| Feb 7, 2013
| 4:15 PM
The chanteuse Josephine Baker was the toast of Paris during the Roaring '20s and 1930s. She was exotic. She was sultry. She was chic. She was the highest-paid pre-World War II entertainer in Europe.
She was, above all else, sui generis.
Her life is...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 11:20 AM
"Grease": The Paramount Theatre in Aurora kicks off its second season of self-produced, Equity-affiliated musicals with the well-loved, Chicago-originating saga of teenage love on the Northwest Side. Through Oct. 7 at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E....
| Sep 17, 2011
Frances Bay, the sweet, gentle housewife who became a successful actress in middle age, appearing in more than 50 motion pictures and 100 television shows, including roles as the "marble rye lady" on "Seinfeld" and the grandmother in Adam Sandler's "Happy...
| May 28, 2011
Jeff Conaway, an actor who came to fame in the late 1970s as a high school greaser in the hit movie musical "Grease" and as a regular on the TV series "Taxi" but in more recent years was known for his appearances on "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew," died...
| Apr 7, 2011
Bill Varney, an Academy Award-winning sound mixer whose final film credit was a "director's edition" of Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil" that was released on the film's 40th anniversary, has died. He was 77.
Varney died Saturday of congestive heart...
| Aug 31, 2011
| 12:22 PM
After selling more than 100 million albums, starring in one of America's most beloved films and finding time to be a wife, mother and author, Olivia Newton-John has earned a break.
But don't tell her that — she's as dedicated as ever, focusing on...
| Jul 21, 2011
| 11:40 AM
The temperature in these parts has been sizzling all week. An ideal time, then, for an annual On the Town event: The unveiling of the Hot New Faces of the Chicago-area stage. Class of 2011.
We've found this year's group of rising stars everywhere from...
| Feb 19, 2012
Which two of these four entertainment names — Woody Allen, George Lucas, Meat Loaf, Erik Estrada — are members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences?
It'd be understandable if you guessed Allen and Lucas: The directors made such...
| Jun 14, 2012
| 8:32 AM
Disney has unveiled a partial list of its narrators for this year's Candlelight Processional, a holiday tradition at Epcot. The new name that pops out:Olivia Newton-John.
The singer ("Physical," "I Honestly Love You") and star of movies such as"Grease"...
| Jan 25, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Gustavo Dudamel will conduct five programs at the Hollywood Bowl, up from three last year, and Dolly Parton will make her debut at the iconic venue during the 2011 Bowl season that will be announced Wednesday morning. This summer’s lineup......
| Feb 24, 2011
| 4:33 PM
James Franco and Anne Hathaway rehearse a number from Grease -- but will it be on the Oscars telecast?...