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October 12, 1998
A short couple of weeks before Roddy McDowall left us (Oct. 4), he sent me a postcard--the front of which was a photograph of flowers that he had taken and the back of which read: "We are both--all--everywhere--together in a never-ending circle of love." Those simple 13 words were Roddy McDowall and the way he lived his life. LEE B. WINKLER Sherman Oaks
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1998
A short couple of weeks before Roddy McDowall left us (Oct. 4), he sent me a postcard--the front of which was a photograph of flowers that he had taken and the back of which read: "We are both--all--everywhere--together in a never-ending circle of love." Those simple 13 words were Roddy McDowall and the way he lived his life. LEE B. WINKLER Sherman Oaks
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 1989 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, TIMES ARTS EDITOR
When he was in his mid-teens, Roddy McDowall started taking pictures of his friends. Now it is a minor source of anguish to him that he didn't start even sooner, because most of his friends were classic figures in Hollywood history and too many of them had slipped forever into history before his lens found them. McDowall had begun acting in movies in Britain when he was only 10. He came to Hollywood in 1941, fleeing the Blitz. That year "How Green Was My Valley" made him a child star.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 1998 | SHAUNA SNOW
TV & MOVIES Jesse Jackson vs. 'Desmond Pfeiffer': The Rev. Jesse Jackson has added his voice to the protest against "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer," the new UPN comedy about a black butler-advisor to President Abraham Lincoln. Jackson on Monday morning joined a picket line in front of Paramount Studios, where the comedy is taped.
NEWS
October 4, 1998 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roddy McDowall, who like his near-lifelong friend Elizabeth Taylor was that rarity, a child star who successfully made the transition to adult actor, died of cancer Saturday in Studio City. He was 70. McDowall had a six-decade career, which in addition to movies encompassed theater and television. He become a versatile character player, whose work ranged from Shakespeare to horror pictures.
NEWS
November 1, 1990 | MIKE BELL
"Fright Night" (1985), directed by Tom Holland. 105 minutes. Rated R. Scary, funny and intentionally campy, "Fright Night" revolves around a teen-ager who thinks his new next door neighbor is a vampire. Chris Sarandon makes a wise-cracking, smug resident Dracula, and Roddy McDowall plays "The Great Vampire Killer" with verve. A perfect mix of comedy and chills.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 1986 | DAVID T. FRIENDLY
"Final Cut." Read by Roddy McDowall. Dove. Upon first reading, Steven Bach's story of the "Heaven's Gate" debacle struck this reader as a fascinating if often overwritten yarn that revealed a great deal about the high-risk pitfalls of the movie business. Somehow, hearing Roddy McDowall's tempered and precise reading of the book does wonders to smooth out the rough edges of the text and bring the characters to life (frightening as that may be in this case).
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Academy Reps: Branches of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have elected 12 representatives to the academy's board of governors. Two first-timers, actor Roddy McDowall and cinematographer Allen Daviau, will join the board. Producer Richard Zanuck and Sidney Ganis (public relations) are returning after some time off. Incumbents returning include studio executive Frank G. Mancuso, director Arthur Hiller, lyricist Alan Bergman and writer Fay Kanin. Governors serve three-year terms.
NEWS
April 16, 1989
NBC will journey "Around the World in 80 Days" over the course of three nights . The network's six-hour miniseries will be shown from 9-11 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday on Channels 4, 36 and 39. It is based on the Jules Verne novel about 19th-Century aristocrat Phileas Fogg's bid to win a wager that he can circle the globe in 80 days. Pierce Brosnan stars as Fogg (played by David Niven in Mike Todd's Oscar-winning 1956 film). He's joined on the cover by Peter Ustinov, Eric Idle and Julia Nickson.
