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April 24, 1986 | MARY LOU LOPER, Times Staff Writer
"Uncle Miltie," who's always been so benevolent for causes feting others, will be toasted May 9 at a gala at the Century Plaza. The Center for the Partially Sighted will present its Vision Award to comedian and television pioneer Milton Berle in recognition of his creativity and lifetime contributions to entertainment. The fifth annual Night for Sight is guaranteed to be wild. Funny man Rich Little, host Steve Edwards and Jose Feliciano are booked to be outrageous.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2002 | Steve Lopez
Now and then, according to informed sources, residents of Hollywood's DanMar Retirement Villa argue about what shows to watch on the big-screen TV in the lounge. Some insist the television should stay on ABC all the time so there's no switching necessary when "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!" come on. Others prefer more variety. There does seem to be a consensus, however, on one thing. TV ain't what it used to be. Sid Balkin throws his hands up when I ask if anyone wants to talk about Milton Berle, TV's first superstar, who moved into another kind of old folks home last week at the age of 93. "I was in the TV business," says Sid, who is the youngest 90 you'll ever see. "We couldn't get enough TVs into the shop when his show was on."
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 1985 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON
Why are Jewish divorces so expensive? Because they're worth it.... I'm so unlucky, if they sawed a woman in half, I'd get the part that eats.... You show me a milkman in drag and I'll show you a dairy queen. . . .
OPINION
March 31, 2002
Re "TV Legend 'Uncle Miltie' Dies at 93," March 28: Of the times I spent with Milton Berle, which were many I'm happy to say, I never came away without having learned more about show business and as a better professional. Thank you, Miltie. James Prideaux Los Angeles I did not know Milton Berle, but I regret his passing. I'm sure most people don't realize the impact his show had in the early years of television. I remember as a family event gathering around the 10-inch black-and-white Philco to watch "Uncle Miltie."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 1993 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was billed as Milton Berle's 85th Birthday Celebration, a star-studded dinner during which the comedian known to the world as "Mr. Television" received a lifetime achievement award from a group calling itself the Poetry Academy. The ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel was packed with more than 1,000 guests who had come to honor "Uncle Miltie."
NEWS
June 25, 1989 | DAVID WHARTON, Times Staff Writer
The red ants, they live in fields of sandy earth, in tunnels that lead every which way. The woman, she drives by and sees a field. She stops and takes her shovel to dig at the red ants. Intricate patterns of tunnels lie just beneath the surface. Sometimes she finds small pockets, places where the ants have stored seed and other food. "They even have graveyards underground," the woman says. "You'll hit one place, and they'll all be dead." When she finds places where the ants are alive, when she reaches to gather them, they bite.
OPINION
March 31, 2002
Re "TV Legend 'Uncle Miltie' Dies at 93," March 28: Of the times I spent with Milton Berle, which were many I'm happy to say, I never came away without having learned more about show business and as a better professional. Thank you, Miltie. James Prideaux Los Angeles I did not know Milton Berle, but I regret his passing. I'm sure most people don't realize the impact his show had in the early years of television. I remember as a family event gathering around the 10-inch black-and-white Philco to watch "Uncle Miltie."
NEWS
December 16, 1990
I really enjoyed "Milton Loves Lucy" (Nov. 27, Channel 11). It was a treat watching the King and Queen of TV comedy cavorting together not once, but twice, when Channel 11 also ran the "Milton Berle Hides Out at the Ricardos" hour. As author of The "I Love Lucy" Book (Doubleday), I must correct something Mr. Berle said in an interview in TV Times (Nov. 25) about his work with Lucille Ball. He recalls having "guested on 'I Love Lucy' about nine times." It would have been great, of course, but in those early days of TV, Uncle Miltie was under an exclusive contract to NBC and couldn't appear on "Lucy" during her half-hour venue.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 1993
Several years ago, my son, now a UC San Diego student, and I accompanied my husband on a business trip to Vancouver, B.C. While my husband attended meetings, I decided to take our son to the nearby park and art gallery. I had noticed from the hotel's schedule that Milton Berle had been the featured entertainer for a private gathering the previous evening. As we started down the hallway of the lobby, a gentleman hurriedly approached from the opposite direction, and we all reached the door simultaneously.
