Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick
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Edmund Bacon was a Philadelphia civic institution, responsible for
redeveloping much of the Center City landscape during his long career
as city planner. Here's the Philadelphia Inquirer obit; it's long, but
Edmund Bacon dead at 95
By Stephan Salisbury and Leonard W. Boasberg
INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Edmund Bacon, 95, the brilliant, irascible city planner who spent much
of the first part of the 20th century reinventing Philadelphia and the
American city and much of the latter part defending his achievements,
died today of natural causes at his Center City home, according to
He suffered in recent years from a variety of what were, to him, mostly
annoying ailments and infirmities that got in the way of doing things.
Whether Mr. Bacon was pushing for the demolition of the city's infamous
old Chinese Wall to make way for the modern commercial downtown,
arguing for selective redevelopment of a shabby river ward that became
known as Society Hill, conceiving of a central city mall anchored by
big department stores - the future Market East, or sketching out plans
for what became iconic spaces like Independence Mall and JFK Plaza, he
kept one thing foremost in his mind: Philadelphia could be at the top
of contemporary American cities, boasting a vibrant center, muscular
public design, housing for the middle and upper classes, and
"Philadelphia has lost one of its greatest citizens," Gov. Rendell said
in interview. "The landscape of this city would have been miserably
different and decidedly poorer had Ed Bacon chosen not to be a
"The example and high standards that Ed Bacon set should be a constant
reminder to all of us involved in planning for the expansion and future
of our city."
An almost heroic, if not maniacal, force of will guided Mr. Bacon, a
man born and raised in Philadelphia, a city which he viewed on the eve
of World War II as "the worst, most backward, stupid city that I ever
But almost in the same breath, he resolved then "that come hell or high
water, I would devote my life's blood to making Philadelphia as good as
Like Robert Moses, his sometime rival in New York, Mr. Bacon shaped the
urban landscape with grand - and sometimes grandiose - schemes. But
unlike Moses, who controlled hundreds of millions of dollars and
wielded the authority conferred by such wealth, Bacon achieved his
stature and power from the force of his ideas and rhetoric, the clarity
of his vision, the support of powerful reform-minded political patrons
and sheer stubbornness.
A tall, lanky man with a shock of white hair who was a familiar figure
on the streets around his yellow-doored house near Rittenhouse Square -
he even hopped on a skateboard a couple of years ago while urging the
city to rescind its ban on skating in JFK Plaza - Mr. Bacon was capable
of scathing put-downs as well as slicing sardonic humor.
While not usually characterized as unduly modest, in later years he
sometimes said he was most well known as "the father of Kevin Bacon,"
the movie star, not to mention his five other children, whom he said
were all "doing very interesting things."
But Mr. Bacon's fame and legacy firmly rests on his service as
executive director of the city Planning Commission from 1949 to 1970, a
time in which he saw the development of Society Hill, Independence
Mall, Penn Center, University City, Penn's Landing, Market East and the
His office was considered so visionary and effective, that Time
magazine put him on its cover in 1964.
He was "largely responsible for the rebirth of Philadelphia as a vital
city," declared the American Institute of Planners in announcing Bacon
as recipient of its 1971 distinguished service award.
The citation of the prestigious Philadelphia Award, which Mr. Bacon
received in 1984, paid homage to his public role as "a pioneer in urban
Architect Vincent Kling, who worked with him on Penn's Landing and Penn
Center, which replaced the Chinese Wall, a monumental stone railroad
trestle that blockaded Center City from the Schuylkill to City Hall,
described Bacon as "the brightest, most energetic city planner we've
had here since William Penn."
Bacon's plans did not always become reality, for better or worse, and
he often ignited controversy.
And while Mr. Bacon may have preferred to get his way without public
controversy, he did not shun it and was hardly afraid to use it to his
In the spring of 1970, two months after he resigned as city planner and
development coordinator, Mr. Bacon replied to a special grand jury
investigating the 1500 Market St. development. In its presentment
(which did not implicate him in wrongdoing), the jury accused him of
having given "evasive" testimony.
