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September 13, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
There's an extra reason Father Miguel Hidalgo is considered the Father of the Nation. The priest fathered numerous children with a string of "wives" he canoodled with even as he fought for the independence of Mexico. The peccadilloes of Hidalgo and others in Mexico's pantheon of national heroes are getting a fresh hearing these days as the country marks the 200th anniversary of its independence and the 100th anniversary of its revolution. Dozens of new movies, books and television programs have popped up, reexamining the history of Mexico's struggles for liberation and the men — and, yes, the women — who waged them.
August 4, 2010 | By Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Bernie West, a writer and producer on such TV shows as "All in the Family," "The Jeffersons" and "Three's Company" during a wide-ranging show business career, has died. He was 92. West died Thursday at his home in Beverly Hills of complications from Alzheimer's disease, according to his daughters, Isabel Davis and Ellen Harris. West started as a vaudeville and nightclub performer after graduating from college and acted on the stage and in early television before turning to writing and producing.
August 1, 2010 | By Scott Marshutz
Since the early 1900s, Laguna Beach real estate has been a magnet for Hollywoodtypes, including writer, director and producer Edward H. Griffith, who made more than 50 films from 1917 to 1946. A section of his old estate is on the market in the community of Three Arch Bay. After years of neglect, the main house and a guesthouse known as the Screenwriter's Cottage, where Griffith and his colleagues once collaborated, was in tear-down condition when Marhnelle and David Hibbard bought the property 15 years ago. "The wood was literally turning into pulp," Marhnelle Hibbard said.
May 22, 2010
Martin Cohan TV writer, producer co-created 'Who's the Boss?' Martin Cohan, 77, who co-created the ABC sitcom "Who's the Boss?" and was a prolific TV writer and producer, died Wednesday at his home in Pacific Palisades after a two-year battle with large-cell lymphoma, his family announced. Cohan and his business partner, Blake Hunter, created the sitcom starring Tony Danza and Judith Light, which ran from 1984 to 1992. The two men also served as creative consultants for a British version of the TV show called "The Upper Hand," which debuted in 1990 and ran for seven seasons.
March 7, 2010 | By Rachel Abramowitz
By many counts, 2009 was a great year for women in Hollywood. Female directors knocked out such hits as "The Proposal," "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," "It's Complicated," and "Julie & Julia," as well as the Oscar contenders "The Hurt Locker" and "An Education." Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep outperformed most of their male counterparts dollar for dollar at the box office, nabbing Oscar nominations to boot. The elusive female movie-going audience has started to gel into a potent force, driving such hits as the "Twilight" franchise, "The Blind Side" and this weekend's "Alice in Wonderland."
February 27, 2010 | By Claire Noland
Steffi Sidney-Splaver, who as a young actress appeared in and then gave up acting to become a Hollywood writer, publicist and producer, has died. She was 74. Sidney-Splaver died Monday of kidney failure at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, said her husband, Rick Splaver. Born April 16, 1935, in Los Angeles, she was raised on movie lore and the entertainment business. She was the daughter of famed Hollywood columnist Sidney Skolsky, who observed movie stars and other personalities from his perch at Schwab's Pharmacy on Sunset Boulevard and claimed to have been the first to call the Academy Award statuette "Oscar."
September 13, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
George Eckstein, a television writer and producer who co-wrote the historic final episode of "The Fugitive" TV series in the 1960s and produced the acclaimed Steven Spielberg-directed TV-movie "Duel" in the '70s, has died. He was 81. Eckstein died of lung cancer Saturday at his home in Brentwood, said his daughter, Jennifer. In a television career that began in the early 1960s, Eckstein amassed a string of credits over the next several decades. Among them: serving as a producer on "The Name of the Game" TV series, executive producing the "Banacek" television series, producing the TV movies "Amelia Earhart" and "Tail Gunner Joe" and serving as an executive producer of the TV mini series "Masada" and "79 Park Avenue" and the television series "Love, Sidney."
September 3, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
Dick Berg, a longtime television and motion picture writer and producer, died Tuesday from a fall at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87. A pioneer of the made-for-television movie format that revolutionized network programming in the 1970s, Berg helped launch a generation of young directors, including Sydney Pollack, Mark Rydell, Robert Ellis Miller and Stuart Rosenberg. He was also the patriarch of a family prominent in Hollywood, with three sons who followed him into the entertainment industry and a fourth who became a famous biographer.
August 22, 2009 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Philip Saltzman, 80, a TV writer and producer best known for his work on the detective drama "Barnaby Jones," died in his sleep Aug. 14 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House in Woodland Hills, according to his wife, Caroline. Saltzman was executive producer of the 1970s TV series "Barnaby Jones," starring Buddy Ebsen. He was also a producer on "The F.B.I." and "Columbo," as well as the 1975 TV movie "Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan." He began his Hollywood career in the late 1950s as a writer on the TV anthology "Alcoa Theatre."
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