| Sep 4, 2014
| 12:20 PM
In 1986, Joan Rivers made a fateful call to her mentor Johnny Carson.
Rivers, the brassy comic with the thick New York accent who had made "Can we talk?" her catchphrase, told the all-powerful host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" that she was giving up a...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 4:00 AM
A generation ago, Bill Cosby played the role of America's Dad, with a No. 1-rated family sitcom, a runaway bestseller about fatherhood and a lucrative ad career built around his Everyman image.
His legacy as a pioneering African American entertainer...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 4:00 AM
He may not have the enduring popularity of Johnny Carson, but Merv Griffin's charm, wit and intelligence made the talk-show host one of the masters of the genre.
Just as contemporary talk shows feature actors, musicians and celebrity chefs hawking their...
| Jul 20, 2014
| 2:40 PM
James Garner, who died Saturday at the age of 86, was tall, handsome and athletic, all qualities that made for longevity as a leading man.
Garner, a native Oklahoman, came to fame on television as the laid-back Bret Maverick in the 1950s western, went...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Funnyman Richard Lewis didn't become a comic because he wanted to be a celebrity or even because he wanted to make people laugh.
"I went into this for psychological reasons," said Lewis, who was nicknamed the Prince of Pain for his self-deprecating...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 9:28 PM
The last year of Robin Williams' professional life was a microcosm of his larger career — a mix of independent drama, animated voice work, studio comedy and even a television sitcom.
Though these projects often lacked the ballyhoo of his earlier...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Thirteen-year-old Aubrey Davenport, hoping to be noticed among the thousands of fans outside Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium for Fox's Teen Choice Awards, held up a sign she made for her favorite star.
But the celebrity the Orange County native wanted to...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 3:55 PM
In the game of education, there are many players: students, parents, teachers, administrators, district officials, state and federal politicians. Too often, the group that has the most contact with the students — the teachers — is not part...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Thanks to the fun and funny Norman Lear
Lear ... like the play, Norman was all-encompassing, authoritarian, lovable, irascible, but always human, funny, fun and of course brilliant ["Norman Lear on Families He's Known, Book Review, Oct. 19]. As an actor...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 2:50 PM
Heather Graham — she of Rollergirl fame — is the latest actress to call out Hollywood on its sexism.
"Girls" wunderkind Lena Dunham and Oscar winner Cate Blanchett have also made statements on the topic of sexism recently, with the former...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 12:24 PM
Love them or hate them, it seems that selfies aren't going anywhere.
Taking out your phone to take a picture of yourself during a life milestone (if you count standing half naked in front of your bathroom mirror a life milestone) has become second...