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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services | February 6, 2008
IT WILL probably take another 20 years of our being exposed to Joan Crawford's film career (much of it very good!) before the trauma inflicted on her reputation by the book Mommie Dearest fades a bit. Mommie was Christina Crawford's vengeful recounting of Joan's less-than-stellar parenting skills as an adoptive mother of four. Christina, and her equally critical brother, Christopher, ran away, misbehaved, acted out and ended up cut out of Crawford's will, "for reasons best known to them," as the star put it. But there were two other children, Cathy and Cindy.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,tim.smith@baltsun.com | June 11, 2009
"Everyone has their vices," says Tallulah Bankhead, as reincarnated in Matthew Lombardo's play Looped. "Mine just all come out to play at the same time." The original misbehaving celebrity - if the Alabama-born theater and film actress were around today, she could provide enough fodder for a dozen Entertainment Tonight-type shows for years - Bankhead is ripe for renewed appreciation. Lombardo has crafted an amusing, mostly involving vehicle for that resuscitation, and with Valerie Harper in the driver's seat, Looped gets a spirited spin in the Arena Stage production at the Lincoln Theatre.
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By San Francisco Chronicle | April 2, 1993
Photographer William Wegman says it was quite a trick to get Fay Ray, who plays both Evil Stepmother and Fairy Godmother in his all-Weimaraner version of "Cinderella" ((Hyperion, $16.95) "to look benign and maternal after she's looked like Joan Crawford."Fay has a very wise, knowing, intelligent gaze, but that sort of intelligence can also be used to express wickedness."
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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services | February 6, 2008
IT WILL probably take another 20 years of our being exposed to Joan Crawford's film career (much of it very good!) before the trauma inflicted on her reputation by the book Mommie Dearest fades a bit. Mommie was Christina Crawford's vengeful recounting of Joan's less-than-stellar parenting skills as an adoptive mother of four. Christina, and her equally critical brother, Christopher, ran away, misbehaved, acted out and ended up cut out of Crawford's will, "for reasons best known to them," as the star put it. But there were two other children, Cathy and Cindy.
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September 17, 1998
Catherine Turney,92, who wrote major 1940s screenplays that featured Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and others in tough female roles, died Sept. 9 in Los Angeles. She was the major script writer for 1945's "Mildred Pierce," which earned Miss Crawford an Academy Award. Among her other scripts were "My !c Reputation," "Cry Wolf," "One More Tomorrow," "The Man I Love" and "Winter Meeting."Barrett Deems,83, a drummer for Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman among other jazz greats, died Tuesday in Chicago.
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July 5, 1998
Union-issued voting records can mislead, senator saysRecently, I was criticized for having a poor voting record on a limited number of issues evaluated by the Maryland State Teachers Association ("It's time to send state official home," June 21, letters). The conclusion reached by one individual was that the evaluation indicated a lack of support for education.I want to make it clear that the score in question indicates support, or lack thereof, of a political agenda for a specific group, not of education overall.
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By Newsday | December 25, 2003
Images die hard, which might be one reason Jason Priestley comes across as so chipper about his movie career. As Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210, the clean-cut Canadian actor melted teen-age hearts across the continent. Even though he's now 34, Priestley's still having fun living it down, as he does with zeal in Die, Mommie, Die! The comedy, adapted from actor-dramatist Charles Busch's drag-queen paean to Joan Crawford melodramas, is one of those over-the-top satires perfect for any celebrity looking to go dishy.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 31, 2003
Die Mommie Die! is an odd little film, Douglas Sirk as channeled through John Waters. Starring a man playing a woman and featuring a Beverly Hills 90210 alumnus as the bisexual love interest, it flaunts some conventions, breaks others and tries to stand alone while invoking the ghosts of a handful of movie genres past. In the end, it's probably too wicked for its own good, but its determination to seek its own ground demands, at the least, respect. Charles Busch, in a singular performance that's out there without being outrageous (there's not a whole lot to measure him against)
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By FRANKLIN MASON and FRANKLIN MASON,Frank Mason is a retired copy editor from The Evening Sun | February 19, 1991
They come into your living room, their living room is your living room, and talk. They have so much to say. They sit and you do not tell them, nor would they pay attention if you did.They seem happy, talking, talking. Or they get up and go, get in an antique car, not knowing it is antique. The men are in mustaches, with soft hats and smoking, the women in furs and pearls, with lately bobbed hair.They ride from here to there, smiling, smoking and return. They're back inside their room, your room, talking, talking.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | October 31, 1996
The difficulty with the otherwise pleasant production of "Ain't Misbehavin' " at the Lyric Opera House is that it's too well-behaved.Fats Waller -- whose music is celebrated in this revue, conceived by Richard Maltby Jr. -- was sassy and irreverent. And, the production's cast of five, headed by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, does cut loose with some occasional sass. But a Motown group might be expected to lend a little 1960s soul flavor to the proceedings.Instead, director/choreographer Julia Lema seems to have tried so hard to be reverent and pure, she's come up with a production that honors Waller, but often manages to miss his rousing spirit.
