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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

  • Merv Adelson dies at 85; TV mogul and philanthropist

    Merv Adelson dies at 85; TV mogul and philanthropist

    Merv Adelson, a developer, philanthropist and onetime Hollywood mogul who churned out such top-rated TV shows as "The Waltons" and "Dallas" before losing his fortune in a series of financial disasters, has died at a medical facility in Canoga Park. He was 85. The cause of his death Tuesday was...

  • Leon Letwin dies at 85; UCLA law professor, activist and Angela Davis defender

    Leon Letwin dies at 85; UCLA law professor, activist and Angela Davis defender

    In the 1930s, when other kids his age were reading the comics, Leon Letwin was reading a Communist Party newspaper and accompanying his radical parents to political rallies. His early activism made him one of the younger targets of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, which opened a file on him when he was 13....

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