| Oct 13, 2011
Margaret Tante Burk, a businesswoman, publicist and book enthusiast who co-founded one of the country's largest literary lunch groups, died Oct. 6 in Los Angeles of natural causes, her son, Harry, said. She was 93.
For 30 years, until 2007, Burk ran...
| May 23, 2011
During her heyday in the 1940s and '50s, dimple-cheeked Monica Lewis was known as "America's Singing Sweetheart": She warbled such chart-topping hits as "Autumn Leaves, "I Wish You Love" and "Put the Blame on Mame" and starred on the radio on such...
| May 23, 2011
Dean Martin didn't have any interest in doing a weekly musical-variety series when NBC approached him in 1965.
"In those days you were either a movie star or a TV star," said his daughter Deana Martin, who is also a singer. "He came home one night and...
| Nov 4, 2009
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Like most teenagers, their blare precedes them. The sound is raucous, almost violent, as though a living room is being invaded by savages and its contents thrown in the air like confetti. These hormonal hoodlums are practically begging an authority......
| Jan 21, 2009
Father in 'Hardy Boys'
Russell Zink, 95, who under the stage name Russ Conway appeared in scores of films and television shows in the 1950s, '60s and '70s but was perhaps best known for playing Fenton Hardy, the father of Frank and Joe...
| Jan 30, 2009
"Of Time and the City" is a difficult film to describe but a distinct pleasure to experience. A cinematic essay, a documentary and a memory piece, all at the same time, it is more than anything an unapologetically poetic film that allows British...
| Nov 5, 2008
Ray Ellis, the versatile pop music arranger who wrote the charts for hits by the Four Lads, Bobby Darin, Connie Francis, Doris Day and Johnny Mathis, has died. He was 85.
Ellis, a longtime resident of Ojai, died Oct. 27 of liver cancer at an assisted-...
| May 30, 2008
If the name Jack Sheldon doesn't ring a bell, consider this: Music elite and bebop fans widely consider him the greatest living jazz trumpeter. This unheralded maestro, a founder of the West Coast jazz movement, has, since the 1950s, performed...
| Nov 8, 2009
Stacy Rowles, a jazz trumpet and fluegelhorn player and vocalist who was the daughter of pianist and composer Jimmy Rowles, has died. She was 54.
Rowles died Tuesday at her home in Burbank of complications after a car accident, said her sister, Stephanie...
| Sep 4, 2009
If this summer's party season was any indication, Labor Day weekend is going to be a scorcher. The annual end of the pool party season will see the return of the Wet party to the Roosevelt Hotel pool (which is free, to boot), the annual White Party at the...
| May 23, 2005
Mountain climbers have Mt. Everest. Fans of America's pastime can journey to Cooperstown to see the Baseball Hall of Fame. For the hard-core video-gamer, there is only one holy place: E3.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (or E3), the world's biggest...