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  • Mickey Rooney: a dynamo for decades

    Mickey Rooney: a dynamo for decades
    Mickey Rooney was more cyclone than man, and like most weather-related phenomena, even at his most fearsome he was more easily experienced than described. Words such as "tireless" or "fearless" don't really get at it with Rooney. In a world of triple threats he was a quadruple or, in the spirit of his many, often brief marriages, an octuple. He sang, he danced, he broke hearts, he did pratfalls, he mugged, he mugged some more, he yearned for the girl next door. And he embodied the proud if counter-intuitive showbiz tradition of never leaving the audience wanting more.
  • Turner Classic Movies Celebrates 20th Anniversary on Monday

    If Turner Classic Movies had only been endowed with films from the pre-1948 MGM library, it would have been the channel of cinefiles' dreams. If it had only had the pre-1950 Warner Bros. library, it would have been a 24/7 haven for film buffs. If it had...

    Legoland reopens pool from Cypress Gardens' heyday

    Legoland reopens pool from Cypress Gardens' heyday
    WINTER HAVEN — The final pieces of Legoland Florida's restoration of Cypress Gardens are in place: On Wednesday, the theme park reopened its famed Florida-shaped swimming pool and its Oriental Gardens, which have been unavailable to guests for...

    We get letters and memories are stirred

    "Letters! We get letters, mostly emails and we love hearing from our readers," says yours truly. Eydie Gorme's recent death touched so many of us. Charles Sanchez writes: "I am so grateful that you wrote about Eydie Gorme. She was always a favorite....

    PASSINGS: Phyllis Thaxter, Ron Nelson

     PASSINGS: Phyllis Thaxter, Ron Nelson
    Phyllis Thaxter Veteran actress played Clark Kent's mother Phyllis Thaxter, 92, an actress who had an active film career in the 1940s and '50s and capped it with her portrayal of Clark Kent's mother in the 1978 version of "Superman," died Tuesday at...