| Mar 21, 2012
| 11:35 AM
Mickey Rooney is old school. Like, really, really old school. He was discovered in 1922 at 17 months old when he sneezed during his father's vaudeville act at a Chicago Theater. The spotlight traced the sneeze to Rooney, and he responded by blowing on the...
| Mar 26, 2012
| 11:36 AM
One of the big perks of my job is the occasional opportunity to meet and interview people in the entertainment world that I've long admired. Among those with whom I've chatted are Mickey Rooney, Debbie Reynolds, Diane Keaton, Martin Milner and Mike...
| Nov 1, 2011
| 2:12 PM
The door at the back of a Wilmette movie house cracked open. A young girl poked her head in. She spotted a half dozen or so twentysomethings standing amid the seats of an otherwise empty theater and her eyes grew wide. “Wow! Hey! Team StarKid!&...
| Nov 2, 2011
| 2:07 PM
When an earthquake leaves shards of buildings with people trapped in the rubble, or when a blind or deaf person needs to be guided toward safety, dogs come to the rescue.
Please, cat fanciers, don't start the usual protest: Dogs are heroes. Not all...
| Oct 11, 2011
| 9:32 PM
HOLLYWOOD — The American Humane Assn. celebrated ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things at the Hero Dog Awards, presented by Cesar Canine Cuisine on Oct. 3 at the Hollywood Hilton.
The gala event was taped for TV broadcast Nov. 11 on the...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 12:08 PM
Lila Lee Wilson Boyle, age 84, died Monday, July 25, 2011 after a miraculous five year battle with stage IV cancer. Her petite frame was deceiving. Her fighting spirit was as strong as that of any giant. Lila was united in paradise with her Savior...
| Mar 2, 2012
| 7:53 AM
Nostalgia and navel-gazing dominated the Academy Awards broadcast Sunday, including a spoof featuring Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Jennifer Coolidge and others as a disgruntled focus group attending a "Wizard of Oz" test screening circa 1939. The...
| Jul 7, 2009
| 1:07 PM
Music legends, sports figures, and civil rights leaders paid tribute to Michael Jackson today during an emotional, song-filled service at Staples Center that was part polished entertainment, part revival meeting.
Jackson was praised as a music pioneer...
| Jan 20, 2009
Susanna Foster, a singer and 1940s leading lady whose most famous role was the terrorized prima donna in the first talking version of "Phantom of the Opera," died Saturday of heart failure at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., according...
| Feb 12, 2009
Shirley Jean Rickert, a former child actress who was the cute little blond with the spit curls in "Our Gang" comedies in the early 1930s and later became a long-haired burlesque stripper known as Gilda and Her Crowning Glory, has died. She was 82....
| Oct 23, 2009
Soupy Sales, a comic with a gift for slapstick who attained cult-like popularity in the 1960s with a pie-throwing routine that became his signature, has died. He was 83.
Sales had numerous ailments and died Thursday at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, said...
| Feb 19, 2010
Kathryn Grayson, an MGM singing star in the 1940s and early '50s in musicals such as "Anchors Aweigh," "Kiss Me Kate" and "Show Boat," has died. She was 88.
Grayson died Wednesday of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles, said publicist Dale Olson....