NEWS
June 21, 1989 | RICHARD ROUILARD
Old comedians don't retire, they just. . . . "There isn't anything I wouldn't do for Steve Allen," said 81-year-old Milton Berle on Monday night at the Beverly Hills Hotel. "And there isn't anything Steve wouldn't do for me. Which is why we haven't done anything for each other our whole lives." Laughter, applause, laughter. Uncle Miltie was introducing Allen at a book party in the Rodeo Room heralding the publication of Allen's second mystery, "Murder on the Glitter Box."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2000 | ANN O'NEILL
O'er the Rampart we watched . . . Look, Mom . . . Channel surfing . . . Rolling Stone Temple Pilot. In the early 1950s, entertainer Milton Berle practically invented the television variety show, helped make the fledgling National Broadcasting Co. an early success and found his way into thousands and then millions of living rooms as the radical idea of home entertainment in a box caught on. Now the man known as "Mr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1999 | ANN W. O'NEILL
The price of fame . . . Seer sues tabloid . . . Nursing a complaint Remember that $3-million suit "Tootsie" star Dustin Hoffman won against a magazine over a phonied-up photo of Hoffman in a Richard Tyler evening gown? Now it's Uncle Miltie's turn to make a federal case out of a magazine's allegedly exploiting his cross-dressing shtick. Milton Berle, a.k.a. Mr. Television, is seeking $6 million from Century 21 Real Estate Corp. and the publishers of Out!
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 1999
In last Saturday's article on Milton Berle ("Uncle Miltie's Comedy Class"), Paul Brownfield stated that Berle lives with his second wife, Lorna. This is incorrect. Lorna represents his third wife and fourth marriage. Berle was married to showgirl Joyce Matthews twice and twice they were divorced. Years later he married his late wife Ruth and later married his current wife. ROBERT FALCE Los Angeles
NEWS
February 7, 1996 | CANDACE A. WEDLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Recently, while Milton Berle and his friend Buddy Arnold smoked cigars at their booth at the Friars Club, this buttinsky was served a platter of lox, a toasted bagel, cream cheese and onions. "You're not fixing your plate," Berle noticed almost immediately. "Never mind. Here. Let me do it." He did it. Within a few seconds he said, "You're not eating." The noshing commenced. "You know what that is?" "It's lox, Mr. Berle." "Milton. What lox? That is Nova Scotia. That is $54 a pound. Eat."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 1993
Several years ago, my son, now a UC San Diego student, and I accompanied my husband on a business trip to Vancouver, B.C. While my husband attended meetings, I decided to take our son to the nearby park and art gallery. I had noticed from the hotel's schedule that Milton Berle had been the featured entertainer for a private gathering the previous evening. As we started down the hallway of the lobby, a gentleman hurriedly approached from the opposite direction, and we all reached the door simultaneously.
NEWS
October 27, 1993 | ANN CONWAY
They called it a "Night of Legends" and, sure enough, Buddy Rogers, Rosemary Clooney and Steve Garvey were among the 290 guests who showed up to honor Milton Berle at the Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach on Sunday night. The event, a benefit for the Arthritis Foundation, marked the kickoff of Berle's third annual Senior Pro-Am golf tourney at Pelican Hill Golf Club south of Corona del Mar. It also saluted his 85th birthday and his 80th year in show biz.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 1999
In last Saturday's article on Milton Berle ("Uncle Miltie's Comedy Class"), Paul Brownfield stated that Berle lives with his second wife, Lorna. This is incorrect. Lorna represents his third wife and fourth marriage. Berle was married to showgirl Joyce Matthews twice and twice they were divorced. Years later he married his late wife Ruth and later married his current wife. ROBERT FALCE Los Angeles
NEWS
November 1, 1985 | MARYLOUISE OATES, Times Staff Writer
DON'T MESS WITH MILTON--The $250-a-head fund-raiser for unopposed-for-reelection Sheriff Sherman Block turned out the big names and a big crowd Wednesday night, a "deductible Block party" as he was roasted and toasted by Frank Sinatra, Danny Thomas, Hal Kanter, Milton Berle and L.A. Police Chief Daryl Gates. Company too fast for Gates, as he found out when he tried to trade a few quips. Kanter--an old hand at Hollywood roasts--opened for Block, the "Wyatt Earp of Canoga Park."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 1993 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was billed as Milton Berle's 85th Birthday Celebration, a star-studded dinner during which the comedian known to the world as "Mr. Television" received a lifetime achievement award from a group calling itself the Poetry Academy. The ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel was packed with more than 1,000 guests who had come to honor "Uncle Miltie."
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