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July 7, 1991 | Karen Stabiner
Sad but true: Murder victims and near-victims are supporting an entire wing of the publishing industry. Finstad, a former trial lawyer, tells us the story of Barbara Piotrowski, a bright, pretty young woman with an interest in Plato and beauty contests, a gorgeous girl of troublesome naivete. She falls in love with Richard Minns, twice her age, a Texas millionaire and danger-seeker who, on their first meeting, tells her of his plan to fight a killer shark on his coming birthday.
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October 9, 2005 | Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and a film critic for Time. He is the author of many books, including the forthcoming "Elia Kazan: A Biography."
HERE'S something I'll bet you didn't know about Warren Beatty: When he was a cute-as-a-puppy teenager, he was baptized, via the full-immersion method, in a see-through font, in front of an enthusiastically devout congregation. Given his subsequent career as a movie star, enigmatic public figure and, yes, legendary womanizer, this image creates a disconnect: How does this shivering sliver evolve into the alleged playboy of the Western world?
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July 26, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the decade since gunshots left her paralyzed from the chest down, Janni Smith has gained national recognition. As a wheelchair athlete, she won more than a dozen marathon races and competed in trials for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. And as president of the Irvine-based Petrofsky Centers for Rehabilitation and Research, she has helped develop medical technologies that enable paralyzed muscles to move for exercise as well as for walking and hand movement.
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July 30, 2001 | MERLE RUBIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One of the most striking things about Hollywood is the extent to which people all over the world came to regard it as the center of the universe. What the Holy Land was to true believers, Hollywood became to believers in make-believe. One such believer was Maria Gurdin, who fled her native Siberia in the wake of the Russian Revolution, ending up in Northern California. A woman of immense drive and ambition, she found an inspiring contrast to the struggle of her daily life in the movies.
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October 9, 2005 | Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and a film critic for Time. He is the author of many books, including the forthcoming "Elia Kazan: A Biography."
HERE'S something I'll bet you didn't know about Warren Beatty: When he was a cute-as-a-puppy teenager, he was baptized, via the full-immersion method, in a see-through font, in front of an enthusiastically devout congregation. Given his subsequent career as a movie star, enigmatic public figure and, yes, legendary womanizer, this image creates a disconnect: How does this shivering sliver evolve into the alleged playboy of the Western world?
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July 30, 2001 | MERLE RUBIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One of the most striking things about Hollywood is the extent to which people all over the world came to regard it as the center of the universe. What the Holy Land was to true believers, Hollywood became to believers in make-believe. One such believer was Maria Gurdin, who fled her native Siberia in the wake of the Russian Revolution, ending up in Northern California. A woman of immense drive and ambition, she found an inspiring contrast to the struggle of her daily life in the movies.
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July 22, 1991 | Dennis McLellan
TRUE CRIME: It's billed as "a shocking true story of how love, obsession and power almost killed Barbra Piotrowski." . . . That would be "Sleeping With the Devil"--Suzanne Finstad's book about the love affair between Texas millionaire Richard Minns and Piotrowski, a former California beauty queen. After the relationship soured, Piotrowski was shot four times by a paid assassin. It left her paralyzed from the chest down. But Minns was never questioned. . . .
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October 30, 2002 | Lee Margulies
Director Peter Bogdanovich, whose last film, "The Cat's Meow," dealt with the mysterious death in 1924 of Hollywood producer Thomas Ince aboard a yacht, will turn his attention next to a movie about a Hollywood actress who died under what many still consider to be mysterious circumstances aboard a yacht in 1981. That actress was Natalie Wood.
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November 16, 1997
Gayle Taylor, science teacher: "Audrey Hepburn's Neck," by Alan Brown (Pocket). "Moving and surprisingly suspenseful, this novel centers on a comic book artist adrift in modern Tokyo. He numbs himself with technology and its images but longs for love. Brown explores the difficulty of connecting across generations and the price that secrets extract from their keepers."
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July 21, 1994 | DENNIS McLELLAN and NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Irvine rehabilitation specialist Janni Smith always believed that the Texas millionaire she claims arranged to have her shot--leaving her paralyzed from the waist down--would one day be captured. After a 14-year wait, her fugitive ex-lover was behind bars. Richard Minns, 64, was arrested Tuesday at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on suspicion of obtaining several passports with fraudulent information and names.
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July 26, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the decade since gunshots left her paralyzed from the chest down, Janni Smith has gained national recognition. As a wheelchair athlete, she won more than a dozen marathon races and competed in trials for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. And as president of the Irvine-based Petrofsky Centers for Rehabilitation and Research, she has helped develop medical technologies that enable paralyzed muscles to move for exercise as well as for walking and hand movement.
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July 7, 1991 | Karen Stabiner
Sad but true: Murder victims and near-victims are supporting an entire wing of the publishing industry. Finstad, a former trial lawyer, tells us the story of Barbara Piotrowski, a bright, pretty young woman with an interest in Plato and beauty contests, a gorgeous girl of troublesome naivete. She falls in love with Richard Minns, twice her age, a Texas millionaire and danger-seeker who, on their first meeting, tells her of his plan to fight a killer shark on his coming birthday.
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August 26, 1998 | SHAUNA SNOW
POP/ROCK Beck Off Silicon Planet: Beck has pulled off the bill of Silicon Planet, the technology and pop culture exhibition scheduled for Oct. 17 at Santa Monica Airport's Barker Hangar. Marc Geiger, Beck's agent, said Tuesday that the artist had been led to believe that it was to be a "private, corporate event with tickets sold and marketed only inside Silicon Valley companies." When it was learned that tickets, at $100 apiece, were available to the public, Beck canceled.
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August 21, 1997 | PAUL D. COLFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What do casino mogul Steve Wynn, Priscilla Presley and the lawyers for Sharon Stone have in common? They are among the better-known figures who have filed suits challenging the veracity of statements made or published about them, prompting speculation that a flurry of high-profile libel cases may follow. Case in point: A jury in Las Vegas last week awarded $3.
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