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Nora Dunfee

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Actress and vocal coach Nora Dunfee, who played the Southern lady at the bus stop who sympathetically advised Tom Hanks in “Forrest Gump,” died Dec. 23 in Manhattan after a brief illness. She was 78…

Cantonese Take Out

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It was bad enough when “Jurassic Park’s” dinosaurs trampled over Hong Kong stalwarts to become the all-time box office champ of the territory in 1993. But when Keanu Reeves outdistanced Jackie Chan…

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Sometimes On Sunday

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The longest-running show in town – excluding, of course, “The Mousetrap” – must be the ongoing issue of Sunday matinees, which raises its head every so often only to go underground for another few…

H’wood Tries To Think Small

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The new corporate mantra among studio executives these days is that austerity begins at home. Studios are looking for ways to fight soaring costs on film sets while indies are realizing big profits…

Kathleen Tynan

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Kathleen Tynan, who gained widespread acclaim for a biography of her late husband, drama critic Kenneth Tynan, died Jan. 10 of cancer. She was 57. Her husband, who died in 1980, was London’s most…

Frances E. Williams

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Frances E. Williams, an actress and producer who championed black theater in Los Angeles for more than 70 years, died Jan. 2 in L.A. of complications from a stroke suffered in September. She was 89…

Slavic Unity

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There’s something particularly stirring about a play reaching an audience in symbiotic empathy – which was exactly the case last month at a Saturday matinee of Tony Kushner’s “Slavs!” at the…

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