Archive for May 13th, 2011

New Hollywood & Vine Project

Friday, May 13th, 2011

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

Big building project planned around Capitol Records Tower

 

 

A computer rendering shows the proposed development around the Capitol Records Tower on Vine Street in Hollywood. Buildings on the 4.5-acre site would be situated to preserve views of the tower. (Handel Architects / May 14, 2011)

 

Owners of the tower are seeking approval for Millennium Hollywood, a 1-million-square-foot project including two skyscrapers that would be mostly residential but would also have a hotel, offices, restaurants and stores.

 

By Roger Vincent
Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2011

 

After going mostly on hiatus during the economic downturn, Hollywood is poised to debut a major development project around the famed Capitol Records Tower near Hollywood and Vine.

 

The owners of the Capitol Records building on Vine Street are seeking approval to build 1 million square feet of structures, including two skyscrapers, surrounding the famous cylindrical office tower resembling a stack of record discs. The mixed-use complex could be valued at as much as $1 billion.

 

The Millennium Hollywood project, proposed by developers Millennium Partners and Argent Ventures, would be primarily residential but also have a hotel, offices, restaurants and stores. It would be built on the Capitol Records parking lot and another parking lot across Vine Street.

 

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Norma Zimmer Obituary

Friday, May 13th, 2011

OBITUARY

Norma Zimmer, ‘Champagne Lady,’ dies at 87

 

 

LOS ANGELES TIMES

May 12, 2011

 

Norma Zimmer, 87, the “Champagne Lady” of television’s “The Lawrence Welk Show” and a studio singer, died Tuesday at her home in Brea. Her son, Larry, did not give the cause of death.

 

Zimmer performed on Welk’s network and later syndicated show from 1960 to 1982 as the “Champagne Lady,” the title Welk traditionally gave to his orchestra’s lead female singer. Zimmer sang solos, sang duets with Jimmy Roberts and waltzed with Welk to the strains of his effervescent dance tunes tagged “champagne music.”

 

She appeared on the orchestra’s public TV specials that have aired (along with repeats of the series) since 1987. Zimmer took part in a tribute to Welk and his show held earlier this year at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.

 

Welk, who stopped performing in 1989, died in 1992.

 

Zimmer, born in 1923 in Larson, Idaho, grew up in Seattle. The petite blond sang with the Girlfriends, a quartet that performed with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby, including on Crosby’s famous recording of “White Christmas.”

 

Zimmer made several film and TV appearances and was the voice of the White Rose in the 1951 Disney film “Alice in Wonderland.”

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