September 7, 1992 |
"Civilians," they call them on the late-night talk shows: People who know nothing about the entertainment industry. People with no book to plug. Just ordinary folks - except, of course, they're not completely ordinary. Some strange attribute, after all, has landed them on television. Maybe this one's a burly Teamster who's had an out-of-body experience. Maybe that one's an airport worker named Keno who's also an amateur comedian - with only one joke. People used to marvel at how well Johnny Carson could bring out the best in a civilian, turning the show over to someone who had no idea of show business and then, with a prod here and a filling comment there, help him be hilarious.
July 13, 1997 |
The plot unfolding in a Manhattan courtroom has all the tawdry twists befitting a made-for-television tale: illicit affair and out-of-wedlock child, threats and tabloids, money and murder. There are even scripts of tape recordings for jurors to follow along, in the case against the woman charged with blackmailing one of entertainment's most popular stars. And while attorneys argue about the main character's motivation, Autumn Jackson's own words provide the drama: Is she a lonely girl seeking her daddy's attention?
August 30, 2000 |
The public saw a new side of Al Gore when he planted one on Tipper at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. But is the congenitally wooden vice president cool enough to appear with Cher in Camden? The Gores will attend a major fund-raising event Sept. 12 at Camden's E-Centre, where - in another sign of Hollywood's alliance with the Democratic Party - the entertainment will include singer Michael Bolton, comedian Bill Cosby, and one who is so famous she goes by just one name: Cher.
April 13, 1994 |
Bill Cosby, the internationally known comedian and patron saint of the Penn Relays, will discontinue his financial contribution to the track meet this month, after its 100th running at Franklin Field. Cosby said he would use the money for another purpose but would continue to help the Relays as a low-profile fund-raiser. "Each year, Mrs. Cosby and I go over each organization we give to," Cosby said yesterday in a telephone interview, "and at this particular time, we felt that out of the money we give, we would set aside this amount for a monitoring (tutorial)
June 14, 2005 |
One witness lives in a small New Mexico town and wants to protect her 87-year-old father and 82-year-old mother from the limelight. Another is from Spring Hill, Fla., has bipolar disorder, and worries that stress would worsen her illness. A third fears she will lose her job at a Las Vegas casino because of a crush of publicity over the Bill Cosby case. Ten women who want to testify in a former Temple University employee's sexual-assault lawsuit against the comedian laid out their reasons yesterday in federal court for seeking anonymity.
January 19, 1997 |
The investigation into the slaying of Ennis Cosby widened yesterday when police released a composite sketch of a suspect wearing a light-colored knit cap. Commander Tim McBride said the Los Angeles Police Department had received "lots of leads" and was in daily contact with Bill Cosby and his family, who were reported to be in seclusion on the East Coast after Thursday's slaying of his only son. The Cosby family yesterday announced they...
January 18, 2016 |
Months before prosecutors in Norristown filed the first sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby last year, Montgomery County's former district attorney sought to persuade his successor to abandon the investigation. In a Sept. 23 email reviewed by The Inquirer, Bruce L. Castor Jr. told then-District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman that he had struck a deal 10 years earlier never to criminally prosecute the comedian for an alleged 2004 attack on a Temple University employee. Castor wrote that, at the time, he hoped his decision would facilitate accuser Andrea Constand's efforts to depose Cosby in a civil suit she planned to file against him. Now, a Common Pleas Court judge has been asked to decide whether that agreement existed and, if it did, whether it protects Cosby from the three counts of aggravated indecent assault filed against him last month.
December 2, 1995 |
Bill Cosby will try to return to TV's laugh land next fall, in a sitcom produced by the same people who helped make NBC's The Cosby Show a TV phenomenon of the '80s. This time, he'll be on CBS, network executives announced yesterday, their buttons bursting. The new show, based on the British comedy, One Foot in the Grave, is part of a big deal that ties Cosby to CBS for a long time, they said. Nobody would say for how long (Cosby joked he'd stay at least as long as David Letterman)
July 30, 2015 |
Andrea Constand, the former Temple University employee at the center of a 2005 sexual battery lawsuit against Bill Cosby, pushed back Tuesday against his claim that he is adept at reading sexual cues from women. The basis for her argument? Cosby failed to realize she was gay and dating a woman at the time they had what he has since described as a consensual sexual encounter. "Despite his talent for interpreting female reactions to him, he did not realize [Constand] was gay until the police told him," her lawyer, Dolores Troiani, wrote.
January 12, 2016 |
As he stood behind a podium to announce charges against Bill Cosby, Kevin Steele was not yet the Montgomery County District Attorney. But it was perhaps the biggest announcement of his career. Still, Steele stuck to a script, cutting off questions after 10 minutes. Later, he sent another prosecutor to represent the office at Cosby's arraignment, the first hearing in the case. It was clear he was a man with a lot on his plate. Formally sworn in last Monday, Steele is a quiet career prosecutor who colleagues say is more comfortable in the background than the spotlight.