| Jun 17, 2008
Oscar-winning producer Walter Mirisch has lived the American dream. He grew up in a poor immigrant family, and despite suffering hardships during the Great Depression, he found his way to Harvard. He later went on to a storied career producing some of the...
| Nov 16, 2008
Forty-six years ago, when Sean Connery played his first hand of chemin de fer clad in a shawl-collar tuxedo as James Bond in "Dr. No," the world was a much different place. Dressing up for dinner was de rigueur, and high-tech meant a shortwave radio...
| Dec 7, 2008
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...
| Aug 15, 2007
MONTEREY, CALIF. -- For sale: 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, 56,000-plus original miles, once owned by Steve McQueen, perfect condition, brown.
"It's not my favorite color," admits Mike Regalia, the Thousand Oaks auto restorer whose car is...
| Dec 21, 2008
Robert Mulligan, who was nominated for an Academy Award for directing the 1962 film classic "To Kill a Mockingbird," died Saturday at his home in Lyme, Conn. He was 83.
Mulligan had heart disease, his nephew Robert Rosenthal said.
The director began...
| Jan 11, 2009
Next week, when his men's collection hits the Milan runway, New York designer John Varvatos will be firing the opening salvo in a bid to make his rock-flavored label the next American lifestyle brand to go global. In nine years, he's managed to make...
| Jan 1, 2008
WHEN was the last time you heard anyone get excited about a new film critic? That was my reaction when "Michael Clayton" director Tony Gilroy began raving to me about the review he'd seen on YouTube. "It was terrific," he said. "I sent it to George...
| Feb 3, 2008
Sheryl Crow "Detours" (A&M) *** ½
THERE'S a concept in psychology of the "good-enough mother" -- the exemplary caregiver who satisfies a child's needs without smothering budding independence. Today's stressed-out parents have turned to this 1950s ideal...
| Feb 10, 2009
Playwright Robert Anderson, author of such Broadway hits as "Tea and Sympathy" and "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running," died Monday. He was 91.
His stepdaughter, Mary-Kelly Busch, said Anderson, who had Alzheimer's disease, died of...
| Sep 15, 2009
A Santa Paula ranch once owned by actor Steve McQueen and his third wife, Barbara Minty, has come on the market for $1.95 million.
Update: This version updates listing details.
The pair moved to the 15.5-acre...
| Sep 23, 2009
Norman Katkov, a writer who started his long career crafting articles for newspapers and magazines and moved on to television scripts and novels, died Sept. 13 at his Los Angeles home of age-related causes, his son Richard said. He was 91.