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December 21, 2007 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Beverly Allen, a longtime professional dancer who joined the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies late in life and at 87 was the oldest showgirl regularly performing in a chorus, according to the 2005 Guinness World Records, has died. She was 90. Allen, of Tarzana, died of pneumonia Sunday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, according to her daughter Lora Le Maire. "Beverly Allen was . . .
January 14, 2001 | HENRY FENWICK
In the 10 years since retired television producer Riff Markowitz created The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, this lavish re-creation of a Ziegfeld Follies-type show has attracted more than a million and a half people--more than 180,000 a year--to the landmark Plaza Theatre.
April 11, 2002 | Al Martinez
It is my personal belief that a desert is for sidewinders, centipedes, scorpions and small rodents that feed on grubs. I don't think God ever intended it to be occupied by retired cardiologists, octogenarian golfers, aging actors with jet-black hair and old ladies in shorts so tight they can hardly walk. Then why, in all of his secular wisdom, did he create Palm Springs? I ask that with a child's innocence, having just returned from a weekend in the place. I was so happy to be back in L.A., I could have kissed the ground, but I know better than to kiss anything dirty.
How Miss Abbott would have bristled at rehearsal the other day--the two girls tap-dancing to side-by-side spots on a bench, exchanging grins. Clearly having a ball! When the two were together last, Miss Abbott didn't tolerate any tomfoolery. None of the Abbott Dancers ate more than a few crumbs, worried they might be packed off for a skim-milk diet. They didn't dare look at the boys in the band for fear of getting kicked out, like the girl who dated that fellow from Tommy Dorsey's group.
December 3, 1985 | MORGAN GENDEL, Times Staff Writer
In the first season of Home Box Office's half-hour anthology series "The Hitchhiker," production insiders called it " 'The Twilight Zone' with skin." The following year, the unofficial slogan was updated when it was noted that the male character typically met his maker right after enjoying one of the show's trademark sex scenes. It was called "have sex and die."
February 4, 1996 | Diane Haithman, Diane Haithman is a Times staff writer
In the glory days of burlesque, former stripper Joan Arline says, you had to have a gimmick. That's why she became the Sexquire Girl.
February 1, 2004 | Murray Olderman, Murray Olderman is a former sports columnist and the author of 11 books. He has been a member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame since 1993.
From a distance, she can't make out the words on the notice posted on a wall of the Burbank dance studio. She doesn't have her contacts on. Except for one word in boldface caps that catches her eye: FOLLIES! The old hoofer feels a surge of anticipation. "The Folies Bergere must be looking for dancers. Hey, that's me. I almost did them when I was in Paris." She comes closer and sees that it's a casting call for the Palm Springs Follies. "Never heard of it," she thinks.
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