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  • On the Town: The story of the real Fairy Godmother

    On the Town: The story of the real Fairy Godmother
    At the stroke of midnight on October 2, Disney released the Blu-ray Diamond Edition of the studio’s 1950’s classic, “Cinderella.” The offering includes a bonus feature, “The Real Fairy Godmother,” that tells the tale of long-time Burbank residents Ken O’Connor, who served as the art director of the film, and his wife, Mary Alice O’Conner, who was the inspiration for the Fairy Godmother character. Just hours before the release, a very special gathering took place at the O’Connor family home as Ken and Mary Alice’s daughter, Joan Patricia “J.P.” O’Connor, and her husband, Cotton Thompson, hosted a pre-release premiere screening and dinner party.
  • On the Town: Seasonal soirees serve up tradition

    On the Town: Seasonal soirees serve up tradition
    Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or “Festivus” (Google it non-”Seinfeld” fans), this time of year is rife with holiday traditions. Two of Burbank’s long-standing yuletide events added to their history as...

    Jon Stewart slams Disney's makeover of 'Brave' heroine Merida

    Jon Stewart slams Disney's makeover of 'Brave' heroine Merida
    Count Jon Stewart among the many thousands of parents and moviegoers unimpressed by Disney’s controversial makeover of “Brave” heroine Merida. In case you missed it, last weekend Merida was officially inducted into Disney’s...

    'Fairy Godmother' of local charity dies

    'Fairy Godmother' of local charity dies
    DOWNTOWN — Mary Alice O'Connor, the former school board member and volunteer whose service began during World War II and grew into leadership positions in the Tournament of Roses, Friends of the Burbank Library and the Burbank Historical Society,...

    New opportunities for Fairy Godmother

    Perhaps, because I make a living as a writer, I see our lives segmented into chapters filled with the excitement of new beginnings and celebrations, everyday struggles and successes, major challenges and the sadness of final partings. This past week,...