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June 11, 2010
The Starlet A Novel Mary McNamara Simon & Schuster: 306 pp., $15 paper
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2013 | By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Of the many indignities visited upon Fern Dell, the garden oasis in Griffith Park, one remains a mystery: Who turned off the water? Starlets and health-seekers lined up in the 1920s to fill jugs from the spring that fed this 20-acre fantasia of ferns, footpaths and picturesque bridges. They thought it was a fountain of youth. Now, only the lower stream beds run, and the pools lie motionless and gummy. You might think the city would do something. But instead, Friends of Griffith Park - the nonprofit group that stepped in three years ago to try to reverse the 95-year-old garden's long, sad decline - is on the case.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Set in the deep recesses of the San Fernando Valley, the film "Starlet" explores an unlikely friendship between a twentysomething girl and an eightysomething woman. After young Jane (Dree Hemingway) buys an old thermos at a yard sale - she thinks it will make a nice vase - she discovers a large amount of cash inside it. Rather than return the money, she begins to insert herself into the life of the woman who sold it to her, offering the elderly Sadie (Besedka Johnson) rides to the market or going with her to bingo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
At 85, Besedka Johnson was discovered by Hollywood in the locker room of a Los Angeles gym. An executive producer of the movie "Starlet" was also working out at the YWCA when "she recognized some sort of star quality in Johnson" and asked her to audition for the independent film, according to the filmmakers. "I thought it has got to be a great big joke," Johnson later said of her immediate response, but "when you're this old, it's like let's just go along with it and see what happens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
At 85, Besedka Johnson was discovered by Hollywood in the locker room of a Los Angeles gym. An executive producer of the movie "Starlet" was also working out at the YWCA when "she recognized some sort of star quality in Johnson" and asked her to audition for the independent film, according to the filmmakers. "I thought it has got to be a great big joke," Johnson later said of her immediate response, but "when you're this old, it's like let's just go along with it and see what happens.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2008
IAM delighted to see that satire has a home at The Times ["The Sunday Conversation: 'The Cleaner' version" by Choire Sicha, July 20]. This spot-on sendup of an insipid interviewer ("Choire Sicha") of a dim and muddled starlet ("Grace Park") is worthy of early Nichols and May, particularly their piece in which the starlet allows that she has never dated Albert Schweitzer personally but thinks he is a really great guy. Richard P. McDonough Irvine
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1997
I enjoyed reading Peter Y. Hong's article on movie legend Hedy Lamarr (Aug. 30), with the exception of the headline, "A Starlet's Secret Life--as an Engineer." Lamarr was never a starlet. With her American debut in "Algiers" in 1938, she became a star and after that, with her MGM movies, she went on to become one of the biggest stars of the 1940s. The highlight of her career was playing Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille's "Samson and Delilah." GEORGE GHARIBIANS Glendale
NEWS
August 14, 2003
I must object when Susan Carpenter describes Candace Bushnell as "unusually glamorous for a writer" ("More Glamour, Dish From the 'Sex'-y Gal," Aug. 7). Writers are always put down in Hollywood, but we could dress better if we wanted to. And had the money. And had taste. (By the way, have you heard the one about the dumb starlet? She was so dumb that she slept with the writer.) Richard Showstack Newport Beach
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2001
In his art review ("Publicity Photo Collection Suggests All Is Not Glossy," March 16), David Pagel writes that "one of the most touching works" depicts Cindy Sherman, Raquel Welch, Xena, Carrie-Anne Moss "and a forgotten starlet from the 1970s." That's actually the terrific Linda Harrison, in her greatest role as Nova in the trend-setting "Planet of the Apes"--and frankly, the other actresses in that photo aren't fit to hold her sarong. PATRICK JANKIEWICZ Upland
SPORTS
