| May 4, 2012
| 10:51 AM
1) Taft Apartments
The Taft celebrates its 100th birthday this year, and its staff plans to celebrate all year long. In its days as a hotel in the early part of the 20th Century guests like Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Babe Ruth and Lassie are...
| Jun 1, 2012
| 2:34 PM
Back in the late sixties, when Robert Downey Jr.was a toddler, his filmmaker father could get away with signing his movies “Robert Downey (a prince).” But ever since Junior hit the big time, Downey pere has had to put a “Sr.” after...
| Jun 19, 2012
| 1:50 PM
Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's oft-produced 1955 courtroom drama, based on the famous Scopes "monkey trial" of 1925, was intended — like Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" — to use earlier events in American history as a frame for examining...
| Jul 3, 2012
| 3:27 PM
The Declaration of Independence, announced 236 years ago today by the Second Continental Congress, is the birth certificate of the United States of America. Its famous words are, or should be, known to all: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 9:55 PM
Not a presidential election goes by without producing another prize specimen for my extensive collection of Famous Smears I Have Known, and this year's campaign is no different. It's a red-white-and-blue, dadgum all-American tradition, telling whoppers...
| Aug 7, 2012
| 9:55 PM
Marvin Hamlisch, 68, the composer-conductor who died Monday in Los Angeles after a brief illness was a certified genius. From the age of seven, when he became the youngest student ever admitted to New York's Juilliard School of Music, Marvin grew up to...
| Aug 21, 2012
| 4:55 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Comedian Phyllis Diller, known for her self-deprecating humor, died "peacefully in her sleep" at her Los Angeles home Monday morning, her manager told CNN. Diller was 95.
Her son, Perry, "found her with a smile on her face," manager Milt...
| Feb 23, 2013
While it's true that there's only so much anyone can say about the Oscars, remember it can be said again and again. As a reader (and writer), I know by now that there are 10 abiding Oscar stories. Here they are, all in a single article:
| Jan 31, 2013
| 9:44 AM
Money brings out a lot of thoughts and some very interesting comments. You could say it this way, people have things to say about money. Consider a couple of my favorites: "While money can't buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of...
| Dec 16, 2012
Your face says it all: You are starting to panic. Don't. If you're shopping for a traveler, you might just find the answer to your gift-giving conundrum in these pages. Our team of travelers has tested items large and small, pricey and affordable, and...
| Apr 16, 2012
Swimmer won Olympic gold medals
Murray Rose, 73, a four-time Olympic gold medal swimmer from Australia who also competed at USC while studying acting in the late '50s, died Sunday in Sydney of leukemia, Swimming Australia said.
| Sep 21, 2010
Buddy Collette, a Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist, flautist, bandleader and educator who played important roles in Los Angeles jazz as a musician and an advocate for the rights of African American musicians, has died. He was 89.
Collette died Sunday at...