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January 5, 1990
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz," Ron Winston, chairman of Harry Winston jewelers, has made a $3-million pair of Judy Garland's famed ruby slippers. With 2,329 rubies and diamonds on each shoe, the dazzling slippers were designed with Garland's petite size in mind and are a Munchkin-sized 4, with about 25 carats of diamonds and 1,500 carats of rubies. The shoes were unveiled by Winston and co-host Donald Trump at the Trump Tower in Manhattan.
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October 4, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The ruby slippers are taking off, and not by a click of the heel either. A pair of the iconic shoes worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" will leave the Smithsonian for the first time to be displayed in London in an exhibition titled "Hollywood Costume. " The shoes usually live at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., but will be on loan for four weeks to the Victoria & Albert Museum . There they will be on display alongside Scarlett O'Hara's green "curtain" dress from "Gone With the Wind" (1939)
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October 4, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The ruby slippers are taking off, and not by a click of the heel either. A pair of the iconic shoes worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" will leave the Smithsonian for the first time to be displayed in London in an exhibition titled "Hollywood Costume. " The shoes usually live at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., but will be on loan for four weeks to the Victoria & Albert Museum . There they will be on display alongside Scarlett O'Hara's green "curtain" dress from "Gone With the Wind" (1939)
IMAGE
June 17, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
To the casual passerby, there's nothing remarkable about the 120,000-square-foot former printing plant fronting a sun-baked stretch of Vanowen Street in North Hollywood. There's nothing to indicate that, just beyond the double doors, gangsters are earning their stripes, "Mad Men" are being made and entire armies are getting outfitted in a rabbit warren of rooms flanked by a cavernous warehouse crammed with period clothing from multiple eras. Few would guess that, just upstairs, Christopher Plummer's jacket from "The Sound of Music" is rubbing elbows with Vivien Leigh's Walter Plunkett-designed buckboard dress from "Gone With the Wind," not far from a feathered headdress once worn by Cary Grant in "To Catch a Thief.
NEWS
March 26, 1991 | PAMELA MARIN
Fashion and inspiration were on the agenda Thursday at an awards luncheon hosted by the Newport Harbor chapter of Soroptimists International. About 300 women and half a dozen men attended the $35-per-person Balboa Bay Club benefit, raising an estimated $10,000, according to organizer Cyd Brandvein. Soroptimists International is a nonprofit organization for professional women.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 1988 | RHYS THOMAS
Dorothy's ruby slippers may represent the single most beloved memories of Hollywood movies, residing in that category with Charlie Chaplin's bowler hat, Charles Foster Kane's Rosebud and Sam Spade's Maltese Falcon. At the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, the slippers are on perpetual display in a simple, black box, the display card proclaiming . . . "The ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland (Francis Gumm) in 1939 MGM film 'The Wizard of Oz."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 1988 | RHYS THOMAS
Last week, Calendar ran the first installment of Rhys Thomas' account of his search for the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz." It began when he was in the old MGM script vaults to shoot a TV segment for "Hollywood Closeup" on the dismantling of the MGM script library by Ted Turner. Thomas became fascinated with the magical shoes and where they might be. Roberta Bauman of Memphis once thought she had the only pair--won in a movie fans' contest nearly half a century ago.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 1988 | RHYS THOMAS
The ruby slippers that carried Dorothy down the Yellow Brick Road in "The Wizard of Oz" have become a pot of gold. On Tuesday morning a pair of the fabled shoes worn by Judy Garland in the making of the classic 1939 film were sold by Christie's East in New York City for $165,000, reportedly the highest sum ever paid for Hollywood movie memorabilia.
BOOKS
August 13, 1989 | SONJA BOLLE
For collectors of film memorabilia, there are a few items that embody all the magic of movie lore: Sam's piano from "Casablanca," the Rosebud sled from "Citizen Kane," Charlie Chaplin's bowler hat and cane. Rhys Thomas discovers that the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" are perhaps the greatest obsession of film collectors. They are, in the words of Jack Haley, son of the actor who played the Tin Woodman in the 1939 MGM film, "Hollywood's equivalent of the Holy Grail."
