Legendary photographer and theatrical designer of sets, costumes and anything else worth looking at. With his flamboyant talent, equally outsize wit and temperament, and an all-but-certified talent fo...
A former member of Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre troupe, Ford was a regular leading light on Broadway throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
She won rave reviews for role in plays like No Exit, Dinner at Eight and Requiem for a Nun, in which she co-starred with her husband, Zachary Scott.
Her longtime home in the Dakota building was a gathering spot for her many artist and writer friends, including Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and Edward Albee, according to the New York Times.
Born in Mississippi, she arrived in New York in the 1930s and found work as a model for photographers Cecil Beaton and Man Ray.
In 1938, Ford joined Welles’ Mercury Theatre group and made her Broadway debut the same year in Shoemaker’s Holiday.
She moved to Hollywood in 1941 and went on to appear in films like Wilson, The Woman Who Came Back and Murder on the Waterfront.
Madonna has set her heart on a new home. The singer and her husband, British film director Guy Ritchie, are on the verge of buying a $12.75 million British mansion that once belonged to photographer Cecil Beaton, Reuters reports.
French film star Jean-Paul Belmondo was hospitalized Wednesday in Paris for emergency treatment of what medical officials are calling a cerebral accident, The Associated Press reports. Belmondo, 68, is listed in serious condition, but is conscious. He was hospitalized early Wednesday in Corsica and then flown by helicopter to Paris.
Lorenzo Music, the voice of the cartoon cat Garfield, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles of lung cancer, AP reports. According to his wife, Henrietta, the 64-year-old Mr. Music worked until a month ago when he recorded Garfield's voice for a car commercial. He is survived by his wife and four children.
Michael Cournede, the 19-year-old co-defendant in the robbery case against Sopranos actor Robert Iler, has been charged with stealing money, a jacket, and a compact disk player from a teen-age victim in a separate incident on April 19 by Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau on Tuesday, AP said. If convicted on the first-degree robbery charge, Cournede could face up to 25 years in prison.
Jim Nabors, who played the character of Pfc. Gomer Pyle in the 1964 TV sitcom Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., is ready to be promoted. According to AP, Gen. James Jones, commandant of the Marine Corps, will promote the character to lance corporal Thursday at a private ceremony at Camp H.M. Smith on Oahu, Hawaii.
Eminem protégés D12 and the Detroit acid-rapper Esham were thrown off the Vans Warped Tour show after a fight broke out backstage during the Aug. 3 show in Camden, N.J. Esham's publicist told SonicNet.com that the members of D12 jumped hims, causing a broken nose, ruptured eyeball, mild concussion.
A new batch of performers will be honored at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, ABCNews,com reports. Among them are former teen idols David Cassidy, Deborah Gibson and New Kids on the Block, who have provided the museum's curator, Jim Henke, with memorabilia.
Dr. Who has been cited as the most influential television cult programs of all time, according to a list compiled by media historian Jeff Evans for his new untitled reference book. Fawlty Towers and Star Trek ranked second and third, Reuters reports. Other top shows included Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Prisioner, The X Files and The Simpsons.
Anne Heche will star on her own television series for Warner Bros., scheduled for fall 2002. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Heche's salary will fall on the $1 million range. The studios are still unsure if the actress will act on a half-hour or hour-length show, but she has expressed interest in doing comedy.
Tyne Daly's paycheck for her CBS drama Judging Amy will climb from mid-five figures to six figures next season after the actress agreed to extend her contract by another year. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the deal settles the dust between Daly and the show's producers after the actress did not return to work for the show's third season.
Survivor 2 contestant Michael Skupin says he will not run for the U.S. Senate in 2002, AP reports. Skupin, 39, says he wants focus on his family and his new company, Michael Skupin Ministries, which fights alcohol and drug addiction. The former contestant told AP that he "will have the opportunity again when the timing is better."
What's the price of fame?
On Tuesday, Sotheby's discovered the answer as Hollywood memorabilia was auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting UNICEF. The charity event, organized by Liam Neeson, has already raised over $400,000 and concludes today.
The highest-ticket item was Mel Gibson's sword from the Oscar-winning "Braveheart" which sold for $170,000. Harrison Ford's bullwhip used in the "Indiana Jones" trilogy was donated by Steven Spielberg and brought in $74,000. A light saber from "Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace" collected $54,000, and a wedding gown worn by Oscar-nominee Julia Roberts in "Runaway Bride" fetched $16,000.
"I am genuinely stunned and humbled by the generosity of my colleagues in the business," Neeson said. "Many have donated items they intended to keep forever. These really are pieces that money can't buy, and I'm delighted that everyone has rallied round for such a good cause."
Neeson spent more than a year sending letters and making phone calls to thousands of Hollywood stars for donations from their famous films. Neeson's wife, Natasha Richardson, played a major role in organizing the event, called "Movie Action for Children." All proceeds will be used to supply drugs that prevent mother-to-fetus transmission of AIDS in African countries.
At Tuesday's auction, Neeson discussed the enormous rates of infection and explained that the necessary treatment to stop the prenatal transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, costs only $4 per case. "We cannot take for granted the health of our children, " he added.
Other memorable sales included a deck chair from "Titanic" that collected $7,000, and a Faberge-framed Cecil Beaton photograph of the late Audrey Hepburn, a former fellow UNICEF champion, that brought in $50,000. The lowest draw of the day was $1,000 for a birthday phone call from Michael Jackson.
The online sale continues today and features dresses from Courtney Cox-Arquette's role on "Friends" and Oscar-winner Meryl Streep's performance in "The Bridges of Madison County," costumes from "Meet the Parents" autographed by stars Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller, and boxing gloves from "Rocky" signed by Sylvester Stallone.
Legendary photographer and theatrical designer of sets, costumes and anything else worth looking at. With his flamboyant talent, equally outsize wit and temperament, and an all-but-certified talent for living, Beaton put his distinctive stamp on not only some of the most famous fashion and movie-star portraits ever taken, but also on a number of lavish stage productions and a handful of films. Beaton's best known works in the cinema are his costumes for Vincente Minnelli's delightful adaptation of the stage musical based on Colette's fin de siecle novel "Gigi" (1958) and his costumes and sets (based on his original stage conceptions) for George Cukor's less successful adaptation of another Broadway hit, "My Fair Lady" (1964).