López Cobos held several music director positions at leading orchestras throughout a long and successful career. He was the Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra from 1986 to 2001, making several highly-regarded recordings for Telarc, and later became their Conductor Emeritus. López Cobos was also General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin from 1981 to 1990, Music Director of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra from 1991 to 2000 and Music Director of the Teatro Real in Madrid from 2003 to 2010.
“We did three movies [in the five years] when we lived together. … I made 10 or 11 movies after that, too, as an actor and director. We had an incredibly deep and wonderful friendship in this time. … We quarreled, sure, but we became friends again very quickly, too. But when we quarreled, we really quarreled. He was surprised, because I seemed so timid and quiet, but I was his equal in these arguments.”
It’s not just that she was adept in musicals, difficult dramatic roles, and comedy alike, or that she made movies in five languages. It’s not even that she was the first actress in Bollywood to demand, and get, billing and pay equal to those of male stars. She hugely expanded the types of heroine (and anti-heroine) that Bollywood actresses could play, and that their audiences would accept.
In 1919, she co-founded United Artists with movie pioneers Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith and Douglas Fairbanks (whom she married the next year). The goal was to make and distribute their own films, and then rake in the profits. They built a big office building in Los Angeles (today it’s an Ace Hotel), and the adjacent theater — ornate, Spanish Gothic, with murals, sculptures and lobby fountains — was for showing their films.
Parton began the Imagination Library in 1996 in Sevier County, Tennessee, where she was raised. Children whose families sign up are posted free books, funded via charitable giving.
The celebrated Native American author “issued a statement Wednesday acknowledging that he’s hurt people over the years, addressing for the first time anonymous accusations of sexual harassment against him that have swirled on the internet for days. In breaking his silence, however, Alexie said he rejected ‘the accusations, insinuations, and outright falsehoods’ made by another writer who, while not accusing him of sexually harassing her, ‘has led charges against me,’ he said.”
“As a principal dancer with City Ballet in the late 1970s and ’80s, Mr. Lavery was described as a workhorse and, in his best performances, a wonder.” In 1986, aged only 30, he developed a spinal tumor that forced him to retire; after his recovery, he spent years as a teacher and administrator at the company.
Eliza Vincz, a historian specializing in 18th-century fashion and politics, had arrived at the museum to participate in a “Fashion and Beauty Tour” led by Shady Ladies Tours founder Andrew Lear, an art historian and scholar. She was wearing a gown of blue silk taffeta and silk organza in the style of dresses worn around 1765–1775, as found in portraits from that era (and somewhat similar to a dress from that period in the Met’s permanent collection). But as the group entered the museum, a security guard took exception to Vincz’s conspicuous couture.
Earlier in February, at least five anonymous commenters alleged sexual misconduct against Alexie in the comments of a School Library Journal articleabout sexual harassment in children’s publishing. While the article didn’t name Alexie, in the Pacific Standard, writer David Perry linked to the article and wrote that Alexie “has been accused of sexual abuse by at least five women.”
Reporter Alexis Soloski meets Lauren Ambrose, whom Sher cast (over many more famous performers) as Eliza Doolittle in the upcoming Broadway My Fair Lady – and who, quite deliberately, “has always skirted celebrity.”
“The will, signed on February 11, 2016, eight days before her death, directed that the bulk of her assets, including her literary properties, be transferred into a trust she formed in 2011. Trust documents are private.” (Indeed, the Times had to sue just to get the will unsealed.) The executor of the will is also the head of the trust and the late author’s final attorney: the controversial, mysterious, secretive Tonja P. Carter.
Among the 40 films he helmed were several World War II epics; Alfie, which earned five Oscar nominations and made a star of Michael Caine; the Bond titles You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Moonraker; and Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine.
The foundation said on its website Tuesday that its trustees have concluded the work of the foundation “is no longer viable.” The foundation helped identify young artists and provide them with training and resources as they developed careers.
The director of Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma and other films had finished shooting the first of two comedy specials at a club near Los Angeles when he suffered a “widow-maker” coronary, with one artery fully blocked.
On stage, she starred in High Button Shoes, Make a Wish, and Love Life (for which she won a Tony). On the big screen, she’s remembered for Vincente Minnelli’s MGM musical The Band Wagon (she was one of those bratty baby triplets). But television was where she made her biggest mark – costarring with Sid Caesar in sketch comedy (for which she won three Emmys), playing the mothers of the lead characters in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and One Day at a Time, and appearing on countless variety and game shows, from Ed Sullivan to Carol Burnett and Hollywood Squares to Match Game.
“In her books” – among them Sex Tips for Girls and If You Can’t Live Without Me, Why Aren’t You Dead Yet? – “and columns, Ms. Heimel wrote about bad boys, bad dates, bad sex and bad birth control, with the occasional reminiscence of blissed-out pleasure thrown in. ‘God protects drunks, infants and feisty girls,’ she once observed, and in a tumultuous, three-decade writing career, she was feistier than most.”
