Roger Richman Dies At 69; Agent Represented Celebrity Estates

Notable deaths of 2013

“It really protects celebrities and their heirs as far as the commercial use of their names and likenesses.” Pushing for the law, Richman flew to Sacramento hearings with the sons of John Wayne, Harpo Marx, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. He persuaded Elizabeth Taylor and Burt Lancaster to make an appearance, he told the Washington Post. To illustrate just how tasteless the unregulated market in celebrity paraphernalia could be, he brought along an assortment of offensive items like a vial of Elvis Presley’s purported sweat, with the message: “His many years of perspiration can now be your inspiration.” The coup de grace, he told Los Angeles magazine in 2004, was a sex toy, wrapped in white paper, bearing the likeness of President Reagan. “That’s what got my law passed,” he said. Similar laws have since been adopted in at least 12 other states. In 2005, Corbis, a digital image company set up by Bill Gates , bought Richman’s business. At the time he represented more than 50 “legends,” as he called them and, over the years, retained as many as 14 law firms at a time to scout out cases of suspected trademark infringement. Born on Jan. 18, 1944, and raised in the Washington, D.C., area, Richman was the son of a rabbi father and an artist mother. He graduated from Mt. Union College in Ohio in 1965 and three years later received a law degree from Vanderbilt University. After trying his hand as a sculptor in the Spanish seaside village of Nerja, Richman worked for a few years with a cousin in the film business.

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 20-26

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Oct. 25: Actress Marion Ross is 85. Country singer Jeanne Black is 76. Singer Jon Anderson (Yes) is 69. Singer Taffy Danoff of Starland Vocal Band is 69. Guitarist Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest is 66. Actor Brian Kerwin is 64. Guitarist Matthias Jabs of Scorpions is 57. Actress Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons) is 56. Country singer Mark Miller of Sawyer Brown is 55. Drummer Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers and of Chickenfoot is 52. Actress Tracy Nelson (Father Dowling Mysteries) is 50. Actor Michael Boatman is 49. Actor Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show) is 49.

Celebrity Series of Boston trades candles for pianos for dynamic 75th season (Video)

Instead they brought their joy to the streets with 75 pianos around Boston and Cambridge for the public to use as they wish through Monday, October 14. The Celebrity Series of Boston Kickoff party offered live performances and an impromptu music session on a couple of those artfully-designed pianos while a montage of the series greatest moments played on Saturday, October 5. Skillful musicians played and sang from a wide variety of music genres, anything from planned performances to a little piano improvisation. All were welcome to play. Guests enjoyed a selection of wine, a Ben and Jerrys ice cream bar, and delectable desserts from Davios . The reception took place inside the Galleria, 10 Saint James Street in Boston. The new season has begun and upcoming performances include acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang playing works by Stravinsky, Chopin, and Prokofiev on Friday, October 18 at New England Conservatorys Jordan Hall at 8 p.m. Returning mandolinist Chris Thile rounds out the weekend with sonatas, his own compositions, and his contemporary music on Sunday, October 20 at the Sanders Theatre at 7 p.m. Other live performances include the extensive, extraordinary works of composer Harold Arlen with What Makes it Great with Rob Kapilow Over the Rainbow: The Songs of Harold Arlen . The evening pays tribute to Harold Arlens Broadway and timeless songs such as Stormy Weather, Ive Got the World on A String and much more performed by singing trio Rob Kapilow , Rebecca Luker , and Michael Winther at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Visit www.celebrityseries.org for the wide range of performances in store for the 2013-2014 season!

Photo tour: The charm of a Celebrity Cruises ship

Celebrity Cruises’ 71,545-ton Celebrity Century is by today’s standards a mid-sized classic but when introduced in 1995 as the Century, it was one of the world’s largest, most technically-advanced cruise ships.

