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February 25, 2006 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Rickie Layne, a ventriloquist whose frequent appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" with his Yiddish-accented dummy Velvel boosted the former Borscht Belt comic's career to a new level in the 1950s, has died. He was 81. Layne, a longtime resident of Northridge, died of heart failure Feb. 11 at Tarzana Hospital, his family said. Layne was performing at Ciro's on the Sunset Strip with singer Maria Cole in 1955 when Nat King Cole would stop in each night to watch his wife.
December 4, 1989 | RICHARD ROUILARD
Sally Struthers never misses a charity event benefiting kids. "I'm still a bleeding-heart liberal," Struthers insisted on Saturday night at the Black and White Ball, a benefit for Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. "Also. . . ." Struthers took off her very high heels. "I'm very short." Indeed, Struthers was not a whole lot taller than some of the kids from the camp, who were having a good time in the Grand Ballroom of the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
September 16, 1988 | From United Press International
A jury today found that Lorimar Productions wrongfully fired Valerie Harper and her husband-producer from the NBC series "Valerie" and awarded the couple a total of $1.85 million, plus 12.5% of the show's adjusted gross profits for two years. Following four days of deliberations, the jury awarded Harper $1.63 million and her husband, Tony Cacciotti, $220,000. The couple also were awarded 12.
February 10, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Ron Field, a Tony and Emmy award-winning director and choreographer who developed routines for dancers ranging from Fred Astaire to Michael Jackson to the thousands of dancers at the 1984 Olympics, has died at age 55. Field died Monday at St. Vincent's Hospital of neurological impairment caused by brain lesions. The creator of dances for "Cabaret" and many other Broadway shows had lived in Manhattan.
October 11, 1985 | DAVID HOLLEY, Times Staff Writer
General Lee's restaurant, a Chinatown institution dating from 1878, is scheduled to close its doors next month, a victim of changing times in Chinatown and new interests by its third- and fourth-generation owners. David Lee, 65, and his nephew, Curtis Lee, 37, said Thursday that the decision to give up the business was prompted largely by a drop in patronage among its mostly Anglo clientele.
The mischievous Madeline returns in "Madeline's Rescue," a new animated special for the Family Channel, starring the red-haired French heroine of Ludwig Bemelmans' classic children's stories. In the latest installment, narrated by Christopher Plummer, a stray dog saves Madeline after she falls into the Seine. The dog comes to live with Madeline at the boarding school she attends, only to be booted out after the school's trustees get wind that there is an animal on the premises.
There will be some changes made when they give out the Tony Awards this year if Joseph Cates has his way. He wants to take out the glitzy variety numbers and all those boring thank-you speeches. Cates, who has a couple of Emmys on his shelf for past musical programs, is likely to prevail since he's the executive producer of "The 44th Annual Tony Awards" special to air on CBS Sunday at 9 p.m.
September 1, 1991 | MIKE FLANAGAN
As rerun times fades, we brace ourselves for autumn promises. The networks swear the fall will be spectacular, but with more than 40 years of new-season history, the dud-to-hit ratio must be something like 25:1. 1st your wits on just a few of the countless shows that became ... FALL FLOPS! 1. Who starred in the 1956 one-season wonder "The Adventures of Hiram Holiday"? A) Soupy Sales B) Pinky Lee C) Wally Cox D) Woody Allen 2. George Burns played the "me" in 1964s "Wendy and Me."
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