Greer, who published two volumes on lute songs and a new edition of John Dowland’s music,”was never happier than when working with old manuscripts and printed sources; he developed an extensive knowledge of these sources, their provenances and their locations.”
The daughter of a prosperous Black family from Alabama became a force for the arts in Washington, D.C. She “was a voracious collector and champion of African and African-American artists, including Jacob Lawrence, Kara Walker, El Anatsui, Kerry James Marshall and Kehinde Wiley, [and] … she amassed one of the country’s largest private collections of African-American art.”
Her daffy, loopy Alice on the long-running “Vicar of Dibley” came from very hard work. “Chambers would go over every line to make sure she got the rhythm and the tone of the lunatic she was playing, says Paul Mayhew-Archer, co-writer of the Vicar of Dibley. He told BBC Radio 5 live that despite most comedy series having an idiot, ‘she made Alice a completely unique, very special idiot.'”
She began working at age four and starred in “Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films before debuting in Hindi films. Her success led to other regional actresses like Jaya Prada to follow her to Bollywood.”
In Germany, where academic philosophers still equate dryness with seriousness, Peter Sloterdijk has a near-monopoly on irreverence. This is an important element of his wide appeal, as is his eagerness to offer an opinion on absolutely anything—from psychoanalysis to finance, Islam to Soviet modernism, the ozone layer to Neanderthal sexuality. An essay on anger can suddenly plunge into a history of smiling; a meditation on America may veer into a history of frivolity. His magnum opus, the “Spheres” trilogy, nearly three thousand pages long, includes a rhapsodic excursus on rituals of human-placenta disposal. He is almost farcically productive.
Hannah Arendt: “I met Auden late in his life and mine – at an age when the easy, knowledgeable intimacy of friendships formed in one’s youth can no longer be attained, because not enough life is left, or expected to be left, to share with another. Thus, we were very good friends but not intimate friends. Moreover, there was a reserve in him that discouraged familiarity – not that I tested it, ever.”
“We should fear Grant Wood,” noted art critic Gertrude Stein once wrote. “Every artist and every school of artists should be afraid of him, for his devastating satire.” Novelist Jane Smiley travels to the places in Iowa where the painter of American Gothic (and much more) lived and worked – and writes about some of the things Wood wanted to hide.
If you don’t know him from his old pieces for NPR’s All Things Considered or as a panelist on Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, you’ve surely heard his voice on ads for Motel 6, a gig he’s had for more than 30 years. And that’s hardly all he does. “There were a number of years where people thought I owned the motel chain – there’s still some of that – and that left some people confused as to what I thought I was doing publishing books and voicing cartoons.” Let alone carpentry.
“Giorgio Vasari has been variously called the father of art history, the inventor of artistic biography, and the author of ‘the Bible of the Italian Renaissance’ – a little book called The Lives of the Artists. It’s a touchstone for scholars looking to get a peek at life in Michelangelo’s day, and quite fun, too, depending on whose wildly embellished life you’re reading. Ingrid Rowland joins us on the [Smarty Pants] podcast to tell the story of the man behind the men of the Renaissance that we know so well – and, of course, to gossip a bit about Florentine egos, and even a few naughty monkeys.”
“A tall, bearded, Falstaffian figure, he had a commanding presence and a voice of depth and authority that could seemingly carry the length of a football pitch with minimal effort. … As Wotan in Wagner’s Die Walküre he could out-sing a bank of roaring tubas.”
“Appearing before a live audience again, she says she felt no more nervous than she had before any performance from decades earlier – which is to say, she was terrified. ‘You can go onto that stage every night, and it’s always the equivalent of going onto the topmost diving board, and you don’t know if there’s any water in the pool. Every time I say, ‘Yes, I’ll do it,’ I think, ‘My God I don’t know how to do it. I can’t do it.’ We are sadomasochists as well as being brave, actors, and we torment ourselves.'”
“While Lockwood acknowledged [Stéphane] Grappelli as his hero, he by no means limited himself to the elder violinist’s ‘gypsy jazz’ milieu. Lockwood was already a rock star by the time he met Grappelli – a veteran of the progressive band Magma – and would proceed from his tutelage to a career heavily identified with jazz fusion. In addition, Lockwood was a composer of violin concertos as well as two operas, and created a musical with his first wife, singer Caroline Casadesus.”
The man, who was attending the museum’s after-hours ugly-sweater party on Dec. 21, entered the terra-cotta warrior exhibition room and used his cellphone’s flashlight to view the displays. Then, according to an affidavit by Jacob B. Archer, an F.B.I. special agent, the man put his arm around the statue and took a selfie. The authorities said the man, later identified as Michael Rohana, then went for a more permanent memento.
Bennett Jr., whose best-known book was Before the Mayflower, “was both lyrical and outspoken in his writing, arguing that the history of black people in the United States had been ignored or told only through a white filter.”