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January 11, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Kathryn Ish, 71, an actress and voice-over talent who along with her late husband, actor Richard Stahl, was part of the San Francisco improv comedy group the Committee in the 1960s, died Dec. 31 at her Santa Barbara home after an almost three-year battle with cancer, said her daughter, Allegra Stahl. Ish, whose career ranged from off-Broadway theater to the TV sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," was born in San Jose. She and Stahl met in New York in 1959 as off-Broadway theater actors, and they married that year.
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March 13, 2014 | By Jimmy Orr
In a world where movie trailers plunge you into drama, and narrators chill you with a single phrase, a memorable voice has been lost. Voice-over artist Hal Douglas died Friday at 89. You know who he was. He began many film trailers with a booming voice and a dramatic line. Usually, dire.  "In a world where ... " is among those famous lines, although Don LaFontaine, another voice-over great, claimed he coined that catchphrase .  Regardless, Douglas was a classic.  He told the Los Angeles Times back in 2006 that he let intuition guide his voice-over work . "I get direction, but for the most part it is kind of working in the dark to an extent, particularly for movies.
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October 19, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Susan Bennett, a 64-year-old Zumba-loving Atlanta suburbanite, shocked tech geeks, over-connected teens and men attracted to the sound of her digital voice when she revealed this month that she is the original voice of Siri, the iPhone persona who helped Zooey Deschanel identify the sound of rain and Samuel L. Jackson find organic mushrooms for his risotto. She has a storyline on "The Big Bang Theory" and makes the seemingly far-fetched premise of Spike Jonze's upcoming film "Her," about a man who falls in love with the voice of his phone's operating system, not so unbelievable.
SCIENCE
November 1, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Two days after the California Department of Public Health released its new form requiring parents who want to exempt their kids from required vaccinations to speak with a doctor, an association of public health officers is voicing concern over an option on the form that allows parents to easily bypass the requirement. A box parents can check allows them to skip talking to their doctor if they vouch that they're "a member of a religion that prohibits me from seeking medical advice or treatment from authorized healthcare practitioners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2008 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Don LaFontaine, the highly sought-after voice-over artist whose sonorous-voiced narration on several thousand movie trailers earned him the title of "The Trailer King," has died. He was 68. LaFontaine, who also did voice-over work on countless radio and network television promotional spots and commercials, died Monday of complications after treatment for an illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his family said. The illness was not specified. He was known as "Thunder Throat," "The Voice of God" and "the highest-paid movie-trailer narrator" in Hollywood.
MAGAZINE
January 5, 2003
In "Vini, Vidi, Voice-Over" (Metropolis, Dec. 1), the Latin is wanting. It's not "vini, vidi, vici" but "veni, vidi, vici." Oh, well. As they say, errare humanum est. Paul Frommer Via the Internet
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2008
Re "50 Ways to Love Your Dodgers" [March 27]: As they say in Brooklyn, waddaya nuts? How could you leave Nancy Bea Hefley, the wonderful Dodger organist, off your list? She is part of what makes going to the ballpark so terrific. Apologies to Vin, but he provides the voice-over; Nancy Bea provides the soundtrack to the summer night. Karen A. Fagin Studio City
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 1998
June Foray, defined by the Hollywood Reporter as "the first lady of off-camera voices," is completely ignored in Michael P. Lucas' article on voice-over talents ("Animated Inflection," Dec. 1). I once tried to explain the incredibly versatile genius of this lady by speaking of her as equal to Mel Blanc. For over 50 years, she has led the way and fought the good fight for all the Tara Charendoffs, Frank Welkers and Nancy Cartwrights to follow. CHUCK JONES Costa Mesa
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Jimmy Orr
In a world where movie trailers plunge you into drama, and narrators chill you with a single phrase, a memorable voice has been lost. Voice-over artist Hal Douglas died Friday at 89. You know who he was. He began many film trailers with a booming voice and a dramatic line. Usually, dire.  "In a world where ... " is among those famous lines, although Don LaFontaine, another voice-over great, claimed he coined that catchphrase .  Regardless, Douglas was a classic.  He told the Los Angeles Times back in 2006 that he let intuition guide his voice-over work . "I get direction, but for the most part it is kind of working in the dark to an extent, particularly for movies.
