June 30, 2005

Marlon Brando's effects sell for $2.4 million

NEW YORK - Hollywood legend Marlon Brando's personal effects were auctioned on Thursday in a sale that raised more than $2.4 million, but which Brando's biographer said would have the renowned recluse "turning over in his grave."

Fans and collectors flocked to Christie's salesroom and telephone bidders called in from around the world during the 6 1/2 hour auction. The final tally for the 320 items sold was well above the presale estimate of about $1 million.

Many of the lots featured scripts, pictures, clothing and other materials from Brando's movies. His annotated script from "The Godfather" collected $312,800 -- a record for an auctioned film script -- and far surpassed the $10,000-$15,000 estimate.

A note from "The Godfather" author Mario Puzo appealing to Brando to take the starring role garnered $132,000, much more than the anticipated $800-$1,200. And a telegram to Marilyn Monroe when she was hospitalized for depression sold for $36,000. It was predicted to fetch between $300 and $500.

Marlon's daughter, Rebecca Brando, told Reuters she was happy with the way the auction was conducted, but said it was an emotional day for her.

"It is sad ... all these things were part of my childhood," she said.

Proceeds will be split among Brando's nine children, all of whom she said were in favor of the auction.

But Brando biographer Peter Manso said, "I think the whole auction is creepy and I can tell you I'm not the only one who thinks so after spending two days with (Brando's son) Christian."

"The auction borders on complete tastelessness and Brando would never, ever, ever have wanted this," the author of "Brando: The Biography" told Reuters by telephone.

According to Manso, Brando left instructions that his bedroom be sealed with a padlock after his death.

"I can assure you Marlon is turning over in his grave to think that someone has his driver's license."

Even mundane items went for thousands of dollars. At auction, a pair of Brando's California driver's licenses went for $25,000. A collection of credit cards sold for $10,000. And a burrwood coffee table made by Brando garnered $5,500, double the estimate.

A 1959-dated letter from Martin Luther King Jr. asking for Brando's help with the youth march for integrated schools was sold for $11,000, nearly three times its pre-auction estimate.

In addition to the high-rolling professional collectors, many fans showed up to join in the bidding.

Margaret Meyer said she heard about the auction on the radio and flew to New York City from Buffalo at the last minute because she loved Marlon Brando since she was a child.

"He's been my favorite actor since I was 10," said Meyer, who snared a framed set of American Indian beaded necklaces that she said she will either wear or hang on her wall.

New Yorker Joseph Tandet said he came to try to buy something for his cousin, who, he said, had dated Brando, "before he was Marlon Brando."

Brando, regarded as one of the world's greatest actors, launched his career after a stage performance as a swaggering brute in "Streetcar Named Desire." He later immortalized the role in the 1951 screen version.

He won Oscars for "On the Waterfront" in 1954 and "The Godfather" in 1972, and influenced subsequent generations of actors.

The enigmatic actor shunned mainstream Hollywood and advocated environmental and Native American causes. He died in July of lung failure at the age of 80.

His estate, worth just over $20 million, was split among his nine children after he died.

June 29, 2005

Perez on DL after kicking laundry cart

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates put pitcher Oliver Perez on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, two days after he broke his toe while kicking a laundry cart in the clubhouse in St. Louis.

Perez is the second pitcher to be sidelined for an off-the-field fit in recent days. Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers broke a bone in his nonpitching hand when he hit a water cooler after he was pulled from a June 17 game against Washington, and will miss at least his next start.

Perez left Sunday's game against the Cardinals trailing 4-3 after six innings, although the Pirates rallied to win 5-4.

Perez is 6-5 this year, but has struggled with his control. He has a 6.16 ERA and has given up 20 home runs. He allowed just 22 home runs all last season, when he finished 12-10 with a 2.98 ERA.

Outfielder Nate McLouth was called up from Indianapolis to fill Perez's roster spot. McLouth was hitting .306 (78-for-255) with 12 doubles, five home runs and 32 RBI for the Triple-A Indians. He also led the team with 23 stolen bases.

June 24, 2005

Brando's personal effects at auction in NY

NEW YORK - The personal effects of Hollywood legend Marlon Brando -- from his driver's licenses to a fake bloody finger -- go on sale next week in an auction that may provide clues to the life of the private, eccentric actor.

The more than 300 lots in Thursday's auction at Christie's are being sold by Brando's estate and are expected to sell for more than $1 million.

Many of the lots feature scripts, pictures, clothing and other materials from Brando's movies, including 36 pages of Brando's notes on "Mutiny On The Bounty." Also included are a note from "The Godfather" author Mario Puzo appealing to Brando to take the starring role in the movie, a telegram to Marilyn Monroe when she was hospitalized for depression, his old wallets, credit cards and a medical alert tag listing his allergy to penicillin.

Brando biographer Peter Manso called the auction "grossly insensitive."

The actor would be "turning over in his grave" to know that his personal possessions were being put up for sale, the author of "Brando: The Biography" told Reuters.

According to Manso, Brando left instructions that his bedroom be sealed with a padlock after his death, saying, "They will steal the buttons off my shirt."

Other items up for auction include correspondence between Brando and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., "Godfather" director
Francis Ford Coppola, writer Jack Kerouac, singer Joan Baez and actress-singer
Barbra Streisand.

Four Japanese lacquer boxes are filled with jokes and magic tricks, including a fake severed finger. Also up for bid are Brando's garden furniture, books, several wide cotton kimonos and awards he won at summer camp in his youth.

On stage and screen, Brando was known for iconic portrayals of brutish male ego in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and of brooding menace as a Mafia kingpin in "The Godfather."

He lived a lifestyle that intrigued his fans, shunning mainstream Hollywood, advocating environmental and Native American causes and buying an atoll in French Polynesia. When he died in July at the age of 80, Brando left an estate valued at more than $20 million split among nine of his children.

