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By Jessie Brunner | August 4, 2007
In its prime, Jan Bringgold's 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn convertible starred alongside Debbie Reynolds in the 1963 romantic comedy "My Six Loves." It's curvaceous body appeared in various product ads throughout the 1960s, and it once belonged to the DuPont family. Sadly, unlike its Hollywood starlet costar, the car has not aged well. "After my husband died, we didn't really know what to do with it, so we just let it go, let it go, let it go," Bringgold said, referring to herself and her two daughters.
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July 14, 2002
Young Chang Glenda and Leslie Bell have been to Rome and Venice and most other major European cities. For their vacation last month, they wanted the opposite of a hectic tour. They chose, instead, a trip that involved relaxing in beautiful hotels and enjoying good breads, good wines and good company. "We were just kind of lazy," said Glenda Bell, who still has a Southern drawl from her years in Texas even though she now lives on Lido Isle.
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By B.W. Cook | February 21, 2013
She was a movie star from the so-called Golden Age of Hollywood celebrating life in her eighth decade. I was a 30-something former network TV producer writing a column for the Daily Pilot. It was an unlikely alliance, but in spite of the obvious disparities in resume and life experience, Claire Trevor was my friend. We had instant chemistry. Perhaps it was simply her naturally warm and gracious way with everyone she knew or came in contact with. Or maybe it was my fascination with her film career and her life path in what Tom Brokaw has labeled "the Greatest Generation.
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May 19, 2002
For the first year in its six years in existence, the CHOC (Children's Hospital of Orange County) Follies will be held in Costa Mesa. In fact, the curtain rose on the show Friday evening, followed by two shows on Saturday. Today, the play, "The Slipper and the Surfer," will go on at 2 p.m. in a tent across from the Orange County Performing Arts Center. On Wednesday, City Editor James Meier sat down with Executive Director Gloria Zigner at her Newport Beach home to discuss this year's CHOC Follies, its future home and the amateur actors who star in it. Q: How did you become involved in the CHOC Follies?
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December 25, 2001
On Christmas Day, the Daily Pilot newsroom will get a nice present. We will officially have a movie star in our midst. Well, maybe not exactly a movie star, but we should at least be able to boast that we have someone with a cameo role in an upcoming, sure-to-be-a-blockbuster movie. OK, that may be stretching it a little too, but I can almost guarantee that our Sports Editor Roger Carlson will be one of those folks known as "extras," populating the background of the new flick, "Ali."
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By Daniel Tedford | March 8, 2008
Academy Award-wining actress Patty Duke read the words from the inside of the door of UCI’s Brain Imaging Center and remembered a time when mental illness was as confusing as trying to read that sign backward. But now, Duke remarked, the words are being made clear. Duke was the guest speaker at the Brain Imaging Center’s Silver Ribbon Dinner on Friday night. She has dedicated herself to bringing awareness, wrought from personal experience, to issues of mental health.
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October 3, 2003
Deirdre Newman Arnold Schwarzenegger channeled his Terminator persona's killer instinct to demonstrate his disdain for the car tax on Thursday. During a campaign rally in Costa Mesa, Schwarzenegger -- who in most polls is leading the state's recall election -- told the fervent crowd that when his movie characters don't take a liking to something, they destroy it. Then he promised to use the same tactic against the car tax if elected governor on Tuesday.
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By B.W. COOK | March 10, 2007
One of the great cabaret stars on the American landscape will perform at the Samueli Theater in the Orange County Performing Arts Center starting March 22. Amanda McBroom , who rose to fame when Bette Midler recorded her song "The Rose" in the film by the same name, will headline a onewoman performance for four nights in Costa Mesa through March 25. Described as an "urban poet who writes like an angel and has a voice to match," McBroom will...
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By B.W. COOK | September 17, 2008
They call themselves “The Friends of Dorothy.” They are a guild of local citizens working to support the AIDS Services Foundation of Orange County, and Dorothy’s pals held their second annual Tupperware party Sept. 10 and raised some $12,000. That’s a lot of plastic containers. For those unfamiliar, Friends of Dorothy is thought to refer to Dorothy Gale, from “The Wizard of OZ,” played by Judy Garland. The gay community, mobilized in the fight against AIDS, chose the reference to Dorothy, inasmuch as the question, “Are you a friend of Dorothy?
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June 20, 2003
With the passing of Gregory Peck, Hollywood's roster of living legends is just about exhausted. Peck was one of the last links to the movies' "golden age" of the 1940s and '50s, when its stars were larger than life, at least in the eyes of their fans. He was also an actor of enormous talent and range, one who was never content playing stalwart, incorruptible heroes exclusively. He lived long enough to see his Atticus Fitch character from 1962's "To Kill a Mockingbird" named the top movie hero of all time in a televised special that aired just a week before his death.
