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

  • Happy Rockefeller dies at 88; wife of Nelson Rockefeller

    Happy Rockefeller dies at 88; wife of Nelson Rockefeller

    "Most people can get a divorce without having the world hang on it," Margaretta "Happy" Rockefeller once told a reporter. But in 1963, divorce was still a scandal. And she and her husband were not "most people." That year, she married Nelson Rockefeller, the New York governor and front-runner for...

  • Franz Wright, celebrated and tormented poet and poet's son, dies at 62

    Franz Wright, celebrated and tormented poet and poet's son, dies at 62

    Franz Wright was 15 and living in California when he sent some of his first poems to a tough critic — his father. "I'll be damned," the acclaimed poet James Wright wrote back. "You're a poet. Welcome to hell." The elder Wright's words were knowing — and prophetic. His son would share his afflictions...

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