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February 6, 2012
Oscar memories When presenter Tony Curtis announced at the Oscar ceremony on April 14, 1969, that Ruth Gordon had won for her supporting role in "Rosemary's Baby," the 72-year-old Gordon displayed her trademark wit. "I can't tell you how encouraging a thing like this is," she quipped, to huge applause and laughter from the crowd. Gordon was no novice. She had been acting since 1915, primarily onstage. In the late 1930s, Gordon came to Hollywood, where she appeared in such films as 1940's "Abe Lincoln in Illinois.
January 26, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
The rivalry that has produced the Curse of the Bambino, Bucky Dent, Bill Buckner, David Tyree's catch and disagreeing forms of clam chowder — exposing the nastiness of arrogance and an inferiority complex along the way — has returned. In the Super Bowl, no less. New York and Boston's vitriol might not be on the level of Yankees-Red Sox as the New York Giants and New England Patriots prepare for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5, but the deeply ingrained disdain between the Eastern corridor metropolises is in play.
November 28, 2011 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ruth Stone, a leading American poet whose career was halted, then inspired by tragedy as her sharp insights into love, death and nature brought her widespread acclaim in later years, has died. She was 96. Stone, who won the National Book Award at 87 and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist at 93, died Nov. 19 of natural causes at her home in Ripton, Vt., said her daughter, Phoebe Stone. The poet was poised to publish her first book of verse, "In an Iridescent Time," in 1959 when her husband, poet and novelist Walter Stone, committed suicide by hanging at 42. Left with three daughters to raise, Ruth Stone struggled to feed her family, moving around the country to teach at a seemingly endless string of universities.
November 2, 2011 | Meghan Daum
I didn't see any Ruth Madoff masks on Halloween night, but it wouldn't have surprised me if I had. The wife of disgraced Wall Street Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff is Pariah No. 1 this week, followed closely by her son, Andrew. The two, along with Andrew's fiance, appeared on "60 Minutes" on Sunday night to promote their "authorized family biography," "Truth and Consequences. " "I have been eager, I would say almost desperate, to speak out publicly and tell people that I'm absolutely not involved," Andrew told Morley Safer.
September 12, 2011 | By Claire Noland, Los Angeles Times
Mary Fickett, who for decades played nurse Ruth Martin on "All My Children" and in 1973 won the first Emmy Award given to an actress in a daytime drama after her character made an impassioned anti-Vietnam War speech, has died. She was 83. Fickett, who also acted in theater, film and prime-time television, died Thursday at her home in Callao, Va. ABC spokeswoman Jori Petersen confirmed Fickett's death, but the cause was not given. "All My Children," created by Agnes Nixon, first aired Jan. 5, 1970, and soon became known for its socially relevant story lines.
May 24, 2011
Bill Summers He helped build racer that set speed record Bill Summers, 75, who with his brother Bob built a four-engine racer called Goldenrod that in 1965 set a speed record for wheel-driven cars, died May 12 at his home in Ontario of natural causes, said his daughter, Maggie Peace. Goldenrod streaked across the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utahon Nov. 12, 1965, at an average top speed during two runs of 409.277 mph. The record was later broken. Bob Summers, who drove the car, died in 1992.
November 4, 2010 | By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
One bright spot for Democrats on election night: Liberal stalwart Rep. Raul M. Grijalva apparently held onto his congressional seat representing southern Arizona. Grijalva, a four-term representative who had easily won reelection in the past, got into trouble after urging a boycott of his state once it enacted a tough immigration law in April. Grijalva, 62, said the law would promote racial profiling. After portions of the law were suspended by a federal court judge, he reversed course.
September 24, 2010 | By Gary Goldstein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
An inspiring documentary about a remarkable woman, "Ahead of Time" deftly recounts the career highlights — and what highlights they are! — of pioneering journalist, humanitarian and feminist Ruth Gruber, who turns 99-years-young next week. Director Bob Richman (cinematographer on such docs as "The September Issue" and "An Inconvenient Truth") utilizes wonderful recent interviews with the vital, gently charismatic Gruber in concert with excellent archival clips and rare photos, many of which were shot by Gruber during her landmark assignments.
July 21, 2010 | By Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Clint Hartung, a pitcher and outfielder with the New York Giants who became a bit player in one of the most dramatic moments in baseball history, has died. He was 87. Hartung was on third base when the Giants' Bobby Thomson hit a home run off the Brooklyn Dodgers' Ralph Branca in the third game of a 1951 playoff to win the National League pennant. Hartung died July 8 in Sinton, Tex., a spokeswoman for the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home confirmed. No cause was given. Stardom had been predicted for Hartung when the Hondo, Tex., native came to the Giants in 1947.
July 10, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
Bo Jackson led off the 1989 All-Star game at Anaheim Stadium with a 448-foot home run, a majestic moment in the history of the Midsummer Classic. A look at some others: 1933: It's the first All-Star game, and Babe Ruth hits the first home run. 1934: Carl Hubbell strikes out Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin in order. 1949: Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe, Roy Campanella and Larry Doby break the All-Star game color barrier. 1955: Stan Musial hits a walk-off home run — not that the term had been invented yet — as the NL erases a 5-0 deficit and wins, 6-5. 1970: Pete Rose knocks over Ray Fosse to score the winning run, separating Fosse's shoulder.
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