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August 29, 2011
What popular actor appeared on Broadway with Bob Hope in the 1933 musical "Roberta" before making his film debut in 1935's "The Gilded Lily"? Fred MacMurray
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September 4, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Flavia Pennetta advanced to her first Grand Slam semifinal by upsetting fellow Italian and 10th-seeded Roberta Vinci on Wednesday, 6-4, 6-1, at the U.S. Open. The  31-year-old Pennetta had become the first Italian woman to be ranked in the top 10 but since  has been surpassed by several women, including Sara Errani, who seeded fourth for the U.S. Open, and Vinci from Italy. Pennetta was ranked 83rd. Pennetta and Vinci, former doubles partners, gave each other a long hug and Vinci gave Pennetta a kiss on the cheek and whispered into her ear, "Brava.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1999 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thirteen-year-old Roberta could hear the promise of the United States pouring from her father's voice as she sat at home in Romania listening on the telephone. Though she never met him face to face, she knew he would be her savior. He would sweep her away from the country she learned to hate after being abandoned at age 1 by her mother and forced to live with relatives that either beat or neglected her. And at first Roberta's father seemed to come through, making arrangements in 1997 for the pretty daughter he last saw as a newborn to come live with him in La Verne.
SPORTS
September 2, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Rain has arrived at the U.S. Open and so far it has caused the match between No. 2-seeded Victoria Azarenka and 13th-seeded Ana Ivanovic to be postponed until Tuesday. So far the only lucky finisher is 10th-seeded Roberta Vinci, who beat fellow Italian countrywoman Camila Giorgi, 6-4, 6-2, in 67 minutes Monday. Giorgi had upset sixth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, a former U.S. Open finalist, but her enthusiasm and power were matched and bettered by the 30-year-old Vinci.
NEWS
June 6, 1986
UC Berkeley student Bradley Page said under cross-examination that he was "fairly certain" that he was at home writing a paper the night of Nov. 4, 1984, when his girlfriend was killed. Police contend that Page confessed killing Roberta (Bib) Lee of Cambridge, Mass., a fellow University of California student, and then burying her in the Oakland Hills.
SPORTS
March 22, 1986 | MIKE DOWNEY, Times Staff Writer
When Kenny Walker talks about Roberta, Georgia, he is not talking about a couple of Kentucky cheerleaders. Roberta, Ga., is your basic small country town, where everybody knows everybody, he said. "There isn't much to do there. If you're a kid there, you're either out playing basketball or you're watching it on TV." Walker grew up in Roberta, maybe 90 miles from here.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 1987 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
After seeing his powerful "Savage in Limbo," which recently closed at the Cast, it's fair to say that John Patrick Shanley's "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea," which just opened next door at the Cast-at-the-Circle, is one of those early pieces writers need to write and often regret.
NEWS
August 27, 1989 | Alice Kahn
I was sitting in one of those bookstore cafes when I noticed a tall, dark man in the distance browsing economics, and I thought to myself: Wow. I just felt attracted, you know? Several seconds passed before I realized: That was no man; that was my husband. There is probably no discovery on Earth happier than the realization that you are in love with the person you happen to be married to. It's the kind of thing you don't think about all the time. Especially if you've been married for 23 years.
TRAVEL
February 25, 2007 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
SIX years ago -- or was it a dream? -- I spent a day and a half in southern Italy on the Adriatic coast, and there I was left mesmerized by the sun-bleached stone, the blue sky, turquoise sea and dazzling white hilltop towns with twisting cobblestoned streets. I feasted on exquisitely pristine seafood and savored homemade orecchiette sauced with limpid green olive oil and bittersweet rapini served in shallow bowls decorated with blue dots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1988 | PATT MORRISON and ANN WIENER, Times Staff Writers
They arose early and got themselves all decked out: she in a midcalf dress of some soft beige, he in a jacket and tie--the first tie Scott Roston's roommate had ever seen him wear. Scott Roston and Karen Waltz raced to Las Vegas on Feb. 4 in his leased red Toyota two-seater and were wed in a $25 civil ceremony in a marriage commissioner's office enlivened by some blue and white artificial flowers. Then they raced back to Santa Monica.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Being nominated for an Emmy for her supporting turn on "Veep" was the second-best thing to happen to Anna Chlumsky last month. The actress, who broke into the business with the 1991 coming-of-age movie "My Girl," gave birth to a girl of her own a week before nominations were announced. The recognition for her sharp turn as Amy, the careerist chief of staff for Julia Louis-Dreyfus' vice president, is further confirmation that Chlumsky made the right choice by returning to acting after a hiatus of a few years.
