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Scott Sandell

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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. 

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  • Classic Hollywood: Scary monsters and super creeps

    Classic Hollywood: Scary monsters and super creeps

    The horror. The horror! Welcome to the latest edition of the Classic Hollywood newsletter. I’m Scott Sandell, and Halloween is just around the corner. That means you may already have taken the kids or grandkids to the pumpkin patch, picked out a costume, or bought the all-important candy, only...

  • Classic Hollywood: Playing Bette Davis, the pleasure and the pain

    Classic Hollywood: Playing Bette Davis, the pleasure and the pain

    It was a role Susan Sarandon was in some ways destined to play: the tempestuous Bette Davis. Welcome to the latest edition of the Classic Hollywood newsletter. I’m Scott Sandell, and this week we’ve got our eye on the story behind Sarandon’s Emmy-nominated turn in “Feud: Bette and Joan.” Producer-writer-director...

  • Classic Hollywood: The quotable Robert Mitchum

    Classic Hollywood: The quotable Robert Mitchum

    One hundred years ago, the United States entered World War I, the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded, and Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin were among those who ruled the silent silver screen. On Aug. 6, 1917, Robert Charles Duran Mitchum was born, the son of an Irish-Scottish railroad worker and...

  • Classic Hollywood: June Foray, a profile in characters

    Classic Hollywood: June Foray, a profile in characters

    “Now here’s something we hope you’ll really like!” “Santie Claus, why? Why are you taking our Christmas tree? Why?” “My name is Talky Tina, and I’m going to kill you.” By invoking just a few words, you can hear the voice — or rather, the voices — of June Foray. Welcome to the latest edition of...

  • Classic Hollywood: George Romero, Mr. Rogers and the Pittsburgh connection

    Classic Hollywood: George Romero, Mr. Rogers and the Pittsburgh connection

    It came from Pittsburgh. The modern-day zombie movie wasn’t a creature spawned in Hollywood. Instead, we have the Steel City to thank for giving us George Romero, who was proudly Pennsylvanian and filmed near his hometown with unknown actors and a bare-bones budget. Welcome to another edition of...

  • 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...

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