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Special to The TimesNever underestimate the power of drag. From pantos to Python, men have donned women's garb for laughs. The impulse seems atavistic. It wouldn't be surprising if archaeologists were to find cave drawings of Neanderthals in peekaboo saber-toothed skins....
Tags: Brothers (movie), Cartoons, Music Theater, Death, Judy Garland
Special to The TimesJohnny Grant, who visited Hollywood in 1943 as a star-struck serviceman and returned to carve out a niche first as a radio and television personality and then as its honorary mayor and foremost booster, died Wednesday at the age of 84. Grant appeared...
Susanna Foster, a singer and 1940s leading lady whose most famous role was the terrorized prima donna in the first talking version of "Phantom of the Opera," died Saturday of heart failure at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., according...
Tags: Music Theater, Lon Chaney, Claude Rains, Movies, Mary Martin
Special to The TimesIt was dark and pin-drop quiet when we pulled into Mojave's circular driveway and walked down a winding path to our poolside room. Steam rose from the lighted Jacuzzi, and grapefruit trees cast misshapen shadows on the patio. Inside our room, Frank...
VarietyEsther Williams, the swim champion turned actress who was known for roles in MGM aquatic spectaculars such as "Bathing Beauty" and "Million Dollar Mermaid," died Thursday in Beverly Hills. She was 91. Williams died "peacefully in her sleep," according to...
Liz Smith"DIVORCED, BEHEADED, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived." So goes the old rhyme about the six wives of King Henry VIII. It is the Queen who "survived" -- Catherine Parr -- who is the subject of Elizabeth Freemantle's wildly entertaining historical novel,...
When God created Hinsdale it was to provide a place for famous Chicago television and radio broadcasters to live. That, of course, is a tongue-in-cheek take on the village's history and — if you chuckled when you read that — it's just the...
Tags: Jennifer Garner, YouTube, Autism, Music, Ben Affleck
January Insane City by Dave Barry (Putnam) The Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist's first solo adult novel in more than a decade is a typically absurdist comic story about everything — and then some — that goes wrong for Seth and his friends en...
Channel Guide MagazineUpdated Nov. 20, 2012, 4:23pm CT We've broken down the list of Thanksgiving TV marathons, as well as some upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes of your favorite TV shows. Now, here is a look at some of the top standalone Thanksgiving TV specials...
JAMES STEWART 1908-1997 Best known as: The lovable Everyman in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and other Frank Capra classics; also took edgy turns in Hitchcock thrillers Holiday classic: "It's a Wonderful Life" Oscar? Best Actor in 1940 for "The...
When Madeleine Barker's fellow cast members handed her the Oscar in the Claire Trevor Theatre, she felt excited for herself and a little sad for Judy Garland. Barker, who plays Garland in UC Irvine's upcoming musical "Tinseltown Christmas," had been...
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