| Apr 24, 2011
Dreams & Schemes: My Decade of Fun in the Sun
Camino Books: 309 pp., $17.95 paper
At most newspapers the first-person singular pronoun, like the nuclear football, is entrusted to one person at a time. Usually cityside columns go to native...
| Feb 11, 2011
| 11:22 AM
Airs on DC50, Sunday, February 19 @ 3PM
Seventy-one years ago it was no surprise when the 1939 classic "Gone with the Wind" won the Best Picture Oscar, and Vivien Leigh took home Best Actress honors as Scarlett O’Hara. Probably the most...
| Mar 12, 2012
| 8:22 AM
March 24 is going to be quite a look-back at Hollywood,
Shirley MacLaine is going to be at Torrington's Warner Theatre, talking questiions from audiences and showing clips and talking about her career on stage, screen and TV.
Also that same night at 7...
| May 1, 2012
| 1:41 PM
LOS ANGELES — It was a dank, rain-sodden Raymond Chandler kind of morning, as if some omnipotent auteur had rung up the studio and ordered a classic film noir sky. Cumulonimbus clouds the color of a snub-nosed revolver hovered with ominous intent,...
| Jun 28, 2012
| 3:18 PM
Lee Childress is revered for founding the MACY Awards to honor high school musical performers, but around Laguna, she's known as a performer.
Childress lived in Laguna for years with her late husband, John, and daughter, Cathe. The family performed...
| Aug 3, 2011
| 2:23 PM
"I was working at Googies the Sunday Dean was killed, and as you now know, I knew him fairly well, and I swear it was as if a meteor had crashed into Hollywood killing thousands. People on the street who had no connection to the industry were weeping."...
| May 2, 2010
The Farthest Home Is in an Empire of Fire
A Tejano Elegy
John Phillip Santos
Viking: 280 pp., $25.95
John Phillip Santos went in search of his Mexican father's indigenous roots in his 1999 National Book Award finalist, "Places Left Unfinished at the...
| Aug 9, 2009
The first man to impersonate Marilyn Monroe may well have been her dance coach, Jack Cole. Anticipating the iconic Marilyn, he brought out her exceptional femininity through dance. Monroe copied him in return. A star was born.
| Jan 15, 2009
Ricardo Montalban, the suave leading man who was one of the first Mexican-born actors to make it big in Hollywood and who was best known for his role as Mr. Roarke on TV's "Fantasy Island," has died. He was 88.
Montalban died Wednesday morning at his Los...
| Jan 4, 2009
"The Journals of John Cheever" edited by Robert Gottlieb (Vintage)
"Good Friday. I neither fast nor make any observations of this somber time. I roam from the post office to the church, unsober. The central altar is dark, but on the left the priest has...
| Oct 26, 2008
If the words "tiki culture" conjure images of rum drinks the color of windshield wiper fluid, dusty tribal masks and low-rent bamboo-backed bars, hold on to your paper parasol because there's a new trade wind blowing. What was once dismissed as "tacky...