December 28, 1994
Robert Lowry, 75, a post-World War II author whom Ernest Hemingway once called "one of America's best" but whose frail health forced interruptions in a sporadic writing career. His battlefield experiences during the war formed the basis for many of his novels and short stories, as did his life as an artist in Greenwich Village. His best-known works included "Casualty" in 1946, "Find Me in Fire" and "The Big Cage" in 1949, "The Violent Wedding," in 1953 and three collections of short stories.
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September 3, 2001 |
Actor Troy Donahue, the handsome heartthrob of teen films in the late 1950s and early '60s, died Sunday at a Santa Monica hospital of a heart attack he suffered last week. He was 65. The tall, blond star of such films as "Rome Adventure" and "A Summer Place" was admitted to St. John's Hospital and Health Center on Thursday after having a heart attack in his Santa Monica home shortly after returning from the gym.
February 6, 1995 |
John Smith, a popular actor in the 1950s who humorously adapted the common name as his stage name, has died. He was 63. Smith died Jan. 25 in his Los Angeles home, said Richard Lamparski, a Hollywood historian who had profiled Smith in one of his volumes titled "Whatever Became of . . . ?" The cause of death may have been a combination of cirrhosis and heart problems, said Smith's former wife, actress Luana Patten Smith. Smith shared top billing with Robert Fuller on the television series "Laramie", which ran from 1959 to 1963.
June 25, 2003 |
In the wake of the box office success of "Chicago," winner of this year's best picture Oscar and Miramax Films' highest-grossing movie ever, the studio plans to turn the 1955 Broadway hit "Damn Yankees" into a feature film. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, executive producers of "Chicago," are set to produce the musical.
April 21, 1985
The Calendar Letters Page on April 14 appealed--in all semi-seriousness--to the reader-masses for fresh, new ideas to help save network television. The generosity of readers has been ample and heartwarming. The least frivolous contributions are segregated in the box at the right. The rest follow. "Snort"--Each episode explores the recreational activities and hi-jinks of the upper levels of the entertainment industry. A profusion of parties, starlets and just plain fun make this series sparkle.
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July 13, 2009 |
Ric Hardman, 84, a writer of screenplays, TV scripts and novels, mostly in the western genre, died in his sleep June 29 at his home in Los Angeles, his son Chris said. He had cancer. For the big screen, Hardman wrote "Gunman's Walk," a 1958 western starring Van Heflin and Tab Hunter, and "The Rare Breed," another western from 1966 featuring James Stewart. In the early 1960s, Hardman wrote for the western TV series "Lawman" using his name as well as a pen name, Bronson Howitzer. He later turned to writing novels, including "Fifteen Flags," a 1968 story about American troops fighting in Siberia during the Russian Civil War of 1919-20, and "Sunshine Rider," a 1998 novel that Hardman called the first vegetarian western and a Boston Globe reviewer called "delicious whimsy."
January 21, 2010 |
Anyone familiar with James Ellroy's "L.A. Confidential," or the razor-sharp film adaptation, will recall the sleazy magazine whose insatiable desire for nasty stories about Hollywood celebrities drove the plot. Ellroy called it Hush-Hush, but his model was Confidential, king of the scandal sheets from 1952 to 1957, when a string of lawsuits forced publisher Robert Harrison to cut a deal with the studios and quit snooping for the dirty details of stars' all-too-human behavior. After reading "L.A.
October 21, 2012 |
John Saxon might never have come to Hollywood nearly 60 years ago if he hadn't played hooky from his high school in Brooklyn one day to see a movie at the venerable Paramount Theatre at Times Square. In a story that seems ripped out of a movie script, Saxon ("A Nightmare on Elm Street," "The Reluctant Debutante") was spotted by a male modeling agent as Saxon was walking out of the Paramount. "He gave me his card," he said. "I started doing jobs for magazines, like Modern Romance, all the Macfadden publications.
September 6, 1987
A sampling of personalities with hit singles: Edd (Kookie) Byrnes and Connie Stevens, "Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb." Produced by Irving Taylor of "77 Sunset Strip," this record reached No. 4 on the 1959 charts. Stayed on charts for 13 weeks. Estimated sales: (Billboard, Cashbox, etc.) 2 million. Shelley Fabares, "Johnny Angel." A song used on a segment of "The Donna Reed Show" and recorded to push the show. It reached No.
May 25, 1989 |
"Cameron's Closet" (citywide) never should have come out of the closet. It's been locked in for about two years, if the 1987 copyright date is any indication, and lead actress Mel Harris, now a star thanks to TV's "thirtysomething," is probably praying no one noticed this shelved horror oldie slipping quietly into theaters over the weekend. It's a good bet she's safe on that account. The Cameron of the title is a 10-year-old boy with telekenetic powers who, in the course of some experiments conducted by his dad, has accidentally loosed a loudly gargling demon.