1 Obituaries Best known as Ralphie's mother in "A Christmas Story," Melinda Dillon also appeared in "Slapshot" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." City News Service , News Partner Posted Reply Send Flowers, Plants & Gifts LOS ANGELES, CA — Oscar-nominated actress Melinda Dillon, best remembered as Ralphie's mother in "A Christmas Story" and for climbing Devils Tower with Richard Dreyfuss in search of UFOs in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," has died at age 83. The Hollywood Reporter first reported her death Friday, citing an online obituary page, which says Dillon died Jan. 9 and was cremated. An Arkansas native, Dillon scored a Tony nomination for her work on Broadway in the 1960s in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" She made sporadic TV appearances in the 1970s then gained attention in Hal Ashby's film "Bound for Glory" in 1976. She appeared the following year as a hockey wife in the Paul Newman comedy "Slap … [Read more...] about Oscar-Nominated Melinda Dillon Of ‘A Christmas Story’ Dead At 83
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MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough said Friday that South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham “was right” about former President Donald Trump’s dominance in the party. Scarborough quoted Graham’s 2016 claim that “if the Republican Party nominates Donald Trump, they will destroy themselves and they will deserve it.” The “Morning Joe” host agreed with Graham’s position that Trump has a stranglehold on the party and cannot be defeated by a large pool of potential candidates. “Lindsey Graham was right then, Lindsey Graham is right now,” Scarborough said. Graham ran for president in 2016 but suspended his campaign after failing to gather significant support. On Tuesday, he endorsed Trump’s 2024 campaign during an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity.” “I don’t right now see anybody in the field that can beat Donald Trump one on one if Donald Trump decides to run. [Florida Gov. Ron] DeSantis certainly can’t do that if a Florida high school association is going around following his lead … [Read more...] about Scarborough Says Sen. Lindsey Graham ‘Was Right’ About Trump
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music and video game platforms this week. MOVIES — Shaunak Sen’s “All That Breathes,” one of the more transfixing and beautiful documentaries of the past year, is about a pair of brothers in New Dehli who make a makeshift clinic to mend and heal the birds of prey who are increasingly falling to Earth in the pollution-choked Indian capital. The film, nominated for best documentary at the Academy Awards, is a stirring and poetic portrait of ecological urban rescue that begins streaming on HBO Max on Tuesday. (It also premieres on HBO on Tuesday.) Nadeem Shehzad and Mohammad Saud may be amateurs, but they've saved some 20,000 birds. — With Valentine's Day fast approaching, the rom-coms cometh. Two notable ones are on tap this week: “Your Place or Mine” on … [Read more...] about New this week: ‘Your Place or Mine’ and ‘All That Breathes’
See the article in its original context from October 29, 1973 Buy Reprints View on timesmachine TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. About the Archive This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. CAIRO, Oct. 28 (AP)—Dr. Taha Hussein, the Egyptian writer whose books have become classics of modern Arabic literature, died today, a day after receiving the United Nations human rights prize. He was 84 years old. An official announcement did not give the cause of death, but Dr. Hussein was known to have been in declining health. The United Nations honored Dr. Hussein yesterday for his services … [Read more...] about Dr. Taha Hussein Dead at 85; Egyptian Writer and Educator
What makes Mike Pompeo run? Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images In every presidential primary that isn’t already locked down by an incumbent, there are candidates whose presence causes experts to scratch their heads. I’m not talking about totally obscure shouters and wavers “running for president” to impress their neighbors or beef up their résumé for a school-board race. No, the true, non-risible long shot is an ostensibly serious person who may well be qualified for the job but has about as much chance of getting it as I have of winning a billion-dollar Powerball drawing. The 2024 Republican presidential contest will likely include two heavyweights, Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis . But there are several would-be candidates mulling a race who could be called long shots. A good example is Mike Pompeo . Pompeo is a West Point grad who had a successful business career before getting himself elected to Congress four times, then serving as CIA director and secretary of State … [Read more...] about Pompeo and Haley Are Running. What on Earth Are They Thinking?
The mystery of who closed two lanes onto the George Washington Bridge — turning the borough of Fort Lee, N.J., into a parking lot for four days in September — exploded into a full-bore political scandal for Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday. Emails and texts revealed that a top aide had ordered the closings to punish the town’s mayor after he did not endorse the governor for re-election. “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, emailed David Wildstein , a high school friend of the governor who worked at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the bridge. Later text messages mocked concerns that school buses filled with students were stuck in gridlock: “They are the children of Buono voters,” Mr. Wildstein wrote, referring to Mr. Christie’s opponent Barbara Buono. The emails are striking in their political maneuvering, showing Christie aides gleeful about some of the chaos that resulted. Emergency … [Read more...] about Christie Faces Scandal on Traffic Jam Aides Ordered