December 11, 1992 |
"I'm the Princess of Piano," says Linda Genteel. "Liberace's the Queen. " Take some jokes like these and some naughty double entendres, an assortment of sexy outfits, a swimsuit model's figure, Miss America's wholesome smile plus a talent for playing the popular classics at warp speed, and you won't quite have Linda Genteel, Piano Princess and Liberace protege. But you'd have something close. "I consider myself a combination entertainer and casino host," the 29- year-old pianist says from her home in Ventnor.
May 22, 2004 |
Joseph V. Fusco went out of this world the way he lived his life - with pizzazz. Dressed in his signature white suit with matching patent leather shoes, maroon ascot, and full-length black cape, Mr. Fusco's body was carried through the tiny streets of his native South Philadelphia yesterday in a bronze casket lined in maroon velvet, inside an elegant black 1898 hearse drawn by a pair of pied-gray Percheron draft horses, Dick and Teddy. It was followed by a block-long procession on foot and in limousines for the 1 1/2 miles from Monti-Rago Funeral Home, 2533 S. Broad St., to St. Maron's Maronite Catholic Church at 10th and Ellsworth Streets.
February 4, 1997 |
"All I did was eat and watch TV. " - Anna Nicole Smith, on coping with the death of her zillionaire husband You want your Di TV? How's this! Princess Diana will be the star of a new British Broadcasting Corp. documentary, which, alas, should provide much more subtle pro-princess propaganda than the infamously confessional royal-bashing sitdown she had with the network in 1995. The BBC announced yesterday it would air a "personal and frank account" of the princess' goodwill trip last month to Angola.
January 3, 1988
Jascha Heifetz, 86. "The inner ear of every violinist. " - Issac Stern Alf Landon, 100. Its nominee in '36, the Grand Old Party's grand old man. Fred Astaire, 88. "I make love by dancing," said the epitome of grace. Robert N.C. Nix Sr., 88. Son of a slave, Pa.'s first black congressman. Harold Washington, 65. Chicago's first black mayor, re-elected in '87. John Huston, 81. The legendary director of more than 60 films. His career spanned 52 years. Liberace, 67. Pianist and entertainer; flamboyance was his middle name.
May 26, 2013
* SMASH. 9 p.m. Sunday, NBC10. Exiled months ago to Saturdays, "Smash," NBC's frustrating but well-intentioned failure to bring musical theater to the masses, gets a postseason sendoff this Sunday. In the two-hour finale, its two shows-within-a-show go up against each other at the Tonys. * BEHIND THE CANDELABRA. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. It sounds like a freak show - Michael Douglas as the flamboyantly closeted pianist Liberace, Matt Damon as the much younger lover whom he literally attempted to remake in his image - but HBO's "Behind the Candelabra" isn't, thanks to first-rate performances (including scene-stealer Rob Lowe as a plastic surgeon)
October 31, 2013 |
Finding the perfect wig for your Halloween costume can be the difference between a trick or a treat. Especially this year when our celebrities du jour - many of whom do scary things all year long - are so creative when it comes to coifs. Think Nicki Minaj's ombré, white-to-pink tresses; singer Miguel's dark pompadour; and the signature Afro of Philly's own Questlove Thompson that isn't complete without a perfect power-to-the-people pick. "The wig makes the character," said Lois Arnold, owner of Lois A. Wigs on South Fourth Street.
July 3, 1987 |
ITEM: Michael Bennett, the award-winning director and choreographer responsible for such Broadway musical hits as "A Chorus Line," died of an AIDS-related disease, his lawyer said. ITEM: On April 17, fashion designer Willi Smith died at the age of 39. The cause of death was listed as pneumonia, complicated by shigellosis, a parasitic disease. But a week later, Smith's attorney said a blood test done shortly before Smith's death was positive for the AIDS virus. ITEM: On May 30, 1986, fashion designer Perry Ellis, 46, died.
March 28, 1987 |
Joan Collins was almost knocked over by 50 reporters and photographers as she arrived yesterday at a Los Angeles courthouse for a meeting with her estranged husband of 13 months, Peter Holm, and their respective lawyers. The session was supposed to be about the TV star's demand for furniture and Holm's demand for a BMW. Asked about Holm's court petition for $80,000 a month in support, Collins, 53, said: "He's been paid. " Responded Holm, 39, "It is less than what I could legally request and substantially less than what I need.
December 25, 1988 |
What is a nice chemist like Richard Gustafson doing up on stage pulling lighted candelabra out of thin air? The Horsham resident blames it all on Liberace and a lifelong love of magic. Liberace's trademark candelabra was the inspiration for his act, and a Christmas present got him started doing tricks. "I got a Gilbert chemistry set and a Gilbert magic set when I was a kid," he said. "I've always been fascinated by both. " Gustafson, 58, who has a doctorate in chemistry from Clark University in Massachusetts, worked 12 years for Rohm & Haas Co. Research Laboratories in Spring House before leaving the lab for the stage.
September 17, 1988 |
A jury yesterday found that Lorimar Productions had wrongfully fired actress Valerie Harper and her husband-producer, Tony Cacciotti, from the NBC- TV series Valerie. The couple was awarded a total of $1.85 million plus 12.5 percent of the show's adjusted gross profits when it is sold into syndication. The couple's attorney, Barry Langberg, said he believed that the profit award, which is limited to syndication of the first three seasons of the show, would reach as much as $15 million, but Lorimar's attorney, Don Engel, said that was "optimistic.