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April 14, 1996 | Jaclyn Easton, Jaclyn Easton is the host of "Log On U.S.A.," which airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on KIEV-AM 870
Relaying timely and accurate celebrity news is the mission of several online destinations, each dishing up reliable and amusing reports on the lifestyles of the rich and famous. A great source for music-related anecdotes is CyberSleaze, found on the World Wide Web at CyberSleaze, written by former MTV veejay Adam Curry, delivers a daily dose of fun and informative tidbits about music notables ranging from Ringo Starr to Courtney Love.
October 14, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins
Agent Roger Richman had a ton of celebrity clients - James Cagney, Mae West, Maria Callas, Albert Einstein, the Marx brothers, Sigmund Freud, Gypsy Rose Lee and W.C. Fields, to name a few. Contrary to expectations, none of them were overly demanding. "I don't have people calling me in the middle of the night saying there aren't enough red M&Ms in the Green Room," he told The Times in a 2001 interview. The reason was simple: By the time he began advocating for them, they were long dead.
May 4, 1987 | NIKKI FINKE, Times Staff Writer
What happens when you put together scions of industry, show business, publishing, broadcasting and philanthropy in one place for the weekend, with some European royalty thrown in for good measure? They play tennis and golf, organize a vollyball game and find loads to talk about over the massage tables.
January 14, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Despite the transparency created by the Internet information explosion, many celebrities and billionaires still try to approach home listing, selling and buying in stealth mode. This week's Hot Property column looks at Madonna shifting gears from a privately shown "pocket listing" last year to an aboveboard one on the Multiple Listing Service to sell her Beverly Hills mansion. Listed at $22.5 million, the compound has been posted with just one aerial photo. Video guest Kofi Natei Nartey of the Agency in Beverly Hills sheds some light on why no one is talking about those secret interiors.
March 1, 1992 | Harry Shearer
For something that's so coveted that half the people in Los Angeles are willing to work in restaurants while waiting for it to happen, celebrityhood can be an ugly can of worms. One isn't supposed to prick its pretty balloon around here because that might discourage a few hundred thousand aspirants from hocking their lives in pursuit of celebrity.
August 18, 1985
I thoroughly enjoyed (and learned from) "Jacques Cousteau--The First 75 Years." How nice it was to see someone honored for genuine achievement in this world, rather than the vacuous loafers regularly saluted on the likes of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" and its noxious brethren, which similarly highlight the inane. Frank Malfitano, Los Angeles
April 27, 1986
"Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" is a great program. We wonder if someone connected with the show couldn't suggest that the quieter, more intimate approach might be desirable, as opposed to the strident shouting of Robin Leach. Better still, get him off the show. William R. Pitts, West Hollywood
May 18, 1986
William R. Pitts suggested (Viewers' Views, April 27) that Robin Leach should be dropped from "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," but that is sort of impossible. It is produced by one of his companies and he is the show's executive producer. I have a solution--he should take some speech lessons, level his range (tone) and speak with a softer accent! O'Ella Hamilton-Saenz, Pico Rivera
February 6, 1988
In "CBS' Bill Stout Getting Star Today" (Feb. 3) Dennis McDougal states that Edward R. Murrow "was a radio actor before he launched into his broadcast journalism career." I checked several sources, including A.M. Sperber's definitive biography of Murrow, and none of them indicate that Murrow ever performed as a radio actor. Indeed, each source indicates that Murrow started as an executive and became a broadcaster only by accident when he was the only person available in Austria when Hitler entered the country in 1938.
February 12, 1989
How could you stoop so low? Your article, "Where the Big Bucks Are" (Jan. 27), is a blatant case of irresponsible journalism. Did your editor and staff writer study at the Journalism School for the Rich and Famous? Even Robin Leach has better taste than to print maps on how to find these so-called "filthy rich"! With serious crime having risen sharply in these areas the past few years, this type of sensationalism shows your complete disregard for civic responsibility. My daughter was terrified to be home alone that day. If large pictures and cheap articles are the only way you can fill your local editions, perhaps it would be better to go back to a solid edition with journalistic merit.
