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Susan King

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Susan King is a former entertainment writer at the Los Angeles Times who specialized in Classic Hollywood stories. She also wrote about independent, foreign and studio movies and occasionally TV and theater stories. Born in East Orange, N.J., she received her master's degree in film history and criticism at USC. She worked for 10 years at the L.A. Herald Examiner and came to work at The Times in January 1990. She left in 2016. 

Recent Articles

  • TNT documentary searches for Dr. Seuss in surreal world

    It's so hot on the small sound stage where TNT's "In Search of Dr. Seuss" is shooting, you could probably cook green eggs and ham on the floor. It certainly isn't fit for a Cat in the Hat. Poor Matt Frewer, who plays Dr. Seuss' wily feline, is perspiring buckets in his furry cat suit and top hat....

  • Lipton's happy leap to 'Angel Falls'

    Peggy Lipton's blond hair is shorter. And she's not wearing bell-bottoms or love beads. But all in all, Ms. Lipton really doesn't look much different from when she burst on the TV scene 25 years ago as undercover cop Julie Barnes on ABC's "The Mod Squad." These days, the former model is one of the...

  • His path to stardom started in a kitchen

    Don't fret if you catch a guy with longish brown hair and blue eyes staring at you. It just might be "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman's" heartthrob, Joe Lando. "I've always watched people," says Mr. Lando, 31. "I'd sit back and check people out, especially at airports. Now you can't do that as much because...

  • 'The Commish' will have a leaner look this season

    It's quite a shock to meet Michael Chiklis. One expects a roly-poly guy in his late 30s. After all, that's what he plays on ABC's "The Commish." Mr. Chiklis stars in the detective series as Tony Scali, a warmhearted New York police commissioner with two kids who is losing his hair and could stand...

  • Tim Allen's sidekick builds his niche

    Richard Karn seems like a regular Joe munching a hamburger with all the works at the patio commissary at Disney Studios during a rehearsal break from ABC's "Home Improvement." In fact, he's not too far removed from Al Borland, the character he plays on the enormously popular Tim Allen sitcom. Al...

  • 'Wild West' follows blueprint used for 'Civil War'

    The Old West has spawned so many legends and myths, the truth has often been lost in the shuffle. A new 10-hour documentary, "The Wild West," attempts to tell how the West was really won. "The Wild West" premieres Monday at 8 p.m. on Channel 54. Like "The Civil War," Ken Burns' acclaimed 1990 PBS...

  • The history of black comedy is subject of documentary on HBO

    HOLLYWOOD -- Nipsey Russell, the poet laureate of television, is one of several African-American comedians featured in the new documentary "Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America," premiering Tuesday on HBO. Narrated by Charles Dutton of Fox's "Roc," the 90-minute special chronicles the history of black...

  • 'Smothers Brothers' to air on cable TV

    Tom Smothers admits he was never particularly interested in having episodes of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" resurface on television. "Maybe if people see them again, they wouldn't remember them with such fondness," Mr. Smothers said in a recent interview. "The emotions and feelings about...

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