Brando won Oscars for his role in "On the Waterfront" in 1954 and his role in "The Godfather" in 1972.

June 23, 2005

Jennifer Azzi's Fitness Forum: Tamika Catchings

If there is one player I wish I could have played with, it is Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings. Not only is she a great athlete, two-time all-star, but she knows the game inside and out. She will be among the best to have ever played the game. She plays with passion, intensity, and a great consideration for her teammates. She makes everyone around her better. Tamika has all of the skill in the world, but it is her work ethic that sets her apart.

J.A.: How does your fitness level help you on the court?

T.C.: "Obviously, if I was not in shape my performance would go down. You can't just get in shape right before the season. I work out a lot during the off-season to get ready. That way, I don't have to start at the bottom. I work to have a solid base."

What is your favorite cardiovascular workout?

"Swimming is my favorite. I like to do a lot in the pool. If I had to choose where I would do a 45-minute cardio workout, it would definitely be in the pool. I get more of a workout with low impact on my knees. After my knee surgery, I could not run, but in the pool I could run and jump. The pool workouts were crucial to my recovery."

What do you do in the pool?

"It varies. I sometimes do classes to have some organization. Or, I warm-up, run laps, and use the kick board and pull-buoy for a total body workout. I love it!"

What do you do for strength training?

"My strength training differs from the off-season to pre-season, and then in-season. In the off-season, I will lift weights 4 times each week, alternating upper and lower body. As it gets closer to the season, I taper down to let my body recuperate. You can't do the same thing all of the time, or you burn out. I think variety is good for your body. When it gets closer to the season and during the season, I lift my total body 3 times each week."

What do you do when you are not motivated to workout?

"I remember that if I don't do it, someone else will. I get motivated seeing other people, just regular people, out there exercising. When I see them, I tell myself, 'if they can do it, I can do it.' The ultimate motivation is seeing other people overcome obstacles and exercise. One lady at the gym, who was very overweight, totally changed her body. She took the initiative, had a plan, and got herself in shape. She looks amazing. Once I get ready (and put my workout clothes on), I'll do something. I end up pushing myself and I feel like I accomplished something, even if it was not as long as I had planned."

Do you have any tips for our fans?

"Don't make excuses. Make exercise a priority. If you want to do it, you will. I also think working out in the morning is best. I have a hard time with late practices. Plus, if you are working and you have had a bad day, or you are tired, it is easier to skip exercise at the end of the day. It is great to workout even at lunch. Get out walking, and take the stairs if you can. The little things make a big difference. When my brother started working, he had a hard time working out and balancing everything with his family, and his job. Then he started waking up early, running, and working out at the house, doing sit-ups and push-ups before the kids got up. After his workout, he gets the kids set for the day and goes to work. I respect that."

It was fun for me to talk with Tamika. I had no idea she worked out so much in the pool. Clearly her pool workouts have helped her fitness level!

Tamika and I share a similar motivation in seeing other people exercising. When I am having a tough time starting my workout, all I have to do is look out my window and see people running, walking, and biking. These people have no idea that they are speaking to me, saying "Come on! We're doing it, you can do it too!".

You can do anything you set your mind to. Talking care of your self is a top priority. You can swim, walk, jog, bike, hike, or whatever you choose to be active. Tamika and I are both encouraging all of you to go for it!

June 22, 2005


Interesting Facts about the Ballot

Chronologically, the ballot spans from 1927, with the first full-length sound film, THE JAZZ SINGER: "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!" to 2002 and "My precious" from THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS.

CASABLANCA has seven quotes in AFI's ballot, making it the most represented film.

THE WIZARD OF OZ is the second most represented film with six quotes.

Humphrey Bogart has 10 quotes on the ballot, the most represented male actor. Al Pacino and the Marx Brothers follow with six quotes each and Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, James Stewart, Woody Allen and Jack Nicholson are all represented with five quotes each. Funnymen Peter Sellers and Mike Myers each have four quotes represented.

Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, Judy Garland and Vivien Leigh each have four memorable movie quotes on the ballot.

Billy Wilder is the top represented writer with 13 quotes, some co-written with I.A.L. Diamond, Charles Brackett and Raymond Chandler. Frances Ford Coppola has nine quotes represented, with seven coming from THE GODFATHER Trilogy. Mario Puzo, Coppola's collaborator on THE GODFATHER trilogy, has a total of eight quotes. Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch each have seven quotes (all from CASABLANCA), followed by Woody Allen with six and Cameron Crowe, William Goldman and Stanley Kubrick with five quotes each.

1939 is the most represented year with 19 movie quotes. 1942 has 17 quotes and 1980 has 12.

Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse.

You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.

Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.

Here's looking at you, kid.

Go ahead, make my day.

All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.

May the Force be with you.

Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night.

You talking to me?

What we've got here is failure to communicate.

I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

Love means never having to say you're sorry.

The stuff that dreams are made of.

E.T. phone home.

They call me Mister Tibbs!


Made it, Ma! Top of the world!

I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!

Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.

Bond. James Bond.

There's no place like home.

I am big! It's the pictures that got small.

Show me the money!

Why don't you come up sometime and see me?

I'm walking here! I'm walking here!

Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By.'

You can't handle the truth!

I want to be alone.

After all, tomorrow is another day!

Round up the usual suspects.

I'll have what she's having.

You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.

You're gonna need a bigger boat.

Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!

I'll be back.

Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.

If you build it, he will come.

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.

We rob banks.


We'll always have Paris.

I see dead people.

Stella! Hey, Stella!

Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars.

Shane. Shane. Come back!

Well, nobody's perfect.

It's alive! It's alive!

Houston, we have a problem.

You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?

You had me at "hello."

One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know.

There's no crying in baseball!

