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March 3, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Jerry Buss did not enroll as a USC graduate student with aspirations of becoming one of the most successful owners in professional sports history. As a youngster, he thought he might be a photographer. But in high school, he shifted his focus to becoming a chemist. "I wanted to go on and teach school in a big university, preferably one with a really good football team," he once said in a television interview, "and that's why I went to USC. " The University of Wyoming graduate earned a master's degree and then a PhD in physical chemistry from USC in 1957, becoming the Dr. Jerry Buss who made a fortune in real estate and purchased the Lakers a little more than two decades later.
October 3, 2006 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
On Nov. 10, 2004, in 30 minutes of close combat, Marine Pfc. Christopher Adlesperger, a soft-spoken, religious young man who loved poetry and art, attacked an enemy stronghold in Fallouja, Iraq, and killed at least 11 insurgents. He killed them with his M-16 and with his grenade launcher. He killed them at such close range he could hear the blood gurgling in their mouths and noses.
January 15, 1995 | JOE MORGENSTERN, Joe Morgenstern is a journalist and screenwriter who lives in Santa Monica
At this time last year, when Aaron Bacon was 16, his young life was in tumult, though it was still a life. A funny, endearing kid for most of his privileged childhood, Aaron had changed, within a matter of months, into a testy, withdrawn stranger. A gifted kid who had loved to write poetry in a lyrical mode, he was ditching school and lying about it. As his grades slipped, his writing lost its literary luster. More and more, his poems read like death-rock lyrics from the backs of old vinyl-album covers.
Instead of the love of her children, Hannah Nash has a condominium. It's a very nice condominium, worth maybe a million, more or less, depending on the real estate market. The condo and some other choice property are probably the closest she has to family after her self-declared Byzantine struggle with her two sons over the family's multimillion-dollar real-estate holdings. From all indications, the sons would agree. Located on the 14th floor in one of those West L. A.
January 20, 2009 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Totaled together, the first two "Chronicles of Narnia" films grossed nearly $1.2 billion around the world, making it one of the most successful box-office franchises in recent years. So why would Disney, which co-financed and co-produced the films with Phil Anschutz's Walden Media, walk away from such a valuable property? The back story is messy, involving an ugly dispute between Disney and Anschutz, a true battle of the titans.
November 24, 2002 | Steve Springer, Steve Springer is a Times staff writer. He wrote "The Encylopedia of the Lakers" and co-authored, along with Scott Ostler, "Winnin' Times, the Magical Journey of the Los Angeles Lakers."
The most powerful female sports executive in the country was sweating profusely in the wilds of Montana, part of a month-long vacation at her boyfriend's lakeside retreat. During an afternoon outing picking huckleberries, she found herself playing a role--a sort of Beverly Hillbilly in reverse--that didn't come naturally, though she was coping.
Betty Grable slept there. And, as legend has it, so did Mickey Rooney, Harry James and dozens of other stars from the 1940s, '50s and '60s. The Cockatoo Inn in Hawthorne used to be a gathering place for the elite of Los Angeles. Today, the hotel is trying to rebound after two decades of decline that drove away much of its clientele.
January 24, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher
Mel Gibson took a deep breath, shook his head and stared down at his palms. "I just can't do this. You've got me at a disadvantage." The movie star, his voice a croak, was a mere 19 minutes into an interview, but it was clear there was no way he was going to make it to 20. "I'm coming rapidly to the conclusion that right now, today, my brain cannot function. Honestly? I'm six days off the cigarette. You're looking at someone who's having a pretty bad withdrawal from a 45-year habit."
August 8, 2009 | LAUREN BEALE
Hugh Hefner and his wife, Kimberley , have sold their personal residence, just a hop away from the Playboy Mansion next door in Holmby Hills, for $18 million. The buyer is Daren Metropoulos, a 25-year-old entrepreneur who will be moving from Beverly Hills. The son of equity investor C. Dean Metropoulos, he originally intended to purchase the estate for the value of its 2.3 acres but now plans to keep the 7,300-square-foot English Manor-style house. The two-story home, built in 1929, has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms and sits behind gates on a flat site that backs up to the Los Angeles Country Club.
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