May 14, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
C. David Heymann, a bestselling biographer whose titillating accounts of famous lives often were criticized as inaccurate or dishonest, including a book on heiress Barbara Hutton that was recalled because of factual disputes, has died. He was 67. Heymann died Wednesday after collapsing in the lobby of his New York City apartment building, said his agent, Mel Berger. The cause was believed to be cardiopulmonary failure. Initially a poet and critic, Heymann wrote books on Ezra Pound and Robert Lowell before turning to popular biography with "Poor Little Rich Girl: The Life and Legend of Barbara Hutton," published in 1983.
September 3, 2011 | By Sam Watters, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Imagine it is Labor Day 1924. You've just finished dinner on the porch, the kids are playing next door and the radio just tuned in: "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Today's story is about bestselling author Gene Stratton-Porter. At this very moment she's building a castle in Bel-Air and making her garden a bird and wildflower sanctuary. " Today it's hard to imagine native bird Paris Hilton tending buttercups at her family's Bel-Air manse, but a century ago, before the Westside development was paved and clipped, nature conservation was a serious commitment for the rich and famous.
August 1, 2011 | By Melanie Mason
With no contribution limits standing in their way, Hollywood bigwigs and finance executives shelled out top dollar to outside political groups that are looking to make a big impact in the coming election cycle. In the first half of the year, 91 “super PACs” - committees that can raise unlimited money from individuals, corporations and labor unions, but must work independently from candidates and political parties - raised $26 million, the Sunlight Foundation notes . But the vast majority of that total was raised by a just a handful of groups, whose filings reveal some noteworthy names.
December 2, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Alfred Masini, a pioneer of first-run syndication who created such hit television shows as "Entertainment Tonight" and "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," has died. He was 80. Masini died Monday in Honolulu from complications of melanoma, said Kristin Jackson, his publicist. "He was one of the creative forces in the development of non-network programming and a key force in helping to move the industry away from a three-network environment," Rich Frank, a former president of Disney Studios, said in a statement that called Masini "an early mentor.
August 8, 2010 | By Lauren Hilgers, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Charlie Chaplin stayed there. Noel Coward wrote "Private Lives" from the comfort of one of the suites. The all-night costume balls, boozy dinners and back-room business deals are things of legend in this city once known as the Paris of the Orient. And then suddenly, with the outbreak of war, the party was over at the Peace Hotel. There is no other landmark in Shanghai so closely associated with the city's storied history. The hotel's heyday lasted a scant eight years, from its opening as the Cathay Hotel in 1929 to the outbreak of fighting between Japan and China in 1937.
May 9, 2010 | By Richard Abowitz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Las Vegas On a recent Saturday night, Mike Snedegar, 31, rushed over to Lavo, a trendy restaurant and nightclub at Palazzo. He was coming from sister club Tao at Venetian. At Tao he played celebrity reporter doing the house interviews with a gathering of young actresses, models and-or singers, including Joy Bryant, Jessica Lowndes, Rachel Bilson and Malin Akerman on the red carpet. At Lavo, Snedegar organized a birthday party for reality star Stephanie Pratt.
October 23, 1995 | JAMES BATES
Nobody ever accused the program "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" of being "60 Minutes," nor host Robin Leach of being Mike Wallace. Still, it's hard to match the glowing hyperbole of the program's two-part report that aired in late 1990 and early 1991 on Giancarlo Parretti. The television show proclaimed Parretti "the new King of Hollywood" during the brief period he owned the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio before a French bank foreclosed on him.
October 18, 2009 | Jenn Garbee
Aldous Huxley's eyebrows are so caked with mud in the black-and-white photograph they look as though they might snap off. But the novelist hardly appears concerned with the future state of his eyebrows. More pressing, perhaps, is whether actor Jim Backus, encased in a coffin-like steam box nearby, might melt away more than a few extra martinis. Officially, Huxley was participating in one of the first "men's weeks" at the Golden Door Spa in San Marcos -- 50 years ago this year -- to give a lecture on the "mind-body as one word."
September 27, 2009 | Geoff Boucher
You'd be hard-pressed to find a recent comic book that didn't have the stylish scrawl of the artists somewhere on the cover, but that was not the case when Jack Kirby was making pop-culture history back in the 1960s with his wildly kinetic drawings of the X-Men, Hulk and the Fantastic Four. "I think I have a highly unique and unusual style, and that's the reason I never sign my drawings," the proud Kirby told an interviewer in 1987, seven years before his death. "Everybody could tell any of my covers a mile away on the newsstand, and that satisfied me."
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