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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2000
With the passing of Steve Allen (Nov. 1), the world lost not only a great comedian but a true "man on the street" who knew what it meant to be on the streets. A longtime supporter of the Los Angeles Mission, he and his wife, Jayne Meadows, could often be seen here at Thanksgiving, helping serve the thousands of homeless and poor people lined up outside the mission. His compassion for the forgotten arose partially from his own experience at age 16 when, unable to get a job, he resorted to stealing food.
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February 19, 2014 | By David Horsey
On Jimmy Fallon's first night as host of NBC's "Tonight Show," his first musical guests, the legendary Irish rock band U2, performed their first song perched precariously on the roof of Rockefeller Center with the New York City skyline and a golden dusk shimmering in the background. That moment served dramatic notice that the show had left Burbank far behind. More than four decades ago, when Johnny Carson moved the show west, the Big Apple was looking rotten while Los Angeles had become the entertainment capital of the country.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2000 | By Stephanie Simon, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Steve Allen, the zany comedian and witty social commentator whose career zipped at warp speed from one occupation to the next--from hosting the original "Tonight" show to lecturing about morality to composing thousands of songs--has died in Encino at age 78. Allen, once honorary mayor of Encino, had been carving pumpkins with his grandchildren Monday night at his youngest son's home. He decided to rest, then lost consciousness and later died, apparently of a heart attack, said the son, Bill Allen.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Scott Collins
It's anyone's guess how viewers will react to the changes at NBC's "Tonight Show" next month. But new host Jimmy Fallon is pretty sure he would get a thumbs-up from his predecessors. "I wish Steve Allen or Johnny Carson were still alive. They'd be proud of what we're doing," Fallon, currently the host of NBC's "Late Night," said during a recent promotional swing through Los Angeles. "In our heads, we've been doing the 'Tonight Show' for five years. We're just on at a later hour. " The time slot will change Feb. 17, when Fallon takes over the 11:35 p.m. "Tonight" desk from Jay Leno, the show's longtime host.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2000
Having been Steve Allen's publicist for nearly 10 years, I wanted to thank you for your thorough and classy tribute to a man who had more talents than any entertainer alive. Steve Allen was a publicist's dream. Up to the day he passed away, there wasn't a day on his calendar when he wasn't committed to hosting an event, supporting a charitable cause, writing a book, composing yet another song, speaking at a function, performing with his big band or doing comedy, being photographed, making a guest appearance, helping a fellow colleague or doing a press interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2007
I read most reviews with a detached bemusement, but I must say you got my attention with The Times' assessment of Craig Ferguson ["It's Even Later Than 'Late Late' Thinks," Feb. 18]. It really wasn't a review at all, was it? More like a verbal smackdown. And may I say, unwarranted. Ferguson has one of the most inventive, humorous and delightful chat shows on the air. His relaxed and charming personality alone makes him worth watching. How tired I am of these late-night geeks, with their smug and snarky demeanors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1996
Comedian Steve Allen will perform Thursday at a program sponsored by the Huntington Beach Friends of the Library. The 6 p.m. event costs $18 a person, which includes dinner at the Central Library and Cultural Center, 7111 Talbert Ave. Information and reservations: (714) 842-4481, Ext. 12213.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 1996
In a benefit performance for the Glendale Symphony, comedian-composer Steve Allen will give his "one-man music and comedy show," supported by pianist Paul Smith, at Star's Theater, 417 1/2 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, on Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $62.50. Information: (818) 247-7827.
NEWS
May 1, 1988
I think Steve Allen has forgotten the days when on his very own television shows he often played a character who was always gulping from a glass and becoming sillier and sillier, thereby denigrating the very subject he propounds today. His comments on the foibles of the late actors John Barrymore and Errol Flynn, which were publicly well known, and his apparent bitterness toward his mother's family, particularly his uncle's weakness as a chronic gambler, were harsh and judgmental.
