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February 22, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
ONE of the biggest stars of the 1920s was Douglas Fairbanks, whose feats of derring-do on the silver screen enthralled audiences around the world. Fairbanks' charm and athletic prowess are still a kick to watch, and one of his most inspired swashbucklers, 1926's "The Black Pirate," sails into the Silent Movie Theatre this evening.
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August 15, 2012
Friends and admirers of Marvin Hamlisch, including former President Bill Clinton and Liza Minnelli, gathered in New York on Tuesday to bid farewell to the celebrated songwriter hailed as "the people's composer. " Clinton called Hamlisch, whose casket was covered in his favorite yellow freesias, a "great, giving genius. " Howard Stringer, chairman ofSony Corp., called him "the merriest of minstrels. " Hamlisch died Aug. 6 in Los Angeles after a short illness. He was 68. Other guests included ex-Yankees Manager Joe Torre, Kelli O'Hara, Ann-Margret, Raul Esparza, Robert Klein, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Leslie Uggams, Richard Gere, Tony Danza, Kathie Lee Gifford and Diane Sawyer and her husband, Mike Nichols, the film and stage director.
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NEWS
January 31, 1987 | WILLIAM S. MURPHY
The barn from which Cecil B. DeMille made his first major film is now a repository of artifacts and memorabilia from the era of the silent screen. Saved from probable dismantling by a volunteer organization called Hollywood Heritage Inc., it's now the Hollywood Studio Museum, on Highland Avenue across from the Hollywood Bowl. The Heritage organization, led by president Richard Adkins, is engaged in a number of projects to restore and preserve historic buildings in Hollywood and Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2012 | By Susan King
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Mary Pickford Foundation on Tuesday announced a multi-year partnership to promote the legacy of the silent screen superstar Mary Pickford and the silent era. The partnership includes an annual film screening, preservation initiatives for silent films and the digitization of portions of the academy's Pickford collection. The partnership kicks off Sept. 11 with a 10th anniversary celebration of the academy's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1985
Madge West, a stage and silent screen actress who appeared in hundreds of television commercials when she was in her later years, died Wednesday in Memphis, Tenn. She was 92. Born in New York City to Irish parents, she appeared in the silent screen version of "Ben Hur," portraying Cupid in the 1926 film that starred Ramon Novarro in the title role. She came to Nashville in 1920 as the bride of John Barthell Joseph, an investment banker.
NEWS
January 31, 1990
Helen Jerome Eddy, a silent screen actress who ventured briefly into talkies before retiring 50 years ago, died Saturday at the Episcopal Home in Alhambra. Miss Eddy, whose best-known work came in the early part of this century, was 92. She was raised in Los Angeles and attracted to films by the old Philadelphia-based studios of Siegmund Lubin, which had just opened a Los Angeles lot on Pasadena Avenue in her neighborhood. There she made her first film in 1915, "The Red Virgin."
BOOKS
October 4, 1992
For a biography of silent-screen actress Renee Adoree (1898-1933), who rose from a circus tent in France to Hollywood stardom with "The Big Parade" (1925), I would like to hear from anyone who might have personal reminiscences or other information regarding her life and career. I particularly wish to contact any of her relatives, here or abroad. ROBERT EDWARDS, 275 W. Verdugo Ave. 1, Burbank, CA 91502
NEWS
February 6, 1988
Priscilla Dean, considered one of the best of the silent screen actresses, has died at her home in Leonia, a small New Jersey town she retired to more than 50 years ago. Her death Dec. 27 was reported this week to author Richard Lamparski, creator of the "Whatever Became Of. . ." celebrity book series. Lamparski said she asked that her age not be mentioned and that at her request no services were held.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2012
Sirens of the Silent Screen There were several actresses besides Louise Brooks who defined the Roaring '20s. Clara Bow With her short hair, kewpie doll lips and nonconformist lifestyle, Bow was nicknamed the "It" girl — in fact she also appeared in the hit film "It" as well as the Oscar-winning best film "Wings. " Mae Murray The blond silent screen star who had described herself as the "golden dragonfly," was known for her flamboyant performances on- and off-screen.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2010 | By Kevin Thomas
A romantic adventure set in Las Vegas, the Southwest and rural Mexico, "Kites" has been given the no-holds Bollywood treatment by producer Rakesh Roshan and director Anurag Basu. In its telling, the love story draws from westerns, musicals, film noir, chase thrillers with stunts so preposterous they verge on parody — and it gets away with everything because of Basu's visual bravura and unstinting passion and energy. The film is free of both subtlety and irony, and it demands of its charismatic stars, Hrithik Roshan and Bárbara Mori, that they act their hearts out with the utmost sincerity.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2012
