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Susan King

Writer

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

  • 'Ed Sullivan Show' reprised for holidays

    What better way to celebrate a really big holiday than with a really big shew? Bob Newhart takes time out from his CBS series, "Bob," to emcee the two-hour special, "Holiday Greetings From 'The Ed Sullivan Show' " tonight. Mr. Newhart is no stranger to "The Ed Sullivan Show," having appeared on...

  • Cheech Marin, of Cheech and Chong fame, has mature career

    HOLLYWOOD -- Check it out, man! Cheech Marin has gone mainstream. Not only is he a regular on CBS' "The Golden Palace," the revamped version of the long-running sitcom "The Golden Girls," but he also is releasing his first children's album at the end of October. Mr. Marin, who with ex-partner Tommy...

  • Everything you ever wanted to know about Oscars

    Jeanne Eagles, a nominee for best actress in 1928-1929 for "The Letter," was the first posthumous acting nominee. She died in 1929 from a heroin overdose. Sidney Howard was the first posthumous Oscar winner when he received the screenplay award for 1939's "Gone With the Wind." He died when he was...

  • 'Burden' takes well to the small screen

    HOLLYWOOD -- This town went on a feeding frenzy to obtain the movie rights to Chicago lawyer Scott Turow's phenomenal first novel "Presumed Innocent." "It began a sort of Hollywood mania," Mr. Turow recalled. "It was one weekend's madness." And the big-budget film version, which starred Harrison...

  • Tyne Daly finds the heroic in the characters she plays

    Hollywood - Tyne Daly, who stars in Sunday night's CBS drama, "Face of a Stranger," doesn't mince words. Just ask her why she returned to Broadway this year to reprise her 1990 Tony-winning role as Mama Rose in "Gypsy." The answer comes rapid-fire: "We were supposed to go to London, but there were...

  • 'Civil War' series winning on all fronts

    Eleven months after PBS first aired Ken Burns' 11-hour documentary series "The Civil War," the nation is still caught up in that chapter of U.S. history, supporting a Civil War cottage industry of sorts. The award-winning series, currently in repeats on many PBS stations (it concludes Wednesday...

  • Many series continue to be snubbed by everybody but the viewers

    HOLLYWOOD -- They are the Rodney Dangerfields of series TV: no respect from the critics, never on magazine covers, shut out at Emmy time. But they are not ignored by the people who count most -- the viewers. They are the quiet hits of the airwaves, audiences pleasers that place in the top of the...

  • Jackie Collins is looking for another miniseries hit with 'Lucky/Chances'

    HOLLYWOOD -- Jackie Collins takes great pride in the story: It's about Chinese officials banning her steamy novels because they feared she was corrupting Chinese youth. But when the soldiers went to confiscate more than 200,000 pirated copies of her books at stores, they came up empty-handed. "They...

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