Elaine Woo

Writer

Elaine Woo is a Los Angeles native who has written for her hometown paper since 1983. She covered public education and filled a variety of editing assignments before joining "the dead beat" – news obituaries – where she has produced artful pieces on celebrated local, national and international figures, including Norman Mailer, Julia Child and Rosa Parks. She left The Times in 2015. 

Recent Articles

  • Mary Healy dies at 96; actress and singer during golden age of TV

    Mary Healy dies at 96; actress and singer during golden age of TV

    Mary Healy, a singer and actress who formed a popular comedy team with her husband, Peter Lind Hayes, during television's golden age, died of natural causes Tuesday in Calabasas. She was 96. Her death was confirmed by her daughter, actress Cathy Lind Hayes. Healy and Hayes gained television fame...

  • Bernice Gordon, longtime creator of crossword puzzles, dies at 101

    Bernice Gordon, longtime creator of crossword puzzles, dies at 101

    Bernice Gordon, who delighted, bedeviled and sometimes outraged aficionados of the crossword puzzle during a six-decade career unusual not only for its longevity but the artfulness of her brain-teasing constructions, died Thursday at her Philadelphia home. She was 101. The cause was heart disease,...

  • John 'Jack' Leggett, mentor of emerging authors, dies at 97

    John 'Jack' Leggett, mentor of emerging authors, dies at 97

    John Leggett, a novelist, biographer and literary mentor whose ability to recognize emerging talent distinguished his 17-year tenure as head of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, died Jan. 25 in Napa. He was 97. Later the cofounder and director of the Napa Valley Writers' Conference, Leggett had pneumonia,...

  • John Bayley, half of a famed and devoted literary couple, dies at 89

    John Bayley, half of a famed and devoted literary couple, dies at 89

    As marriages go, John Bayley and Iris Murdoch's was one for the ages — doting, dotty and undyingly tolerant. He was the eminent critic and Oxford don, who also was known to stuff his pockets with leftovers. She was the brilliant novelist and skinny-dipping libertine, whose philosophical treatments...

  • Al Bendich, lawyer who defended Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl,' dies at 85

    Al Bendich, lawyer who defended Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl,' dies at 85

    In a San Francisco courthouse in 1957, a poem went on trial. It was Allen Ginsberg's "Howl," the incantatory, profanity-laced paean to self-expression that became the centerpiece of one of the most important obscenity cases of the last century. Among those defending its publisher, the poet Lawrence...

  • Harry V. Jaffa dies at 96; shaped modern American conservative movement

    Harry V. Jaffa dies at 96; shaped modern American conservative movement

    Harry V. Jaffa, an Abraham Lincoln scholar and political philosopher who made the ideas of America's founding fathers a cornerstone of modern conservative thought, died Saturday at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. He was 96. His death from natural causes was confirmed by his son Philip. Jaffa,...

  • Ben Ammi Ben-Israel dies at 75; a leader of Black Hebrew movement

    Ben Ammi Ben-Israel dies at 75; a leader of Black Hebrew movement

    When the vision came to him in 1966, Ben Carter thought that the angel "did not have the right address." But the high school dropout from Chicago's South Side ultimately heeded the divine directive that told him it was time "for Africans in America ... to return to the land of our forefathers"...

  • Grammy-winning gospel artist Andrae Crouch dies at 72

    Grammy-winning gospel artist Andrae Crouch dies at 72

    Grammy-winning gospel artist Andrae Crouch died Thursday, his representative confirmed to the Los Angeles Times. He was 72. Crouch, a Los Angeles native, died about 4:30 p.m. at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles from complications after having a heart attack on Saturday, according...

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