| Mar 13, 2009
Leonore Annenberg, a major patron of the arts, science and education who was the billionaire widow of publishing magnate Walter Annenberg, has died. She was 91.
Annenberg, who served briefly as President Reagan's chief of protocol, died early Thursday of...
| Apr 11, 2009
Jane O'Brien Dart, an actress who gave up her career to marry Justin Dart, the kingmaker who helped persuade Ronald Reagan to enter politics, has died. She was 90.
Dart, who was also an arts patron and philanthropist, died Wednesday at her home in Pebble...
| Jul 15, 2009
Jane Dalton Weinberger, who coaxed her husband, Caspar W. Weinberger, into politics and was a loyal Washington wife during three Republican administrations before she began to write and publish children's books, died Sunday at a nursing facility in Bar...
| Aug 28, 2009
Kurt Niklas, whose Beverly Hills restaurants, the Bistro and the Bistro Garden, catered for decades to a high-powered crowd thick with denizens of the film industry and high society, has died. He was 83.
Niklas died Tuesday at Cedars- Sinai Medical...
| Aug 3, 2009
Tom Runyon, who shared his family name with a Hollywood Hills canyon and his simple fare at his rough-hewn roadhouse on Mulholland Highway with the famous and famously interesting, has died. He was 89.
Runyon, a fiction writer and occasional actor,...
| Sep 15, 2009
Jody Powell, who was White House press secretary and among the closest and most trusted advisors to President Carter, died Monday of a heart attack. He was 65.
Powell, a member of the so-called Georgia Mafia that descended on Washington after Carter...
| Dec 6, 2009
William A. Wilson, a Los Angeles businessman and a member of President Reagan's "kitchen cabinet" who was appointed the first U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, has died. He was 95.
Wilson died early Saturday in Carmel Valley, Calif., where he had a home,...
| Aug 18, 2007
When Arnold Schwarzenegger met Merv Griffin, the bodybuilder was newly arrived in California from Austria and had never been on a talk show.
But as now-Gov. Schwarzenegger recalled in a speech punctuated by laughter Friday afternoon at Griffin's...
| Sep 29, 2009
The Champagne Bar at the Hotel Bel-Air is dark as a lair. Ice clinks as men and women on caramel-colored leather chairs and forest-green couches imbibe, converse and laugh. A roaring fire blasts light and warmth, which is welcome, despite the heat of a...
| Nov 16, 2008
With the economy and the climate demanding that we all start to think about fashion more pragmatically, it's an interesting time to remember Geoffrey Beene, the fine American designer who elevated the everyday, translating common fabrics such as flannel...
| Jan 17, 2009
Santa Monica designer Michael S. Smith has won the commission to redecorate the White House living quarters for the Obama family.
"He sounds like a wise choice, with his interest in traditional though not pedantic museum settings," said historian William...