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OFFBEAT: 'Oz' grandson ready to welcome 'Dorothy's Return" to big screen

OFFBEAT: 'Oz' grandson ready to welcome 'Dorothy's Return" to big screen

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

April 24, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Walt Disney in 'Saving Mr. Banks' not only film portrayal

OFFBEAT: Walt Disney in 'Saving Mr. Banks' not only film portrayal

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

March 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Munchkin Ruth Duccini in her Munchkin Townswoman Costume in "The Wizard of Oz"

Munchkin Ruth Duccini in her Munchkin Townswoman Costume in "The Wizard of Oz"

Munchkin Ruth Duccini in her Munchkin townswoman costume in the classic 1939 MGM film "The Wizard of Oz." Duccini, 95, died in Las Vegas Thursday.

January 16, 2014 10:08 pm
Final female 'Oz' Munchkin Ruth Duccini dead at 95

Final female 'Oz' Munchkin Ruth Duccini dead at 95

LAS VEGAS | Ruth Robinson Duccini, 95, one of the two surviving Munchkins from the legendary 1939 MGM film "The Wizard of Oz," died early Thursday in Las Vegas.

January 16, 2014 12:50 pm Photos

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OFFBEAT: Classic Hollywood film actresses first deaths of 2014

OFFBEAT: Classic Hollywood film actresses first deaths of 2014

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

January 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: 'Annie Get Your Gun' hits mark in Evanston staging

OFFBEAT: 'Annie Get Your Gun' hits mark in Evanston staging

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

December 23, 2013 12:05 am
Esther Williams MGM Publicity Photo for "Dangerous When Wet" 1953

Esther Williams MGM Publicity Photo for "Dangerous When Wet" 1953

Esther Williams starred in the 1953 MGM film "Dangerous When Wet," featuring actor Fernando Lamas as her love interest while he was romantically linked to actress Lana Turner at the time. In 1969, Lamas became Williams' third husband.

December 12, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Bluebirds, Shirley Temple and Albert's 2013 Auction Sunday for MS

OFFBEAT: Bluebirds, Shirley Temple and Albert's 2013 Auction Sunday for MS

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 03, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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MGM Movie Star Esther Williams with Times Columnist Philip Potempa in June 1996 in Chicago

MGM Movie Star Esther Williams with Times Columnist Philip Potempa in June 1996 in Chicago

Times Columnist Philip Potempa interviewing actress Esther Williams in the swimwear department of Marshall Field's department store in June 1996.

June 10, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Swimming movie star Esther Williams dead at age 91

OFFBEAT: Swimming movie star Esther Williams dead at age 91

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

June 10, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: Theatre at the Center's 'Glorious Feeling' a toe-tapping tribute

OFFBEAT: Theatre at the Center's 'Glorious Feeling' a toe-tapping tribute

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

May 13, 2013 12:00 am
"Singin' in the Rain" MGM Musical Poster

"Singin' in the Rain" MGM Musical Poster

Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds remain a legendary musical trio following their starring roles in the 1952 MGM film classic "Singin' in the Rain," which was also directed and choreographed by Kelly.

April 26, 2013 12:00 am
Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara Wearing a Gown Made of Draperies in "Gone With The Wind" 1939

Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara Wearing a Gown Made of Draperies in "Gone With The Wind" 1939

Actress Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara donned a gown made from heavy draperies in a scene from the 1939 film "Gone With The Wind," in an attempt to fool Rhett Butler (left, played by Clark Gable) that she was still wealthy, despite the end of the Civil War.

February 21, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Goodman's 'Other Desert Cities' a compelling study of stardom secrecy

OFFBEAT: Goodman's 'Other Desert Cities' a compelling study of stardom secrecy

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

January 24, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Stage parody 'Scarrie' back for silly audience fun

OFFBEAT: Stage parody 'Scarrie' back for silly audience fun

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 10, 2012 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Ken Ludwig comedy getting Chicago area premiere in Munster

OFFBEAT: Ken Ludwig comedy getting Chicago area premiere in Munster

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 02, 2012 12:00 am
Debbie Reynolds in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" 1964

Debbie Reynolds in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" 1964

Debbie Reynolds in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"

April 12, 2012 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Michigan City Barker Hall hosting 'Titanic Dinner' Saturday

OFFBEAT: Michigan City Barker Hall hosting 'Titanic Dinner' Saturday

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

April 12, 2012 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Oscar nominated 'The Artist' arrives in region, dazzles with Old Hollywood Style

OFFBEAT: Oscar nominated 'The Artist' arrives in region, dazzles with Old Hollywood Style

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

February 03, 2012 12:00 am
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