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By Murray Dubin and Murray Dubin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 23, 1997
Everyone was up for the jaunt except our teen-age children, who scrunched their faces. They didn't want to sit in a car for an hour to see a museum dedicated to the life of some actress, even if her name was Ava Gardner.Well, what could I expect? Their idea of taking a cultural chance was seeing a black-and-white movie. So my wife, Libby, and our two friends from Durham would go without them to the Ava Gardner Museum in downtown Smithfield, N.C.We had not driven from Philadelphia to North Carolina to visit Smithfield.
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By Bill Shaikin, Tribune Newspapers | May 18, 2011
SMITHFIELD, N.C. — This used to be tobacco country. Still is, but the demand for tobacco is down, the demand for soybeans and sweet potatoes is up, and the farmers have adjusted accordingly. This is not a land of pretense. On the highway leading into town, a small green sign celebrates a hometown star. The star is not Ava Gardner — the Hollywood glamour girl who was born nearby and was buried here, the legendary actress and onetime wife of Frank Sinatra. The star is a guy who made it to the major leagues and hit .230.
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By Stephen Wigler | August 23, 1991
Jerome Kern's "Showboat" was the first great American musical and may still be -- after 64 years -- the greatest ever. Anyone interested in the musical theater who does not take in the 1951 movie version during its two-week run at the Senator TheatreJerome Kern's "Showboat" was the first great American musical and may still be -- after 64 years -- the greatest ever. Anyone interested in the musical theater who does not take in the 1951 movie version during its two-week run at the Senator Theatre will be making a big mistake.
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By Susan King and Susan King,LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 2, 2005
The Aviator, Martin Scorsese's epic biography of billionaire Howard Hughes, is the influential director's first film to gross more than $100 million at the domestic box office. And it won more Oscars - five - than any of his previous films, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and GoodFellas. It also won the Golden Globe for best drama. The film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio in his Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated performance as the playboy Hollywood filmmaker and aviation pioneer who battled obsessive-compulsive disorder, makes its DVD debut (Warner Home Video, $30)
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By Art Buchwald | May 5, 1993
THE decision to permit women to hold combat roles in the military will not only change the way America wages battle, but it will also affect the plot of every Hollywood war movie in years to come.Here's what we will be seeing in our theaters soon:The scene is an American air base in Blighty, England. Several figures shrouded in fog are on the Tarmac peering out toward Serbia.We recognize John Wayne, who is in a Red Cross aide's uniform, handing out coffee and doughnuts to the pilots. We find out that his girlfriend, Capt.
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By Susan King and Susan King,LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 2, 2005
The Aviator, Martin Scorsese's epic biography of billionaire Howard Hughes, is the influential director's first film to gross more than $100 million at the domestic box office. And it won more Oscars - five - than any of his previous films, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and GoodFellas. It also won the Golden Globe for best drama. The film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio in his Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated performance as the playboy Hollywood filmmaker and aviation pioneer who battled obsessive-compulsive disorder, makes its DVD debut (Warner Home Video, $30)
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By J. D. Considine and By J. D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | May 16, 1998
They called him "The Voice." It seemed an unremarkable description -- after all, what singer didn't have a voice? -- until you heard him. Then it all made sense.When he sang, he didn't just deliver the melody but animated it, filled it with passion and power, longing and loneliness. The voice revealed how the singer felt and let listeners share in those emotions. It touched untold lives' and brought him unimagined success.The voice was stilled early Friday morning when Frank Sinatra suffered a heart attack in Los Angeles.
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By Bill Shaikin, Tribune Newspapers | May 18, 2011
SMITHFIELD, N.C. — This used to be tobacco country. Still is, but the demand for tobacco is down, the demand for soybeans and sweet potatoes is up, and the farmers have adjusted accordingly. This is not a land of pretense. On the highway leading into town, a small green sign celebrates a hometown star. The star is not Ava Gardner — the Hollywood glamour girl who was born nearby and was buried here, the legendary actress and onetime wife of Frank Sinatra. The star is a guy who made it to the major leagues and hit .230.
