Hitched, Hatched, Hired

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Patricia Medina (1919-2012): A leading lady of the 1950s who starred in Mr. Arkadin, Francis the Talking Mule and Abbott & Costello in the Foreign Legion, Medina died April 28 of natural causes at Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles. The British actress, who married actor Joseph Cotten in 1960 (the two appeared in several Broadway shows together, including 1962's Calculated Risk), often was called "the most beautiful face in England." She was 92.

CONGRATS

Warner Bros. Pictures promoted Lance Volland to executive vp international publicity and Desiree Finnegan to senior vp international publicity May 3. Two days earlier, Suzanne Fritz was upped to senior vp domestic publicity.

Peter Loehr was tapped as CEO of Legendary East, a subsidiary of Legendary Pictures, on May 3.

Oscilloscope Laboratories tapped Dan Berger and David Laub to cooperatively oversee marketing, distribution and acquisitions May 3.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will honor Warner Bros. Pictures Group president Jeff Robinov at its 38th annual Dinner of Champions on Sept. 24 in Century City.

Marc Victor, a senior producer on NBC's Today, was appointed senior vp at Tomorrow Productions on May 3.

Maggie Gallant was promoted to executive vp entertainment and lifestyle in Rogers & Cowan's New York office May 2.

Melanie Cook, partner at Ziffren Brittenham, will be honored at the UCLA School of Law Alumni of the Year Award Luncheon on May 18.

Talent lawyer Jim Gilio joined Sloane Offer Weber & Dern on May 7.

Chopped host Ted Allen won the James Beard Foundation Award for best media personality May 7.

BABIES

Jennifer Shoucair Weaver, partner at SW PR Shop, and husband Bryan Weaver welcomed daughter Willa Scott on April 23 in Phoenix.

Bryan Seabury, vp drama development at CBS, and wife Cheryl welcomed daughter Scarlett Elizabeth on April 26 at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.

DEATHS

Charles Higham, the prolific author of best-selling and sometimes controversial biographies such as Kate: The Life of Katharine Hepburn and Errol Flynn: The Untold Story, died April 21 of an apparent heart attack at his Los Angeles home. He was 81.

Actor George Murdock, who appeared on such TV shows as The Twilight Zone and The X-Files and in the film Star Trek V, died April 30 of cancer at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. He was 81.

Bob Stewart, the creator and producer of such legendary TV game shows as The Price Is Right and Password, died May 4 of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 91.

Arthur Lieberman, the longtime attorney for comic book legend Stan Lee and COO of POW! Entertainment, died May 1 of lung cancer in Los Angeles. Lieberman, a licensing expert who was influential in many of the deals that brought Lee's superheroes to life, was 76.

George Lindsey, best known as Goober on The Andy Griffith Show, died May 6 in Tennessee. He was 83.

WALK OF FAME HONOREE: Ellen K

The host of a daily segment for KTLA Evening News called "Ellen K's Inside Hollywood," Ellen K began her career with a local internship while a student at Purdue. During the next decade, she worked at stations in San Diego and San Francisco before settling in Los Angeles as Rick Dees' co-host on KIIS-FM. K now can be heard nationwide co-hosting Ryan Seacrest's morning program and as the voice behind the Grammys and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. "Ellen has redefined what weekday mornings mean to so many of us -- she is the voice of L.A.," says Seacrest. "She is a brilliant radio host with a tireless work ethic and a wicked sense of humor. She deserves to be honored with a star because, simply put, she is one." K recently was hired as narrator of TLC's My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding in the U.S. and U.K. Among her charitable endeavors, she works closely with Children's Hospital of Orange County, the Cancer Research Foundation and Our Journey, an African children's relief fund. "I can't believe it's real," says K of her honor. "It's not something that I ever thought would happen to me." Ceremony: 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 10, in front of the W hotel at 6270 Hollywood Blvd. -- Sophie Schillaci

BIRTHDAYS

  • May 10: Director Jim Abrahams
  • May 11: Warren Littlefield, Frances Fisher
  • May 12: Director Pierre Morel, Gabriel Byrne, Malin Akerman
  • May 13: Director Roger Young, Alan Ball, Stephen Colbert
  • May 14: George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, Cate Blanchett, Sofia Coppola, Mark Zuckerberg
  • May 15: Roger Ailes, David Cronenberg
  • May 16: Pierce Brosnan

 

 

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