Bacon angrily replied, in a speech to the Rotary Club of Philadelphia,
that the presentment was a "big lie."
"The only evasiveness involved was my evasion of punching him [a deputy
district attorney who had questioned him] in the nose," he declared.
Bacon was also a proponent of the Crosstown Expressway, which would
have linked the Schuylkill and Delaware River expressways by cutting a
swath along South Street. After years of controversy, the idea was
rejected, and South Street became the site of its own renaissance.
Some neighborhood groups and preservationists criticized him for
tearing down more than necessary. Bacon insisted that he tore down only
what was necessary to preserve and enhance the city.
The restoration of Society Hill was a case in point.
In the 1950s, urban renewal usually meant destroying blighted
neighborhoods in order to save them.
Bacon, however, began calling for the restoration of the neighborhood,
with its 18th and 19th century houses, even before becoming planning
commission director in 1949. Society Hill was transformed from the slum
neighborhood it had become to a prestigious area of expensive homes and
thriving businesses during his long tenure as city planner.
That said, much was torn down, and Mr. Bacon was constantly butting
heads with Charles Peterson, the legendary preservationist who served
as architectural historian for the park service and essentially
designed Independence National Historical Park.
Peterson, who died last year, never forgave Mr. Bacon for the scope of
Nevertheless, the two men were jointly honored this year as Society
Hill's "founding fathers" with a historical marker on Spruce Street.
Bacon could be spectacularly wrong, without question. He once call for
tearing down City Hall (except for the tower) - a proposal that was, he
would later ruefully admit, "one of my terrible mistakes." He also
disclaimed credit for the idea of the Crosstown Expressway, and
expressed fervent thanks that it was never built.
Throughout his tenure and after leaving his post, Bacon resisted
attempts to build buildings higher than William Penn's statue atop City
There had always been, he argued, an unwritten rule, based on a
"gentlemen's agreement," against exceeding the height limit of 491
feet. Anyone who sought to break this "marvelous agreement," he wrote
in a letter to the editor of this newspaper in 1984, would have "to
answer the age-old question, 'Are you a gentleman?' "
After William Rouse's development of the two Liberty Place towers broke
the "agreement," Mr. Bacon remained unreconciled.
Bacon served as Planning Commission director under four mayors: Bernard
Samuels, the last Republican to hold the office; Joseph S. Clark;
Richardson Dilworth, and James H. J. Tate.
Since the commission is primarily an advisory body rather than the
center of real authority, Bacon exerted his power through persuasion,
through the respect in which he was held, and, many felt, through
"People always think I exercised political power," he told an
interviewer a few years ago. "They're wrong. I had a personal policy
that I would always support the policies of the administration I was
Bacon could be astringent in his criticism of architects, who, he
maintained, could be so preoccupied with the surface features of a
building that they missed the setting in which it was placed.
"Great cities are not great because of individual buildings. They're
great because of the way things fit together," he said.
When he first proposed the concept of Penn Center, he said, "I was
chastised by the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of
Architecture because I presumed to make a plan where there was no
client and no program. You're not supposed to do a design for a
building unless someone engages you to do it. Everything I did was
Edmund Norwood Bacon was born May 2, 1910, in Philadelphia, the
descendent of Quakers who had come to Pennsylvania in 1682. He grew up
in West Philadelphia - his father was medical editor for the publishing
firm of J. B. Lippincott. He graduated from Cornell University with a
degree in architecture in 1932, the depth of the Great Depression, and
promptly took off for Europe. From there he made his way to Shanghai,
China, where he spent a year working with an American architect.
Back in the States, he worked for Philadelphia architect W. Pope
Barney, then went to the Cranbrook Academy, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.,
to study under the celebrated Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen. The
architect assigned him to work with the Flint, Mich., Planning Council.
He started in 1937 and stayed two years, long enough to receive the
town's Young Man of the Year Award and, two weeks later, to get ousted
for having tried to push through a public housing project over the
objections of powerful local real estate interests.
