opposite Frank Sinatra in the original "Ocean's Eleven" but earned wider notice for her real-life role as the last wife of matinee idol Errol Flynn, died Saturday at her home in Portland, Jamaica. She was 87 and had pulmonary disease, said family spokesman Robb Callahan. Wymore Flynn began her career on Broadway in the 1940s, performing in musicals such as "Hold It!" and "All for Love. " She made her Hollywood debut in the Doris Day-Gordon MacRae romantic comedy "Tea for Two" in 1950.
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April 7, 2002
On March 21, a Business section article announced "EMI to Cut 1,800 Jobs, Drop 400 Musical Acts," and went on to say the layoffs represented 20% of EMI's work force. Now, on March 31, the Calendar section's Pop Eye announced that EMI made a new $50-million deal with British pop star Robbie Williams in hopes that his Sinatra-clone act will create Ring-a-Ding Mania in America, especially when he duets on "Somethin' Stupid" with dry-ice princess Nicole Kidman. Something stupid, indeed. Please tell me you guys thought March only had 30 days and that this latest item was intended for April 1. JIM DAWSON Hollywood
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January 25, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Donkeys who stare, salesmen who pester, filmmakers who prod, killers who smile and kids who run wild are just a few of the weird, wacky and wonderful ideas that drive the indefinable 66 that fill this year's shorts program at the Sundance Film Festival. With technology making it relatively inexpensive and easy to go from idea to execution, the outer edge of creative invention can often be found in short films. From my sampling of this year's lineup, the further out, the better. Take "Rat Pack Rat," from filmmaker Todd Rohal ("The Guatemalan Handshake")
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April 30, 1997 | ROBERT A. JONES
You sit at the console and the screen flickers to life. Within seconds you are transported to a distant place in your own memory, a place you had long forgotten. But this is no cyberspace trick. It is the power of "old" television. On the screen, the year is 1965. The Rat Pack makes one of its early concert appearances. Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.
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July 30, 2005 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
On Bundy Drive just north of Sunset Boulevard, in the leafy, hillside section of Brentwood, a postage stamp-sized Tudor-style lodge lurks unobtrusively behind a row of hedges. In a block of rebuilt insta-mansions and multimillion-dollar homes, there is little about this low-key cabin to suggest that it was, at the height of Hollywood's Golden Age, headquarters to a clan of the movie industry's most famous names and its most celebrated group of over-the-hill scalawags.
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July 9, 1998 | HEIDI SIEGMUND CUDA
Primo deejay Dean R. Miller gathered up a few cronies and launched the Summit last week. That's a modern-day tribute to what we all know as the Rat Pack--Frank, Dean, Sammy, et al--who actually preferred the Summit moniker to Rat Pack. The Wednesday night hot spot is housed at Matteo's, a Westwood Boulevard restaurant that was an old Sinatra hangout.
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January 22, 1988
The Rat Pack Reunion tour with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin will include an Orange County stop at the Pacific Amphitheatre, although a date for the concert has not been set, an amphitheater source said yesterday. "It's not official and there's no date yet, but they will be playing the Pacific," the source said. Sinatra and Davis appeared at the Pacific last August. The trio's tour marks their first public performances together since the 1960s.
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March 15, 1988 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, Times Staff Writer
Frank Sinatra had just finished belting "What Now My Love" to the 14,500 paying customers packing the Oakland Coliseum Arena on Sunday night when a middle-aged fan approached the stage with a bouquet of purple flowers. "Thank you," said the 72-year-old legend, kneeling down to offer the woman his yellow pocket kerchief in exchange for the bouquet. She clutched it to her bosom and moaned audibly.
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August 21, 1998 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Nothing swings quite like HBO's "The Rat Pack" when it comes to generating publicity and anticipation. Compared to the glitter of Frank Sinatra and his guys, the Kennedys and Vegas, everything else this weekend seems like an obscure lounge act. Yet the chairman of the board is not HBO but Showtime, whose aching story Sunday about adoption, "The Baby Dance," is one of TV's elite movies of the year.
