For sale: One used lion costume.
Yes, that lion costume. (A textile conservator with the L.A. County Museum of Art confirmed after examining it that its “variation in color and tone, all of the hair whorls, bumps, nick, hair length were exact” matches of the costume seen in “The Wizard of Oz’s” major scenes.)
Its current owner hopes its sale will help fund his planned Museum of Television in Phoenix.
Photo: The Comisar Collection
"Speaking for everyone at NBC, we couldn’t be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria von Trapp," said NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt in a news release. "She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist."
Photo: Underwood performs at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Nov. 18. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press
By 1970, when The Times ran a Sunday Calendar cover story on him, James Stewart’s children were grown and “the house was empty. Empty.” So he did a Broadway revival of “Harvey” and a movie, “Cheyenne Social Club,” with Henry Fonda. ”He doesn’t need money,” reporter Wayne Warga wrote, “he needs the activity.” At home, he had a couple of dogs to keep him busy.
Photo: Kathleen Ballard / Los Angeles Times Archive / UCLA
"… it’ll be a sensation! "Lamont and Lockwood: they talk!": In this photo from The Times’ archives, silent film actress Anita Page takes her first speech class at USC. The photo accompanied a May 29, 1928, front-page story on film studios’ preparation for the move from silent pictures to “talkies.”
Teaching motion-picture actors to talk, leaders of the profession freely admit, is the big job that is confronting the studios today because of the steadily growing popularity of the talking pictures. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, it was announced yesterday, is planning to carry on a systematic education of its actors in the art and science of speech.
The fellow at Page’s right is Rufus B. Von KleinSmid, USC’s president at the time. The following year, Page played the wonderfully named Queenie Mahoney in “The Broadway Melody,” which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Photo: Los Angeles Times Archive / UCLA