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

  • George Barris, creator of the Batmobile, dies at 89

    George Barris, creator of the Batmobile, dies at 89

    In 1965, producers of the “Batman” television show needed a supercar that Adam West could wield to battle the Joker and the Riddler. There was just one man for the job: George Barris. “I saw the script and it said, 'Bang,' 'Pow,' 'Boom,' ” Barris told The Times in 2012. “That's exactly what I wanted...

  • Mike Hammond, co-founder of computer maker Gateway, dies at 53

    Mike Hammond, co-founder of computer maker Gateway, dies at 53

    Mike Hammond, who helped start computer maker Gateway Inc. in a northwest Iowa farmhouse and with his partners turned it into a popular brand known for shipping its products in boxes decorated with cow spots, died Thursday at his home in Sioux City. He was 53. A spokesman for the Meyer Bros. Funeral...

  • Guenter Schabowski dies at 86; spokesman's blunder hastened collapse of Berlin Wall

    Guenter Schabowski dies at 86; spokesman's blunder hastened collapse of Berlin Wall

    In late 1989, history took a sharp, unplanned turn. By most accounts, it happened because of Guenter Schabowski. Meeting the media after weeks of pro-democracy protests, the spokesman for the repressive East German state was asked about rumors of a new travel law. Were the restrictions that had...

  • Leon Bibb dies at 93; Tony-nominated actor and folk singer

    Leon Bibb dies at 93; Tony-nominated actor and folk singer

    Leon Bibb, a Tony-nominated actor and folk singer who grew up under segregation, found mainstream favor on the "The Ed Sullivan Show" and sang with Joan Baez and Harry Belafonte on the civil rights trail, has died at 93. A stirring baritone who learned to sing in church choirs, Bibb made his Broadway...

  • Vera B. Williams dies at 88; award-winning children's author and illustrator

    Vera B. Williams dies at 88; award-winning children's author and illustrator

    Vera B. Williams' family saved pennies and nickels to get by during the Depression. So her mother's purchase of a "real chair" — neither stick-hard nor someone's castoff but brand new and cushiony — was an extravagance. "I don't intend to work all my life and have nowhere to sit down," the woman...

  • Cory Wells dies at 74; cofounder of 1970s band Three Dog Night

    Cory Wells dies at 74; cofounder of 1970s band Three Dog Night

      Cory Wells, a founding member of the vocal trio behind Three Dog Night, which had nearly two dozen top hits in the late 1960s and 1970s, including “One,” “Easy to Be Hard” and “Joy to the World,” has died. He was 74. His death Tuesday in Dunkirk, N.Y., was announced by Three Dog Night co-founder...

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