December 17, 2005 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Stevie Wonderboy, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner and soon to be 2-year-old champion, is not the only talented youngster in trainer Doug O'Neill's stable. Meetmeinthewoods, a 2-year-old daughter of General Meeting, is not as accomplished as her stablemate, but she has potential. Where Meetmeinthewoods will make the second start of her career is an indicator of how much O'Neill thinks of the chestnut filly.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2012 | By Robert Abele
One of the year's most arresting, heartfelt indies, Sean Baker's "Starlet" trains the flat, harsh San Fernando Valley sun on a pair of checked-out lives testing new interpersonal waters: a fizzy young porn actress and the cranky octogenarian widow she befriends. Dree Hemingway, daughter of Mariel, exudes airy curiosity as young Jane, whose discovery of a stash of cash in a thermos purchased from a yard sale drives her to acts of charity toward its original owner, suburban shut-in Sadie (newcomer Besedka Johnson, whose feisty, affecting turn earned her Special Jury Recognition at SXSW this year)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Set in the deep recesses of the San Fernando Valley, the film "Starlet" explores an unlikely friendship between a twentysomething girl and an eightysomething woman. After young Jane (Dree Hemingway) buys an old thermos at a yard sale - she thinks it will make a nice vase - she discovers a large amount of cash inside it. Rather than return the money, she begins to insert herself into the life of the woman who sold it to her, offering the elderly Sadie (Besedka Johnson) rides to the market or going with her to bingo.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
TORONTO -- The manic crowd for Kristen Stewart on Thursday night was nothing compared to the turnout Friday for “Spring Breakers.” Was this young, smartly dressed crowd there for the latest film by notorious provocateur Harmony Korine, whose last film was the divisive “Trash Humpers”? Well, yes, but really they were there for the combined youth demo drawing power of James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson, with the added rumor that Gomez's boyfriend Justin Bieber may be there.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2012 | ROBERT LLOYD, TELEVISION CRITIC
"God Is the Bigger Elvis," Rebecca Cammisa's Oscar-nominated short subject, which comes to HBO Thursday -- Holy Thursday, by the Catholic calendar -- tells the story of Dolores Hart, who turned her back on Hollywood stardom in the early 1960s to become a Benedictine nun. "I often wonder why the Lord gave me such an opportunity to audition for Elvis," wonders Hart, who still gets and answers fan mail. ("What are you doing now?" one young admirer writes.) She made her movie debut opposite Presley in the 1957 "Loving You," reteamed with him the next year in "King Creole," and made eight more movies and starred on Broadway before entering the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn., of which she is now the mother prioress.
BUSINESS
December 21, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Dissing Angelina Jolie normally isn't the best way to get ahead in this town. But tough times call for tough tactics in the war of the Hollywood wax museums. Madame Tussauds, which considers itself the ne plus ultra of wax artistry — with the $25 ticket price to match — is trying to best its cheaper competitor, the Hollywood Wax Museum, with a new marketing blitz stressing the defects in its rival's paraffin starlets, singers and comics. In a wax version of a cola taste test, Madame Tussauds plans to let visitors decide whose figures most closely resemble their glamorous living counterparts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2011
Michael Cacoyannis Filmmaker directed 'Zorba the Greek' Michael Cacoyannis, 89, the Cyprus-born filmmaker and screenwriter who directed the 1964 film classic "Zorba the Greek," starring Anthony Quinn, died Monday at an Athens hospital of complications from a heart attack and chronic respiratory problems. Cacoyannis won multiple awards and received praise for the film versions of the Greek tragedies "Electra" (1962), "The Trojan Women" (1971) and "Iphigenia" (1977)
SPORTS
December 16, 2001 | BOB MIESZERSKI
If jockey Alex Solis isto win the $200,000 Hollywood Starlet for a second consecutive year, he will have to do it with a longshot. Renaissance Woman will be the fourth choice in a field of five in the Grade I, but Solis took the race last year with another outsider, I Believe In You, the 5-1 third choice. Realistically, however, the Starlet figures to be dominated by You and Habibti.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2010
The Starlet A Novel Mary McNamara Simon & Schuster: 306 pp., $15 paper
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