January 8, 2014 |
Thomas V. Jones, a legendary risk-taker whose gambles paid off when Northrop Grumman rose to the top ranks of the defense industry during the Cold War, has died. He was 93. Jones died Tuesday of pulmonary fibrosis, his family announced. Jones had aristocratic tastes that were unusual for an aerospace engineer and later became a respected maker of fine wines from his vineyard in Bel-Air , but he will always be best known as one of the last great titans of the U.S. arms business.
July 16, 2013 |
The Laguna Playhouse has a surefire proposal in "I Do! I Do!" Although this sturdy revival of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's 1966 two-hander hardly revitalizes an oft-produced regional staple, audiences will flock. Credit top-drawer stars Davis Gaines and Vicki Lewis, who play married Michael and Agnes with delightful empathy and resourcefulness. “I Do! I Do!,” based on Jan de Hartog's “The Fourposter,” is essentially a trio for husband, wife and marital bed (the centerpiece of designer Jim Prodger's charming set)
May 10, 2013 |
Rupert Murdoch has just popped the cork on a deal to buy a rare trophy property in Los Angeles: the 16-acre Moraga Vineyards estate, located in the hills above Bel Air. The billionaire media mogul announced his purchase on Twitter on Friday afternoon: "About to celebrate buying beautiful small vineyard right in LA. Great wine, Moraga, owned by great Angelino, Tom Jones, Time cover, 1961!" Murdoch did not reveal the purchase price. The listing price for the Santa Monica Mountains property, which can be glimpsed from the 405 Freeway, was just a tasteful sip below $30 million, according to The Times' Daily Dish blog . Jim Kline, the listing agent with Surterre Properties of Newport Beach, declined to comment on the sale when reached Friday night.
April 22, 2013 |
Actor Russell Crowe said his final goodbyes to Divinyls lead singer and Australian musical icon Chrissy Amphlett Sunday night. Amphlett passed away in her New York City home on Sunday at age 53 after a protracted battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. Though she was best known in America for her confessional Divinyls hit single "I Touch Myself," she was also an actress. She made her film debut in 1982's “Monkey Grip” and later went on to play Crowe's mother in the Australian version of the stage musical "Blood Brothers.
April 20, 2013 |
Tom Jones sits in a cozy booth along one wall of a favorite Beverly Hills restaurant. At 72, his curly hair and neatly manicured mustache and goatee are more salt than pepper after his decision to give up black hair dye a few years ago. But Jones appears dapper as usual, ultra-tan and fit in his smart black suit and dark, ribbed crew-neck shirt. The era-spanning entertainer is here to talk about his new album, "Spirit in the Room," coming out Tuesday. His latest work continues a career rejuvenation that kicked off in earnest three years ago with "Praise & Blame," a collection produced by Kings of Leon producer Ethan Johns.
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October 5, 2012
Big Jim Sullivan, 71, an acclaimed session guitarist who played on dozens of rock 'n' roll and pop hits in the 1960s and '70s, died Tuesday at his home in West Sussex, England, said his wife, Norma. He suffered from heart disease and diabetes. Sullivan learned guitar as a teenager and turned professional when he was 16. He played with many of the biggest names in British pop at the height of the "Swinging London" era. Along with Jimmy Page, who would later star in Led Zeppelin, Sullivan was one of the most in-demand session guitarists of his era. His website lists sessions with Tom Jones, Marianne Faithfull, David Bowie, Gerry and the Pacemakers and many others.