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Lyricist Yip Harburg's Son Ernie: How My Dad Inspired Me To Become a Scientist (Part 2)

Posted 4 weeks ago
My friend Ernie Harburg and I are both sons of songwriters -- in his case, that songwriter was the transcendent genius Yip Harburg, who wrote the lyrics for such gems as "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and all of the lyrics for the Wizard of Oz film and the Broadway hit, Finian's Rainbow. Following is the con ...
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Easygoing Irish crooner Val Doonican dies at 88

Posted 2 months ago
Credit: news.yahoo.com
LONDON (AP) — Val Doonican, an easygoing Irish singer whose warm style and fondness for knitwear made him an icon of light entertainment, has died. He was 88.
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Farewell, Peter Pan: The Inside Story of a Hollywood Legend

Posted 2 months ago
For a too brief time in my life, I got to spend time with Peter Pan. Not just any Peter Pan, either. Disney's Peter Pan, arguably the best known iteration of the classic fairy tale. We'll circle back to this presently. Let's talk about modern movies. Stick with me here. You've probably seen more than a few behind-the-scenes featurettes showing actors in skin-tight lycra suits with ...
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Go Inside 8 Amazing Celebrity Homes Up for Sale

Posted 2 months ago
By Architectural Digest.

(photo: courtesy of Remax)

BETTE DAVIS, CAPE ELIZABETH, MAINE
Oscar-winning actress Bette Davis's former home on Cape Elizabeth, Maine, is for sale. The coastal residence has views of Casco Bay from every room and includes access to two private beaches.

(photo: courtesy of Seabolt Brokers)

PAULA DEEN, WILMINGTON ISLAND, ...
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Jack Crosby, First Art Director on 'General Hospital,' Dies at 88

Posted 3 months ago
He was a nephew of famed Oscar-winning actor and singer Bing Crosby.read more
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Les Paul's Journey and the History of American Popular Music

Posted 3 months ago
American guitarist Les Paul would have turned 100 years old this week. Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin on June 9, 1915, Paul became one of the most important figures in popular music during the middle decades of the twentieth century. As part of a pop duo with Mary Ford, he enjoyed a string of hit singles in the first half of the 1950s that were the envy of the industry -- songs such as "How High ...
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Theater: Marilyn Maye Toasts Sinatra At 54 Below

Posted 5 months ago
MARILYN MAYE -- HER WAY: A TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA *** out of ****
54 BELOW

Do I need to launch a Kickstarter campaign? Somebody, somewhere needs to get Marilyn Maye into a recording studio, pronto. She's been captured on record (The Lamp Is Low is a great place to start) but not nearly as much as her talent deserves. Rosemary Clooney had a late career resurgence via Concord ...
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Watch Out! Classic Movies With Offensive Racial Stereotypes

Posted 5 months ago
By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media

Confession time: I know plenty of people love it, but I don't really care for Breakfast at Tiffany's. Sure, Audrey Hepburn is all kinds of fabulous. But her character, Holly Golightly, drives me nuts, and there's no getting around the fact that, in this day and age, costar Mickey Rooney's extremely stereotyped performance as Holly's ...
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Oscar's First Black Winner Accepted Her Honor in a Segregated 'No Blacks' Hotel in L.A

Posted 6 months ago
It's been 75 years since Hattie McDaniel won for 'Gone With the Wind,' accepting her award at the Ambassador's Cocoanut Grove nightclub. Four husbands, a friendship with Clark Gable and 74 maid roles later, she died, her body refused by a segregated cemetery, her statuette now missing, but with her descendants devoted to her memory.read more
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Hollywood Docket: Pre-1972 Music; 'Barely Lethal' Lawsuit; Aimee Mann Settlement

Posted 7 months ago
Entertainment law developments including an appeal concerning Ray Charles songs and a guilty plea from a Megupload computer programmer.read more
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