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May 9, 1996
'Dominguin,' 68, Spanish bullfighterSpanish bullfighter Luis Miguel "Dominguin," 68, whose exploits inspired writer Ernest Hemingway and who had a string of affairs with Hollywood stars, including Ava Gardner, died Wednesday at his home in southern Spain after a long illness, relatives said.Tall, good-looking and arrogant, Dominguin became known as the world's best bullfighter in the 1950s, when he frequently shared the bill with his brother-in-law, Antonio Ordonez.Their intense rivalry provided the background for Nobel literature prizewinner Hemingway's 1959 work, "The Dangerous Summer," a three-part series for Life magazine, later issued in a book version.
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May 29, 1998
Roy Evans, 88, the former president of the International Table Tennis Federation who was instrumental in the "ping-pong diplomacy" between China and the United States, died May 18 in Cardiff, Wales.He was in Beijing in 1971 when he was summoned to meet Chinese Premier Chou En-lai, who said China was eager to restore its place in the sport after a six-year absence from competition.He suggested that China invite several Western teams to visit after that year's championships in Japan. Later, he was astonished to learn that China had invited the U.S. team, too.That year, President Richard M. Nixon announced steps to facilitate visits by Chinese to the United States and to relax trade restrictions.
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By J. D. Considine and By J. D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | May 16, 1998
They called him "The Voice." It seemed an unremarkable description -- after all, what singer didn't have a voice? -- until you heard him. Then it all made sense.When he sang, he didn't just deliver the melody but animated it, filled it with passion and power, longing and loneliness. The voice revealed how the singer felt and let listeners share in those emotions. It touched untold lives' and brought him unimagined success.The voice was stilled early Friday morning when Frank Sinatra suffered a heart attack in Los Angeles.
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By Murray Dubin and Murray Dubin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 23, 1997
Everyone was up for the jaunt except our teen-age children, who scrunched their faces. They didn't want to sit in a car for an hour to see a museum dedicated to the life of some actress, even if her name was Ava Gardner.Well, what could I expect? Their idea of taking a cultural chance was seeing a black-and-white movie. So my wife, Libby, and our two friends from Durham would go without them to the Ava Gardner Museum in downtown Smithfield, N.C.We had not driven from Philadelphia to North Carolina to visit Smithfield.
NEWS
By Art Buchwald | May 5, 1993
THE decision to permit women to hold combat roles in the military will not only change the way America wages battle, but it will also affect the plot of every Hollywood war movie in years to come.Here's what we will be seeing in our theaters soon:The scene is an American air base in Blighty, England. Several figures shrouded in fog are on the Tarmac peering out toward Serbia.We recognize John Wayne, who is in a Red Cross aide's uniform, handing out coffee and doughnuts to the pilots. We find out that his girlfriend, Capt.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Wigler | August 23, 1991
Jerome Kern's "Showboat" was the first great American musical and may still be -- after 64 years -- the greatest ever. Anyone interested in the musical theater who does not take in the 1951 movie version during its two-week run at the Senator TheatreJerome Kern's "Showboat" was the first great American musical and may still be -- after 64 years -- the greatest ever. Anyone interested in the musical theater who does not take in the 1951 movie version during its two-week run at the Senator Theatre will be making a big mistake.
NEWS
November 10, 1993
Charles Aidman, a television actor who appeared in one of the first "Twilight Zone" episodes and narrated an updated version of the science fiction series, died of cancer Sunday. In a 1959 episode, the actor played an astronaut who found himself disappearing from the minds and view of those around him. He narrated the updated version of the series from 1985 to 1987. Mr. Aidman also appeared in "The Fugitive," "Gunsmoke," "The Wild, Wild West," "Little House on the Prairie" and "Quincy, M.E."
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By Jennifer K. Dansicker | September 12, 2011
As a housewife and mother of three young children ages 6, 7, and 8 living in the suburbs of Baltimore, I find myself intoxicated by the Bravo reality television series "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. " I think this group -- more than any other Housewives grouping (Atlanta, New York, New Jersey or Orange County) -- symbolizes what is possible when you have millions in the bank … yet these women seem to face the same dysfunction that I experience on a daily basis, only in a fancier home with a lot more shoes.
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