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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: James Goldstone

THE DIRECTOR James Goldstone made some of American television's biggest hits of the Sixties but is best remembered for the pilot episode of Star Trek. Goldstone refused to direct the resulting series, which became a cult classic, on the grounds that he did not enjoy the monotony of working on a long-running programme. But he admitted: "It was fun creating from the bottom up, building characters and story premisses you could relate to on a human level."

Film Studies: The Sopranos, the Corleones and me

So, last Sunday night was big at our house. Matter of fact, we made a day of it, what with the start of football, then the Emmys in the evening. There must have been a dozen men in the den watching Dallas- Washington, and then the 49ers against Jacksonville. Hey, first Sunday of the season and you get two games like that! And all afternoon you could smell Big Anthony in the kitchen adding in the meatballs and the hot sausage and the sweet sausage, and the basil and the oregano - and the kids and the wives sitting in the yard looking pretty. Then, in the evening - showtime! We all gathered round the set. Sixteen Emmy nominations for The Sopranos! You felt proud to be Italian.

The Irritations of Modern Life: 62. boho chic by Kate Mulvey

WHEN JENNIFER Aniston turned up at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles this week, she may have dazzled the cameras with her girl-next-door smile but, instead of tossing her trademark glossy hair, she looked as if she had just spent the night in an urban terrorist camp. Her hair was so matted she made the just-got-out-of-bed look of the Sixties sex kitten seem positively groomed.

Only In LA: Glitzy party for $500: beware cheap imitations

WHO WOULD want to take a holiday in Los Angeles? Answer: almost nobody. Ah, but who would give their eye teeth to go to a celebrity awards show, including the party afterwards? Answer: zillions of people.

Mirren leads charge of the Britons at Emmys

THE QUIRKY American television series Ally McBeal won the coveted best comedy prize at the Emmys in Los Angeles on Sunday night, beating NBC's Frasier, which had won the award five years in a row.

Obituary: Everett Greenbaum

AN AWARD-winning comedy writer for more than 60 years, Everett Greenbaum wrote for radio, television, and the cinema, providing well- honed material for such stars as Jack Lemmon, Tony Randall, Andy Griffith, Phyllis Diller and Alan Alda.

Media: Darling, you were awful

What use are television awards, when all around there is evidence that standards are plummeting?

Obituary: Ellen Corby

THE DIMINUTIVE character actress Ellen Corby had contributed distinctive supporting performances to over 60 films before she became a household name with her portrayal of the tart-tongued grandmother in the television series The Waltons, for which she won three Emmy Awards. She was a regular on that series for eight years until a stroke curtailed her appearances. Earlier she had been an Academy Award nominee for her role of a lovelorn spinster in I Remember Mama (1947).

Obituary: Buzz Kulik

BUZZ KULIK was one of the most successful directors in television - he made Brian's Song, considered one of the best television movies ever - but fared less well on the big screen, perhaps because his work was proficient rather than distinctive.

Obituary: Irene Hervey

A DIMPLED beauty, Irene Hervey was a popular film performer of the 1930s and early 1940s who starred with her husband Allan Jones in The Boys From Syracuse. Their son, Jack Jones, is the popular singer, and though Hervey's films included such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo with Robert Donat, and Destry Rides Again, in which she won the hero James Stewart, she is now more remembered for her extensive later work in television, and as Jack Jones's mother.

One knight in Canterbury

The Canterbury Tales BBC2; The BBC's new cartoon version of Chaucer has its roots in Russia

Obituary: Norman Fell

THE BOOK Motion Picture Players' Credits refers to Norman Fell as "American character actor; very much on television, often as nonplussed bosses and comedic grumps". The deadpan Fell was born to be a character player; equally effective in both sympathetic and unsympathetic roles, he worked steadily during his near 50-year career in all the entertainment media.

Great Stomp giveaway

The unique urban sounds of the multi-Emmy nominated Stomp Out Loud have now been released on video by VCI. A hugely successful UK arts export, Stomp has played to a total of six million people in 23 countries. It's now enjoying its fifth year of a continuous off-Broadway run.

Obituaries: Esther Rolle

THE AFRICAN-American actress Esther Rolle gained national recognition in the 1970s for her role as Florida Evans in two television sit-coms for CBS: first as the wise-cracking, militant domestic in Maude, and then its hit spin-off, Good Times, as the strong-willed but loving mother of a struggling black family in Chicago.

Obituary: Roddy McDowall

TALES ARE legion of child stars who found the transition to adulthood one of disillusion, disappointment and tragedy. Roddy McDowall was one of the happiest of exceptions.
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