| Mar 24, 2009
Son of poet Sylvia Plath
Nicholas Hughes, 47, a fisheries biologist who was the son of poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, killed himself March 16 at his home in Fairbanks, Alaska, state police reported.
Hughes, who hanged himself,...
| Mar 26, 2009
Many a great film director is tethered artistically to a trusted actor: John Ford had the Duke, Fellini had Mastroianni and Scorsese had De Niro.
For Sam Peckinpah, the volatile maverick who reinvented the western as a hyperviolent, nihilistic...
| Apr 2, 2009
Some of Kent Twitchell's murals are best known because they no longer exist.
His "The Old Lady of the Freeway" greeted travelers along the Hollywood Freeway from 1974 until it was painted out by a billboard company in 1986.
More recently, "Ed Ruscha...
| Mar 5, 2009
Horton Foote, whose bittersweet stories of heartbreak and regret set in small Southern towns earned him wide popular acclaim as well as two Academy Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, died Wednesday. He was 92.
Foote died in his sleep at his apartment in...
| Aug 3, 2009
Tom Runyon, who shared his family name with a Hollywood Hills canyon and his simple fare at his rough-hewn roadhouse on Mulholland Highway with the famous and famously interesting, has died. He was 89.
Runyon, a fiction writer and occasional actor,...
| Jul 12, 2009
A Bright and Guilty Place
Murder, Corruption, and
L.A.'s Scandalous Coming of Age
Doubleday: 270 pp., $25
Everything has its counterpart. For every piece of matter there is a like piece of antimatter, for every movie star there is or...
| Jun 11, 2009
Jack Lewis, a decorated Marine Corps officer, screenwriter, pulp-novelist, occasional movie stuntman, co-founder of Gun World magazine and self-described "reporter, drunk, editor and hobo," has died. He was 84.
Lewis died May 24 of lung cancer in Hawaii,...
| Sep 23, 2009
Norman Katkov, a writer who started his long career crafting articles for newspapers and magazines and moved on to television scripts and novels, died Sept. 13 at his Los Angeles home of age-related causes, his son Richard said. He was 91.
| Nov 8, 2009
For a writer, Enda Walsh has surprisingly little faith in words.
The 42-year old Irish dramatist's plays "The Walworth Farce" and "The New Electric Ballroom" have earned rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. But he insists that "words sort of get...