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Load - Childhood nickname of actress Jodie Foster. She earned her moniker because she always had a "load" (poop) in her diapers. On an interview on THE ROSIE O'DONNELL SHOW in Mach 2002, Foster recalled "when your the fourth child nobody wants to change your diapers." Jodie Foster (Alicia Christian Foster) is also referred to as "Lulu." Now famous as a film star, Jodie Foster, born November 19, 1962, did a number of TV roles in her early career including pretty teenage tomboy, Hank Bennett on the unsold pilot MY SISTER HANK/CBS/1972; neighborhood kid, Julie Lawrence on THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY/ABC/1970-74; the voice of Anne Chan on the cartoon THE AMAZING CHAN AND THE CHAN CLAN/CBS/1972-74; the voice of Pugsley Addams on the cartoon spin-off THE ADDAMS FAMILY/NBC/1973-75; Alice's preteen daughter, Elizabeth Henderson on the sitcom BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE/ABC/1973; Eddie's schoolmate Joey Kelly on the sitcom COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER/ABC/1969-72; Sharon Lee on the 1973 TV movie Rookie of the Year; a precocious 11-year-old waif, Addie Pray on the sitcom PAPER MOON/ABC/1974-75; Liberty Cole on the TV movie Smile, Jenny, You're Dead (the movie pilot for the drama HARRY-O/ABC/1974-76; youth T. K. Dearing on the ABC AFTERSCHOOL SPECIALS "The Secret Life of T.K. Dearing" aired April 23, 1975; and a costarring role as fledgling singer Zoe Alexander in the CBS TV movie Svengali aired on March 9, 1983.

Log Lady, The - Catherine E. Coulson played an eccentric woman named Margaret Lanterman (a.k.a. "The Log Lady") who lived in the Northwest town of Twin Peaks at 1400 River Road on the bizarre prime time drama TWIN PEAKS/ABC/1990-91. Her nickname was derived from the "log" that she carried around with her, much like a child would carry around a doll. She talked to the log and even told FBI agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) that the Log held many secrets for those willing to listen. Some of her thoughts included: "Shut your eyes & you'll burst into flames."; "Fire is the devil, hiding like a coward in the smoke."; and "My log does not judge." Her log (a piece of Ponderosa Pine) was a gift from her firefighter husband on their wedding day. Unfortunately, he died the next day while fighting a forest fire. A parody of the Log Lady appeared on the cartoon series THE REN AND STIMPY SHOW seen on the NICKELODEON cable channel where a commercial for TWIN PEAKS inspired toys featured a "High Fashion Log for Girls" with the promo "I'm gonna dress mine up like a bride." The Log Lady was also parodied in the Homestar Runner cartoon, Three Times Halloween Funjob!  In June 1993, the BRAVO Network ran (ad free) weekly episodes of this cult series hosted by the Log Lady in segments written and directed by David Lynch. In 1992, she reprised her small-screen role in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me the big screen prequel to the TV series. See also - "The Potato Man"

Lolita - The nickname of lawyer Liza Bump (Christina Ricci) on the legal dramedy ALLY MCNEAL/FOX/1997-2002. Liza is attractive, 21, small in stature (she prefers to be called "Puny") and works for the firm of Price Communications. She'll do anything to win. According to Nell Porter (Portia de Rossi) of the firm of Cage/Fish & McBeal Lolita "does better against men from what I' ve heard." Once, when negotiating with a lawyer to settle a case out of court, Lolita began to cry and mockingly said "Please don't make me try this case, I'm not prepared." But she's more than prepared and ready action in the courtroom. Liza uses her youth, apparent innocence, and touchy feely sexual wiles to rattle her opponents. But more importantly she uses her shrewd legal mind to argue her cases. Knowing a good lawyer when he sees one, John Cage hired Liza to work for his firm. Or was it because Liza told him he was a hottie. Hmmm? TRIVIA NOTE: The term "Lolita" was coined after the title of the scandalous 1955 novel of the same name written by Russian émigré Vladimir Nabokov. The book tells the racy tale of an affair between literature professor Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged sexual pervert and Dolores "Lolita" Haze, a fatally seductive twelve-year-old nymphet (the landlady's daughter). The "Lolita" character reportedly was inspired by the scandal between actor Charlie Chaplin and his subsequent divorce to under-age actress Lolita McMurry. Director Stanley Kubrick produced a screen adaptation of the book in 1962 starring James Mason and Sue Lyons.