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September 21, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Justin Timberlake said adieu to his single life on Thursday in Las Vegas, as the actor-singer was spotted with a crew of friends celebrating what appeared to be his bachelor party. Kicking off at the Wynn's Sinatra Restaurant, JT and a group of about 25 guys decked out in Rat Pack-esque suits for a meal, according to a Ministry source - more than appropriate as the joint is described as a culinary tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes. Heading to the hotel's Surrender nightclub just before midnight, Timberlake and company climbed out of their formal wear and into bathing suits, splashing in a private infinity pool within a reserved cabana.  Timberlake sipped on 901 tequila, his own brand, while his party opted for vodka and Red Bull.
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January 10, 2012 | By T.L. Stanley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The comparisons will be inevitable between the Starz drama "Magic City" and AMC's critical darling "Mad Men. " So let's get a few of them out of the way. Each is populated with drop-dead-gorgeous dames and rakishly handsome fellas. Both take place in the glamorous Rat Pack era — late '50s, early '60s — when stylish folks drove cars the size of luxury liners and ordered highballs for lunch. They name-check real historical figures like the Kennedys and Frank Sinatra, and social upheaval bubbles in the background.
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December 31, 2011
Singer and actress Kaye Stevens, 79, who performed with the Rat Pack and frequently appeared on Johnny Carson's late-night talk show, died Wednesday at Villages Hospital north of Orlando, Fla. She had breast cancer and blood clots, said her friend Gerry Schweitzer. During the Vietnam War era, Stevens also performed for American soldiers in the war zone with Bob Hope's USO tour. Rat Pack members she shared the stage with included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. She also sang solo at such venues as Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
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March 12, 2011 | By Ashley Powers and Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
The Sahara was once an exotic desert locale where Frank Sinatra could enjoy a cocktail and bathing beauties were paid to frolic in the Garden of Allah pool. In recent years, the hotel-casino has sunk to touting $1 blackjack and a NASCAR Cafe known for its 6-pound burrito. Now the 59-year-old-icon of the Las Vegas Strip is shutting its doors, yet another victim of a deep recession that has squelched the city's tourism for more than three years. In southern Nevada, casinos are frequently bought, sold, remodeled or imploded to make way for new resorts ?
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January 16, 2011 | By Nate Jackson, Los Angeles Times
In the public eye, they lived a fantasy that mere mortals could only dream of. But between the ellipses of Rat Pack lore existed a carnival of leisure, stress, politics, starlets, heartache and happiness. For decades, some of the only photographic evidence was stashed in a cardboard box labeled "Do Not Print. " That is, until now. "The Rat Pack," a limited-edition volume by Reel Art Press, is a sprawling compilation of visual footnotes in the everyday world of Frank Sinatra and his band of brothers.
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December 27, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Alice Schiller was a bit of a prude who didn't swear, drink or smoke, much less endorse women disrobing for entertainment. So when her husband told her he wanted to turn his struggling Hollywood nightclub into a striptease house, she cried. But once she dried her tears, she got down to business, transforming an erstwhile Latin dance and jazz club on a rundown stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard into a Los Angeles landmark: the Pink Pussycat. Opened in 1961, it was pink through and through, just like the inside of Schiller's house and her entire wardrobe.
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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.
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December 7, 2001 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA, TIMES FASHION WRITER
A vintage poster of the Rat Pack--Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop--hangs at the Sy Devore store in Studio City. The debonair babe magnets are dressed in hip threads that made them the Mack Daddies of 1960s cool: sharkskin suits, skinny ties and tailored dress shirts. To look at the guys, you'd think they were decked out in the spare contemporary silhouettes of Prada. The fabrics are fine, the fit immaculate, details noteworthy.
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December 22, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Bob Willoughby, who created iconic portraits of his muse, Audrey Hepburn, and dozens of other celebrities as one of the first still photographers assigned to capture life on Hollywood film sets, has died. He was 82. Willoughby died Friday of cancer at his home in Vence, France, said Claire Willoughby, a daughter-in-law. The rise of Life and Look magazines created a demand for more than routine photo stills from movie sets and led to a career for Willoughby that spanned three decades.
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May 5, 2009 | David Ng
A new musical from Duncan Sheik and a new musical biography of Sammy Davis Jr. are the highlights of the 2009-10 season at the Old Globe in San Diego. The company has announced a lineup of nine productions, the same number as this past season. "Sammy," a world premiere musical about the life of the legendary performer, opens the season on Sept. 17 at the Old Globe Theatre. Featuring the crooner's signature tunes, including songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, the show spans Davis' life from his childhood to his years as a member of the Rat Pack.
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