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  • Edie Wasserman dies at 95; Hollywood philanthropist and wife of studio chief

    Edie Wasserman dies at 95; Hollywood philanthropist and wife of studio chief
    Edie Wasserman, who was the widow of Hollywood powerhouse Lew Wasserman and who was known as a tireless benefactor for charitable causes, especially the Motion Picture and Television Fund, has died. She was 95.
  • Margaret Whiting dies at 86; pop singer mentored by Johnny Mercer

    Margaret Whiting dies at 86; pop singer mentored by Johnny Mercer
    Margaret Whiting, a pop singer for television, film, cabaret and Broadway whose recordings of such standards as "That Old Black Magic" and "Come Rain or Come Shine" sold millions of copies in the 1940s and '50s, has died. She was 86. Whiting died...

    What 'Boardwalk Empire' really does right: American pop's salad days

     
    I love the golden age of appointment television. I was a lifelong surfer, jumping between cooking shows and "Law and Order" reruns in a vain attempt to avoid being told what probiotic to buy, until our DVR made it possible...

    June Havoc dies at 97; child vaudeville star and sister of Gypsy Rose Lee

    June Havoc dies at 97; child vaudeville star and sister of Gypsy Rose Lee
    June Havoc, an actress and former child vaudeville star whose early life with her sister -- future burlesque stripper Gypsy Rose Lee -- and their ambitious stage mother was portrayed in the hit Broadway musical "Gypsy," has died. She was 97. Havoc died...

    'Respect: The Girl-Empowered Musical'

    'Respect: The Girl-Empowered Musical'
    No doubt about it: "Respect," a "Girl Em-Powered Musical" that examines women's roles in American popular music, packs plenty of entertainment value. In the show's West Coast premiere at the El Portal's Forum Theatre, a crack ensemble performs a...