Even the middle-class automobile workers who would have benefited most
for the project voted against it in a referendum he had organized, he
would recall years later.
"I was thrown out of Flint in disgrace," he said. "But I had learned
that city planning is combination of social input as well as design."
Returning to Philadelphia, he was taken under the wing of Walter
Phillips, an energetic and visionary lawyer with close ties to the
city's increasingly restive and assertive political reform movement led
by Joseph Clark and Richardson Dilworth. Phillips lured Mr. Bacon into
a job as managing director of the city housing authority.
After serving in the Navy during World War II, Mr. Bacon returned to
Philadelphia in 1946 and the following year co-designed the Better
Philadelphia Exhibition, a show of models and plans that foretold what
came to be called the "Philadelphia renaissance." He joined the
Planning Commission that year, taking over as executive director in
1949. The next year he also began teaching at the University of
Pennsylvania as adjunct professor.
After retiring from public life in 1970, Mr. Bacon became vice
president of the Montreal-based development company Mondev
International Ltd., worked on downtown renewal programs, and organized
the 1993 World Congress on the Post Petroleum City - an idea he had
proposed the year before in his keynote address at a United Nations
symposium on metropolitan development and conservation.
He spent much time in the past decade or so seeking to fend off what he
considered poorly conceived plans to alter or obliterate some of his
planning efforts. He fought vocal, losing battles to block the National
Park Service from carving up the expanse of Independence Mall with new
buildings. And he was incensed by the recent redesign of JFK Plaza with
its attendant ban on skateboarding.
Asked a few years ago what he thought his greatest achievement had
been, Mr. Bacon replied: "Philadelphia."
His wife, the former Ruth Holmes, whom he married in 1938, died in
1991. He is survived by their six children, Karin, Elinor, Hilda,
Michael, Kira and Kevin; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 23 at Central
Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, 15th and Cherry Streets.
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July 23, 2006 -- KYRA Sedgwick doesn't mince words when asked what her favorite paper is. "The New York Post. If I'm going to read all of that gossip and stuff, it may as well be Page Six," the fetching blond star of "The Closer" tells the July/August issue of Arrive magazine. She also trashes the Daily News, revealing how the accuracy-challenged paper once had her " 'tapping my stilettos irritably as I waited for my husband' . . . I don't wear stilettos."
Posted 30 August 2006 - 08:24 AM
In contrast with her gritty role in The Closer, drama nominee Sedgwick is the epitome of romantic fantasy in her Armani Privé tulle confection.
I gotta disagree... I don't like the giant flower thingie, and I think the dress makes her look bulky in the middle section... and she's not bulky!!!
Posted 30 January 2007 - 08:03 AM
Web site shows which charities celebrities are supporting
Updated: 7:39 p.m. CT Jan 28, 2007
WASHINGTON - Kevin Bacon says he used to think the “six degrees of Kevin Bacon” game was a joke that would die out, but since it hasn’t, he is using the notoriety for charity.
“I thought it was definitely going to go the way of eight-track cassettes and pet rocks. But it’s a concept that has sort of hung around in the Zeitgeist,” Bacon told George Stephanopolous on ABC’s “This Week” in a show that aired Sunday.
Bacon said he was “kind of horrified at the idea” that he could be connected to any actor in the universe in six steps, but then he started asking people what could be done with the notion.
Bacon and the nonprofit Network for Good started a Web site, Sixdegrees.org. The site includes a feature to search more than 1 million charities.
Visitors also can see which charities celebrities are supporting financially. And there’s a link to an eBay site where people can bid on “celebrity swag” from the Sundance Film Festival.
“A lot of people are really, really strongly connected to what celebrities are doing,” Bacon said. “So why not have a place where you could also find out what charities they care about, what causes are important to them, and be able to donate right there?”
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From the BI section:
Does anyone know anything about these two? I just love her in The Closer and they seem to have a great relationship...but you never know.