Lone Gunmen, The - Group of brainy conspiracy theorists who publish The Lone Gunman (a.k.a. The Magic Bullet) a weekly newsletter on the fantasy drama THE X-FILES/FOX/1993-2002. and THE LONE GUNMEN/FOX/2001. Its techno-geek members included Dean Haglund as Richard Ringo Langly, a tall computer geek with dark glasses and long blonde hair; Bruce Harwood as John Fitzgerald Byers, a bearded computer expert; Tom Braidwood as Melvin Frohike, a Melvin Frohike, a surveillance specialist who has a thing for FBI agent Dana Scully; and Bernie Coulson as Kenneth Suna (a.k.a. "The Thinker"), a computer hacker who accessed classified Defense Department MJ files and was later murdered, execution-style. The Lone Gunmen debuted in the first season episode "E.B.E." (Extraterrestrial Biological Entities). They formed an alliance with FBI paranormal investigator Fox "Spooky" Mulder (David Duchovny). Once Frohike quipped to Mulder "UFO's caused the Gulf War Syndrome? That's why we like you, Mulder. Your theories are weirder than ours." When THE LONE GUNMEN series debuted, these klutzy conspiracy buffs reluctantly added a new member to their team in the form of former football coach for the blind Jimmy Bond, a good looking but dumb jock (played by Stephen Snedden). The group's secret location is located in a warehouse/basement in Takoma Park, Maryland, an industrial suburb of Washington DC. The Gunmen travel in a beat up blue and white Volkswagen van (their "mobile news unit") filled with an amazing array of surveillance equipment, including a periscope. The van's license plate TSD 596 has Maryland registry. TRIVIA NOTE: In reality the actors who played the Lone Gunmen had less than mysterious real life jobs: Haglund (a stand-up comedian); Braidwood (an assistant director on the X-FILES); and Harwood (a local library clerical worker).

Lone Ranger, The - John Reid (Clayton Moore) was the "lone" survivor of six Texas rangers ambushed at Bryant's Gap by the notorious Butch Cavendish and his Hole-in-the-Wall gang on the western adventure THE LONE RANGER/ABC/1949-57. Vowing to avenge this atrocity, the young ranger donned a mask and called himself "The Lone Ranger" eventually capturing the men responsible for his fellow rangers death. According to the opening of the program "with his faithful Indian companion Tonto (Jay Silverheels), the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in the early west." The Lone Ranger character was created by Fran Striker and George W. Trendle and debuted on WXYZ Detroit radio on January 30, 1933 and ran until episode No.2596 entitled "Cold Spring Showdown" that aired on September 3, 1954. The television adaptation ran on ABC-TV from September 15, 1949 through September 12, 1957. During the 1952-54 season, John Hart played the role of the Lone Ranger. The Lone Ranger was a friend to decent people everywhere. To protect them and himself he wore two six-shooters specially made for him. He never shot to kill but wound ed if necessary. Silver bullets were his ammunition of choice; he used the bullets as a means of identifying himself to local law enforcement. Clayton Moore who played the role of the Lone Ranger on the TV series was a stuntman, horseman and expert gun twirler. Born in Chicago on September 14, 1914, Clayton Moore spent his youth as a circus trapeze artist and later in his career became known as "King of the Serials" at Republic Pictures starring in Jesse James Rides Again (1947), The Adventures of Frank and Jesse James (1948), G-Men Never Forget (1948), and Ghost of Zorro (1949). In 1954 George W. Trendle, the owner of the Lone Ranger character, sold his interests to Texan Jack Wrather for the sum of three million dollars. The Wrather Corporation purchased the entire Lone Ranger property including all of the radio programs, 182 half-hour Trendle black & white produced programs as well as all merchandising and related rights. During the 1956-57 season the Wrather Corporation produced the thirty-nine new LONE RANGER adventures (these were produced in color). In August of 1955 the color feature film The Lone Ranger began production at Warner Brothers Studios followed by a second feature film The Lone Ranger and The Lost City of Gold (1958) released through United Artist. Both films starred Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels. The Wrather Corporation later produced a Saturday morning cartoon series THE LONE RANGER/CBS/196-69 as well as the box-office bomb of a remake The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981) starring Klinton Spilsbury as the Lone Ranger and Michael Horse as Tonto, his faithful Indian companion (Michael Horse was part Cree Indian and part Caucasian). The idea for the Lone Ranger can be traced back to a program written by Fran Striker called "Covered Wagon Days' that aired in Buffalo, New York on WEBR as early as 1929. See also - CLOTHING: "The Lone Ranger's Mask"

