February 21, 2014 |
Eric Schmidt, the billionaire executive chairman of Google, has bought the Veronique and Gregory Peck estate on L.A.'s Westside for $22 million. Set on 1.3 acres, the 1930s French chateau sits at the end of a long driveway and is surrounded by a flat lawn, mature trees and lush gardens. The neighbors include heiress Petra Ecclestone, White House interior designer Michael Smith and the Playboy Mansion. Designed for grand-scale entertaining, the 9,182 square feet of living space features the original marble-walled foyer, vaulted ceilings, formal dining and living rooms, an office, a bar, four fireplaces, seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
August 25, 1991 |
The Writers Guild of America is currently investigating whether Dalton Trumbo was wrongfully deprived of credit for the original story and the Academy Award for best story that Ian McLellan Hunter received for the 1953 movie "Roman Holiday," starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. There have been recent reports that Hunter "fronted" the script for his friend Trumbo, who was blacklisted in Hollywood for refusal to cooperate with the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
July 29, 2003 |
Nathan Lane is going back to the New York stage -- as Hollywood screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo. The actor, last seen on Broadway as Max Bialystock in "The Producers," will star in "Trumbo," a theater piece based on the screenwriter's letters and written by his son, Christopher Trumbo. Dalton Trumbo wrote the screenplays for movie classics such as "The Brave One," "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo," "Lonely Are the Brave" and "Roman Holiday."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1991
Police are investigating the death of a 42-year-old Sherman Oaks man whose body was found in a rented cubicle of a Van Nuys health spa, the Los Angeles Police Department said Friday. The body of John David Payne Jr. was discovered in a cubicle at the Roman Holiday Health Club in the 14400 block of Victory Boulevard near Tyrone Avenue on Tuesday, said Lt. Richard Blankenship. Payne, also known as John Louis Cherrie Jr., died of undetermined causes, Blankenship said, but he declined to elaborate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1985
The district attorney's office on Monday filed a manslaughter charge against a 20-year-old Van Nuys man accused of the strangulation death of a Woodland Hills man last September in what police describe as a gay health spa. Harry James Silk, an unemployed laborer who was arrested Friday, will be arraigned Tuesday in Van Nuys Municipal Court, said Los Angles Police Detective Ed Entwhistle. Silk is being held in Van Nuys Jail in lieu of $6,000 bail, he said.
June 16, 2004
I enjoyed your article about Roman cooking last week ("A Virtual Roman Holiday," by Leslie Brenner, June 2). Being from Rome, I appreciate that finally the food of the capital is recognized. But oh my ... the recipes! The author lived in Rome for many years, but I am afraid she didn't learn the real essence of Roman cooking. Artichokes cooked in wine and halved? Crostini di fegato, pappardelle alla lepre, orecchiette? In Rome? I start doubting this person has even seen Rome, or maybe she got it confused with other regions (Tuscany, Apulia)
March 21, 1999
World War II epics "Saving Private Ryan" and "The Thin Red Line" are vying this year for the best picture Oscar. At the Academy Awards ceremony in 1954 at the Pantages Theatre, the World War II drama "From Here to Eternity" was the big winner. The film, featuring the legendary beach love scene between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, took home eight Oscars, including best film, best director (Fred Zinnemann) and supporting actor (Frank Sinatra) and actress (Donna Reed).
October 24, 2010 |
Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated Hollywood costume designer Jean-Pierre Dorléac was mentored by the legendary Edith Head, who died 29 years ago today. He is frustrated by long-standing accounts that credit Givenchy with the classic black H-neckline dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in "Sabrina" ["Impressions of a Legend," Oct. 3]. Here, from his memoir-in-progress, Dorléac gives Head her say on the controversy: Secondhand accounts can ruin someone's reputation as much as malicious rumors.