NEWS
November 5, 1989 | LYNN SIMROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the golden anniversary of the release of the 1939 film, "The Wizard of Oz," Ozmania marketers are following the yellow brick road all the way to the bank: Pairs of $200 ruby slipper costume earrings are so popular that department stores are having a tough time keeping them in stock. Rhys Thomas' new book, "The Ruby Slippers of Oz," went into a second printing two weeks after it came out in late August.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2011
It worked for lions, so why not for Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd too? Sony announced Thursday that it is bringing back 1984's "Ghostbusters" for a weekly engagement in theaters in October, continuing the revival theme embodied by last week's re-release of the box office hit "The Lion King. " For three consecutive Thursdays beginning Oct. 13, director Ivan Reitman's action-comedy will play in about 500 theaters around the country, the studio said. The Los Angeles-area venues have not been disclosed.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2004 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
"Danny Deckchair" is an Australian romantic comedy about a suburban stiff who hitches a lawn chair to some helium balloons and accidentally floats off to a better life. First-time feature director Jeff Balsmeyer, a former storyboard artist who won a best short film award at Cannes, based the story on reports of similar feats worldwide.
SPORTS
January 30, 1997 | MAL FLORENCE
Chicago Blackhawk Coach Craig Hartsburg carried out his threat to take television privileges away from his team at the United Center dressing room. He disconnected the cable on the 48-inch TV that faces the area where players ride their stationary bikes. "It [still] works, but we only get three stations," winger Tony Amonte told the Chicago Sun-Times. Is Hartsburg the Grinch that almost stole TV? Trivia time: How many former USC basketball players became NBA head coaches? Over the rainbow hair?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 1996 | JACQUELINE TRESCOTT, THE WASHINGTON POST
The "ruby slippers" worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" are headed down a transcontinental brick road. Without much ceremony and in a shuttered museum, curators of the Smithsonian Institution took the famed slippers off their pedestal Friday and prepared them for a two-year trip around the country. Before the shoes were actually crated for transport, however, country star Trisha Yearwood stopped by the National Museum of American History to tape a vignette about the movie's memorabilia.
NEWS
March 26, 1991 | PAMELA MARIN
Fashion and inspiration were on the agenda Thursday at an awards luncheon hosted by the Newport Harbor chapter of Soroptimists International. About 300 women and half a dozen men attended the $35-per-person Balboa Bay Club benefit, raising an estimated $10,000, according to organizer Cyd Brandvein. Soroptimists International is a nonprofit organization for professional women.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 1990 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press.
Click Those Heels: The real red ruby slippers, created by the House of Harry Winston, made their Los Angeles debut Monday at the Hotel Bel-Air. The slippers, inspired by Dorothy's more pedestrian ones, were made last year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz." The $3-million, 4,600-rubied shoes were on view to honor the Starlight Foundation for terminally ill children.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 1988
"The Simon Boys: A Tale of Two Brothers" was wonderful (by Janice Arkatov, April 3). I just wish there had been more of it. But how come Neil Simon only rated 1 1/2 pages, while that archaic, boring and totally insignificant ruby slippers story ("The Ruby Slippers: A Journey to the Land of Oz" and "The Ruby Slippers: The Search for Sole Survivors," by Rhys Thomas, March 13 and 20) merited a Calendar cover, two installments and too-many-to-count pages? A. SANDER Hollywood
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 1990 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press.
Click Those Heels: The real red ruby slippers, created by the House of Harry Winston, made their Los Angeles debut Monday at the Hotel Bel-Air. The slippers, inspired by Dorothy's more pedestrian ones, were made last year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz." The $3-million, 4,600-rubied shoes were on view to honor the Starlight Foundation for terminally ill children.
MAGAZINE
July 8, 1990
Harry Shearer's "High Desert Drifters" (Man Bites Town, April 8) is another example of why he occupies the way cool end of a spectrum that includes the late Andy Kaufman (the other end) and Garrison Keillor (center). The best satirists can undermine our vanity by slipping in references to forces in our lives that we mistakenly thought we had dismissed, outgrown, transcended or rejected. But even for someone gifted with impeccable social timing, this is an heroic task in an age when nobody gets to see the wizard, not nobody, not no how. I respectfully submit, however, that Shearer wears the ruby slippers.
NEWS
January 5, 1990
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz," Ron Winston, chairman of Harry Winston jewelers, has made a $3-million pair of Judy Garland's famed ruby slippers. With 2,329 rubies and diamonds on each shoe, the dazzling slippers were designed with Garland's petite size in mind and are a Munchkin-sized 4, with about 25 carats of diamonds and 1,500 carats of rubies. The shoes were unveiled by Winston and co-host Donald Trump at the Trump Tower in Manhattan.
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