Lone Wolf, The - The nickname of globetrotting private eye, Michael Lanyard (Louis Hayward) on the syndicated detective drama THE LONE WOLF/SYN/1954 (a.k.a. STREETS OF DANGER). The character, based on the novels by Louis Joseph Vance (first published in 1914) appeared in some twenty movie adaptations filmed between 1929 and 1949.

Lonesome George - The easygoing, guitar-strumming comedian George Gobel was affectionately known as Lonesome George. His poor soul, unassertive demeanor and the fact he was smaller than his wife "Spooky Old Alice made that nickname fit quite nicely. The crew-cut comic starred in the comedy variety program THE GEORGE GOBEL SHOW/NBC/CBS/1954-60 where he entertained a nation of faithful viewers with his wry, down-home sense of humor and catch phrases like "Well, I'll be a dirty bird" and "You don't hardly get them no more." George Gobel died on Sunday, February 24, 1991 in a Los Angeles hospital of complications after bypass surgery to a major artery in his left leg. He was seventy-one.

The Loneliest Man in Town - In 1967 the Maytag Company located in Newton, Iowa hired actor Jesse White to portray their Maytag repairman on television commercials. His character symbolized the reliability of Maytag products to the extent that their repairman never got any repair calls and thus became "the loneliest man in town." The under-worked repairman was created by the Leo Burnett Advertising Agency based in Chicago. In the late 1980s, Maytag replaced Jesse White (He died in Los Angeles on January 9th, 1997 at age of 78 from cardiac arrest) as their spokesperson and in turn hired actor Gordon Jump who previously starred in the sitcom WKRP IN CINCINNATI as Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson, a bumbling radio station manager. TRIVIA NOTE: On 12/1/92, Bob Leibold, at Bob's Specialty Service in Monroe, Wisconsin, started a Maytag washing machine during a Maytag promotion and expected it to run about 2 and 1/2 years. Amazingly, the machine ran until August 16, 1996 and stopped after 32,500 hours. The machine pumped out over 56 cycles a day and cost about $1 a day in electricity. Leibold calculated it was the equivalent of 193 years of use by a family of four. Those interested in the history of the Maytag washing machine can visit The Maytag Historical Display at the Jasper County Museum located about 30 miles east of Des Moines off Interstate 80 at the Iowa 14 exit at 1700 South 15th Avenue, West in town of Newton, Iowa.

Look, The - The nickname bestowed on the sultry, throaty-voiced actress Lauren Bacall for her screen debut, in Howard Hawks film To Have and Have Not (1944) co-starring opposite Humphrey Bogart. Bacall's unique delivery of such lines as "If you want anything, just whistle..." earned her a place in film history. According to one biography, Bacall's "Look" was the result of nervously walking around with her chin pressed against her collarbone to keep from shaking during filming. As a result, she had to glance upward every time she spoke, thus creating the sexual air about her performance. Born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924 in New York City, Lauren Bacall's film credits included Key Largo (1948), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), Sex and the Single Girl (1964), The Shootist (1976), the miniseries Too Rich, the Secret Life of Doris Duke (1999) and narrator of the made-for TV movie Greta Garbo: The Lone Star (2001).

