Unmasking The Phantom Director


Warner Bros, was left in the lurch when Joel Schumacher dropped out as director of the screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera.” Schumacher rebelled, said sources, because…

Don Becker


Don Becker, 83, longtime soap opera writer, died Oct. 18 in Cocoa Beach, Fla., of cancer. With Carl Bixby, Becker wrote the radio soap “Life Can Be Beautiful,” which ran for 17 years. It went off the…

Gene Tierney


Gene Tierney, 70, the beautiful but troubled actress who starred in such 1940s films as “Heaven Can Wait,” “Laura,” “Leave Her to Heaven” and “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir,” died Nov. 6 in Houston. She…

Missing Persons Corner


NAME: David McClintick DESCRIPTION: Author of “Indecent Exposure” LAST SEEN: Chronicling Columbia boardroom power struggle When Hollywood insider books are published, they usually try to compare…

Manager Willard Remembered


Emotional tributes were offered Nov. 6 to Charles Willard, a beloved backstage figure who died in a boating accident in Lake Placid, N.Y., Aug. 11. At the packed Helen Hayes Theater, Willard, a…

Donald Churchill


Donald Churchill, 60, actor and playwright whose output usually concerned the comic side of matrimony, died Oct. 29 in Fuengirola, Spain, apparently of a heart attack. Churchill was in Spain filming…

Irwin Allen


Irwin Allen, 75, the flamboyant film and TV producer-director whose name became synonymous with disaster movies in the 1970s, died Nov. 2 in Santa Monica, Calif., after suffering a heart attack at…

News Reigns In Holland


Sunday night is TV night in Holland. Six of the week’s top 10 shows are screened in primetime, which is the focus of increasing competition between pub nets Nederland 1,2 and 3 and Luxembourg-based…

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