La-dee-da, la-dee-da.

A boy's best friend is his mother.

Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again.

Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!

Say "hello" to my little friend!

What a dump.

Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

Elementary, my dear Watson.

Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape.

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.

Here's Johnny!

They're here!

Is it safe?

Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!

No wire hangers, ever!

Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?

Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown.

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

Hasta la vista, baby.

Soylent Green is people!

Open the pod bay doors, HAL.

Striker: Surely you can't be serious.

Rumack: I am serious…and don't call me Shirley.

Yo, Adrian!

Hello, gorgeous.

Toga! Toga!

Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.

Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.

My precious.

Attica! Attica!

Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!

Listen to me, mister. You're my knight in shining armor. Don't you forget it. You're going to get back on that horse, and I'm going to be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we're gonna go, go, go!

Tell 'em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper.

A martini. Shaken, not stirred.

Who's on first.

Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac...It's in the hole! It's in the hole! It's in the hole!

Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!

I feel the need - the need for speed!

Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.

Snap out of it!

My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you.

Nobody puts Baby in a corner.

I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!

I'm king of the world!
Hughes to Hepburn Letters to Be Auctioned

DALLAS - Twenty-two telegrams that Howard Hughes sent to Katharine Hepburn during their brief romance in the late 1930s are going on the auction block.

Dallas-based Heritage-Slater Americana is holding the auction of items associated with the reclusive billionaire, whose life of designing and flying planes and producing movies was dramatized in 2004's "The Aviator," directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Hughes.

The auction was to begin Wednesday evening and end Thursday. Included is a telegram that Hughes sent to Hepburn on Jan. 19, 1937 — the day he set a new air record, flying from Burbank, Calif., to Newark, N.J., in seven hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.

The flight was over, and Hughes apparently was running behind schedule to meet Hepburn at Chicago's Ambassador Hotel before she performed in a play.

"Supposed to arrive six something in the afternoon," the Western Union telegram reads. "Probably not in time to see you before the theater so will try to contain myself until eleven thirty, love Dan."

Dan was short for Dynamite, one of several nicknames the two shared, said Michael Riley of Heritage-Slater Americana, a subsidiary of Heritage Galleries.

Riley said the owner of the documents, which include two 1939 handwritten draft telegrams by Hepburn, isn't being identified.

Other items on the auction block include a brown hat with the initials "HRH" that was expected to fetch at least $40,000, Riley said.

"He had so much money, he had so much power," said Riley. "He truly was a legendary aviator. He did incredible things in terms of flying. He led the kind of life a lot of people would like to live."

Hughes died in Houston on April 5, 1976. He was 72 years old.

Italian Town Salutes Sophia Loren

POZZUOLI, Italy - Sophia Loren received the honorary citizenship of her hometown in southern Italy on Wednesday. The film legend broke into tears as she was feted in a ceremony by the local community.

Crowds of locals and photographers greeted Loren, 70, as she arrived for the ceremony in Pozzuoli, just outside Naples.

Dressed in an elegant all-white outfit with a scarf, Loren was presented with a blue band representing honorary citizenship of the seaside town.

"Thank you, thank you, I don't know if I deserve it," the ANSA news agency quoted her as saying.

Loren grew up in the town, visiting its single theater regularly to catch Hollywood movies. During World War II Loren's family were forced to flee to nearby Naples, returning to Pozzuoli when the conflict finished.

Today she lives between Switzerland and the United States.

Antonio Bassolino, governor of the region around Naples, compared Loren to other film divas Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe, but said that Loren had kept her feet on the ground because she had grown up with "strong values."

"She's Neapolitan, she's never given up her family and her contact with daily life," ANSA quoted him as saying.

June 21, 2005

AFI Ranks Top Movie Quotes

Frankly, my dear, even those who have never seen Gone with the Wind can still identify Rhett Butler's final words to Scarlett O'Hara.

The level of instantaneous recognition inspired by Clark Gable's final line to Vivien Leigh--"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn"--led the American Film Institute to deem it number one on its list of the top 100 movie quotes.

The listmakers extraordinaire over at the AFI revealed the latest compilation in their 100 Years series--100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases--in a three-hour CBS television special Tuesday hosted by Pierce Brosnan.

The winning lines were selected by 1,500 jurors from a list of 400 nominees. Voting criteria included a nominated quote's cultural impact on the national lexicon and whether it was used to invoke the legacy of the film in which it appeared.

In close contention for the top spot on the list were two of Marlon Brando's most famous lines--"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse," from 1972's The Godfather and "You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am," from 1954's On the Waterfront--which finished second and third, respectively.

In fourth place was Judy Garland's naive proclamation to her loyal canine in 1939's The Wizard of Oz: "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."

Humphrey Bogart's remark to Ingrid Bergman in 1942's Casablanca, "Here's looking at you, kid," was looking at fifth place on the list, but was one of six quotes overall chosen from the film. Others included Bogart's "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" (20th), "We'll always have Paris" (43rd), "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine" (67), and Bergman's "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By' " (28th).

Gone with the Wind also had multiple entries in the top 100. Leigh's "After all, tomorrow is another day" made the list at number 31, and her "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again" was number 59.

The earliest quote was Al Jolson's "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet," (71st) from 1927's The Jazz Singer. The most recent was Andy Serkis' "My precious," (85th) from 2002's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Numerous sci-fi films inspired list-making quotes, including Harrison Ford's "May the Force be with you" (8th) from 1977's Star Wars, Arnold Schwarzenegger's "I'll be back" (37) from The Terminator and a certain friendly alien's insistence that "E.T. phone home," (15th) from 1982's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

On the lighter side, John Belushi's exclamations of "Toga! Toga!" from 1978's Animal House made the list at number 82, while Cuba Gooding Jr.'s rallying cry of "Show me the money!" from 1996's Jerry Maguire placed 25th on the list.

