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A probate judge has ruled that the stepdaughter of Orange County developer Henry T. Segerstrom may inherit a trust established by her late mother, but that she is not entitled to collect her mother's artwork, antiques and furniture. Mikette Von Issenberg, 53, the daughter of local arts patron Renee Mary Segerstrom, will now receive the proceeds of three real estate properties. Issenberg had battled Segerstrom for almost two years, saying that her stepfather was holding her inheritance hostage.
January 21, 2013 | Wire reports
Renee's Titan rallied to win the $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes by three-quarters of a length as a 20-1 longshot on Monday at Santa Anita. Ridden by Tyler Baze, Renee's Titan ran 61/2 furlongs in 1:16.14 and paid $43.80, $7.80 and $4.20 while ending a six-race skid. Beholder, who the Eclipse Award as champion filly last weekend, wound up second in her 3-year-old debut. She returned $2.20 and $2.10, and Dawn's Charm was another nose back in third and paid $3.20 to show. Baze rallied Renee's Titan from six lengths behind at six furlongs despite losing his whip in the upper stretch.
January 21, 2014 | By David Ng
Before the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks at this year's Super Bowl, they will be serenaded by soprano Renée Fleming in a performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner. " Fleming has been tapped to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, set for Feb. 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. A publicist for the soprano said it hasn't been determined yet if Fleming will be accompanied by musicians. The Super Bowl is to be broadcast on Fox, with kickoff time scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PST. PHOTOS: LA Opera through the years Fleming joins a long list of performers -- mostly pop stars, including Alicia Keys last year -- to have sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
June 6, 2010 | By Kevin Berger, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's safe to say that if Renee Fleming appeared on "American Idol" and sang "Hallelujah," the Leonard Cohen song immortalized by Jeff Buckley, and a favorite of "Idol" contestants, judges Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi would not say she is "pitchy." "Thank you!" exclaimed the opera star, laughing. Dialing down her soprano to a tenor, Fleming sings a tender version of "Hallelujah" on her surprising new album, "Dark Hope," a set of rock songs by artists including the Arcade Fire, Band of Horses and Death Cab for Cutie.
April 5, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Parents, don't be rotten eggs: If your weekend plans include taking the kids to an Easter egg hunt, please stick to the sidelines -- lest you ruin it for everyone, including your kids. That's the parental takeaway after the annual Easter egg hunt in the Old Colorado City shopping district in Colorado Springs, Colo., was canceled due to safety concerns. Apparently some overly aggressive parents -- or "helicopter parents," to use the trendy term -- were determined to make sure their children got plenty of Easter eggs.  The free Easter egg hunt had been held for at least 11 years, starting as a small community get-together that also helped boost the local economy.
July 5, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Renee Denise Golabek-Kaye, 52, a concert pianist who was coached from an early age by her mother, the late concert pianist Lisa Jura Golabek, died June 12. Her family did not disclose where she died. Golabek-Kaye earned a master's degree at the Juilliard School and made her performance debut at the age of 18. Through her career, she performed at a number of fundraising concerts benefiting Jewish causes.
There's something eminently appealing about the way Renée Zellweger's circa 1953 New York City socialite dispenses with her philandering husband in the lovely little bit of nostalgia that is "My One and Only." She tosses some clothes in a suitcase, pushes the other woman out the door just for good measure, cleans out the safety deposit box, pulls her sons out of prep school, as soon as she can figure out which one they're attending these days, and sets off on a grand adventure nestled in the cushy leather of a baby blue Coupe deVille.
March 22, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rene Assa, 57, a character actor who had a prolific career in films and on television, died March 10 in Los Angeles of lung cancer. Born in Cairo, Assa moved to the United States as a teenager. He began his professional career in the theater, participating in the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival as well as the Mark Taper Forum's New Works Festival. He performed in several Los Angeles productions of plays by Murray Mednick. Assa's film credits include "Walker" and "Postcards From the Edge."
November 2, 1987 | Associated Press
Former Quebec Premier Rene Levesque, a leader in the province's failed fight to secede from Canada, died of a heart attack Sunday night. He was 65. "He had heart problems," a Montreal police spokesman, Constable Marcel Allard, said. "He was rushed to hospital and died." Levesque reportedly suffered a heart attack around 9 p.m. while entertaining guests in his home. Attempts by ambulance attendants and doctors at the Montreal General Hospital to revive him were unsuccessful.
January 29, 2014 | By David Ng
When soprano Renée Fleming takes to MetLife  Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl, she will sing to music performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. But the accompaniment will be a recording, not a live orchestral performance. The New Jersey Symphony confirmed Wednesday that it will provide a recording of "The Star-Spangled Banner" that will play as Fleming performs before the game. The soprano also will be joined by a 32-voice group from military choruses and choirs, according to a Wednesday report in the New York Times.
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