MAGAZINE
June 7, 1998
"The Simpsons" casting director Bonnie Pietila should have her title changed to Celebrity Casting Director, since that's the only casting that seems to go on for that show ("Cow-a-Bono, Dude," by Janet Kinosian, So SoCal, April 26). As someone who has followed "The Simpsons" faithfully, I've noticed that, aside from the family's voices, Harry Shearer has been doing more and more of the peripheral characters until just about all of them sound alike (except for the few done by Phil Hartman)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Susan Bennett, a 64-year-old Zumba-loving Atlanta suburbanite, shocked tech geeks, over-connected teens and men attracted to the sound of her digital voice when she revealed this month that she is the original voice of Siri, the iPhone persona who helped Zooey Deschanel identify the sound of rain and Samuel L. Jackson find organic mushrooms for his risotto. She has a storyline on "The Big Bang Theory" and makes the seemingly far-fetched premise of Spike Jonze's upcoming film "Her," about a man who falls in love with the voice of his phone's operating system, not so unbelievable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
The speaker of California's Assembly and two state senators took environmental regulators to task before an angry crowd Tuesday over their failure to regulate a battery recycler in Vernon whose emissions have been deemed a health risk to hundreds of thousands of people. The people in this community feel "completely ignored by those in government," said Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, who arrived midway through the community meeting with regulators including the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2013 | By Susan King
One in a series of occasional articles about the lives and careers of character actors in Hollywood. Fred Melamed's timing has always been a bit askew. Melamed didn't marry until he was 42. He didn't become the father of twin boys until he was 47. And he didn't get his first substantial movie role until he was 53, in Joel and Ethan Coen's 2009 "A Serious Man. " But Melamed, who was a voice-over superstar for 20 years, has been making up for lost time since he delighted critics and audiences with his villainous turn as the Machiavellian Sy Ableman in the Coens' dark comedy.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Actor Lake Bell makes her debut as the writer-director of a feature-length film with this weekend's release of "In a World... " The comedy about a struggling vocal coach, played by Bell, who succeeds in the fierce world of movie-trailer voice-overs earned her the Sundance 2013 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. You've said that you're obsessed with the voice - over world. Why is that? I think I'm more specifically obsessed with the idea of the blind voice and voice acting, the voice as a tool to express oneself, whether in characterization or in life.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"In a World…" Sitting on a page staring at you, the words feel flat. Now imagine, if you will, one of those deep baritone voices pouring drama and jeopardy into each syllable, rich tones that resonate to the very marrow. Now pull back and see headphones, the mike and the man, because it usually is a man, with a scarf warming that million-dollar instrument. The one that keeps him at the top of the cutthroat Hollywood subculture of movie trailer voice-overs. That is the world that 30-year-old Carol Solomon (Lake Bell)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013 | Steve Lopez
On my first trip to Valley Village, I was thinking up excuses to turn around and go home. But Kristene Wallis had struck me as a lovely person, and I couldn't turn back after she'd generously offered to give me a bit of training. Plus, it was a chance to enter a world I knew little about. Who were all those people doing voice-overs on radio and TV, and how had they learned to speak that way? I'd met Wallis several months ago when she was working on a documentary about Al Martinez, the legendary former Times columnist.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 1999
I want to comment on Eric Harrison's article about "Star Wars" ("A Galaxy Far, Far Off Racial Mark?" May 26). People have a right to their opinions. Therefore, it's fine that a large number of people don't like the new character Jar Jar Binks. But implying that Lucas is stereotyping certain racial groups is negligent of the movie-making process. The article states that "Nute Gunray, the evil Viceroy of the Federation, seems based on an Asian stereotype." What the article fails to mention is the voice-over process.
BUSINESS
November 22, 1993
Name: Al Verde Agency: Berzon Talent Agency, Costa Mesa Thumbs up: "I have wanted to do voice-overs ever since I was a kid. It's an exciting job and I'm not stuck in an office all day. A couple of weeks ago, I was the voice of an animated doormat in a cartoon. You never know what you will be asked to communicate or portray." Thumbs down: "The field is very competitive and in this tough economy, companies are cutting back on advertising and corporate videos."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2012 | By T.L. Stanley
Emily Owens was a big geek in high school, prone to flop sweats during debate club finals and plagued by feelings of insecurity and inadequacy. Viewers of the upcoming dramedy "Emily Owens M.D. " will learn this and more about the title character when she spills her guts in the voice-over that threads through the CW series, starting with the pilot episode Oct. 16. The audience will also hear Owens give herself a pep talk on her first day of...
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