Lord of the Idiots - Nickname of George Costanza (Jason Alexander) on the situation comedy com SEINFELD/NBC/1990-1998 mentioned on episode No. 10 "The Apartment" (4/4/91). George once said of himself "I'm disturbed. I'm depressed. I'm inadequate. I've got it all!" George's friend Jerry Seinfeld also referred to George as "Biff" a reference to the character Biff Loman "The biggest loser in the history of American Literature" in Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman.

Lovable Lush, The - Comedian Foster Brooks made alcoholism his trademark by creating a lovable but blitzed drunk known as "The Lovable Lush" who stuttered, stammered and belched his way through a conversation. He once explained his "Favorite Hangover Cures" on an installment of the variety program THE BOOK OF LISTS/CBS/1982. His drunk routine was a recurring skit on the comedy variety program THE DEAN MARTIN SHOW/NBC/1965-74.

Love Mate of the Week - The comedy romance anthology LOVE AMERICAN STYLE/ABC/1969-74 pioneered the video centerfold in a feature called the "Love Mate of the Week." Each week a large heart-shaped prop slowly opened to reveal a beautiful young girl tastefully clad in a bikini.

Lover - The affectionate nickname used by domestic relations Judge Brad Stevens (Jim Backus) in reference to Joan Stevens (Joan Davis), his slightly wacky housewife on the sitcom I MARRIED JOAN/NBC/1952-55. Years later Jim Backus would call another TV wife by the name "Lovey" when he starred on the sitcom GILLIGAN'S ISLAND/CBS/1964-67 as millionaire Thurston Howell III, (a.k.a. "The Wolf of Wall Street"), a millionaire industrialist shipwrecked on an deserted island with his wife Mrs. Lovey Howell. On the detective drama HAWAIIAN EYE/ABC/1959-63 singer-photographer Cricket Blake (Connie Stevens), who worked at the Shell Bar of the Hawaiian Village Hotel, was given the special nickname of "Lover" by two handsome detectives Tom Popaka (Robert "Bob" Conrad) and Tracy Steele (Anthony Eisley).

Lum Lum  See - "Babycakes"

Lumpy - Nickname of Clarence Rutherford (Frank Bank), the friend of Wally Cleaver (Tony Dow) on the sitcom LEAVE IT TO BEAVER/CBS/ABC/1957-63. Originally, Clarence was a bully who picked on the Cleaver kids on their way home from school. His neighborhood name "Lumpy" was a reference to the "lumps" he gave the local kids when he caught them. His hulking body and stupid facial expressions matched his nickname perfectly. Once the Cleaver boys, Wally and his younger brother, Beaver (Jerry Mathers) placed barrel hoops on the driveway of Lumpy's house hoping to trip him when he ran after them. Unfortunately, the hoops caught Lumpy's father, Fred Rutherford (Richard Deacon) instead. When Lumpy's father discovered the reason why the kids pulled their prank, he disciplined Clarence for being a bully. Later Lumpy became friends with Wally Cleaver and was a featured regular on the revival series STILL THE BEAVER/DIS/1985-86 and THE NEW LEAVE IT TO BEAVER/TBS/1986-89. Lumpy was also the nickname of public defender Rosie O'Neill (Sharon Gless) bestowed by her childhood friend Victoria Lindman (Tyne Daly) on the law drama THE TRIALS OF ROSIE O'NEILL/CBS/1990-92. TRIVIA NOTE: In the film Scrooged (1988) Bill Murray played Mr. Cross, an insensitive, venal television executive who long ago lost the spirit of Xmas. In his more innocent days, his girlfriend (Karen Allen) called him "Lumpy."

Lunch Bandit, The - Unknown person who for years stole people's lunches from a Baltimore police station refrigerator on the drama HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS/NBC/1993-99. On the 1/3/97 episode while reviewing a videotape documentary of the station life, a clip of video revealed the Lunchroom Bandit to be officer Gaffney, a porky detective with a crew-cut.

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