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By B.W. Cook | February 21, 2013
She was a movie star from the so-called Golden Age of Hollywood celebrating life in her eighth decade. I was a 30-something former network TV producer writing a column for the Daily Pilot. It was an unlikely alliance, but in spite of the obvious disparities in resume and life experience, Claire Trevor was my friend. We had instant chemistry. Perhaps it was simply her naturally warm and gracious way with everyone she knew or came in contact with. Or maybe it was my fascination with her film career and her life path in what Tom Brokaw has labeled "the Greatest Generation.
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By Joanna Clay | April 27, 2012
Actor Ed Asner sat in a Costa Mesa TV studio last week, fiddling with his tie. He was about to go on the air to discuss his latest film, "Should've Been Romeo," which has its world premiere Saturday at the Newport Beach Film Festival. "Hopefully people will see it, like it and spread the word," the"Mary Tyler Moore Show"star said about his film. Asner, 82, plays Charlie, a grandfather who's been dropped on his grandson Joey Tucker's doorstep. Joey is then forced to deal with the octogenarian's antics.
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Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | July 30, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — For as long as locals can remember, Newport Beach has been known as an easy Hollywood getaway. Celebrities such as Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra were known to seek R&R in the coastal town. Lauren Bacall, former wife of Bogart and "Den Mother" of the Rat Pack, resides in Newport. Joey Bishop, Sinatra's famed comic sidekick, was tempted by the tranquility of the beach city, moving to Lido Isle and making that his residence of choice until he died in 2007.
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By Gretchen Meier | April 27, 2010
Editor's note: Film director Danny Buday was not born in Huntington Beach, but he has lived there. He was born in South Carolina. In addition, the opening night screening of "Five Star Day" took place at the Edwards Big Newport cinema house, not Edwards Islands as reported.  Opening night of the Newport Beach Film Festival brought out both the sun and stars. With the clouds breaking just as the first attendees lined up outside the Edwards Islands Cinemas across from Fashion Island in Newport Beach, excitement grew as the stars and fans gathered.
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By Gretchen Meier | April 22, 2010
Opening night of the Newport Beach Film Festival brought out both the sun and stars. With the clouds breaking just as the first attendees lined up outside the Edwards Islands Cinemas across from Fashion Island in Newport Beach, excitement grew as the stars and fans gathered. Stephen Moriyama, an Orange County resident and one of the first people in line, arrived at 5 p.m. “I think it’s a great Orange County event and even better that the opening film was directed by an Orange County native.
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By JOSEPH N. BELL | October 1, 2008
In the years I covered the Hollywood beat for the Wall Street Journal’s weekly National Observer I did a half-dozen profiles of Paul Newman, so reading his obituaries last week took me through a whole mother lode of memories. Good memories. With Newman, you got either the whole package or nothing at all. With access came one cardinal rule, nothing personal, and one permanent attitude: a jaundiced view of his own importance. He once told me: “Some people in my business have that incredible capacity to be a star off the screen.
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By B.W. COOK | September 17, 2008
They call themselves “The Friends of Dorothy.” They are a guild of local citizens working to support the AIDS Services Foundation of Orange County, and Dorothy’s pals held their second annual Tupperware party Sept. 10 and raised some $12,000. That’s a lot of plastic containers. For those unfamiliar, Friends of Dorothy is thought to refer to Dorothy Gale, from “The Wizard of OZ,” played by Judy Garland. The gay community, mobilized in the fight against AIDS, chose the reference to Dorothy, inasmuch as the question, “Are you a friend of Dorothy?
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By Daniel Tedford | March 8, 2008
Academy Award-wining actress Patty Duke read the words from the inside of the door of UCI’s Brain Imaging Center and remembered a time when mental illness was as confusing as trying to read that sign backward. But now, Duke remarked, the words are being made clear. Duke was the guest speaker at the Brain Imaging Center’s Silver Ribbon Dinner on Friday night. She has dedicated herself to bringing awareness, wrought from personal experience, to issues of mental health.
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By Jessie Brunner | August 4, 2007
In its prime, Jan Bringgold's 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn convertible starred alongside Debbie Reynolds in the 1963 romantic comedy "My Six Loves." It's curvaceous body appeared in various product ads throughout the 1960s, and it once belonged to the DuPont family. Sadly, unlike its Hollywood starlet costar, the car has not aged well. "After my husband died, we didn't really know what to do with it, so we just let it go, let it go, let it go," Bringgold said, referring to herself and her two daughters.
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