Scott Sandell

Writer

Scott Sandell is the Los Angeles Times’ newsletter editor. Since starting at The Times as an intern, he has worked as a reporter, copy editor, assignment editor and as the online arts and entertainment editor. He speaks German and Mandarin. 

Recent Articles

  • Classic Hollywood: Impressions of the Chinese Theatre at 90

    Classic Hollywood: Impressions of the Chinese Theatre at 90

    To Jamie Lee Curtis, “the Chinese Theatre humanized, in the hand and footprints, the famous. It wasn’t a glossy picture that seemed unattainable, but something human and tangible.” To Carol Burnett, it was the place her grandmother flagged down Linda Darnell for an autograph — and little Carol...

  • Classic Hollywood: How the L.A. Times changed Oscar history

    Classic Hollywood: How the L.A. Times changed Oscar history

    If we could get in our Oscars time machine and go back to 1940, could we have prevented this year’s best picture snafu at the Academy Awards? You never know. Welcome to this month’s edition of the Classic Hollywood newsletter. I’m Scott Sandell, and we’ve seen a week of hand-wringing and finger-pointing...

  • Classic Hollywood: Words to remember from 32 legends we lost in 2016

    Classic Hollywood: Words to remember from 32 legends we lost in 2016

    It may not have been the worst year ever, as we so often heard, but 2016 was a bad one indeed when it came to losing legends.  I’m Scott Sandell, and welcome to another edition of the Classic Hollywood newsletter. We’re starting 2017 with a special look back at some of the tremendous talents in...

  • Classic Hollywood: Disney's legacy, Christmases past and those we've lost

    Classic Hollywood: Disney's legacy, Christmases past and those we've lost

    Sixty years ago, 15-year-old Dave Smith had a chance encounter with Walt Disney at Disneyland. The boy asked his hero for an autograph and, eventually, got it. But if he had known then what he knows now, he would have asked about a few other things. That’s because Smith would go on to found the...

  • Classic Hollywood: A Marx Brothers revival? You bet your life

    Classic Hollywood: A Marx Brothers revival? You bet your life

    With the presidential election just around the corner, the Marxist party is on the rise again. Karl? No! Try Zeppo, Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Gummo.  I’m Scott Sandell, and welcome to another special edition of Classic Hollywood.  Several projects this year have celebrated the zany comedy of the...

  • Classic Hollywood: When 'spooktacular' used to mean something

    Classic Hollywood: When 'spooktacular' used to mean something

    Do you remember the great Onion opinion piece “The Word 'Spooktacular' Used to Mean Something in This Country” from a few years back? It’s the perfect thing to put you in the mood for October — and another special edition of Classic Hollywood. I’m Scott Sandell, and let’s take a look at what’s...

  • All about the Emmy Awards

    All about the Emmy Awards

    The Emmys have come. And in the blink of an eye — well, actually, over the course of about three hours -- the Emmys have gone. What did you miss, even if you didn’t take your eyes off the show last night? Here are some highlights: NEW PERSPECTIVE Let’s start with the curious case of “The People...

  • Classic Hollywood: Looks like we remade it

    Classic Hollywood: Looks like we remade it

    Welcome to a special edition of the Classic Hollywood newsletter. I’m Scott Sandell, and for much of my 23-year career at The Times I worked in entertainment alongside Susan King, our longtime guardian of the Golden Age of Hollywood galaxy. Hopefully a little of her knowledge rubbed off before...

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