Los Angeles Times

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

  • Juli Soler dies at 66; partner with famed chef in El Bulli restaurant

    Juli Soler dies at 66; partner with famed chef in El Bulli restaurant

    Juli Soler, who discovered chef Ferran Adria and helped him turn Spain's El Bulli into one of the world's most influential restaurants, died Monday at his home in Rubi, near Barcelona. He was 66. Soler took over the management of El Bulli in 1981 and three years later elevated Adria from line cook...

  • Rondal Partridge dies at 97; photographer known for irreverence

    Rondal Partridge dies at 97; photographer known for irreverence

    Rondal Partridge apprenticed himself to Ansel Adams as a teenager, lugging the master photographer's heavy equipment up and down Yosemite's majestic peaks. He also was fired on several occasions, including the time he tied Adams' shoelaces together and made him fall on his face. Such irreverence...

  • Celebrated Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya dies at 89

    Celebrated Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya dies at 89

    Maya Plisetskaya, the celebrated Russian ballerina famous for her swan-like arms, powerful leaps and rebel spirit on and off the stage, has died. She was 89. The cause of her death Saturday in Munich, Germany, was a heart attack, Bolshoi director Vladimir Urin told the Russian state news agency...

  • Don Featherstone dies at 79; creator of the plastic pink flamingo

    Don Featherstone dies at 79; creator of the plastic pink flamingo

    Like the smiley face, the peace sign and other ubiquitous symbols, the pink plastic lawn flamingo actually had an inventor. But Don Featherstone never imagined the life his creation would lead. Millions of Americans bought the artificial flamingo he designed in 1957 to add flair to an otherwise...

  • Gunther Schuller dies at 89; fused classical, jazz in 'Third Stream'

    Gunther Schuller dies at 89; fused classical, jazz in 'Third Stream'

    Gunther Schuller had played for classical great Arturo Toscanini, but he also recorded with jazz icon Miles Davis. So he was uniquely qualified when, in 1957, he began to advocate the marriage of the two musical traditions. The initial reaction was intense "I was vilified on both sides," the horn...

  • Paul Bacon dies at 91; he revolutionized the design of book covers

    Paul Bacon dies at 91; he revolutionized the design of book covers

    Paul Bacon's name may be unfamiliar, but anyone who has browsed the bestseller racks over the last 60 years knows his work. If a book cover is a canvas, Bacon was its Matisse or Dali, who used minimal imagery and bold lettering to sell such iconic novels as Joseph Heller's "Catch-22," Ken Kesey's...

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