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By Newsday | December 25, 2003
Images die hard, which might be one reason Jason Priestley comes across as so chipper about his movie career. As Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210, the clean-cut Canadian actor melted teen-age hearts across the continent. Even though he's now 34, Priestley's still having fun living it down, as he does with zeal in Die, Mommie, Die! The comedy, adapted from actor-dramatist Charles Busch's drag-queen paean to Joan Crawford melodramas, is one of those over-the-top satires perfect for any celebrity looking to go dishy.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 31, 2003
Die Mommie Die! is an odd little film, Douglas Sirk as channeled through John Waters. Starring a man playing a woman and featuring a Beverly Hills 90210 alumnus as the bisexual love interest, it flaunts some conventions, breaks others and tries to stand alone while invoking the ghosts of a handful of movie genres past. In the end, it's probably too wicked for its own good, but its determination to seek its own ground demands, at the least, respect. Charles Busch, in a singular performance that's out there without being outrageous (there's not a whole lot to measure him against)
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By Sloane Brown and By Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun | October 27, 2002
Sometimes Hollywood stars that have a super-nice persona turn out to be ... super nice. At least that was the case with The Tonight Show's Jay Leno, who was in town recently. Leno was the headliner for The Chimes' annual fund-raising show at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. According to David Nevins, who co-chaired the event with wife Sharon, Tom and Dana Carroll, and Tony and Marcia Trantas, Leno made an appearance that was earlier than his scheduled one on stage. David says Leno showed up in the lobby about a half-hour before the afternoon show just to mingle with folks.
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September 17, 1998
Catherine Turney,92, who wrote major 1940s screenplays that featured Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and others in tough female roles, died Sept. 9 in Los Angeles. She was the major script writer for 1945's "Mildred Pierce," which earned Miss Crawford an Academy Award. Among her other scripts were "My !c Reputation," "Cry Wolf," "One More Tomorrow," "The Man I Love" and "Winter Meeting."Barrett Deems,83, a drummer for Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman among other jazz greats, died Tuesday in Chicago.
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July 5, 1998
Union-issued voting records can mislead, senator saysRecently, I was criticized for having a poor voting record on a limited number of issues evaluated by the Maryland State Teachers Association ("It's time to send state official home," June 21, letters). The conclusion reached by one individual was that the evaluation indicated a lack of support for education.I want to make it clear that the score in question indicates support, or lack thereof, of a political agenda for a specific group, not of education overall.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | October 31, 1996
The difficulty with the otherwise pleasant production of "Ain't Misbehavin' " at the Lyric Opera House is that it's too well-behaved.Fats Waller -- whose music is celebrated in this revue, conceived by Richard Maltby Jr. -- was sassy and irreverent. And, the production's cast of five, headed by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, does cut loose with some occasional sass. But a Motown group might be expected to lend a little 1960s soul flavor to the proceedings.Instead, director/choreographer Julia Lema seems to have tried so hard to be reverent and pure, she's come up with a production that honors Waller, but often manages to miss his rousing spirit.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,tim.smith@baltsun.com | June 11, 2009
"Everyone has their vices," says Tallulah Bankhead, as reincarnated in Matthew Lombardo's play Looped. "Mine just all come out to play at the same time." The original misbehaving celebrity - if the Alabama-born theater and film actress were around today, she could provide enough fodder for a dozen Entertainment Tonight-type shows for years - Bankhead is ripe for renewed appreciation. Lombardo has crafted an amusing, mostly involving vehicle for that resuscitation, and with Valerie Harper in the driver's seat, Looped gets a spirited spin in the Arena Stage production at the Lincoln Theatre.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sloane Brown and By Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun | October 27, 2002
Sometimes Hollywood stars that have a super-nice persona turn out to be ... super nice. At least that was the case with The Tonight Show's Jay Leno, who was in town recently. Leno was the headliner for The Chimes' annual fund-raising show at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. According to David Nevins, who co-chaired the event with wife Sharon, Tom and Dana Carroll, and Tony and Marcia Trantas, Leno made an appearance that was earlier than his scheduled one on stage. David says Leno showed up in the lobby about a half-hour before the afternoon show just to mingle with folks.
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By San Francisco Chronicle | April 2, 1993
Photographer William Wegman says it was quite a trick to get Fay Ray, who plays both Evil Stepmother and Fairy Godmother in his all-Weimaraner version of "Cinderella" ((Hyperion, $16.95) "to look benign and maternal after she's looked like Joan Crawford."Fay has a very wise, knowing, intelligent gaze, but that sort of intelligence can also be used to express wickedness."
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By FRANKLIN MASON and FRANKLIN MASON,Frank Mason is a retired copy editor from The Evening Sun | February 19, 1991
They come into your living room, their living room is your living room, and talk. They have so much to say. They sit and you do not tell them, nor would they pay attention if you did.They seem happy, talking, talking. Or they get up and go, get in an antique car, not knowing it is antique. The men are in mustaches, with soft hats and smoking, the women in furs and pearls, with lately bobbed hair.They ride from here to there, smiling, smoking and return. They're back inside their room, your room, talking, talking.
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