Then there were the lines that inspired fear in the hearts of all but the most intrepid moviegoers, such as Jack Nicholson's "Here's Johnny!" (68th) from 1980's The Shining, and Haley Joel Osment's "I see dead people," from 1999's The Sixth Sense (44th).

Patrick Swayze's solemn declaration that "Nobody puts Baby in a corner," from 1987's Dirty Dancing squeaked onto the list at number 98 and Margaret Hamilton's witchy vow, "I''ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!" from The Wizard of Oz came in at number 99.

Rounding out the top 100 was Leonardo DiCaprio's passionate shout-out from 1997's Titanic: "I'm king of the world!" (And, please, let that be the last we hear of it.)

The complete list of 100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases can be viewed at www.afi.com.

Here's a rundown of the top 25 most memorable movie quotes as determined by the AFI:

1. "Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn." Gone with the Wind, 1939
2. "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." The Godfather, 1972
3. "You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am." On the Waterfront, 1954
4. "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." The Wizard of Oz, 1939
5. "Here's looking at you, kid." Casablanca, 1942
6. "Go ahead, make my day." Sudden Impact, 1983
7. "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." Sunset Boulevard., 1950
8. "May the Force be with you." Star Wars, 1977
9. "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night." All About Eve, 1950
10. "You talking to me?" Taxi Driver, 1976
11. "What we've got here is failure to communicate." Cool Hand Luke, 1967
12. "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." Apocalypse Now, 1979
13. "Love means never having to say you're sorry." Love Story, 1970
14. "The stuff that dreams are made of." The Maltese Falcon, 1941
15. "E.T. phone home." E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, 1982
16. "They call me Mister Tibbs!" In the Heat of the Night, 1967
17. "Rosebud." Citizen Kane, 1941
18. "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!" White Heat, 1949
19. "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" Network, 1976
20. "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." Casablanca, 1942
21. "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti." The Silence of the Lambs, 1991
22. "Bond. James Bond." Dr. No, 1962
23. "There's no place like home." The Wizard of Oz, 1939
24. "I am big! It's the pictures that got small." Sunset Boulevard, 1950
25. "Show me the money!" Jerry Maguire, 1996
Juliet Mills Is Bewitching on 'Passions'

Juliet Mills made a brief appearance in "In Which We Serve," the World War II film starring her father, John Mills, and written and directed by her godfather, Noel Coward.

"I think I was quite good. I haven't heard stories to the contrary," she says with a gentle laugh.

Maybe her own times on movie sets as a child — usually just visiting "Daddy," but sometimes playing a small role — make her particularly adept at working with younger stars.

In the early '70s, she played Phoebe Figalilly, who brightened the lives of a single dad and his kids in the sitcom "Nanny and the Professor."

Since 1999, she's been displaying a darker side as the witch Tabitha Lenox in NBC's daytime soap "Passions." Tabitha used to cast her spells over the townsfolk of Harmony with the help of Timmy, a living doll played by Josh Ryan Evans. But the 3-foot-2-inch Evans died in 2002 at age 20.

With Timmy gone, Tabitha needed another young accomplice. The magic element in "Passions" allows for anything to happen, so Tabitha — who's 300 years old — got pregnant and gave birth to Endora, also a witch.

"The whole story line was so bizarre. You can't think about these things too much because they don't make a lot of sense," says Mills, who's 63. "But now I have a beautiful little girl to work with."

On the set this day, Tabitha and Endora, played by 2-year-old Nicole Cox, are surveying the dire consequences of their spells getting tangled as they attempted to prevent a neighbor from telling the citizens of Harmony there are witches in their midst. The seismic disaster they cause is the show's major plot line this summer.

Giggles, hugs and candy are exchanged as Mills, gussied up in Tabitha's baubles and beads, reels off the dialogue while expertly keeping the toddler attentive enough to cast a spell right on cue.

Executive producer Lisa de Cazotta says Mills has found "just the right balance" in playing Tabitha, a seemingly "sweet, eccentric" who can "then really zap you."

Mills, who won a prime-time Emmy for her supporting role in the 1974 miniseries "QB VII," was nominated this year for a daytime Emmy but didn't win.

She's doesn't believe in magic, although her mother, writer Mary Hayley Bell, did — "so I think some of Tabitha is based on mummy. She was also quite rude at times, always spoke her mind, and didn't care what people thought!"

Bell and John Mills, who died in April, raised two acting daughters; Juliet's younger sister is Hayley Mills, 59, the child star of the 1960s Disney movies "Pollyanna" and "The Parent Trap."

"One of the last things daddy said to me was `I'm so proud of my family,'" recalls Juliet Mills, "and I do feel there is a legacy from what we learned from him about the business, about life too ... we feel lucky to be in his light. He taught us a great deal about humility and believing how lucky we are to be doing what we love to do and being paid for it."

Mills and her third husband, actor Maxwell Caulfield, 45, celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. He recently finished a two-year stint as a pediatrician on the British soap "Casualty."

"That was pretty hard. It was the first time we had been separated by work like that," says Mills.

But there was an up side — her many trips to England to see Caulfield meant she also got to spend more time with her father in the last years of his life.

Mills and her sister recently returned to Britain for "a bittersweet day" at the Chelsea Flower Show, where a rose was named for their father.

"He was really thrilled about that. He was actually trying to hang on for that date, but he couldn't quite make it," says Mills. "It's a beautiful pink climbing rose with a wonderful fragrance, and we are going to have one in our garden forever."

June 18, 2005

Tamika Update

June 18, 2005 - Mystics 88, Fever 78, 2OT

Tamika Catchings led the Fever (7-4) with 20 points and 15 rebounds. The Mystics led 64-61 after Melvin made 1-of-2 free throws with 42.1 seconds to play in regulation, but Catchings sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer.