Sirens of the Silent Screen There were several actresses besides Louise Brooks who defined the Roaring '20s. Clara Bow With her short hair, kewpie doll lips and nonconformist lifestyle, Bow was nicknamed the "It" girl — in fact she also appeared in the hit film "It" as well as the Oscar-winning best film "Wings. " Mae Murray The blond silent screen star who had described herself as the "golden dragonfly," was known for her flamboyant performances on- and off-screen.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2010 | By Kevin Thomas
A romantic adventure set in Las Vegas, the Southwest and rural Mexico, "Kites" has been given the no-holds Bollywood treatment by producer Rakesh Roshan and director Anurag Basu. In its telling, the love story draws from westerns, musicals, film noir, chase thrillers with stunts so preposterous they verge on parody — and it gets away with everything because of Basu's visual bravura and unstinting passion and energy. The film is free of both subtlety and irony, and it demands of its charismatic stars, Hrithik Roshan and Bárbara Mori, that they act their hearts out with the utmost sincerity.
NEWS
February 22, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
ONE of the biggest stars of the 1920s was Douglas Fairbanks, whose feats of derring-do on the silver screen enthralled audiences around the world. Fairbanks' charm and athletic prowess are still a kick to watch, and one of his most inspired swashbucklers, 1926's "The Black Pirate," sails into the Silent Movie Theatre this evening.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2005 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
FOR 75 years, "Beyond the Rocks," a 1922 melodrama starring silent screen superstars Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino, was considered lost. Just a fragment of the actors' only on-screen pairing still existed, and for decades, archivists, fans and restorers had hoped the rest would be found. "Beyond the Rocks" finally did resurface five years ago in the Netherlands, thanks to an eccentric collector. The restored version premiered this year at the Cannes Film Festival, and on Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Joan Morgan, 99, a British silent screen star, scriptwriter and novelist who later turned to converting old buildings into homes, died July 22 in a nursing home at Henley-on-Thames, England, of natural causes. The London-born daughter of film director Sidney Morgan and actress Evelyn Wood, she began acting at age 8 and by 15 was assuming lead roles in films made by her father and other directors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1998 | NICK GREEN
Obsolete speaker boxes that once blared the soundtracks of cinematic epics dot the defunct Simi Drive-in like tombstones. A ticket booth stands vigil, a monument to a bygone era. The hollow snack bar is frozen in time, still advertising soft warm pretzels at outdated prices to hungry moviegoers who will never come again. And the giant movie screen is now merely an advertisement touting the traditional drive-in sequel: the swap meet.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2012 | By Susan King
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Mary Pickford Foundation on Tuesday announced a multi-year partnership to promote the legacy of the silent screen superstar Mary Pickford and the silent era. The partnership includes an annual film screening, preservation initiatives for silent films and the digitization of portions of the academy's Pickford collection. The partnership kicks off Sept. 11 with a 10th anniversary celebration of the academy's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2005 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
FOR 75 years, "Beyond the Rocks," a 1922 melodrama starring silent screen superstars Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino, was considered lost. Just a fragment of the actors' only on-screen pairing still existed, and for decades, archivists, fans and restorers had hoped the rest would be found. "Beyond the Rocks" finally did resurface five years ago in the Netherlands, thanks to an eccentric collector. The restored version premiered this year at the Cannes Film Festival, and on Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1996 | RUSS LOAR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One by one they came during the long election night vigil to crowd around a single computer screen, watching the making and breaking of the county's political careers. Campaign volunteers with cell phones in hand, a few reporters and the occasional candidate spent much of election night and early morning in the barren civil-service decor of the Orange County registrar of voters, phoning in results to political party-goers, relatives, newspapers, television and radio stations and news wires.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1996 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Laura La Plante, a silent screen star considered the Doris Day of her era because of her girl-next-door persona in an age of glamour queens, has died. She was 91. La Plante, who retired from films in the early 1930s after her marriage to producer Irving Asher, died Monday in Los Angeles. She appeared in more than 75 films and serials but was best remembered for her starring role in "The Cat and the Canary" in 1927.
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