October 30, 1986 |
Isabel Sarah "Auntie" Austin, dancer, beautician, political worker and civic volunteer, died Monday. She lived in West Philadelphia. Her age was not disclosed. The former Isabel Dickerson grew up in South Philadelphia. After graduating from high school, she became a professional dancer and was cast in a number of New York shows. While working in New York, where she also performed in cafes, she married William L. Austin, now deceased. During World War II, as the dance dates decreased, she got a job at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
January 15, 1999 |
While so many other acts come and go, the Spinners refuse to disappear. Scoring their first hit in 1961, the group is bearing down hard on 40 years in the pop/R&B ranks - and though the five vocalists haven't had a major recording triumph since the early '80s, they are in greater demand than ever. "It's pretty amazing," Bobbie Smith said this week from his home in Orlando, Fla. "We really are working harder than ever. January is probably the slowest month of the year for most acts, but we're completely booked.
May 31, 2012 |
It was one of those awkward live TV moments that now lives forever in infamy on youtube. On Wednesday morning's fourth hour of "Today," co-host Kathie Lee Gifford asked "Madagascar 3" plugger Martin Short about his wife, Nancy Dolman. Kathie Lee asked, "And you and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. How many years now for you guys?" "We ... have ... married ... 36 years," Short replied. Gifford: "But you are still like, in love?"
July 31, 2012 |
IT'S NOT BILLED as such, but Donny and Marie Osmond's gig this week at Caesars Atlantic City is a journey into the past. And not just back to the 1970s, when the impossibly adorable singing, dancing and wise-cracking siblings solidified their place in the show-biz firmament with their fondly remembered ABC-TV variety show. Instead the program, which runs Tuesday through Sunday, offers a bridge back to the time when the phrase, "The show must go on!" was the mantra of the entertainment industry.
September 29, 1986 |
Paul Rimmeir, the man who takes credit for bringing Buffalo wings to Philadelphia and ribs to Center City, says he will soon open a pasta restaurant in Old City that should surpass his Rib-It stores in growth. Within 60 days, Rimmeir says, Louie Linguini's will open at 104 Chestnut St. with nothing on the menu priced higher than $8.95 and undoubtedly with Rimmeir himself in frequent attendance - bossing the help, sampling the food, deciding what the specials will be. The five Rib-It restaurants - the latest opened last week in a mall in King of Prussia - will have sales of approximately $10 million this year, Rimmeir says.
September 27, 2012 |
ST. LOUIS - With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and his signature "Moon River," Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the '60s we usually hear about. The singer - known for his easy-listening style and his wholesome middle-America appeal - was the antithesis of the counterculture that gave rise to rock 'n' roll. Williams' plaintive tenor, boyish features and clean-cut demeanor helped him outlast many of the decade's rock stars and fellow crooners, such as Frank Sinatra and Perry Como.
February 13, 1992 |
Julie Wilson - Queen of Cabaret, epitome of soignee, apex of style. The quintessential "saloon chantoosie. " The one who played all the legendary rooms, interpreting with singular drama and gravelly vocal style the great popular American art songs. Fifty years in show business - 43 of them famous after the night she knocked them dead at the Mocambo club in Hollywood wearing a girlfriend's gown and $27,000 worth of borrowed jewels. The one still after all these years with the chignon, the gardenia ear garnish (in tribute to Billie Holiday)
July 31, 2011 |
The summer wind is blowing hot on a recent Sunday night, but Jerry Blavat is rolling cool. Exiting a car plastered with stickers bearing his visage in various stages of Geator-dom, Blavat bops up the steps of an Old City restaurant, snapping his fingers. He has just spent the weekend deejaying and entertaining crowds at his Memories nightclub in Margate. Strolling into Positano Coast, "The Geator" greets the owner with a chipper "My man, pots 'n' pans" and a group of elders with a hand-clapping, fast-pattering set of salutations.
June 13, 1995 |
Every night, 21-year-old Southampton native Danny Cistone gets to relive a little bit of high school. For some people, this would be their worst nightmare. For Cistone, it's show business - and an opportunity to make up for lost time. For 9 1/2 months and across 30 cities, he's transformed his moussed black hair into a pompadour and donned a black leather jacket as Sonny, the troublemaking greaser in the national tour of the hit musical Grease! The tour has taken him from Boston to San Francisco, and will be heading off to Hawaii.
January 21, 2012 |
The most thankless task in show business - besides being Chelsea Handler's sidekick - has to be hosting an awards show. You simply cannot win. Ask Ricky Gervais. Last year he was widely reviled for being too mean, too insulting on the Golden Globes. This year he was pilloried for being too bland. How are you supposed to take direction from that? Whatever you're doing, we don't like it. It's like having Goldilocks as a porridge- taster. Good luck getting that temperature just right.