June 16, 2005 - Indiana 60, Charlotte 57

Tamika Catchings may be shooting poorly, but she's still making all the big plays for the Indiana Fever.

Catchings scored 12 points, including two free throws with 1.1 seconds left, to lead the Fever to a 60-57 win over the Charlotte Sting on Thursday night.

Trailing by one with 4.3 seconds left, the Sting's Dawn Staley inbounded the ball to Tangela Smith, who dribbled it off her foot. Catchings picked it up, was fouled, and made both free throws.

Charlotte (1-8) had a final chance to tie, but Tully Bevilaqua stole Staley's inbounds pass, preserving the Fever's third straight win.

Catchings, who was 4-of-14 from the field, is shooting just 31 percent this season.

``Certainly I'd like to see Tamika shoot the ball well,'' Fever coach Brian Winters said. ``But last night she didn't shoot it great, and she had 16 boards and eight assists, plays 40 minutes, and we beat Detroit. Tonight she guards people, makes her free throws. She fills up the box score.''

June 15, 2005 - Indiana 84, Detroit 79, OT

Tamika Catchings regained her scoring touch and helped the Indiana Fever to the best start in their six-year history.

Catchings had 20 points and a career high-tying 16 rebounds, for her first double-double of the season, to lead the Fever over the Detroit Shock 84-79 in overtime Wednesday night.

Catchings, who averaged 10.3 points while shooting just 6-for-39 in her last three games, made her first four field goals and added eight assists and six steals. She finished 5-for-14 from the field and 9-of-11 on free throws.

``She had a tremendous game, especially rebounding the ball,'' Indiana coach Brian Winters said of Catchings' effort against a team that went into the game leading the WNBA in rebounding. ``Eight assists and just two turnovers. There was a lot of great performances from a lot of people.''

Catchings had plenty of help as the Fever survived a 32-point performance by the Shock's Deanna Nolan.

Rookie Tan White scored 20 points and fellow reserve Ebony Hoffman added a career-high 16. Hoffman also had seven rebounds, falling one short of her career high, as Indiana (6-3) remained undefeated in five home games and, moved past Detroit (5-3) into second place in the Eastern Conference.

Elaine Powell added 14 points and seven assists for Detroit, which lost to Indiana for the third straight time.

``We played hard enough to win, but we still have some issues to solve as a team,'' Detroit coach Bill Laimbeer said.

With the Fever trailing 71-66 with 1:36 left in regulation, Hoffman hit a turnaround jumper and then fed Catchings for a layup to bring Indiana to within one with 56.5 seconds left. After Catchings blocked a shot by Stacey Thomas, Cheryl Ford missed a pair of free throws for the Shock with 21.4 seconds left.

Kelly Miller hit a 3-pointer to give Indiana a 75-73 edge with 3.4 seconds to go.

``Kelly has been making them all year. She's shooting great,'' Winters said.

Catchings drew a triple-team and passed to Kelly who hit the big shot.

``That's what it takes,'' Winter said.

Detroit tied the game on a short jumper by Chandi Jones as time expired to send the game into overtime.

``It was a broken play, but she came up with the big shot,'' Laimbeer said.

In overtime, Nolan put Detroit ahead for the final time at 79-77 with 2:48 remaining. Following a free throw by Tully Bevilaqua that cut Indiana's deficit back to one, Hoffman grabbed her final rebound and put up a short jump shot to give the Fever an 80-79 edge with 1:46 left.

Indiana sealed the victory as Catchings and Miller each made two free throws in the final 27 seconds.

The Shock hit just 2 of 8 shots from the field in the extra period.

White hit 11 of 13 free throws as the Fever outscored Detroit 25-14 from the line.

``Fouls played a big part, and the whistle just seemed all night not to be in our favor,'' Laimbeer said.

Indiana overcame an early 11-point deficit to lead 40-36 at halftime.

The Fever got back into the game to take its first lead at 21-20 with a 14-2 run. White sparked the run with nine points, including a 3-pointer and six free throws.

``Those are the types of games where you have to figure out if your team has enough poise to win, and we did a lot of awful good things,'' said Winters, who saw his team outrebound Detroit 35-30. ``We switched defenses ... executed our out-of-bounds plays.''

June 10, 2005

U.S. opens military files of Elvis, McQueen, Gable

Pfc. Steve McQueen was confined for being absent without leave, Lt. Clark Gable's cameraman enlisted with him and Pfc. Elvis Presley was a public relations headache for the Army, according to U.S. military documents released on Thursday.

"Elvis Presley will not be released in a manner different from any other inductee serving overseas," the Army's adjutant general wrote to citizens who complained following reports that the rock 'n' roll icon would get an early "good behavior" discharge.

When he entered the Army at Memphis, Tennessee, on March 24, 1958, there was a public outcry from his fans, and protests flowed to Washington, including a hand-written plea released by the National Archives and Records Administration.

"Dear Mamie," one correspondent wrote to then-first lady Mamie Eisenhower. "Will you please, please be so sweet and kind as to ask Ike (President Dwight Eisenhower) to please bring Elvis Presley back to us from the Army. We need him in our entertainment world to make us all laugh."

A 1959 Army memo set out the Presley problem: "When Private First Class Presley was first inducted, there was considerable adverse public reaction ... alleging that he would receive preferential treatment in the Army. This impression has been largely replaced by a public impression of a good soldier serving his military obligation. ... Many teenagers who look up to and emulate Private First Class Presley will ... follow his example in the performance of their military service."


Gable, the star of "Gone With The Wind," enlisted Aug. 12, 1942, six months after his wife, actress Carole Lombard, was killed in a plane crash returning from a war-bond drive. He was described as a "motion picture specialist" and his weekly wage was listed as $7,500.