The ship was built by the acclaimed Meyer Werft of Papenburg, Germany, the same yard that has delivered the lines cutting-edge Solstice series of ships. Peter Knego The uppermost of the Celebrity Centurys 11 passenger decks is Deck 15, a platform at the base of the funnel offering an excellent view of the midships pool area. Peter Knego Deck 15 features a netted-in basketball and tennis court as well as an observation area. Peter Knego The forward portion of Deck 14 is an open terrace overlooking the bow. Peter Knego Fourteen laps around the jogging track on forward Deck 14 equals one mile. Peter Knego This is the view facing aft from the forward portion of Deck 14, showing the midships pools and lido. Peter Knego Deck 14 starts again aft of the pool area with more sunning space that continues all the way aft to a platform that overlooks the stern. This is a view facing starboard on aft Deck 14. Peter Knego The exterior portion of Deck 12 encircles the pool area on Deck 11. Peter Knego The al fresco Mast Bar is situated on the forward Deck 12 terrace directly above the Pool Bar on Deck 11. Peter Knego The exterior portion of Deck 11 is home to the two midships pools (the aft pool is heated), four whirlpools and plenty of open and sheltered deck space. Peter Knego Although the Celebrity Century does not have a full wrap-around promenade, it does have wide, teak-lined walkways on either side of Deck 6 with shuffleboard courts and a proximal view of the sea. Peter Knego The uppermost of the ships public rooms, Hemisphere is a beautiful observation lounge with a nautilus-shaped layout inspired by the Fibonacci mathematical sequence in which each successive numeral is defined as the sum of its two predecessors. Peter Knego Fullscreen Hemisphere was designed by British architect John McNeece, seats 447 guests and provides a spectacular view over the bow and off to the starboard side of the ship. In addition to an observation lounge, it functions as the Celebrity Centurys adults-only nightclub. Peter Knego Next to Hemisphere Lounge on the port side of Deck 11 is the Teen Center, which was fitted during the ships 2006 upgrading. Peter Knego An arcade adjoins the Teen Center on Deck 11. Peter Knego Deck 10 begins with the AquaSpa and its very well equipped gymnasium, which overlooks the bow and contains a large selection of free weights, weight machines, cardio machines and a stretching area. Peter Knego Immediately aft of the gym on the starboard side of Deck 11, there is the Persian Garden thermal suite with heated mosaic-lounge chairs and access to an aromatherapy steam room and dry sauna. Peter Knego A central passageway in the AquaSpa connects the gym, Persian Garden, therapy rooms, barber shop and beauty salon. Peter Knego Treatment rooms in the AquaSpa, which was significantly expanded in 2006, have a dramatic sea view and offer a variety of therapies from massages to teeth-whitening. Peter Knego A large beauty salon is now located on the starboard side of the AquaSpa. Peter Knego The AquaSpa even has its own barber shop. Peter Knego The Celebrity Century now has a 45-seat AquaSpa Cafe located at the aft starboard end of the AquaSpa with additional al fresco seating adjacent to the pools. Peter Knego The AquaSpa Cafe serves lighter, healthy fare for breakfast and lunch. Peter Knego The casual, 638-seat Islands Cafe is located on aft Deck 11 and has a variety of food stations offering breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks and dinner selections. Peter Knego There is additional seating in the aft portion of the Islands Cafe as well as the al fresco Sunset Bar on the aft terrace where there is a view over the ships wake. Peter Knego Islands Cafe buffet selections are seemingly endless and feature a carvery, sandwich bar, fresh fruits, seafood, pasta, ice cream, desserts, Asian cuisine and (shown here) salads. Peter Knego For those wishing to create their own salads, there is an excellent salad bar with cruets of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, as well as a selection of prepared dressings at the end of the counter. Peter Knego Sushi fans also have a large, colorful selection in the Islands Cafe to choose from along with plenty of ginger, wasabi and soy sauce in which to douse it. Peter Knego Two full levels of public spaces begin