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June 29, 2009 | David Ng
She launched the careers of some of the most successful actors of the 20th century. Marlon Brando, her most famous pupil, once wrote that "she imparts the most valuable kind of information -- how to discover the nature of our own emotional mechanics and therefore those of others." Stella Adler, the high priestess of the American theater, was known for her boundless generosity toward young actors.
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May 28, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Irene Gilbert, who persuaded her mentor, Stella Adler, to open an acting school in Los Angeles in 1985 and then served as its director for 20 years, has died. She was 76. Gilbert died May 21 of complications related to Alzheimer's disease at her son's home in Eureka, Calif., said John Jack Rodgers, executive director of the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre-Los Angeles . "There would be no West Coast school if not for Irene's drive and determination to keep it open," Rodgers said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 1999
Veteran actor Perry King will appear in the first of a series of free theatrical seminars called "Hollywood Speaks at the Adler," featuring Stella Adler alumni, on Saturday at noon at the Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd floor. The series is part of a 50th anniversary celebration honoring Adler, the noted American acting teacher. Future guests slated to appear, with schedules pending, are James Coburn, Melanie Griffith and John Ritter. Information: (323) 465-4446.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2009 | David Ng
She launched the careers of some of the most successful actors of the 20th century. Marlon Brando, her most famous pupil, once wrote that "she imparts the most valuable kind of information -- how to discover the nature of our own emotional mechanics and therefore those of others." Stella Adler, the high priestess of the American theater, was known for her boundless generosity toward young actors.
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December 22, 1992 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
With the death of Stella Adler early Monday comes the end of a theatrical age and dynasty.
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September 6, 1988 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON, Times Staff Writer
"The need for help grows stronger in the theater as producers and directors have less and less to do with the career of the actor. Actors have been stranded. They get very little help. The director is there for the ideas of the play, and the ensemble, and doesn't always see that the actor is capable of growth and change. It happens now that the director will simply fire the actor he doesn't like."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1992 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stella Adler, an icon of drama and a mentor to actors whom Marlon Brando once called "not just a teacher of acting but of life," died early Monday. Miss Adler was 91 and died at her home in Los Angeles about sunrise, said Irene Gilbert, director of the Stella Adler Conservatory on Hollywood Boulevard. She had grown up a contemporary of both the American century and the American theater.
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January 31, 1999 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Diane Haithman is a Times staff writer
John Ritter remembers studying Tennessee Williams' play "Summer and Smoke" in a class on script analysis in the mid-1980s taught by the late Stella Adler. The scene was set at twilight. "She said, 'Let's talk about twilight--what it is, what it means,' " Ritter recalls. " 'Things happen there; you see things that may or may not be real.' Twilight was about kind of hiding in the shadows. We spent, like, an hour on twilight!"
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May 16, 1999 | GAVIN LAMBERT, Gavin Lambert is a novelist, screenwriter and film historian whose most recent book is "Nazimova."
In his tribute to Elia Kazan at the 70th annual Academy Awards, Martin Scorsese remarked that Kazan introduced a new style of acting into American movies. Clips from "A Streetcar Named Desire," "East of Eden," "On the Waterfront," "Wild River" and "Splendor in the Grass" showed this style in action, and it doesn't lessen Kazan's brilliance as a director to point out that the style couldn't have existed without Stella Adler.
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October 3, 1991 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the world of theater, Stella Adler is a living legend, still teaching the craft of acting at the age of 90. She has figured so prominently as an actress, director and especially as a teacher that her name is renowned throughout the world. "Almost all filmmakers everywhere in the world have felt the effects of American films, which have been in turn influenced by Stella Adler's teachings," said one former student, Marlon Brando, in a preface to Adler's book on acting.
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December 10, 1999
The Stella Adler's fourth annual "Holiday Celebration and Benefit" will be held at the theater on Sunday at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the program of readings, scenes from Shakespeare, a holiday sing-along, gift raffle and snacks will support the nonprofit Stella Adler Community Outreach Program, which sponsors free children's shows and traveling performances to retirement homes in the Los Angeles area. Tickets are $10 at the door. Information: (323) 465-4446.
