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David Cerda as Joan Crawford in Hell in a Handbag's "Christmas Dearest"

David Cerda as Joan Crawford in Hell in a Handbag's "Christmas Dearest"

David Cerda is centerstage as Joan Crawford in Hell in a Handbag's "Christmas Dearest" playing in Chicago until Jan. 5.

December 27, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Hammond grad Cerda in perfect spotlight for 'Christmas Dearest'

OFFBEAT: Hammond grad Cerda in perfect spotlight for 'Christmas Dearest'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

December 27, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Betsy Palmer celebrating birthday and move from NYC

OFFBEAT: Betsy Palmer celebrating birthday and move from NYC

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 27, 2013 12:00 am
Betsy Palmer and Joan Crawford in the 1955 Film "Queen Bee"

Betsy Palmer and Joan Crawford in the 1955 Film "Queen Bee"

Betsy Palmer and Joan Crawford in "Queen Bee"

October 27, 2013 12:00 am
Authoress Jacqueline Susann (left) with Columbia Pictures Film Producer Leo Jaffe and Actress Joan Crawford 1971

Authoress Jacqueline Susann (left) with Columbia Pictures Film Producer Leo Jaffe and Actress Joan Crawford 1971

Authoress Jacqueline Susann (left) with famous friends Columbia Pictures Film Producer Leo Jaffe and actress Joan Crawford in 1971 at a lawn party in New York.

June 26, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Art charity event Thursday at Lighthouse proof autism not a secret

OFFBEAT: Art charity event Thursday at Lighthouse proof autism not a secret

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

June 26, 2013 12:00 am
Hell in a Handbag 2013 Trio of Campy Stage Productions Announced

Hell in a Handbag 2013 Trio of Campy Stage Productions Announced

Actor Ed Jones (left) channeling tragic Lana Turner, along with a returning tribute parody to Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" and a holiday comedy salute to David Cerda and favorite alter-ego Joan Crawford are all in store for audiences in 2013 for the season of theater offer…

March 02, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Hell in a Handbag bringing mix and new and old Camp for 2013 stage run

OFFBEAT: Hell in a Handbag bringing mix and new and old Camp for 2013 stage run

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

March 02, 2013 12:00 am
FROM the FARM: Readers and donations make Hedda event great

FROM the FARM: Readers and donations make Hedda event great

Phil Potempa's weekly farm column recipe.

February 13, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Actor Robert Mitchum's egg nog recipe? Yep, it's available...

OFFBEAT: Actor Robert Mitchum's egg nog recipe? Yep, it's available...

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

December 23, 2012 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Emerald City Theatre's 'Cinderella' a new magical stage classic

OFFBEAT: Emerald City Theatre's 'Cinderella' a new magical stage classic

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

November 27, 2012 12:00 am
Joan Crawford's Gold and Gem Pepsi-Cola Bottle Brooch

Joan Crawford's Gold and Gem Pepsi-Cola Bottle Brooch

Featuring a real ruby "bottle cap" and encrusted with diamonds and emeralds, this 14k gold "Pepsi-Cola Bottle" brooch belonged to the late Joan Crawford and was sold at auction on Dec. 7 for $5,000.

December 21, 2011 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Joan Crawford auction in New York nets more than $135,000

OFFBEAT: Joan Crawford auction in New York nets more than $135,000

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

December 21, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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FROM THE FARM: Happy 'special' birthday Mom and Aunt Patty!

FROM THE FARM: Happy 'special' birthday Mom and Aunt Patty!

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 17, 2011 12:00 am
Cave Comedy

Cave Comedy

David Cerda's new comedy hit "Trogg!" is enjoying an extension of performances at Chopin Theatre in Chicago through July 16.

July 02, 2011 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: David Cerda's stage spoof 'Trogg!' of Joan Crawford final film a treat

OFFBEAT: David Cerda's stage spoof 'Trogg!' of Joan Crawford final film a treat

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 02, 2011 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Debbie's auction nets big profit, she's resting more easily without debt worry

OFFBEAT: Debbie's auction nets big profit, she's resting more easily without debt worry

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

June 25, 2011 12:00 am Photos

Photos

Joan Crawford's Waitress Uniform from "Mildred Pierce"

Joan Crawford's Waitress Uniform from "Mildred Pierce"

The checkered waitress uniform worn by Joan Crawford in her Oscar-winning title role in the 1945 film "Mildred Pierce" will be sold as part of the auction of Debbie Reynolds' collection at a June 18, 2011 auction in Beverly Hills by Profiles in History Auction House.

June 09, 2011 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Marilyn, Liz and Joan dresses, Harpo's hair and Dorothy's slippers on the block for Debbie's sale

OFFBEAT: Marilyn, Liz and Joan dresses, Harpo's hair and Dorothy's slippers on the block for Debbie's sale

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

June 09, 2011 12:00 am Photos

Photos

OFFBEAT: Hammond grad's new play a silly send-up of Joan Crawford's final film

OFFBEAT: Hammond grad's new play a silly send-up of Joan Crawford's final film

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

May 29, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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