NEWS
January 14, 1998
Thank you for "The Perennial Steve Allen" (Jan. 9) about one of our century's true renaissance men. However, you seem to have inadvertently proved Allen's point about the dumbing down of America, in labeling his nuanced political and social philosophies as "angry" and "conservative." Surely, Steve Allen's concern about the decline of American culture in general and the current state of the entertainment industry in particular is well-founded. Does anyone (whatever his or her political inclination)
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January 5, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
New York theaters The theater piece was a reminder of my good old days in New York ["Spirits of Theater Stir," by Kelly Merritt, Dec. 22]. The Beacon was my neighborhood movie theater, changing double bills twice a week (before round-the-clock TV), and the Hudson, home of the NBC late show with Steve Allen (with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme making out in the balcony, and the "man on the street" interviews out the back entrance).Those were the days when theaters, refurbished or not, were always busy, and you could sit in the balcony for $4.80, where I saw Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, Shirley Booth, Bert Lahr, Kim Stanley, Ethel Merman, Ezio Pinza and Mary Martin, Robert Preston and Yul Brynner, Zero Mostel, Gwen Verdon, Judy Holliday.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Eydie Gorme, the popular nightclub vocalist and half of the longtime musical partnership Steve & Eydie, died in a Las Vegas hospital Saturday after an undisclosed illness. She was 84 years old. Together with her husband, Steve Lawrence, Gorme was known for a breezy, easy listening style that merged well with the adult contemporary pop sound of the time. As a solo performer, she performed the Grammy-nominated 1963 hit "Blame It on the Bossa Nova," which was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (listen below)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2013 | By Claire Noland
Eydie Gorme, a pop vocalist who entertained nightclub audiences and TV viewers as a solo artist and with her husband, Steve Lawrence, died Saturday. She was 84. Gorme died at a Las Vegas hospital of an undisclosed illness, said her publicist, Howard Bragman. Since the mid-1950s, first as a soloist and then as part of the Steve and Eydie duo, Gorme sang pop hits, standards and show tunes while decked out in sequins and engaging in playful stage patter. Her first album with Lawrence, "We Got Us," won a Grammy Award in 1960.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2013 | By Don Heckman
Paul Smith, a jazz pianist, arranger-composer and music director for stars such as Sammy Davis Jr., Anita O'Day, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day, the Andrews Sisters, Sarah Vaughan and Rosemary Clooney, has died. He was 91. Smith died of heart failure Saturday at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center, publicist Alan Eichler said. At 6 feet 5, with hands that easily spanned the piano keyboard well beyond octaves, Smith was an impressive sight on stage. Playing with a versatility comparable to that of Oscar Peterson and a harmonic richness similar to the work of Bill Evans, he was both a brilliant soloist and an accompanist who was highly praised by the many singers with whom he performed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2013 | By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
SHENZHEN, China - The dozens of business officials who accompanied Gov. Jerry Brown to China this week included many with existing business in the country, some who hoped the governor's presence could help open new doors for them and others who wanted to spend time with California's leader and his entourage. For Bill Allen, president of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., the connection to China is more personal. Allen, son of "Tonight Show" founder Steve Allen and actress Jayne Meadows, was returning to a nation where his family's roots date to the turn of the 20th century.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2012
THEATER The Unholy Three — Rob Zabrecky (Possum Dixon), Dave Lovering (The Pixies) and Fitzgerald — perform their magical/musical act with proceeds benefiting the Steve Allen Theater. The one-of-a-kind cabaret — expect mind reading and new-wave tricks — also includes a screening of the 1930 film "The Unholy Three" about sideshow performers turned Park Avenue thieves. Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $10. (323) 666-4268. steveallentheater.com.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2011 | By Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Desert Hot Springs, Calif. -- Briefcase in hand, Steve Allen knocks on the back door of Rose Mortuary and Crematory. He's been on the road for two hours, and it's a little before 9; the late-autumn sun paints the distant cliffs of Mt. San Jacinto yellow and gold. Manager Thomas Moen is surprised by the visit. He glances about to make sure that the consumer guide and price lists are displayed as required by law. "How ya doing?" Allen's voice projects a robust exuberance.
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September 2, 2011 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Magician Rob Zabrecky has a bar of skeleton-shaped soap in his bathroom in the Valley, even though Halloween isn't on the horizon yet. The skeleton, like so much about Zabrecky, is a manifestation of his obsession with the macabre. It's an obsession he has cultivated for the last 12 years, eventually embodying it in the persona of his alter ego — a darkly comic character called Odd Man. At Hollywood's Magic Castle, where Zabrecky is a member, he performs as Odd Man, but his shows are short and completely devoted to his theatrical brand of magic.
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