Interview of the week: Tony Curtis

NEWTON, N.J., March 28 (UPI) -- As his 77th birthday nears, Hollywood legend Tony Curtis has no plans to retire from show business. In fact, the Bronx, N.Y., native and star of nearly 120 film

Pneumonia kills Hollywood director Wilder

, March 29 (UPI) -- Billy Wilder, Oscar-winning director and screen writer, died of pneumonia Thursday at 95.

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BILLY WILDER DIES The filmmaker responsible for such gems as "Double Indemnity," "Sunset Boulevard," "The Seven Year Itch" and "The Apartment" has died.
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Billy Wilder dead at 95

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., March 28 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning director Billy Wilder died Wednesday night of pneumonia at his home in Beverly Hills, according to Variety. He was 95.

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BOX OFFICE The opening of Mel Gibson's Vietnam War action/drama "We Were Soldiers" easily led the nation's box office with an estimated $20.2 million at 3,143 theaters during the Friday-Sunday period, studio sources said.
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The Almanac

Today is Friday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2002 with 326 to follow. The moon is waning, moving toward its new phase.
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Scott's World -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Robert Redford belongs to that small group of superstars who have never won an Oscar for their acting achievements.
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Scott's World

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The evil terrorist attack of Sept. 11 marked that date 2001 among the greatest tragedies of American history.
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Hot gift for the cool holidays

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- To celebrate Billy Wilder's 95th birthday, Taschen publishers has created a splendid homage to "Some Like it Hot," the movie voted Best Comedy of the Century by

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Tom Hanks to receive AFI lifetime award

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The American Film Institute has announced that it will present its life achievement award to two-time Oscar-winning actor-director Tom Hanks.
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Jack Lemmon
WAX2001062803 - 28 JUNE 2001 - WASHINGTON, DC, USA: Veteran actor Jack Lemmon, shown here in this 1997 file photo, died last night last night due to complications of cancer at the age of 76. Lemmon, a two time Oscar winner, Emmy winner and avid golfer passed away at the University of Southern California's Norris Cancer Center in Los Angeles, California. cc/file photo UPI . .

John Uhler "Jack" Lemmon III (February 8, 1925 – June 27, 2001) was an American actor and musician. He starred in more than 60 films including Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Mister Roberts (for which he won the 1955 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award), Days of Wine and Roses, The Great Race, Irma la Douce, The Odd Couple, Save the Tiger (for which he won the 1973 Best Actor Academy Award), The Out-of-Towners, The China Syndrome, Missing (for which he won 'Best Actor' at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival), Glengarry Glen Ross, Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men.

Lemmon was born in an elevator at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. He was the only child of Mildred Burgess LaRue (née Noel) and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., who was the president of a doughnut company. Lemmon attended John Ward Elementary School in Newton and The Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts. He later revealed that he knew he wanted to be an actor from the age of eight. Lemmon attended Phillips Academy (Class of 1943) and Harvard University (Class of 1947) where he lived in Adams House and was an active member of several Drama Clubs - becoming president of the Hasty Pudding Club - as well as a member of the Delphic Club for Gentleman, a final club at Harvard. After Harvard, Lemmon joined the Navy, receiving V-12 training and serving as an ensign. On being discharged, he took up acting professionally, working on radio, television and Broadway. He studied acting under Uta Hagen. He also became enamored of the piano and learned to play it on his own. He could also play the harmonica, organ, and the double bass.

Lemmon's film debut was a bit part as a plasterer/painter in the 1949 film The Lady Takes a Sailor but he was not noticed until his official debut opposite Judy Holliday in the 1954 comedy It Should Happen to You. Lemmon worked with many legendary leading ladies, among them Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood, Betty Grable, Janet Leigh, Shirley MacLaine, Romy Schneider, Doris Day, Kim Novak, Judy Holliday, Rita Hayworth, June Allyson, Virna Lisi, Ann Margret, Sophia Loren and many more. He was also close friends with Tony Curtis, Ernie Kovacs, Walter Matthau and Kevin Spacey. He made two films with Curtis, three films with Kovacs (Operation Mad Ball, Bell, Book, and Candle, and It Happened to Jane), and eleven with Matthau.

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