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February 7, 1995 |
Doug McClure, the affable, good-looking sidekick Trampas who imprinted himself in the nation's memory riding the Western television range with "The Virginian" for eight years, has died. He was 59. McClure, a native of Glendale who last appeared in the 1994 feature film "Maverick" as one of many Western gamblers, died Sunday night at his Sherman Oaks home after a months-long battle with lung cancer. Last Dec.
February 13, 1997 |
Marjorie Reynolds, the actress who endeared herself to audiences as the long-limbed love interest of rivals Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire in "Holiday Inn" and as the long-suffering television wife of William Bendix in "The Life of Riley," has died. She was 80. Reynolds, who danced with Fred Astaire and sang with Bing Crosby in the 1942 Irving Berlin musical, died Feb. 1 in Manhattan Beach, her family said Wednesday.
September 19, 1998
As a young man, I saw the Dodgers play in the Coliseum. I've seen a Sandy Koufax no-hitter, Fernando's no-hitter. I've experienced many wonderful moments at the hands of the Dodgers, but there will never be a team or a season like the 1988 Dodgers. I had to keep wiping the tears from my eyes while reading Tim Kawakami's superb look back at the magic, golden season [Sept. 15]. Thanks for bringing back those memories. Three cheers and a raised fist to Tim Kawakami. CARL T. ANDERSEN, Upland As the 1998 season draws mercifully to a close for us decade-suffering Dodger fans, it was with vivid remembrance that my wife and I read Tim Kawakami's "Destiny's Team."
July 27, 1993
John Beck, a motion picture producer perhaps best remembered for bringing "Harvey" to the screen starring James Stewart, has died. He was 83. Beck, who had lived in Palm Springs for the past 21 years, died of cancer July 18 at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills. A film executive for his entire career, Beck assisted Lew R.
May 17, 1992 |
Let it be trumpeted that Hollywood has broken its losing streak, a long one. After a succession of arrogant, in-your-face attempts to cast its actors as legendary baseball heroes, which has been a persistent exercise in chutzpah, a studio now has come close enough to the mark to call for some grateful, unmixed huzzas. Universal Pictures has brought it off with its new offering, "The Babe," which happily bears no resemblance, no kinship, with the 1948 issue "The Babe Ruth Story."
April 8, 2013 |
Over the decades, films about legendary baseball players have sometimes knocked it out of the park (1942's "The Pride of the Yankees" about Lou Gehrig) or struck out (1948's "The Babe Ruth Story. ") The latest baseball biopic to step up to the plate is "42," opening Friday, which chronicles Jackie Robinson's (Chadwick Boseman) breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947 when he took the field as a Brooklyn Dodger. Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully, 85, who has been with the Dodgers since 1950, knew Robinson and Dodgers executive Branch Rickey.