Susan King

Writer

Susan King is a former entertainment writer at the Los Angeles Times who specialized in Classic Hollywood stories. She also wrote about independent, foreign and studio movies and occasionally TV and theater stories. Born in East Orange, N.J., she received her master's degree in film history and criticism at USC. She worked for 10 years at the L.A. Herald Examiner and came to work at The Times in January 1990. She left in 2016. 

Recent Articles

  • Interviewing Debbie Reynolds, one of Hollywood's pluckiest stars

    Interviewing Debbie Reynolds, one of Hollywood's pluckiest stars

     Less than two years ago, I sang a duet with Debbie Reynolds.  Then 82, Reynolds was about to receive  the Screen Actors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award but she was only doing minimal press; I joined her in the cozy home on daughter Carrie Fisher’s property where Reynolds lived for years. She...

  • Carrie Fisher may have joined the family business, but she saw beyond Hollywood's stardust

    Carrie Fisher may have joined the family business, but she saw beyond Hollywood's stardust

    Two decades ago, Debbie Reynolds was entertaining the audience at ABC’s “American Comedy Awards” with her droll acceptance speech for her Lifetime Achievement Award in comedy when she brought the house down recalling her ill-fated marriage to crooner Eddie Fisher. The actress referred to her marriage...

  • 'Elf' gets a musical makeover and a visit to Costa Mesa

    'Elf' gets a musical makeover and a visit to Costa Mesa

    The 2003 movie “Elf” starring Will Ferrell as Buddy, the North Pole helper who learns he’s human and heads off for New York City to find his biological father while spreading the joy of Christmas along the way, won over critics and made more than $220 million worldwide.  It wasn’t too long before...

  • Oscar Archives: Fifty years ago, the academy embraced changing mores

    Oscar Archives: Fifty years ago, the academy embraced changing mores

    This year’s awards contenders feature scenes of foul language, drug addiction and underage gay sex (“Moonlight”), nudity (“Nocturnal Animals,” “Toni Erdmann”), sexual violence (“Elle”) as well as graphic violence (“Hacksaw Ridge,” “Nocturnal Animals”). The stage for such images on the big screen...

  • Sam Elliott discusses 'The Ranch' and the macho influence on his own career

    Sam Elliott discusses 'The Ranch' and the macho influence on his own career

    First there’s the voice, that distinctive sonorous baritone. Then the thick silver hair and the handlebar mustache that would fit in perfectly in a saloon in the Old West. Sam Elliott is instantly recognizable — it’s part of the reason he’s been working in Hollywood for nearly five decades with...

  • 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' gets a sparkling restoration

    'Breakfast at Tiffany's' gets a sparkling restoration

    “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was showing its age. Wear and tear had taken its toll on the 1961 favorite based on Truman Capote’s novella about spirited New York party girl Holly Golightly, featuring Audrey Hepburn in one of her most iconic roles. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including lead actress...

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