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August 30, 1990 | BEA MAXWELL
Revlon/UCLA Women's Cancer Research Program has received a $2.4-million gift from the Revlon Foundation to the UCLA School of Medicine to support research and treatment of principal forms of women's cancers, said Dr. Kenneth I. Shine, dean of the medical school. The focus of research will be on breast and ovarian cancers, which account for one-third of all cancers in women.
March 27, 1990 | BILL HIGGINS
They are the top-selling action toy in the country, a TV cartoon show and a video game. They live in Manhattan's sewers, subsist on Domino's-delivered pizza and learn martial arts from a 4-foot-tall rat that resembles ALF but sounds like Luke Skywalker's guru, Yoda.
September 30, 1990 | COLMAN ANDREWS
"The night life in this city insults your intelligence," says real estate developer John Thomas. That, Thomas says, is why he's opening a new two-story, 200-plus-seat combination restaurant and "lounge" ("I don't like the word bar, " he notes) in November in the old American Legion Hall on Robertson Boulevard just north of Wilshire. The name--"this week, anyway," says Thomas--will be Boheme. The designer of the restaurant? Thomas himself.
Mark, a young resident at MacLaren Children's Center in El Monte, described what he's doing as "chasing down movie stars." He's very good at this. As proof, the 11-year-old showed off an inch-thick pile of freshly taken Polaroid photos of himself alongside his celebrity prey. There were so many pictures, it was reminiscent of Zelig, the Woody Allen character who was always photographed near the famous. "These are girls from 'Step by Step,' " he said, rifling through the photo deck.
June 12, 2011 | By Ellen Olivier
Before she could present Jane Fonda with the UCLA Longevity Center's Icon Award, Jennifer Lopez had to pause midway in her recitation of Fonda's lofty achievements — actress, fitness guru, author and activist for environmental, human rights, health, women's empowerment issues and more. "You're busy like crazy," Lopez said. "I thought I was busy. " No doubt. Lopez herself had just been introduced as an "actor, producer, recording artist, entrepreneur, fashion designer, wife, mother and humanitarian," as well as People magazine's "most beautiful woman in the world.
July 2, 2005 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
Nancy Daly Riordan -- a philanthropist, children's rights advocate and wife of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan -- has been elected chairwoman of the board of trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She will succeed retiring Chairman Wally Weisman, a 20-year trustee who has led the board since 1998. "I believe I can help lead the board and do it in a very collaborative way," she said in an interview Friday. "Anything I ever take on, that's how I do it."
May 9, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Granted, upper-level donors to "Incognito" had a special preview night and a short head start. But the playing field was otherwise level at the May 1 anonymous art sale at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Within minutes of the opening, more than 800 people streamed into the museum to scrutinize the 600-plus artworks. Donated by emerging and established artists ( Yoko Ono, Larry Bell, Nancy Rubins and Ed Moses among them), each piece cost $300, measured 8 by 10 inches and concealed its signature until after purchase.
July 26, 1998 | LISA DILLMAN
The dreaded jury duty notice-- seldom a welcome sight for anyone--came at a most inopportune time for Monica Seles. Here she was at home in Sarasota, Fla., after Wimbledon, trying to figure out a baffling quarterfinal loss to Natasha Zvereva of Belarus and eager for two or three solid weeks of training with her coach Gavin Hopper. Then, jury duty beckoned. Seles could have made some phone calls or asked any of her business associates to pull some strings.
January 23, 1989 | Marylouise Oates
Look to the Century Plaza on Feb. 8 for a star-packed evening. Everybody loves Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards--and they will receive WAIF's National Humanitarian Award that night for their efforts in finding adoptive homes for "hard-to-place" kids. These are children who are handicapped, older or members of minorities. When Jane Russell, an adoptive parent herself, founded WAIF more than 30 years ago, those were just the kids she wanted to help.
September 27, 2007 | Duke Helfand and howard blume, Times Staff Writers
A South Bay real estate developer and his wife announced Wednesday that they would donate $50 million to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's campaign to run a group of public schools in what is believed to be the largest private gift to the school system.
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