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Monday is Get a Different Name Day. Southern Californians are pros at this. Consider the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Or L.A.'s mayor, at right, who was Antonio Villar until he wed Corina Raigosa. The real connoisseurs were the old studio bosses, who...
Elmer Valentine, co-founder of the Whisky a Go Go, the legendary live rock showcase on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood that gave birth to the go-go dancer phenomenon of the 1960s, has died. He was 85. Valentine, who also co-founded the Roxy Theatre in...
Special to The TimesACTRESS Irene Dunne, who starred opposite the likes of Cary Grant and Spencer Tracy, lived for more than 40 years in a French colonial-style house on the site of this estate in Holmby Hills. After Dunne died at age 88 in 1990, her Paul Williams-...
Tags: Irene Dunne, Homes, Death, Building Material, Metal and Mineral
Special to The TimesIN the design empire of Los Angeles, where Modern is king and where clean lines and empty spaces have come to define so many castles, it's something of a surprise to see a resurgence of frescoes, murals and other painterly effects. But sure enough, Cher...
Tags: Mexico, Homes, House and Home, Celebrities, Joe Roth
"Dearest Cecil," wrote Truman Capote from Brooklyn on April 19, 1965, addressing his friend, the English photographer and bon vivant Cecil Beaton. The letter is among those collected in "Too Brief a Treat: The Letters of Truman Capote" (Vintage: 512 pp.,...
Tags: Marlon Brando, Truman Capote, Hinduism, Liver Disease, Death
THE MOST UBIQUITOUS POLITICAL trope of the presidential campaign has been that Barack Obama is not just any old politician; he's a "rock star." (There are 770,000 Google hits of Obama and "rock star" and counting.) He attracts the kind of huge crowds that...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Heroism, Paul Newman, Richard Nixon
Times Art CriticIf there had been a flash grease-fire at Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood circa 1960, the entire L.A. art scene would have been wiped out. So deadpans artist Ken Price in "The Cool School," filmmaker Morgan Neville's lively, absorbing documentary about...
Times Staff WriterIn "The Matador," a delightfully sly diversion, Pierce Brosnan breaks the mold and turns in what might be considered the performance of his career, the kind of witty, relaxed star portrayal that recalls those of Cary Grant and other Golden Era legends....
Tags: Movies, Pierce Brosnan, Sex, Billy Wilder, Mexico City
Lee Solters Publicist for Broadway, Hollywood Lee Solters, 89, a longtime publicist who worked with some of the biggest names of Broadway and Hollywood, died Monday of natural causes at his home in West Hollywood, according to Jerry Digney, his...
LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2006 The Los Angeles Times on May 21 will publish "The Dream Machine," a special Sunday Calendar section chronicling the history of Hollywood and looking at the challenges facing Southern California's leading industry. The...
10100 Sunset Boulevard, Holmby Hills The Pink Palace was once one of the most memorable landmarks on Sunset Boulevard. Taking up more than 1 acre, it easily caught the eyes of passing motorists who, had they gotten inside, would've gaped at its 10,000...
Times Staff WriterCollege is the great id of American movies. In the early days of film, universities were largely settings for outlandish comic escapades. But since the arrival of the youth culture in the 1960s, college has been a happy home not just for comedy, but for...
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