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Carmen Zapata was an Emmy-nominated actress who started a foundation to promote Hispanic writers because jobs were so scarce. "She was an inspiration for me," said Luis Vela of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in Los Angeles. Her film credits included Sister Act.

Obituary: Sheldon Leonard

One of the most fascinating characters in Jack Benny's radio show during the 1940s and early 1950s was a sleazy type who would buttonhole Benny in various locations. Out of the corner of his mouth, and in a thick Brooklyn accent, he would offer advice in the furtive manner and argot of a racetrack tipster. One of these surrealistic encounters began:

America gives Brit TV the flickering prize

The successor to Britpop could be Brit TV. Indeed, British television programmes look like doing rather better than contemporary British rock music in conquering America.

Emmy triumph for British television

Britain had a triumphant evening at the annual Emmy awards in America, with Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman winning best actress and actor awards, and British television series taking prizes.

Obituary: Greg Morris

In the early years of American television, black people were invariably stereotyped in comedy series like Amos'n'Andy. A change occurred in 1965 with the launch of NBC's I Spy, the first drama series to star a white actor (Robert Culp) opposite a black one (Bill Cosby). Thirty years on it is hard to imagine the controversy this casting provoked. However, I Spy opened the floodgates for a succession of top-rated drama series with black actors playing important featured roles.

Theatre: Knocking their spots off

Pulitzer prizewinning 'feminist' playwright Wendy Wasserstein discusses prejudice, polka dots and her latest play with Georgina Brown

OBITUARY: Madge Sinclair

Madge Sinclair is best remembered for her portrayal of Kunta Kinte's wife, the house slave Belle whose only child, Kizzy, is sold to another plantation owner in the epic television drama Roots (1977). Her performance earned her an Emmy nomination; a long career in American television followed.

Translating the black and white into colour

Channel 5 franchise: 'Modular' approach to schedule will establish regular slots for game shows, comedy, fiction and fact

Birt awarded an Emmy

John Birt, the controversial Director General of the BBC, is to receive an Emmy, one of the highest television awards, it was announced yesterday.

Today's cub reporters, tomorrow's newshounds

Angela Neustatter reports on a news agency staffed by enthusiastic children

OBITUARY:Elizabeth Montgomery

As the good witch Samantha Stephens in the situation comedy Bewitched, the blonde-haired, green-eyed Elizabeth Montgomery became one of the biggest stars on American television in the Sixties and Seventies.

They've seen the future, and it's history The BBC is increasing its coverage of the past, and debunking some myths in the process. Maggie Brown reports

The BBC is expanding the amount of history it screens, drawing on the work of academic historians just as its famous natural his- tory unit has always kept close to zoologists and explorers.

Chippendale suicide

Los Angeles - The former owner of the Chippendales dance troupe was found dead in prison in California on the day he was to be sentenced for his role in a murder plot, writes Phil Reeves.

People: Emmy opts to sing the Blues

AMONG the Emmy awards handed out in Pasadena on Sunday night to the labourers for excellence in the small-screen vineyard, NYPD Blue came out top in terms of the number of awards received by one programme. Of its six Emmys only two - for outstanding director of a drama series and outstanding actor in a drama series - were mainstream. There was no award for imaginative programme titles, but if there had been it would probably have upped its haul to seven, for such gems as 'Serge the concierge' and 'Tempest in a C-cup'.

Rhapsody in blue: NYPD Blue was greeted with howls of outrage in America. Now it has 26 Emmy nominations. Gerard Gilbert on the making of a cult

NYPD Blue's David Caruso has promised he will now attend tomorrow night's Emmy awards in California. 'I owe it to my character John Kelly,' read a tight-lipped statement from the 38-year-old actor. NYPD Blue? David Caruso? John Kelly? If these names mean nothing to you then stop here. If, however, they do mean something, read on. You're hooked, and you know it.

The Week Ahead: Venturing into dark vales, bearing crosses

THE POPE is determined to visit Sarajevo as planned on Thursday but the Bosnian Serbs cannot promise to stop shelling and sniping. The Pope plans to have talks with the Bosnian President, Alija Izetbegovic, travel through the shell-blasted streets of the city in a special armoured vehicle, and celebrate Mass for thousands at Sarajevo's outdoor Olympic skating stadium.
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