January 15, 2016 |
DAVE SIMPSON kind of liked the idea that he was 70 feet tall. Take a look at the mural outside Hahnemann University Hospital and you will find Dave Simpson, in plaid shirt and blue jeans, looming over the other folks depicted in the painting. All are disabled, and all contributed to their communities in different ways. Dave was blind and never saw the mural, but his twin brother, Daniel, who is also blind, said Dave loved the idea that he was so tall. And, of course, he loved the fact that handicapped people were being recognized for overcoming their disabilities to reach out to others.
January 12, 2016
Florence King, a writer who brought a fierce wit to her novels, essays, and columns, has died. Jack Fowler, publisher of the National Review and a longtime friend of Ms. King's, said she died Wednesday, a day after her 80th birthday, at an assisted-living home in Fredericksburg, Va. Ms. King was best known her National Review column, "The Misanthrope Corner," in which she humorously critiqued public figures and derided political correctness until...
December 19, 2015
Doug Willis, 77, who followed Ronald Reagan from the governor's office to the presidential campaign trail and covered Jerry Brown's first stint as governor during a three-decade career writing about California politics for the Associated Press, died Tuesday at a hospital in Sacramento from complications following hip surgery, said his wife, Judy. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease about three years ago and had been living in a memory-care home since summer, she said. Judy Willis said it was especially sad that her husband suffered from dementia because he had such a quick wit, nimble mind and fail-safe memory throughout his journalism career and their 22-year marriage.
November 10, 2015 |
IS IT POSSIBLE to die of a broken heart? When Tony Lyle's longtime partner, Jim Clark, died in February, Tony's doctor suggested he take an antidepressant. "I'm not depressed," Tony insisted. But on Oct. 27, Tony died of a heart attack in his apartment on Rittenhouse Square. He was 79. "He was very upset by Jim's death," said Tony's niece, Alison Lyle Flowers. "Could it have been a broken heart? Who knows?" Anthony A. Lyle, who with his partner, James N. Clark, were active in caring for victims of the HIV/AIDS virus from the early days of the disease, was a longtime editor of the Pennsylvania Gazette, the University of Pennsylvania's prizewinning alumni magazine.
November 5, 2015 |
Their life together reads much like fiction, but of a different genre from their page-turning crime novels that frequent the New York Times best sellers list. "I think we have one of the great romances of all time," said Jonathan Kellerman, speaking candidly about his wife of 43 years, Faye, during a recent phone interview from their Beverly Hills home. The duo, who met and fell in love when Faye was a teenager, have become something of a royal family of mystery writers, with their son, Jesse, also an award-winning novelist and playwright.
November 3, 2015 |
MOIRA Walley-Beckett is "drawn to dark. " Which is why, after years of writing for "Breaking Bad" - winning an Emmy for the celebrated "Ozymandias" episode - she did the next logical thing. She formed a ballet company. And while you can't buy tickets to that 22-member troupe's one and only season, you can see it perform beginning Sunday, on Starz, in Walley-Beckett's "Flesh and Bone. " An eight-episode limited series that stars newcomer Sarah Hay as Claire Robbins, a troubled young dancer on the cusp of a brilliant career, "Flesh and Bone" is set in a world that its creator, a former actress and dancer, knows something about.
October 27, 2015 |
WHEN TINA FEY won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2010, copies of Twain's massive door-stopping autobiography were distributed. From the stage of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, Tina said, "If there is anyone in this room who will read this book, it's my father. " There was no doubt that her father, Donald, would read the Twain book, not the least put off by its 700-plus pages, because he was a voracious reader who couldn't seem to get enough of the printed page.
October 26, 2015 |
Donald H. Fey, 82, a Korean War veteran, former Philadelphia firefighter, and retired fund-raising writer, died Sunday, Oct. 18, of heart failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Fey, of Drexel Hill, whose daughter is award-winning writer and actress Tina Fey, was a professional writer for more than 30 years, primarily in fund-raising and development. He helped raise more than $500 million for schools, hospitals, and public-service agencies. In 1992, he retired from Thomas Jefferson University, where he was director of development communications.
October 13, 2015 |
FARGO . 10 tonight, FX. Jean Smart likes to pick her spots. Even the cold ones. She's seen only briefly tonight in the Season 2 premiere of FX's "Fargo," but her role as Floyd Gerhardt, the matriarch of a North Dakota crime family, will prove pivotal enough to justify the months the actress spent earlier this year filming in Calgary. "Yeah, it was cold," said Smart, shivering again during an interview in August, at a Beverly Hills hotel where the air conditioning was set to "Fargo" levels.
September 25, 2015 |
LOS ANGELES - Good things come to those who wait. That's basically what writer/director/producer Nancy Meyers has to say to her fans, who have waited six years for her new project, the Robert De Niro/Anne Hathaway comedy "The Intern. " But Philadelphia native Meyers - responsible for many hits through the decades, including 1980's "Private Benjamin," 2000's "What Women Want" and 2009's "It's Complicated" - said that there are simple reasons for the unusually large gap of time in-between her projects.