Patrice Chereau

Patrice Chereau holds the Silver Bear award for best director in 2003 for his movie "Son Frere" at the 53rd Berlinale Film Festival. The French actor and director in film, theater and opera was renowned for cutting-edge productions. (Markus Schreiber, Associated Press / November 12, 2014)

Patrice Chereau

Innovative director of

opera, film, theater

Patrice Chereau, 68, a celebrated French actor and director in film, theater and opera who was renowned for cutting-edge productions, died Monday in Paris of complications related to cancer, said the Artmedia talent agency that represented him.

Impassioned by the performing arts at a young age, Chereau showed breadth as a director — from his revolutionary production of Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle at the 1976 Bayreuth Festival to his blood-soaked 16th century period piece and biopic "Queen Margot," a 1994 film starring French icon Isabelle Adjani which won the Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Chereau, who headed the Cannes jury in 2003, chalked up directing credits on dozens of plays and operas, plus 10 films. His 2001 film "Intimacy" won the Golden Bear in Berlin.

He made a long-overdue U.S. debut at the Met four years ago with Leos Janacek's final opera, "From the House of the Dead," based on a 19th century novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Chereau's production of Richard Strauss' "Elektra" has been scheduled for the 2015-16 season at the Met.

His film acting roles included Gen. Montcalm in "The Last of the Mohicans" (1992) and Camille Desmoulins in "Danton" (1983).

Chereau was born Nov. 2, 1944, in Lezigne, France, and studied at the Sorbonne before starting a theater company.

Ernie Dunlevie

Developer helped found

Palm Springs Golf Classic

Ernie Dunlevie, 96, a Coachella Valley real estate developer who co-founded the original Palm Springs Golf Classic that came to be known for its celebrity participants and longtime host Bob Hope, died Sunday night at his home in Bermuda Dunes of complications from cancer.

His death was announced by the organizers of the current PGA Tour event, the Humana Challenge.

Dunlevie was born in New York City on Aug. 3, 1917, and came west with his mother after graduating from high school in 1936. Apart from his military service in World War II, he lived the rest of his life in the Coachella Valley.

After the war, Dunlevie became involved in real estate and began developing golf courses and housing tracts in resort settings. He and a partner, Ray Ryan, developed Bermuda Dunes Country Club in 1959 and, capitalizing on the migration of celebrities looking for second homes in the low desert, were instrumental in attracting Clark Gable, Cary Grant and other Hollywood stars to the club.

The inaugural Palm Springs Golf Classic was held in 1960 and won by Arnold Palmer. For most of the tournament's history, it was played with pro golfers and celebrity amateurs over five days in January and on four different courses, among them Bermuda Dunes.

Dunlevie represented Bermuda Dunes on the tournament's board. In 1965, he and another board member, Milt Hicks, persuaded Hope to lend his name to the event, as his fellow entertainer Bing Crosby had done for years in Monterey. For decades, the tournament was called the Bob Hope Desert Classic and then the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

"Just by having Hope's name on the tournament gave us legitimacy," Dunlevie told the Desert Sun newspaper in 2004.

Marc Merson