Hollywood's Stephen Papich dead at 80

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Hollywood choreographer, producer and author Stephen Papich has died in his Los Angeles home at age 80.

Insurance company blames museum for theft

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minn., is caught up in a lawsuit over the theft of a pair of ruby slippers Garland wore in "The Wizard of Oz."

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 27, the 270th day of 2005 with 95 to follow.
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H'wood producer Sid Luft dead at 89

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Hollywood producer and Judy Garland's third husband, Sid Luft, has died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 89.

Palmer House Hilton sold for $230M

CHICAGO, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Chicago's legendary Palmer House Hilton, chosen by presidents from Ulysses S. Grant to Bill Clinton, is changing hands for $230 million.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2005 with 192 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Friday, June 10, the 161st day of 2005 with 204 to follow.
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'Wizard of Oz' dress fetches $266,000

LONDON, April 27 (UPI) -- An unidentified buyer paid $266,000 at a London auction for the blue and white gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz."

The Muppets star in 'Wizard of Oz'

NEW YORK, April 19 (UPI) -- The Muppets are backed by singer Ashanti as Dorothy and Queen Latifah as Auntie Em in a fresh take on the Wizard of Oz, the New York Post reported.

Judy Garland dress to go on auction

LONDON, April 13 (UPI) -- London's Bonhams auction house plans to offer a blue and white gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz."

Va. lawmakers OK gay adoption check

RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Virginia lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a bill that would require the state to ask applicants in adoption screenings whether they are gay.

Grammys honor 20 artists, tunes

NEW YORK, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Twenty songs ranging from Ray Charles' "America the Beautiful" to the Rolling Stones' "Let it Bleed" are being added to the Grammy Hall of Fame.

London auction has Oz magic

LONDON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- British shoppers interested in that second-hand gingham dress going on auction had best bring lots of cash for it's been over the rainbow.

Skitch Henderson gets Smithsonian honor

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Skitch Henderson, founder and director of the New York Pops orchestra, has been named winner of the Smithsonian's 2005 James Smithson Bicentennial Medal. The honor will be bestowed on Henderson, 86, on Jan. 29 at a ceremony at the National Museum of Natur

Liza Minnelli hospitalized after fall

NEW YORK, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Singer Liza Minnelli was hospitalized after she fell out of bed and hit her head at her New York home.

Joan Collins took drugs to lose weight

LONDON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. film studio doctor reportedly prescribed amphetamines to Joan Collins when she first arrived in Hollywood to help the British actress lose weight.

Kimberly Locke begins U.S. tour

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Kimberley Locke, who had the hit single "Eight World Wonder," began her first U.S. concert tour, "One Love Live," in West Springfield, Mass.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Sept. 27, the 271st day of 2004 with 95 to follow.
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Winners at 56th Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A list of winners at the 56th Prime Time Emmy Awards.

Norah Jones feels more comfortable onstage

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Norah Jones, who has sold 20 million albums, admits her stage show often was boring, a fact the Grammy winner blames on her onstage inexperience. Jones however, now says she's finally getting more comfortable in front of an audience after her European tou

Nominees for 56th Prime Time Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES, July 15 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 56th Prime Time Emmy Awards, which were announced Thursday in Los Angeles:

Analysis: AFI song list shows diversity

LOS ANGELES, June 23 (UPI) -- The American Film Institute's newest list of 100 great examples of the best in U.S. cinema illustrates the American culture's wide diversity of musical styles a
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, June 22, the first full day of summer, the 174th day of 2004 with 192 to follow.
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AFI set to name top 100 movie songs

LOS ANGELES, June 21 (UPI) -- The American Film Institute is about to announce its newest list of great moments in U.S. film history -- the 100 greatest songs ever sung in movies -- giving A
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Analysis: Reagan in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (UPI) -- Although he never achieved major stardom in Hollywood, Ronald Reagan nevertheless left his impression on the entertainment industry as a two-time president of t
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter
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