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Veronica Cooper Converse

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Veronica Cooper Converse, widow of Gary Cooper, died in her sleep Feb. 18 in her New York home. She was 87. Nicknamed “Rocky” during her marriage to the actor, she was known as a devoted wife, hostess and sportswoman. During the 1930s, she was California State Woman’s Skeet Champion as well as an active golfer,… Read more »

Imax ready to rock

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Imax Corp. announced Monday it has started production on “All Access,” a giant-screen rock concert film with performances by Carlos Santana, B.B. King, Sting, Macy Gray, Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock.

Duffell bags kiosks

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The man who helped guide the Virgin Megastore chain to music retail success has signed his first major retail pact for the digital distribution of recorded music.

TW, AOL stocks up

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It’s been a rocky six weeks for Time Warner and America Online as Wall Street has struggled to assess the value of the combined companies, but analysts are beginning to prop up the sagging stocks, which are well off their high points for the last year.

German giant snags Stella

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German live entertainment giant Deutsche Entertainment (DEAG) has taken over ailing rival stage musical promoter Stella.

Discovery People fades out

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Discovery People, the former CBS Eye on People, which Discovery Communications acquired over a year ago, will go off the air sometime this year, the company confirmed.

Olgita DeCastro

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Olgita DeCastro, who performed and recorded with DeCastro Sisters for over 30 years, died Feb. 14 at her home in Las Vegas following an asthma attack. She was 64. A native of Los Angeles and cousin of the sisters, the singer joined their act during the 1960s as an occasional substitute when one of the… Read more »

Leonard Goldenson memorial

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A memorial service will be held on March 7 for Leonard Goldenson, the co-founder of ABC who died Dec. 27. The service will be held at 11 a.m. on March 7 at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in the Leonard H. Goldenson Theater, 5220 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood 91601.

Louis Pelletier

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Screenwriter Louis Pelletier, who wrote such Disney family films as “Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit” as well as TV shows and more than 500 episodes of the radio show “The FBI in Peace and War,” died Feb. 11 in his sleep at his home near Santa Monica. He was 93. Pelletier wrote television shows… Read more »

Doris Kenner-Jackson

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Doris Kenner-Jackson of the Shirelles — whose early ’60s hits included “Soldier Boy,” “Tonight’s The Night,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “Baby, It’s You,” among others — died Feb. 4 in Sacramento of breast cancer. She was 58. The Shirelles, composed of Jackson, Shirley Alston Reeves, Beverly Lee and the late Addie “Micki” Harris,… Read more »

World Briefs

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GERMANY Animation outfit BKN Intl., the German subsidiary of U.S. company BKN, is going public on March 9. The Cologne-based company will be listed on Frankfurt’s Neuer Markt index, Germany’s version of the Nasdaq. The book-building phase runs through March 7 with share prices at between 22 and 25 euros ($22-$25). The TV toon producer… Read more »