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October 8, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Actress-director Dyan Cannon recalls in her memoir, "Dear Cary: My Life With Cary Grant," that she and Grant were over the moon with joy at the birth of their daughter, Jennifer, in February 1966. But when she brought the baby home, Cannon realized that her beloved Yorkie, Bangs, was nowhere to be found. Grant matter-of-factly told her that he had given Bangs away. "Infants and dogs aren't a good mix, Dyan," she quotes him as saying. "Animals can experience extreme jealousy around newborns.
March 31, 2003 | Natalie Nichols, Special to The Times
Elvis Costello and the Impostors opened their Friday performance at UCLA's Royce Hall with Mose Allison's mournful 1968 jazz ballad "Everybody's Crying Mercy," a classic commentary on hypocrisy. The veteran English singer-songwriter earned loud cheers when he crooned the particularly relevant line, "Everybody's crying peace on Earth, just as soon as we win this war."
November 29, 2009 | By Ashley Powers
For six decades, the Harlequin romance novel cover girl has largely maintained her porcelain skin, saucer eyes, bee-stung lips and a waist as whittled as Scarlett O'Hara's celebrated 17 inches. But, oh, how her dalliances have changed. In 1952, she was Anna, a femme fatale in a half-buttoned shirtdress, kneeling on hay because (as the book cover tells us) "she lived like a wicked little animal." In 1960, she was Doctor Sara, a raven-haired ingenue clutching a hunk, the nearby "brewing storm, thrusting lighthouse and swirling vortex of clouds" suggesting (as a placard tells us)
February 9, 1996 | KATE FOLMAR
You can hurry love. Or at least you can improve your odds, says Rich Gosse, president of the nonprofit group American Singles which will host the forthrightly named "I'd rather be married" singles convention tonight at the Warner Center Hilton. The convention's purpose is--you guessed it--to allow singles to "play the numbers" by meeting other singles and increasing their chances of entering into wedded bliss, Gosse said.
February 14, 2010 | By Andrew Trees
What if Shakespeare had it wrong about love in "Romeo and Juliet"? In fact, what if all of us have it wrong and our ideals of love and romance are hopelessly awry? Although we are supposed to be celebrating our love for that special someone on Valentine's Day, perhaps the time has come to reconsider the concept of romantic love, at least as it has been conceived in Western societies. As we busily track down red roses, the best chocolates and the finest champagnes, we need to ask whether, in the pursuit of the perfect romance, we haven't declared war on true love.
April 23, 2011 | By Scott Gold and Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
They were married, this town and this team, on a blustery spring afternoon in 1958. They were young and enigmatic, the dinner-party invite everybody wanted. Eventually, though, the union began to fray. The town started seeing other people. The team made one bad decision after another. They sold off some of their most precious possessions and then, last week, lost their home to foreclosure. At least they've hit bottom. Major League Baseball's takeover of the Dodgers on Wednesday marked a breathtaking collapse for one of America's premier sports franchises — and another test of loyalty in the 53-year romance between Los Angeles and the club.
August 7, 1989 | FRANCES GRANDY TAYLOR, The Hartford Courant
The office romance: Almost everybody knows somebody who is having one. Once considered taboo, these romances have been the staple of gossip and popular magazine articles for years. But Lisa Mainiero, associate professor of management at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., realized it was time for some academic research into this phenomenon.
February 10, 1999 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, workplace reporter
L'affaire Lewinsky notwithstanding, nearly one-third of Americans think office romances are dandy, according to a survey conducted for Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. Toronto-based Harlequin, the world's largest publisher of romance novels, cast its eyes on Roper Starch Worldwide Inc. to query 1,000 men and women for their innermost thoughts on loving and working.
January 11, 2013 | By Lewis Beale
SOUTHPORT, N.C. - This is the kind of touristy fishing village that defines Southern charm. A cute little downtown filled with restaurants, a waterfront park and artsy shops. Late 19th century houses with verandas on streets shaded by towering live oaks. Herons and egrets sharing the Cape Fear River and Intracoastal Waterway with pleasure craft. It's the perfect setting for a Nicholas Sparks story. And on a hot summer day last year, the film version of the prolific author's "Safe Haven" was in production here in the isolated little town where the book is actually set, "which is unheard of," said actor Josh Duhamel, who costars with Julianne Hough in the feature directed by Lasse Hallström and adapted by Gage Lansky and Dana Stevens.
July 19, 1994 | SUSAN BYRNES
Love in war was more than fair to Allan and Rene Gottlieb. The fireworks of their courtship were buzz bombs, brilliant flashes in the night skies of England during World War II. He was a 26-year-old dentist in the U. S. Army who had just arrived for duty in England. She was in the British Army, drafted at 21 as a wireless radio operator stationed in Preston.
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