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April 18, 1988 | Reuters
A circus trapeze artist plunged to her death, landing head-first on a gravel floor in front of 900 horrified spectators. The show was canceled after Belinda Nielson Visingard, 31, who was working without a net Sunday night, lost her balance and fell 17 feet to the ground.
August 22, 2009 | LAUREN BEALE
Actress and Playboy model Bridget Marquardt has become a first-time home buyer with the purchase of a contemporary Mediterranean in Sherman Oaks for $1,725,000. She had been traveling for her "Bridget's Sexiest Beaches" Travel Channel show while intermittently house hunting for about a year. "I had a big list of all the things I wanted," she said, and "I wasn't ready to settle." Her patience paid off. The new 5,922-square-foot home "literally had everything plus," she said.
July 24, 1994 | GEOFF BOUCHER
Talk about bouncing babies. His name is Romeo, and at 6 months old he already weighs 227 pounds. As for Juliette, she's approaching her second birthday and tips the scales at a nice round 200. The pair of Asian elephants will be the centerpiece attraction when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus brings the 124th edition of their "Greatest Show on Earth" to Los Angeles this week.
July 26, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
A Canoga Park man who says he suffered permanent leg and back injuries when a trapeze broke while he was performing has filed suit against the Westlake Village man who staged the show and the North Hollywood firm that supplied the trapeze. Lavernne Brizendine, 24, filed suit last week in Van Nuys Superior Court seeking unspecified damages for pain, suffering and loss of his dancing career. Brizendine was playing the part of Tom Thumb in a production of the musical "P.T.
November 3, 1998
They arrive dressed in office clothes and quickly change into leggings and T-shirts. Next, they tape their hands and dust them with chalk. They stretch, sip water or chat, all the while thinking about the thrill to come. From the ground, they watch a woman ascend a ladder to a narrow platform 25 feet above. Taking a deep breath, the woman grasps a trapeze bar and swings off the platform, gaining speed and height with each powerful thrust of her legs.
January 18, 1985 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
To get an idea of what Blue Trapeze sounds like, try to imagine a melange of the new and the old combining the musical and lyrical ambiguity of R.E.M., the late-night ethereality of X, the brooding harmonies of the old Jefferson Airplane and the guitar-dominated thrust of the Ventures. It's an unlikely combination, but this Anaheim quartet--lead singer Dan Koenig, lead guitarist Michael Kirstein, bassist Glenn Suneson and drummer Lisa Kline --isn't your average rock band.
January 2, 1994 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, Times Staff Writer
Last year is dwindling in the rear-view mirror, tumbling down the memory hole, shuffling off to the Valhalla of Used Eras to await the whimsical verdict of the nostalgia gods. A serious year in many respects, a time when San Fernando Valley residents were left dazed by streaks of crime, felt the heat of a catastrophic fire, and elected their guy mayor of Los Angeles.
May 1, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
A trapeze artist performing in a circus at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area slipped and fell 40 feet to his death Monday evening, authorities said. The performer, described only as a Latino male about 35 years old, was performing without a net. According to one report, the victim was a performer with Mexico-based Circus Vazquez, which has been touring California. The victim struck his head after falling to the ground shortly after 6:30 p.m.
April 19, 1988 | Associated Press
A trapeze artist slipped during a solo performance 17 feet above ground and plunged headfirst to her death as 900 spectators watched in horror, witnesses said. Belinda Amandis, 31, of Sarasota, who once performed while suspended from a helicopter, died instantly in the fall Sunday night during the Circus USA show, authorities said. "When it happened everybody looked around at each other, like, 'This is some kind of trick--part of the act right?'
May 23, 2002 | Ginny Chien; T.L. Stanley; Jessica Strand; Heidi Siegmund Cuda; Robert Niles ; Dana Calvo;
In the 'burbs, daily life can contain the whimsy of the circus and the nostalgia trip of a drive-in movie. Mastering the Greatest of Ease Gaona's Trapeze School 5702 Lubao Ave., Woodland Hills (818) 710-8191 Even though she had always dreamed about it, Karen Frischmann initially couldn't muster the courage to fulfill her lifelong fantasy.
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