Shirley Temple Black has died at age 85.
The beloved child star of films like “Bright Eyes,” “Curly Top” and “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm,” she was Hollywood’s reigning box-office champion from 1935 to 1938.
After she retired from acting, she went on to a career in diplomacy, with posts that included ambassadorships to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
She died at her home in Northern California.
Photo: Temple with Eddie Cantor during a celebration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s birthday in 1937. Credit: UCLA Library / Los Angeles Times
Salvation Mountain’s creator passes away
Leonard Knight, who spent three decades working on the folk-art monument to his Christian faith in California’s Imperial Valley, died today at age 82.
“I started this mountain with $3 and I was only going to build something eight to 10 foot tall,” Knight told reporter Tony Perry in 1993. “People came and said there was old paint and cement at the dump, and I said, ‘Well, sir, if you bring it, I’ll pound it with a sledgehammer’ and make the mountain bigger. That’s what has happened.”
First and fourth photos: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times. Second and third photos: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times
Pharrell Williams sat down to talk with L.A. Times entertainment writer Mikael Wood today about his Oscar-nominated original song “Happy,” his performance with Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder at the Grammys and more.
He also answered questions from viewers. Williams said he is a big fan of the homemade lip-sync versions of “Happy” that are a You Tube sensation: “They’ve been amazing. What better way to spread that sentiment than for people to take the song on and make it their own.”
California’s calamitous drought drags on
It’s dry in California - historically dry. Water is in short supply, the air is noticeably without moisture, farms are parched and just look at the photo above of the state’s dwindling snow cover. It pretty much speaks for itself.
Meanwhile, various interests are turning to the political realm to try and ensure they get theirs when it comes to H2O.
And the drought has been particularly harsh on agriculture:
Ranchers have begun liquidating herds. Growers are considering tearing out thirsty tree crops such as nut orchards and citrus groves. And tens of thousands of additional acres of prime California soil could go unplanted if farmers don’t get enough water to irrigate them.
Read more on the drought’s effect on California here.
Photos: David McNew / Getty Images, Frederic J. Brown / Associated Press, NOAA, Randall Benton / Los Angeles Times
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Before July 2005, when Russia bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi was one of the country’s largest resort towns, sitting on the Black Sea just 27 miles north of Georgia. These DigitalGlobe satellite images provided to TIME—snapped between April 2005 and January 2014—show what happens when $50 billion is suddenly invested to transform into an Olympic host city.
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Times readers are sharing their memories of Beatlemania ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s first performance on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” Feb. 9, 1964.
Are you still hoarse from all that screaming? Tell us.
Photo: A Los Angeles Beatles fan in 1964. This photo ran in The Times on Aug. 24, 1964. Credit: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library
And since almost everyone has a favorite Beatles song, reblog with yours!
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A daredevil in golfing attire traipses along a steel beam high above the street during construction of the Los Angeles City Hall, 1927. The Hall of Justice and the old courthouse can be seen in the background.
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Gentrification forcing some L.A. gangs to commute to their turf
Los Angeles’ Echo Park, once a familiar stomping ground for the area’s gangs, has recently been hit with a wave of gentrification, with boutiques, coffee shops and rent increases displacing gang members.
Pushed out by this activity, many have been commuting to their turf only on the weekends, rapidly diminishing gang activity in the area. And now an injunction has been placed on Echo Park gangs, prohibiting them from congregating in a “safety zone” that envelops the neighborhood - even if they already live within its boundaries.
Officials praise it as a tool to make the neighborhood safer, but some residents say it places an unfair focus on minorities.
"The cops creep by and give me a look," said Salvador Aguirre, an Echo Park native who protested the injunction this summer.
"Being bald and Mexican American, we’re all looked at the same. We’re all the problems. I don’t want to be looked at twice."
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Leonardo DiCaprio though the years
A teen heartthrob who became one of the most accomplished actors of his generation, DiCaprio’s life has been thoroughly documented on film and in photos - above is just a sampling of Times photographers’ experiences with the star.
Photos: Kirk McCoy, Wally Skalij, Genaro Molina, Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times
Top this, Bruno Mars. At Super Bowl I, played in Los Angeles, the halftime entertainment was a blast. Scott Harrison at Framework has the story. The Seahawks and Broncos face off today in Super Bowl XLVIII. Mr. Mars is the halftime entertainment.
Previously on L.A. Times Past:
Photo: The Bell Rocket Air Men soar above the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during the Super Bowl I halftime show, titled “Super Sights and Sounds.” Credit: Ben Olender / Los Angeles Times
As good as Bruno Mars’ performance was last night, it’s hard to top jetpacks.
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Seattle Seahawks beat Denver Broncos, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII
The Seahawks scored 12 seconds into each half, and their defense didn’t give up a first down until the 20th minute of the game. “The Seahawks emphatically proved in a league in which offense and scoring is on the rise annually, defense still wins championships,” reporter Brad Biggs writes.
This is the Seahawks’ first NFL championship and its second-ever Super Bowl appearance. (Incidentally, L.A. Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer predicted this Super Bowl matchup and outcome back in September.)
Photos, from top: Seahawks mascot Taima the Hawk celebrates after the win. Credit: Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, right, dumps Gatorade on head coach Pete Carroll during the second half of the game. Credit: Erik S. Lesser / European Pressphoto Agency. Wilson holds up the Vice Lombardi Trophy after the game. Credit: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images. Fans Annicka and Janet Pollack cheer as the Seahawks score a touchdown during the third quarter. Credit: Sofia Jaramillo / Associated Press. More photos from the game.