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January 3, 2000 |
Sheree North and Thomas Jane both know what it is to be touted as a hot new thing in Hollywood. They have been labeled a "blond bombshell" and a "hunk," respectively, although North whirled through the celebrity-making machine more than 40 years ago and Jane is still in progress. North lit up the cover of Life magazine in 1955, when 20th Century Fox hyped her as a successor to Marilyn Monroe.
August 18, 1985
It was certainly gratifying to read the list of "powerful names" finally coming forth to help in the ongoing AIDS crisis ("Hollywood Powers Help AIDS Victims," by David Fox (Aug. 11). But let's not forget the other stars who were there in the beginning, before AIDS benefits became chic. The fact that some of them may not be considered "powerful" only makes the courage of their convictions more admirable: Vivian Blaine, who filmed the first TV public service spot for AIDS; Sammy Davis Jr., who filmed a second TV spot; Rita Moreno, who headlined the Hollywood Bowl for the APLA at a time when they were hard-pressed to find additional names for the bill; Mamie Van Doren, who rode a car for the APLA in the 1984 Gay Pride parade; Gregory Harrison and his partners at Catalina Productions, whose "Women Behind Bars" presented the first major AIDS benefit in L.A., with a wonderful roster of ladies that included Jean Simmons, Patti Page, Sheree North, Terry Moore, Adele Jergens, Marie Windsor, Tippi Hedren, Betty Garrett and Virginia O'Brien.
December 30, 1999
* Music. The Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform four works by Esa-Pekka Salonen on a Green Umbrella concert with Salonen conducting at Royce Hall, UCLA, Westwood, on Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. Soprano Laura Claycomb will be the soloist in "Five Images After Sappho." $10 to $70. (323) 365-3500. * Pop Music. The House of Blues holds its 15th annual Elvis birthday bash with James Intveld, Rosie Flores, Ray Campi, the Sprague Brothers and many more on Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. $15. 8430 Sunset Blvd.
January 8, 2000 |
You spy a sliver or two of a great American play's reasons for greatness in the Laguna Playhouse production of "The Glass Menagerie," which opened Thursday. They're not enough. Tennessee Williams' evocatively lost souls may exist in their separate worlds, but this staging takes that concept too much to heart. It's a frustrating example of what an old Nichols and May routine referred to as "proximity but no relating." The spun-glass masterwork began life as a Williams short story.
January 6, 2000
"Action," Jay Mohr's acidic film-industry satire on the Fox network, was canceled in December after only eight episodes. But fans of the comic known for his rapier wit and rapid-fire delivery can watch him do what he does best--and see him in the flesh--this weekend at the Irvine Improv in its brand new location at the Irvine Spectrum. * Jay Mohr, Improv in the Irvine Spectrum, 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine. 8:30 p.m. Also 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday; 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday; 8 p.m. Sunday.