Lya Cordova-Latta is a powerhouse of enthusiasm. At 89, the diminutive Beverly Hills resident, who proudly boasts that she takes no medication, is determined to stay active in the City that she has helped shaped.
At one point while Thelma Levin celebrated her 104th birthday last month at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge–her annual birthday bash spot–she turned to her daughter to observe with her trademark wit how silly it was that she was still around. Indeed, this beautiful white-haired, blue-eyed centenarian counts few remaining contemporaries; still, her ever-present kind smile and sense of humor remain with her.
At 78, Roger Behrstock is two years shy of meeting the Courier’s age requirement to be considered a Beverly Hills Elder. But for Roger, who has spent most of his life living here, a number is way too pesky to get in the way of anything.
At 85 years old, Dorothy Victor’s fingers work the strings of her harp with the pluck of a teenager. The sounds that pour forth are soulful and magical, transporting her audience beyond the physical realm.
Born in Los Angeles at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, just like her mother, three-term Beverly Hills Mayor Vicki Reynolds forged a path that inextricably tied her to the future of the City.
At 91 years old, Renee Firestone said she asks herself everyday, just why she is still alive. Her white hair is a radiant crown, sheltering brilliant topaz eyes that sparkle with kindness and compassion, and she’s committed to doing what she can to make the world a better place.
Gil Seton, who celebrated his 88th birthday this week, first moved to Beverly Hills at 12 years old in an age where people still rode horses down the Rodeo Drive bridle path with stop lights few and far between.
On Oct. 27, the Barbara S. Bowman Collection of Japanese woodblock prints will make its debut at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Pavilion for Japanese Art. The stunning collection of some 100 prints by masters such as Hiroshige, Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Kuniyoshi was a gift by the longtime Beverly Hills resident and her husband.
Unlike some of Lalo Schifrin’s most recognizable tunes, like the iconic Mission Impossible theme song currently pulsing through the ears of millions of moviegoers now taking in the franchise’s latest blockbuster, Rogue Nation, the Beverly Hills composer cannot be distilled down to one catchy phrase.
Former Beverly Hills mayor Joe Tilem is a particularly jovial man, with a memory so crisp it belies the fact that he was a child of the Great Depression. Born in 1927 in Manhattan, New York, together with his younger brother and sister, Joe grew up working is his father’s hardware store.