A movie cameraman, Andrew McIntyre, enlisted along with Gable and trained with him, the documents showed.

"In order to have something definite to describe and some tangible evidence of his experiences, it is proposed that there be enlisted his cameraman to be trained as an aerial gunner also who may make pictures of Gable in various theaters of operations," one Army memo said.

McQueen, who played a rebellious prisoner of war in the film "The Great Escape," was confined for 30 days and fined $90 after being absent without leave from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

McQueen joined the Marines at 17 and worked as a tank driver and mechanic, which the documents indicated may have spurred a lifelong interest in vehicles, especially motorcycles.

He received a commendation for rescuing five Marines in a training accident, and took advantage of military educational benefits to study at the Actors' Studio in New York City.

The archives also released military records on movie legend Humphrey Bogart, U.S. President John F. Kennedy, author Jack Kerouac, aviator Charles Lindbergh, heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis and baseball great Jackie Robinson.

June 07, 2005

American actress Anne Bancroft dies in New York

NEW YORK (- Actress Anne Bancroft, the husky-voiced beauty who rose from an Italian neighborhood in New York to become a Hollywood star immortalized as the seductive Mrs. Robinson in 1967's "The Graduate" has died.

She was 73.

Bancroft died in New York of uterine cancer, John Barlow, a spokesman for Bancroft's husband, comedian and director Mel Brooks, said on Tuesday.

Barlow said the Oscar-winning American actress died on Monday evening at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

Broadway theaters were planning to dim their marquees in her honor before Wednesday's shows.

Born Anna Maria Italiano in 1931 in New York's Bronx borough, she got her start in movies in the 1950s.

She won an Oscar for her 1962 film "The Miracle Worker," where she played Annie Sullivan, the extraordinary teacher to blind, deaf and speechless Helen Keller in the movie directed by Arthur Penn.

Over her long career, she garnered a further four Academy Award nominations for "The Pumpkin Eater" (1964), "The Graduate" (1967), "The Turning Point" (1977), and "Agnes of God" (1985).

She also won two Tony Awards for her work on the Broadway stage, including one for the stage version of "The Miracle Worker" in 1960.


In 1964, she married comedian and director Brooks, whom she met when the struggling comedy writer attended a taping of a Perry Como TV special in which she was singing and dancing.

Bancroft began her acting studies at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts as a 17 year old and found work in the early days of live television.

After being lured to Hollywood by producer Darryl Zanuck and working in more than a dozen largely forgettable features, she returned to New York and became a member of the famed Actors Studio and embraced the "Method" acting popularized by such stars of the day as Marlon Brando.

Directed by Penn, she won a Tony in 1958 starring opposite Henry Fonda in "Two for the Seasaw," and followed that with her star turn in "The Miracle Worker."

She teamed up with Brooks to star in a 1984 remake of the 1942 comedy classic "To Be or Not to Be," by Ernst Lubitsch.

The sultry, dark-haired beauty evinced intelligence, yet might be best remembered for the flash of stockinged leg and cold, calculated seduction of her daughter's boyfriend in "The Graduate." The movie spawned the classic Simon & Garfunkel soundtrack hit "Mrs Robinson."

Director Penn once said of her, "She's made of heavy-duty Bronx material ... a kid off the streets."

Bancroft is survived by Brooks, her son Max Brooks and grandson Henry Michael Brooks.

Actress Anne Bancroft Dies at Age 73

NEW YORK - Anne Bancroft, who won the 1962 best actress Oscar as the teacher of a young Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker" but achieved greater fame as the seductive Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate," has died. She was 73.

She died of uterine cancer on Monday at Mount Sinai Hospital, John Barlow, a spokesman for her husband, Mel Brooks, said Tuesday.

Bancroft was awarded the Tony for creating the role on Broadway of poor-sighted Annie Sullivan, the teacher of the deaf and blind Keller. She repeated her portrayal in the film version.

Yet despite her Academy Award and four other nominations, "The Graduate" overshadowed her other achievements.

Dustin Hoffman delivered the famous line when he realized his girlfriend's mother was coming on to him at her house: "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?"

Bancroft complained to a 2003 interviewer: "I am quite surprised that with all my work, and some of it is very, very good, that nobody talks about `The Miracle Worker.' We're talking about Mrs. Robinson. I understand the world. ... I'm just a little dismayed that people aren't beyond it yet."

Mike Nichols, who directed "The Graduate," called Bancroft a masterful performer.

"Her combination of brains, humor, frankness and sense were unlike any other artist," Nichols said in a statement. "Her beauty was constantly shifting with her roles, and because she was a consummate actress she changed radically for every part."

Patty Duke, who played Keller to Bancroft's Sullivan, said "there aren't superlatives enough" to describe what working with Bancroft was like. "On most nights we performed it felt as if we were one," she said.

Bancroft's beginnings in Hollywood were unimpressive. She was signed by Twentieth Century-Fox in 1952 and given the glamour treatment. She had been acting in television as Anne Marno (her real name: Anna Maria Louise Italiano), but it sounded too ethnic for movies. The studio gave her a choice of names; she picked Bancroft "because it sounded dignified."

After a series of B pictures, she escaped to Broadway in 1958 and won her first Tony opposite Henry Fonda in "Two for the Seesaw." The stage and movie versions of "The Miracle Worker" followed. Her other Academy nominations: "The Pumpkin Eater" (1964); "The Graduate" (1967); "The Turning Point" (1977); "Agnes of God" (1985).

Bancroft became known for her willingness to assume a variety of portrayals. She appeared as Winston Churchill's American mother in TV's "Young Winston"; as Golda Meir in "Golda" onstage; a gypsy woman in the film "Love Potion No. 9"; and a centenarian for the TV version of "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All."

