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Fred Allen

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  • Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

     
    Los Angeles Times file photo [Update: Yes, this is Portland Hoffa, the wife of radio comedian Fred Allen. I discovered Allen’s radio shows after his death in 1956 and always wondered about the women named Portland Hoffa. In scanning these......
  • Cycle with the stars in Steven Rea's 'Hollywood Rides a Bike'

     
    The cycling antics of some of the greatest stars of Hollywood's golden age are captured in Steven Rea's "Hollywood Rides a Bike."...
  • Fred Allen Howser

    Fred Allen Howser
    FRED ALLEN HOWSER November 6, 1936 – September 11, 2011   Fred passed away peacefully last Sunday, September 11, 2011 due to a complexity of medical issues.  He was born November 6, 1936 in Long Beach, CA as the only child of Fred N. Howser and...
  • Dewey defeats Truman

    Dewey defeats Truman
    As a presidential candidate, Gov. Thomas Dewey of New York was not a glad-hander, not a flesh-presser. He was stiff and tended toward pomposity. "The only man who could strut sitting down" was the crack that made the rounds. But on Nov. 2, Election Day,...
  • Vic Mizzy dies at 93; film and TV composer wrote 'Addams Family' theme song

    Vic Mizzy dies at 93; film and TV composer wrote 'Addams Family' theme song
    Vic Mizzy, a film and television composer best known for writing the memorable theme songs for the 1960s sit-coms "Green Acres" and "The Addams Family," has died. He was 93. Mizzy died of heart failureSaturday at his home in Bel-Air, said Scott Harper, a...
  • "Nashville Star:" First Big NBC Hope? Nope.

     
    What did I think of "Nashville Star," now in the big house? I'm so glad you asked. What I saw of it was not bad, though one is reminded of the oldest Fred Allen phrase of them all, that......
  • Matt Weinstock, Dec. 25, 1959

     
    Ribbing St. Nick In December, 1823, Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863) wrote a poem titled "A Visit From St. Nicholas" which, as everyone knows, began: 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring -- not even a...
  • Richard D. Zanuck, a Hollywood legend too busy for nostalgia

     
    This is a longer version of my Los Angeles Times Sunday Calendar cover on Hollywood producer Dick Zanuck, who is having quite the year with "Alice in Wonderland," "Clash of the Titans" and "Book of Eli." I interviewed Zanuck last......
  • Homes' distress sales hit Central Florida's low-income areas harder

    Homes' distress sales hit Central Florida's low-income areas harder
    Distress sales now define Orlando's still-slumping home market: Two-thirds of all resale closings in the metro area's core market these days are either bank-owned foreclosures or lender-approved short sales. But the proportion of foreclosures to short...
  • 'City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles' by Mike Davis

    The freeway has been a favorite metaphor for writers trying to fathom Los Angeles for so long that opinions about this town can be virtually divided into day and night views. The night watchers tend to celebrate its long streams of pale yellow light,...