One of the nicest, most genuine and non-Hollywoodish couples I've ever met. Seriously, the sweetest peeps around and very close as a couple. Granted, it's been a couple of years since I've had a chance to observe them up close and personal and you never know. But I'd be incredibly shocked if this BI had anything to do with them.
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick?
I really like them. Aside from professional adult stuff, a college friend went to high school with Kyra and just adored her. It's got to be someone else on this BI.
I've always heard great things about them--key among them that they're definitely the more normal of the Hollywood stars/couples.
Posted 31 December 2008 - 10:18 PM
Six degrees of separation – from Bernard Madoff to Kevin Bacon
By Stephen Foley in New York
Thursday, 1 January 2009
Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon put money into Bernard Madoff's scheme
The actor Kevin Bacon and his wife, Kyra Sedgwick, have become the latest celebrities to admit they are victims of Bernard Madoff, the Wall Street swindler.
The list of rich and powerful figures affected by the finance industry's biggest ever fraud is still growing by the day, three weeks after Madoff confessed to the FBI that he had lost $50bn (£34bn) of his clients' money.
Bacon's publicist, Allen Eichhorn, admitted the couple had become ensnared in the fraud, responding to rumours whipping through Hollywood. But it is still unclear how much the pair may have lost. "I can confirm that they had investments with Mr Madoff," Mr Eichhorn said, "no further specifics or comment beyond that."
Hollywood has not been spared the fallout from the Madoff scandal, which has affected a broad swathe of people, from the super-rich families of the US east coast, Latin America and Europe, to modest Jewish charities and Connecticut firefighters whose pension funds were funnelled into Madoff's pyramid scheme. He told the FBI that, instead of investing the money, he had been paying existing clients with money taken in from new investors, and now there was practically nothing left.
His lawyers said yesterday he would comply with a court's New Year's Eve deadline to set out what remains of the money and his own assets, including luxury homes along the east coast.
The Wunderkinder Foundation, set up by director Steven Spielberg to distribute grants to environmental and children's health causes, among others, was the first to admit to losing money with Madoff. Mr Spielberg's long-time business partner, Jerry Katzenberg, founder of DreamWorks animation, was also hit, along with Eric Roth, who wrote the screenplay for Forrest Gump.
New victims keep emerging. Yesterday, Wall Street was surprised to learn that one of its most savvy economic pundits was also taken in by Madoff and his network of unsuspecting fundraisers. Henry Kaufman, who came to be known as Dr Doom for his gloomy economic projections, said he had put "a couple of per cent" of his net worth with the fraudster.
Major financial institutions have also been hit. The Austrian government took over Vienna's Medici bank, which was brought to the brink of collapse by $2.1bn in Madoff losses.
And the pain is still being felt in Palm Beach, the luxury Florida resort where Madoff solicited funds from members of his country club and golfing partners. Wowed by his claims of two decades of solid investment returns, many people put their entire fortune with him.
A $10,000 statue of two lifeguards, which was stolen earlier this week from the grounds of Madoff's Palm Beach mansion, was found yesterday in nearby bushes with a note attached. It read: "Bernie the Swindler, Lesson: Return stolen property to rightful owners. Signed by - The Educators."
The losses faced by Bacon and Sedgwick will be a blow to a couple who have largely shunned the Hollywood limelight, preferring to spend most of their time in New York, where they have raised two teenage children. They are not touted among best paid or most powerful lists of stars but have seen their earning power rise dramatically in the past few years.
Bacon's roles in numerous diverse films inspired the parlour game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon", where players try to connect any actor to him in as few links as possible. Last year, he helped set up SixDegrees.org, a website that encourages social networking between philanthropists and charities.
Posted 01 January 2009 - 06:38 PM
Procrastination takes too long!
That's not a f***ing ticket, it's a sitcom. The Maverick and the MILF.
Posted 01 January 2009 - 09:20 PM
Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:00 PM
I agree with you 100%
I've always liked this couple and put them in the "normal people" category as compared to most actors and actresses. It is a shame this happened to them.
Procrastination takes too long!
That's not a f***ing ticket, it's a sitcom. The Maverick and the MILF.
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