After an unhappy three-year marriage to builder Martin May, Bancroft married comedian-director-producer Brooks in 1964. They met when she was rehearsing a musical number, "Married I Can Always Get," for the Perry Como television show, and a voice from offstage called: "I'm Mel Brooks."

In a 1984 interview she said she told her psychiatrist the next day: "Let's speed this process up — I've met the right man. See, I'd never had so much pleasure being with another human being. I wanted him to enjoy me too. It was that simple." A son, Maximilian, was born in 1972.

Bancroft appeared in three of Brooks' comedies: "Silent Movie," a remake of "To Be or Not to Be" and "Dracula: Dead and Loving It."

She also was the one who suggested that he make a stage musical of his movie "The Producers." She explained that when he was afraid of writing a full-blown musical, including the music, "I sent him to an analyst."

When Bancroft watched Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick rehearse "The Producers," she realized how much she had missed the theater. In 2002 she returned to Broadway for the first time since 1981, appearing in Edward Albee's "Occupant."

She was born Sept. 17, 1931, in the Bronx to Italian immigrant parents. She recalled scrawling "I want to be an actress" on the back fence of her flat when she was 9. Her father derided her ambitions, saying, "Who are we to dream these dreams?" Her mother was the dreamer, encouraging her daughter in 1958 to enroll at the American Academy for Dramatic Arts.

Live television drama was flourishing in New York in the early 1950s, and Bancroft appeared in 50 shows in two years. "It was the greatest school that one could go to," she said in 1997. "You learn to be concentrated and focused."

In mid-career Bancroft attended the Actors Studio to heighten her understanding of the acting craft. Later she studied at the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women at UCLA. In 1980 she directed a feature, "Fatso," starring Dom DeLuise. It received modest attention.

Among her notable portrayals: a potential suicide in "The Slender Thread"; Mary Magdalene in Franco Zeffirelli's miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth"; actress Madge Kindle in "The Elephant Man"; Anthony Hopkins' pen pal in "84 Charing Cross Road"; feminist U.S. senator in "G.I. Jane"; the Miss Havisham role in a modernized "Great Expectations."

Despite all her memorable performances, Bancroft was remembered most for Mrs. Robinson. In 2003 she admitted that nearly everyone discouraged her from undertaking the role "because it was all about sex with a younger man." She viewed the character as having unfulfilled dreams and having been relegated to a conventional life with a conventional husband.

She added: "Film critics said I gave a voice to the fear we all have: that we'll reach a certain point in our lives, look around and realize that all the things we said we'd do and become will never come to be — and that we're ordinary."

June 06, 2005

Monroe Painting, Phone Book Net $150,000

LOS ANGELES - A painting by Marilyn Monroe was auctioned off with her personal phone book with numbers for Frank Sinatra, Jack Benny and scores of other celebrities for more than $150,000.

The 1962 painting by the actress of a red rose was initially inscribed to President Kennedy, but she never gave it to him, said Darren Julien, president and chief executive of Julien's Auctions, which organized Saturday's auction of Monroe memorabilia.

She later wrote a second inscription over the first: "Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe."

The small, brown leather phone book contains hundreds of typed numbers and addresses for everyone from her dry cleaner and doctor to famous friends such as Peter Lawford, Henry Fonda, Desi Arnaz and Jean Kennedy Smith, as well as ex-husbands Joe Dimaggio and Arthur Miller. Five phone numbers are listed for Sinatra.

Her estate sold the phone book for $90,000 to GoldenPalace.com, Julien said. The painting went for $78,000 to collector David Davis, who runs an art gallery in Rhode Island.

June 05, 2005

James Dean attracts new fans 50 years after death

MARION, INDIANA - The secret to James Dean's iconic status is his sly grin. Or at least that's what 16-year-old Sarah Moison-Thomas thinks.

"It's his charm. And the sense that he knows something you don't. That's what's so alluring about him," she gushed as she toured James Dean Fest on Saturday in Dean's birthplace of Marion, Indiana.

Moison-Thomas is far too young to have seen Dean on the big screen. She's only managed to track down one of his three films -- Rebel Without a Cause -- on DVD. But that hasn't stopped her from plastering her Lafayette, Indiana bedroom with posters of Dean's captivating smile.

And like a surprising number of her generation, Moison-Thomas is planning on buying the new box set of Dean's films that has just been released ahead of a slew of events set to mark the 50th anniversary of his death on September 30, 1955.

The fanfare is a bit surprising to Bob Middleton, 77, a childhood friend of Dean's who remembers the angst-ridden movie star as "a teenaged kid who was very likable, no trouble of any kind, just like the rest of us Fairmont boys."

Middleton, who was a pallbearer at Dean's funeral, thought that Dean's fame would fade like so many of the Hollywood legends of old. Instead, Dean became a symbol of youthful rebellion and counter-culture cool.

"James Dean gave teenagers who felt alienated from the adult world a voice," explained biographer George Perry as he signed books in a tent at the festival.

With his roles as a moody youth desperately struggling to define himself while yearning for the love of a distant parent, Dean became the archetypal rebel at a time when conformity was the norm and obedience was required.

"He still represents something special to young people," Perry said.

That's partly because of the timelessness of Dean's look: jeans and a black cable knit sweater or cowboy boots under a black suit -- as hip now as they were in 1955.

But it's also because Dean died at the age of 24, long before he'd had the opportunity to fade, or to fail.

Dean starred in Oscar-winning films -- East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant -- and worked with the top directors of his time. He also had just over a year to enjoy his fame before he was killed while driving his Porsche Spyder 550 through the California countryside.

"There's a very romantic thing about dying young. That's how you become a legend," said Earl Holliman, who appeared in Giant. "It's a different world out there today. Let's hope there would have been room for Jimmy."