IMAGE
May 12, 2013 | Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
There are few designers working today who have had as big an influence on fashion as Giorgio Armani. Founding his company in Milan in 1975, he modernized the suit, giving it a relaxed, soft silhouette, and created a daytime uniform of power and success that defined men's and women's style for two decades. He banished the ugly red-carpet excesses of the 1980s and introduced a modern way of dressing beginning in 1990, when his sleek Oscar-night designs for Michelle Pfeiffer and Jodie Foster transformed Hollywood from tacky to tasteful overnight.
OPINION
December 7, 2011
Last weekend, leaders from around the Western Hemisphere gathered in Venezuela to inaugurate the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, a regional trade and security organization composed of 33 nations, including Cuba. The United States was noticeably excluded. In fact, in recent years it has been left out of a growing number of such groups. Now Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are threatening to further isolate the United States. They complain that President Obama's policies have alienated our allies in the region and want the administration to take a tougher stance on Cuba.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2011
What popular actor appeared on Broadway with Bob Hope in the 1933 musical "Roberta" before making his film debut in 1935's "The Gilded Lily"? Fred MacMurray
SPORTS
March 11, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
This match slipped away from Melanie Oudin as quickly as her impatient forehands sailed out of the court, big bunches of errors coming faster and faster. It disappeared into the hands of a steady but unspectacular 27-year-old Italian named Roberta Vinci. "She's 10 years older than me," the 18-year-old Oudin said, exaggerating the age difference by a year. Oudin, the highest-ranked American woman in the draw of the BNP Paribas Open at No. 41, made a quick exit from the tournament at Indian Well Tennis Garden on Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2009 | JAMES RAINEY
It had been more than a year in the making, this meeting between Roberta McCain and me. The smart guys who managed her son's presidential campaign got all queasy at the thought of Roberta, unfettered, in a journalist's thrall. I managed a few tantalizing phone calls with John McCain's outspoken mother, a column on my vain pursuit of an interview and a promise that the end of the presidential race would bring a chance for us to share some straight talk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1994 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former university professor was sentenced to 12 years in state prison Wednesday in a sexual molestation case sparked when photographs showing graphic abuse of a Newport Beach girl were found discarded on a Los Angeles street. Ronald Ruskjer, 44, a one-time faculty member at Loma Linda University's school of public health, wept and apologized during a 40-minute statement before a San Bernardino Superior Court judge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1989 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
In an unusual move, a federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday sentenced a Santa Monica chiropractor to life in prison for strangling his wife and throwing her overboard on the last night of their honeymoon cruise to Mexico. "This is one of the cruelest murders I've ever seen," said U.S. District Judge James A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
What Roberta Romero, Britney Spears' personal hairdresser, has heard and seen over the last year would probably fill a book, but when she stepped her black platform pumps into a Superior Court witness box Wednesday there was only one subject on the table: Osama "Sam" Lutfi, the pop star's former confidant. Lutfi was banished from Spears' life 13 months ago when her father, who accused him of filling her body with drugs and her mind with lies, assumed control of her affairs.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2009 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
"Blessed Is the Match" is not only the title of a solemn, respectful documentary about Israeli Holocaust martyr Hannah Senesh, it is also the opening of the poem that helped make her famous. "Blessed is the match, consumed in kindling flame" is the first line of that brief poem, a tribute to self-sacrifice written by Senesh in 1944, just days before she was captured in Nazi-held Hungary.
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