on Decks 7 and 6 with the 921-seat Celebrity Theater, the Celebrity Centurys main showroom. The state-of-the-art venue has excellent sightlines, a large stage and the latest sound and lighting effects. Peter Knego In addition to guest magicians, singers and comedians, there are three Broadway-style productions per week in the Celebrity Theater. Dance Around The World features an international array of songs and colorful costumes. Peter Knego “A Touch Of Broadway” offers a sampling of Broadway shows, including “Hairspray,” “Nine” and (shown here) “The Producers.” Peter Knego Fullscreen On Deck 7, just aft of the Celebrity Theater, Michaels Club is an elegant piano bar named for Michael Chandris from the Greek shipping family that founded Celebrity Cruises. Seating 45 guests, it has a homey ambiance well suited for cocktail parties and after dinner drinks. Peter Knego The 47-seat Martini Bar is adjacent to Michaels Club. Another 2006 installation, it has chairs upholstered in white hide, a textured bulkhead and fiber-optic lighting that perpetually changes color. Peter Knego The upper level of the Celebrity Centurys beautiful three-deck-high Grand Foyer is a shopping gallery. Peter Knego Fullscreen When built, the foyer featured a cyber waterfall on a series of LED screens but in 2006, it was given its current look with a textured silver surface and giant curtains, evoking the atria aboard the lines quartet of Millennium Class ships. Peter Knego Immediately aft of the Grand Foyer on Deck 7, Fortunes Casino occupies 7,539 square feet and accommodates up to 265 gamers. Peter Knego Fullscreen The aft portion of Deck 7 is home to the 332-seat Crystal Room, a handsomely decorated space that has a raised central alcove surrounded in frosted glass panels. At night, it is home to the ships orchestra for Big Band, jazz and other musical events as well as a weekly gala dessert extravaganza. Peter Knego On Deck 6 another line-up of public rooms begins aft of the Celebrity Theater on the port side with OnLine@Celebrity, the ships internet room. Peter Knego On the starboard side, the Future Cruise Sales Desk is situated in a gallery that has an escalator leading up to Deck 7. Peter Knego Inboard of OnLine@Celebrity and the Future Cruise Sales Desk, there is a small theater and conference room. Peter Knego The first of two card rooms follows on the port side. Peter Knego Here is the main card room, which seats 50 guests.. Peter Knego On the starboard side following the Future Cruise Sales Desk, there is a 30-seat library with a large selection of books and DVDs. Peter Knego The Deck 6 balcony of the Grand Foyer is home to the Cova Cafe coffee bar, offering a full menu of specialty coffee drinks and cocktails, tea and wine. Peter Knego Cappuccinos are artfully presented and priced at $4.00. Peter Knego The Cova Cafe is also a great place to grab a quick snack or treat, offering a revolving selection of pastries, croissant sandwiches, tapas and cookies at varying times of day or night. Peter Knego A photo gallery is located on the port side of Deck 6, just aft of the Grand Foyer. Peter Knego Fullscreen The Rendezvous Lounge is a favorite hub for karaoke and live music performances. It is cleverly configured around an X-shaped passage that is another tribute to Celebritys Chandris family roots. X is the symbol for the Greek letter chi and is also the Celebrity Cruises logo. Peter Knego Fullscreen Celebrity Cruises is known for its spectacular main-dining venues and the Celebrity Centurys Grand Restaurant is no exception. Designed by Birch Coffey, it features a sweeping grand staircase, bronze-capped nickel pillars and a Deck 6 balcony lined with Art Deco-brass balustrades. Peter Knego A long gallery of seating with a view of the sea spans the starboard portion of the Deck 5 level of the Grand Foyer. Peter Knego From the reception desk at its base, there is an impressive view of the Grand Foyers staircase and fiber-optic skylight. Peter Knego Installed in 2006, the Murano specialty restaurant is located off the port side of the Deck 5 foyer. It seats 66 and features two alcoves as well as a long gallery with picture-window views of the sea. Peter Knego Fullscreen Murano table settings include fine china, linen napkins rolled in silver rings, Riedel stemware and silver-plate cutlery.