June 02, 2005

James Dean's Star Shines 50 Years Later

FAIRMOUNT, Ind. - Red lipstick kisses are sun-baked into James Dean's pink granite gravestone, testifying to the enduring allure of the man who, 50 years after his death, remains a symbol of rebellious, misunderstood youth.

Frozen in time by death — forever handsome, sullen and projecting a cool nonchalance — Dean is winning new fans with his legacy of cinematic magic, sex appeal and tragedy.

His three big films have been digitally restored and were released Tuesday as a DVD box set. Film crews from around the world are visiting his hometown for documentaries.

And starting Friday, up to 100,000 people — including Martin Sheen and Dennis Hopper — are expected to converge on Marion, Ind., his birthplace, for a three-day festival featuring outdoor screenings of "East of Eden," "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Giant" on a huge screen at Marion's airport.

The former Indiana farm boy's lasting appeal stems in part from the era in which he made his big, but brief, splash, said San Francisco-based film historian David Thomson.

Dean arrived on the silver screen as teenagers were searching for unorthodox heroes in the conformist Eisenhower era.

His acting style, fresh and filled with angst, was new and revealed a deep talent, Thomson said. And by dying young — at 24 — Dean never experienced the ravages of age and weight gain like peers Marlon Brando and Elvis Presley.

"Dean is absolutely at his peak — forever. He was already immortal before most of us saw him and that's part of the fascination," Thomson said. "Everyone's got their own notion of what would have happened to James Dean if he had not died."

Dean was 9 years old and living with his parents in California when his mother died of cancer in 1940. His father sent him to live with an aunt and uncle on their farm in Fairmount, about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Dean's cousin, 61-year-old Marcus Winslow Jr., said the man he regarded as an older brother grew up in a loving Quaker home but was moody at times, haunted by his mother's death. He loved working on and racing motorcycles and was artistic, with a talent for painting, sculpting and acting in high school plays.

By the time he left Fairmount, Dean was confident in his acting abilities, Winslow said.

"He wanted to reach the top of his field just a fast as he possibly could. And he did, through a lot of hard work," said Winslow, Dean's primary heir.

After graduating from Fairmount High School in 1949, Dean headed west to California, attending UCLA before moving to New York, where he was accepted into the prestigious Actors Studio. He had several roles on television and on Broadway before landing his first starring film role, in "East of Eden."

"Rebel" followed and filming for "Giant" had just wrapped when a station wagon collided with Dean's silver Porsche Spyder near rural Cholame, Calif., on Sept. 30, 1955. He died instantly, and Fairmount was soon besieged by a wave of grieving fans.

They still come to the town of 3,000, which has several sites, stores and a museum dedicated to its favorite son. Businesses there flourish during an annual fall festival that features a Dean look-alike contest and a classic car show.

His legacy extends well beyond Indiana. Forbes magazine last fall listed the actor 15th among 22 deceased celebrities who earned more than $5 million in 2003.

Mark Roesler, chairman of Indianapolis-based CMG Worldwide Inc., which licenses the names and images of celebrities, said the company has contracts with more than 200 companies that market about 1,500 products with Dean's name or image.

The James Dean Fest, which runs Friday to Sunday, will give fans a chance to embrace his legacy — and even buy a house in Fairmount where he once lived. It will be auctioned Saturday.

Visitors from as far away as Japan and Australia are expected to join Hopper (who co-starred with Dean in "Giant" and "Rebel") and Sheen, who will introduce a documentary he narrated called "James Dean: Forever Young" that details Dean's pre-Hollywood work on nearly 40 TV programs.

Three years ago, 56-year-old Pam Crawford of Little Rock, Ark., became president of the James Dean Remembered International Fan Club, which has about 400 members — twice the number when she took over — from 20 countries.

She said Dean was so appealing because "he just seemed to be saying, `Why should I have to do something because everyone else is doing it a certain way?' ...

"He kind of freed us to be ourselves because he came along at a time when everyone was very conventional. He barely combed his hair and he wore whatever he pleased, but he still looked extraordinarily good."
Fever Holds on for 61-60 Win Over Monarchs

INDIANAPOLIS - Rookie guard Yolanda Paige, shooting free throws for an injured teammate, made one of two shots as the Indiana Fever held on for a 61-60 victory over the Sacramento Monarchs on Wednesday night.

Tully Bevilaqua was fouled hard by Ticha Penicheiro as she drove for a fast-break layup with 52.4 seconds to play and the score tied 60-60.

When Bevilaqua was taken to the training room with an apparent knee sprain, Monarchs coach John Whisenant was allowed to pick any Fever player to shoot the free throws. He chose Paige, but she made one shot.

"I didn't think they were going to pick me, so I went back and sat down," said Paige, who played just eight minutes and scored the one point.

She said coach Brian Winters made her nervous by telling her what offense to run if the Fever got the ball and what defense to use if it didn't.

"Not to be rude, coach, but I'm trying to focus," she said she was thinking.

Teammate Tamika Catchings, who scored 18 points, told her not to worry about Winters' instructions and just shoot the free throws.

"I missed the first one, which I thought I would make," Paige said. "I prayed for the second one to go in."

Both teams had possessions as time wound down, but came up empty. Penicheiro struggled all night, missing a late shot and going just 1-for-8 from the floor.

The Fever (4-1) are off to their best start. Reserve rookie guard Tan White added 17 points.

"Yolanda made one big free throw, and down at the end, we made stops," Winters said. "When you can do that under duress, it bodes well for you down the road."

DeMya Walker scored 12 points, and Yolanda Griffith and Kristin Haynie had 10 each for the Monarchs (3-1).

"We wanted this one, but we'll take 3-1," Whisenant said. "The turnovers were the keys to our loss. Give Indiana some of the credit for the pressure."

The teams combined for just 11 points over the final seven minutes.