| Oct 2, 2010
"Revisionist" is a label that is sometimes used to praise and sometimes to bury a public intellectual. It is often applied to Israeli journalist and historian Tom Segev, who has courageously contrasted myth and reality when it comes to the Holocaust ("The...
| Apr 7, 2010
Actor and political activist Corin Redgrave, a member of the legendary British family of performers that includes his sisters Vanessa and Lynn, has died. He was 70.
Redgrave, who became ill early Sunday, died Tuesday at St. George's Hospital in London,...
| Oct 1, 2010
Tony Curtis was a strikingly handsome 23-year-old native New Yorker playing the lead in an off-Broadway production of "Golden Boy" in 1948 when he was spotted by a Universal Pictures talent scout. Sent west for a screen test, he signed a seven-year...
| Jun 27, 2010
If "King Lear" has a moral, it's that if you're lucky enough to have a kingdom, it's probably not a good idea to divide it in two.
The Antaeus Company production that just opened in a 49-seat house in North Hollywood turns that wisdom upside down:...
| Jun 27, 2010
If it weren't for Adrian Noble's poor eyesight, Southern Californians might not be gaining new insights into William Shakespeare this summer.
As a lad growing up in Chichester, England, Noble, the future artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare...
| Jan 23, 2010
Jean Simmons, a radiant British actress who as a teenager appeared opposite Laurence Olivier in "Hamlet" and emerged a star whose career flourished in the 1950s and 1960s in such films as "Guys and Dolls, "Elmer Gantry" and "Spartacus," has died. She...
| Apr 3, 2011
So you hate royal weddings. Or you love them. Or maybe you've caught yourself attending to arcane details of Prince William and Kate Middleton's plans for April 29, but you can't say exactly why.
Here's one reason: They defy time.
Start with just the...
| Nov 1, 2010
There are cartons of this stuff in attics all over America — the poems, pensées and grocery lists of yearning, dissatisfied people who at some time wished for an emotional coherence that was beyond their reach. These scribbles are of no great...
| Jul 25, 2010
What Is This Thing Called Love?
St. Martin's: 160 pp., $19.99
"It was cold and raining at four in the morning when Buddy walked out of Caesars Palace, stark naked except for the L.A. Times wrapped around his waist." These sweet,...
| Jul 28, 2010
Love is a condition of life that rewards all the virtues, except moderation.
Thus, our enduring fascination with the compelling and tumultuous relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and the late Richard Burton. Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger are the...
| Jan 17, 2011
There was a time in 1965 when Joel Grey thought he would throw in the towel on show business. He wanted to be Laurence Olivier but instead he was doing a dreadful musical in Jones Beach, Long Island, called " Mardi Gras" with the June Taylor Dancers.