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August 20, 1999 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
It's hard to believe 20 years have passed since Martin Sherman's "Bent" first premiered in New York in a celebrated production starring Richard Gere. But Sherman's Holocaust-era drama endures. Now, in a 20th anniversary revival at the Stella Adler, Sherman's play--which details the ill fortunes, furtive love and ultimate redemption of two gay men in the Nazi-run Dachau death camp--proves a clarion reminder of the dangers of generalized, generational hatreds.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 1999
Veteran actor Perry King will appear in the first of a series of free theatrical seminars called "Hollywood Speaks at the Adler," featuring Stella Adler alumni, on Saturday at noon at the Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd floor. The series is part of a 50th anniversary celebration honoring Adler, the noted American acting teacher. Future guests slated to appear, with schedules pending, are James Coburn, Melanie Griffith and John Ritter. Information: (323) 465-4446.
BOOKS
May 16, 1999 | GAVIN LAMBERT, Gavin Lambert is a novelist, screenwriter and film historian whose most recent book is "Nazimova."
In his tribute to Elia Kazan at the 70th annual Academy Awards, Martin Scorsese remarked that Kazan introduced a new style of acting into American movies. Clips from "A Streetcar Named Desire," "East of Eden," "On the Waterfront," "Wild River" and "Splendor in the Grass" showed this style in action, and it doesn't lessen Kazan's brilliance as a director to point out that the style couldn't have existed without Stella Adler.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 1999
It was with great interest that I read the article on the Stella Adler Theatre and Academy of Acting and Irene Gilbert and Leonora Schildkraut ("After 50 Years, It's Still a Class Act," by Diane Haithman, Jan. 31). I had the unique experience of working with these two women during the initial years of operation in the new facilities and couldn't agree more about their enthusiasm, energy, commitment and, most important, integrity. One of the reasons the space works so well--for students, faculty, productions and audiences--is one of the finest theater architects that L.A. has to offer: John Sergio Fisher.
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January 31, 1999 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Diane Haithman is a Times staff writer
John Ritter remembers studying Tennessee Williams' play "Summer and Smoke" in a class on script analysis in the mid-1980s taught by the late Stella Adler. The scene was set at twilight. "She said, 'Let's talk about twilight--what it is, what it means,' " Ritter recalls. " 'Things happen there; you see things that may or may not be real.' Twilight was about kind of hiding in the shadows. We spent, like, an hour on twilight!"
BOOKS
August 18, 1991
The captioned photograph of Stella Adler on the front page of the July 7 Book Review ("Method Actors" by Steve Vineberg) implies that the great lady of world theater was "a disciple" of Lee Strasberg. Is that how it really was? I was given to understand, from the most reliable source, that Miss Adler, on her return from her first visit to the U.S.S.R., tried in vain to explain to Strasberg that he had "gotten it all wrong" and that Stanislavsky should not be interpreted in the manner which was being adopted by the so-called "method school," then under the direction of Strasberg.
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May 22, 1997 | JANA J. MONJI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's a little early for a production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," but perhaps the refreshing Hindu-influenced version at the Stella Adler Theatre will extend into midsummer. This is a rich, multilayered production featuring live music (by musical director David Trasoff), puppets (created by Aida Dragomir), wonderful costuming (Sherry Grider) and dancing.
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May 22, 1997 | JANA J. MONJI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's a little early for a production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," but perhaps the refreshing Hindu-influenced version at the Stella Adler Theatre will extend into midsummer. This is a rich, multilayered production featuring live music (by musical director David Trasoff), puppets (created by Aida Dragomir), wonderful costuming (Sherry Grider) and dancing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1993
A Hollywood building that formerly housed the Stella Adler Theater and was slated for demolition to make way for a Metro Red Line station burned Tuesday, and arson was suspected. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority owns the boarded-up building on Hollywood Boulevard and North Argyle Avenue. Investigators believe the fire was started in some rubbish that was intentionally ignited, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Bob Collis.
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