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

  • Dave Sweet dies at 86; father of the modern foam surfboard

    Dave Sweet dies at 86; father of the modern foam surfboard

    The first time Dave Sweet went surfing, in 1945, he was 16 and his wooden board weighed more than he did. A decade later, he was launching a revolution that would turn those bulky boards into relics. Sweet, who played a pioneering role in introducing the foam surfboard that transformed the sport...

  • Eric Caidin dies at 62; movie memorabilia maven, grindhouse connoisseur

    Eric Caidin dies at 62; movie memorabilia maven, grindhouse connoisseur

    Eric Caidin, an impresario of pulp and collector of film memorabilia whose Hollywood Book and Poster Co. was a mecca for movie fans for nearly 40 years, has died. He was 62. ------------ FOR THE RECORD An earlier version of this story said that Caidin died in Las Vegas. ------------ Caidin died...

  • 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...

  • William Zinsser dies at 92; author of bestselling 'On Writing Well'

    William Zinsser dies at 92; author of bestselling 'On Writing Well'

    William Zinsser had been a writer and editor for 30 years, covering subjects as varied as shad running in the Hudson River and the Mau-Mau revolt in Kenya, when he complained to his wife that his well had gone dry. She had a brilliant idea: "You should write a book about how to write," she said....

  • Ann Shaw dies at 93; civic leader in Los Angeles for five decades

    Ann Shaw dies at 93; civic leader in Los Angeles for five decades

    In 1849, a black man walked into a one-room schoolhouse in Ohio with his son, Ed. "What's the matter with this damn schoolhouse that they won't take Ed?" he said when he confronted the white schoolmaster. "Ed has got to get in!" His words rang for generations of his family, particularly his great-granddaughter,...

  • Mystery writer Edward Wright, former Timesman, dies at 75

    Mystery writer Edward Wright, former Timesman, dies at 75

    Edward Wright, a journalist turned novelist who wrote an award-winning series of mysteries set in post-World War II Los Angeles, has died. He was 75. A former editor at the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, Wright died Friday at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles from...

  • Andrew Lesnie dies at 59; 'Lord of the Rings,' 'Babe' cinematographer

    Andrew Lesnie, an Australian cinematographer best known for his work on two very different kinds of fantasy films — "Babe," about a talking pig, and the epic trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" — has died. He was 59. Lesnie won an Oscar for cinematography in 2002 for "The Lord...

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