May 13, 1985 |
Producer Linda Yellen has gotten approval from CBS to go ahead with her TV drama about transsexual Renee Richards. There's plenty to put on the screen. What will not be on the screen? "A bunch of freaks," Yellen replied. Beside her was the TV script for "Second Serve," which is also the title of Richards' autobiography, a medically and sexually explicit book whose rights were purchased by Yellen some time ago.
April 24, 1993 |
When a jazz musician gets together with a string section, don't look for a set full of heated solos. Over the years, recording jazz players with strings has been based around a single concept: pick about a dozen great standards, write soothing string accompaniments designed to be played at a slow to medium tempo, and let the soloist shine. Among the greats who have done it: Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown and Bill Evans.
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July 17, 2002 |
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.
June 6, 2010 |
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.
August 21, 2009 |
There's something eminently appealing about the way RenÃ©e 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.
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July 5, 2006 |
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.
June 28, 2013 |
Matthew Morrison, the "Glee" star who's recently released his second solo album, is planning a duet for the rest of his life: He's newly engaged to Renee Puente, his girlfriend of two years. "An incredible night of LOVE @ejaf Ball," Morrison tweeted Friday, referring to the Elton John AIDS Foundation's White Tie and Tiara Ball, where the news was announced Thursday night. "I'm going to marry my best friend! Happy day for me and @Renee_Puente. " The announcement was made from the stage by John and his partner, David Furnish, according to E!
July 8, 2013 |
President Obama is to present the National Medal of Arts to 12 recipients during a White House ceremony scheduled for Wednesday. Among the winners for 2012 are artist Ellsworth Kelly, soprano Renee Fleming, playwright Tony Kushner and Los Angeles musician and arts philanthropist Herb Alpert. In addition, Obama is expected to award the National Humanities Medal to 12 others, including theater artist Anna Deavere Smith and photographer Camilo Jose Vergara. Wednesday's ceremony is to take place in the East Room of the White House, with the president accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage Kelly was the subject of an exhibition that ran at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last year.
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March 22, 2002 |
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 |
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.