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Jack Lewis, a decorated Marine Corps officer, screenwriter, pulp-novelist, occasional movie stuntman, co-founder of Gun World magazine and self-described "reporter, drunk, editor and hobo," has died. He was 84. Lewis died May 24 of lung cancer in Hawaii,...
Tags: Entertainment, Movies, Obituaries, Death, John Wayne
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...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterOscar-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...
Some of Kent Twitchell's murals are best known because they no longer exist. His "The Old Lady of the Freeway" greeted travelers along the Hollywood Freeway from 1974 until it was painted out by a billboard company in 1986. More recently, "Ed Ruscha...
Nicholas Hughes Son of poet Sylvia Plath Nicholas Hughes, 47, a fisheries biologist who was the son of poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, killed himself March 16 at his home in Fairbanks, Alaska, state police reported. Hughes, who hanged himself,...
Times Movie CriticWhat a difference 21 years makes. In 1987, the last time a French film won the Palme d'Or, the audience at the Palais du Festival was so angry at the choice of "Under the Sun of Satan" that it hooted furiously and the director, Maurice Pialat, yelled...
Los Angeles Times StaffSteve McQueen was one of many actors whose success bought a ticket to the race track. James Dean, James Garner, Paul Newman, Patrick Dempsey and others have a need for speed and a strong desire to attempt professional racing.
Tags: Patrick Dempsey, James Garner, James Dean, Paul Newman
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...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterWHEN 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...
Jay Fiondella, the flamboyant owner of Chez Jay, the scruffy restaurant-bar he opened almost 50 years ago that became a Santa Monica landmark and something of a shrine to his exploits as an adventurer, has died. He was 82. Fiondella died Nov. 6 at a...
Times Staff WriterAs a Republican running for governor in the shadow of Arnold Schwarzenegger, former sports czar Peter V. Ueberroth was handed a golden opportunity this week: a televised debate without his main rival, and a chance to make the case that California needs...
Times Staff WriterSpending a week on a tropical beach wasn't only a pleasant prospect, it was necessary. If we didn't de-stress from our demanding jobs soon, my significant other and I felt, the alternative would be a soundproofed white room with bars on the windows. Bill...
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