NEWS
June 2, 1989 | KEVIN ALLMAN
The Ahmanson Theatre's production of "The Phantom of the Opera" seemed to have more benefit performances than it did trapdoors, but it officially arrived Wednesday with a gala, invitation-only opening-night celebration. And the after party, held at the Shrine Auditorium, was a definite contender for Bash of the Year. With sponsorship dollars from American Express Gold Card, party planners McNabb & Associates of New York transformed the Shrine by covering the entire orchestra level with platforms and setting up dinner tables.
NEWS
October 4, 1998 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roddy McDowall, who like his near-lifelong friend Elizabeth Taylor was that rarity, a child star who successfully made the transition to adult actor, died of cancer Saturday in Studio City. He was 70. McDowall had a six-decade career, which in addition to movies encompassed theater and television. He become a versatile character player, whose work ranged from Shakespeare to horror pictures.
NEWS
July 14, 1994 | MARK CHALON SMITH, Mark Chalon Smith is a free-lancer who regularly writes about film for the Times Orange County Edition. and
Every now and then we'll hear about a pet that overcomes the impossible to get home. You know, lost in the Rockies, the loyal hound fashions skis from tree branches, hot-wires a snowmobile parked near an isolated cabin, makes it to the freeway then hitches a ride back to a worried owner sitting forlornly by the water bowl. That sort of thing.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 1993 | JEFFREY WELLS
It may not be a " 'Jurassic Park' for 1995," as one producer predicted, but a planned big-budget "reinvention" of "Planet of the Apes" is in the works at 20th Century Fox. And Oliver Stone, Hollywood's ultimate social realist-turned-fantasist, is expected to take the helm. Various off-the-record sources confirmed last week that a deal was near for Stone to develop and, if all goes well, produce "Apes."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Academy Reps: Branches of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have elected 12 representatives to the academy's board of governors. Two first-timers, actor Roddy McDowall and cinematographer Allen Daviau, will join the board. Producer Richard Zanuck and Sidney Ganis (public relations) are returning after some time off. Incumbents returning include studio executive Frank G. Mancuso, director Arthur Hiller, lyricist Alan Bergman and writer Fay Kanin. Governors serve three-year terms.
BOOKS
March 24, 1991 | Kenneth Turan
Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winner of five--it won best picture in a year when the competition included "Citizen Kane" and "The Maltese Falcon"--this tale of a young boy's coming of age in a Welsh mining town was director John Ford's personal favorite and one of the most deservedly beloved of all American films. Now screenwriter Philip Dunne has written an elegantly feisty essay on the film's making which sheds a fascinating light on everything from Fox's original plans to shoot it as a full-color, four-hour epic on location in Wales to the vagaries of working for the protean Darryl F. Zanuck.
BOOKS
March 24, 1991 | Kenneth Turan
Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winner of five--it won best picture in a year when the competition included "Citizen Kane" and "The Maltese Falcon"--this tale of a young boy's coming of age in a Welsh mining town was director John Ford's personal favorite and one of the most deservedly beloved of all American films. Now screenwriter Philip Dunne has written an elegantly feisty essay on the film's making which sheds a fascinating light on everything from Fox's original plans to shoot it as a full-color, four-hour epic on location in Wales to the vagaries of working for the protean Darryl F. Zanuck.
NEWS
November 1, 1990 | MIKE BELL
"Fright Night" (1985), directed by Tom Holland. 105 minutes. Rated R. Scary, funny and intentionally campy, "Fright Night" revolves around a teen-ager who thinks his new next door neighbor is a vampire. Chris Sarandon makes a wise-cracking, smug resident Dracula, and Roddy McDowall plays "The Great Vampire Killer" with verve. A perfect mix of comedy and chills.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 1989 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, TIMES ARTS EDITOR
When he was in his mid-teens, Roddy McDowall started taking pictures of his friends. Now it is a minor source of anguish to him that he didn't start even sooner, because most of his friends were classic figures in Hollywood history and too many of them had slipped forever into history before his lens found them. McDowall had begun acting in movies in Britain when he was only 10. He came to Hollywood in 1941, fleeing the Blitz. That year "How Green Was My Valley" made him a child star.
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