Hollywood: the name is immeasurably larger than the place. It conjures up a wide-screen sky stabbed by searchlights, lines of white limousines stretching into a world with no horizon. Hollywood’s physical existence—one patch in the Los Angeles urban quilt—is spelled out by 60-foot letters mounted on a hillside.
The head table constituted a formidable display of earthly and spiritual powers. In the centre sat the expansive guest of honor, Toronto’s Emmett Cardinal Carter, being feted for his 50 years in the Roman Catholic priesthood at a glittering $200-a-plate dinner in Toronto last week.
Pink wicker chairs and Chinese lacquer cabinets line the narrow hallways. The suites are decorated in muted pastels reminiscent of the popular television show Miami Vice. Indeed, the retirement home in downtown Toronto, showpiece of the North American Central Park Lodges chain, looks in many ways like a luxury hotel.
In Sydney, Australia, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, the British composer’s musical adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s light verse, is running. In London The Phantom of the Opera, his latest West End hit, is playing. And on Broadway his new version of Starlight Express, the most expensive production ever mounted there, is already one of the Great White Way’s top-grossing shows, despite poisonous reviews when it opened in March.By PAMELA YOUNG6 min
He was the tall, ambitious son of a general-store owner in Saint John, N.B., and he began his working life selling stocks and bonds. But by the 1940s Walter Pidgeon had parlayed his courtly manner and statuesque good looks into Hollywood fame.
Tokyo is a boomtown. Well-dressed patrons crowd the city's department stores and restaurants seven days a week—and the moneymaking prospects in such expanding fields as real estate and finance lured 123,000 Japanese to the city last year alone.
As the official spokesman for the national co-ordinating committee of the Polish trade union Solidarity, Janusz Onyszkiewicz is continually under the watchful eyes of the country's Communist authorities. Onyszkiewicz (pronounced Oh-nish-kee-veetz), a mathematician who helped to form Solidarity in 1980, has been periodically detained since the regime of Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski banned Solidarity and imposed 21/2 years of martial law on the nation of 37 million people in 1981.
The view from the 12th-floor penthouse of the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is one the finest in Los Angeles. It is also as romantic as the couple who once inhabited the celebrity suite: Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. Below the darkly wooded octagonal dome of the second-storey bedroom, the Los Angeles basin stretches out in a 360-degree panorama.By ANN GREGOR6 min
In July, 1967, after Charles de Gaulle shouted his famous “Vive le Quebec libre” from the balcony of Montreal’s city hall, François Mitterrand, then an opposition Socialist politician in Paris, was among those who criticized the French president’s unprecedented interference in Canadian affairs.By MICHAEL ROSE5 min
For 31 years Robert McGarry, president of the Letter Carriers’ Union of Canada, has built his life around the postal service. In the 1950s McGarry carried mail through the streets of Toronto. In the following decades he traded his mailbag for a pen and picket sign, as he helped the union win lucrative contracts.
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