February 23, 1986
So people are "shocked" that Stephen Spielberg wasn't nominated for an Oscar for best director for "The Color Purple" (Calendar Letters, Feb. 16). When did the Academy ever show better judgment in the face of pressure? "The Color Purple" came out on the screen as well-acted, stunningly photographed, sentimental mush. Our heroine was a pathetically ignorant, outrageously abused, black, ugly lesbian with a heart of pure gold, so beautifully portrayed by Whoopi Goldberg; her picture was sure to turn the gallant liberal's heart to strawberry Jell-O--and make the rest of us vomit.
December 2, 1990
Tamara De Treaux, the 31-inch tall actress who shared the role of "E.T." in the famous Stephen Spielberg movie, has died. She was 31. Miss De Treaux died Wednesday at Medical Center of North Hollywood of respiratory problems and heart failure, her longtime friend, Ken Maley, said Friday. Starting out in theaters in San Francisco, Miss De Treaux joined the backup singing group called The Medflies in 1980.
September 22, 1991 |
During her 24-year tenure at the New Yorker, Pauline Kael's pungent essays established her as the most respected film critic in the United States. Her opinions often have been controversial, but Kael undoubtedly loves the medium of motion pictures, and she never allows hype or superficial emotional appeals to cloud her judgements.
September 16, 1987 |
Disneyland's prayers weren't answered. Neither were Knott's Berry Farm's. Anaheim's Magic Kingdom and Buena Park's famous berry patch were left in limbo when Pope John Paul II turned down invitations to both Orange County amusement parks. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles couldn't give its blessing to a papal visit because of the pontiff's already-brimming schedule, said Bob Roth, a Disneyland spokesman.