| Dec 15, 2013
| 11:03 AM
Actor Peter O’Toole, the swashbuckling star who received eight Academy Award nominations over a distinguished film career, died Saturday in London, his agent, Steve Kenis, said in an email to The Times.
O’Toole was 81.
A cause of death was...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 5:07 PM
Guitarist Jim Hall, an understated yet profoundly influential presence on jazz guitar, died in his sleep Tuesday morning at his New York City home. He was 83.
Hall, whose career began in the '50s as part of the West Coast jazz scene with Jimmy Giuffre...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 11:02 AM
Back in the 1980s, before I moved to California, I had a brief flirtation with screenwriting. It started in college, after my best friend transferred to New York University's film school and began to make short movies; I would write the scripts (or...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 9:56 AM
After an inconclusive autopsy Thursday, the search for the cause of death of pioneering Chicago chef Charlie Trotter continues. But his wife says he did not die as a result of a ruptured brain aneurysm.
That possibility was floated by friends who...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 8:30 PM
Harold Hofmann, who served as mayor of the South Bay city of Lawndale for more than two decades, died Saturday. He was 81.
One of California's longest-serving mayors, Hofmann died of natural causes at his home, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's...
| Nov 17, 2013
| 7:45 AM
Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing died at her home in London on Sunday, her publisher announced. She was 94.
Lessing is best known for her 1962 novel "The Golden Notebook," considered an essential feminist work of fiction. Moreover, it was...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 7:38 AM
Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones series of childrens' books has died, her publisher Random House announced. Park, 66, had ovarian cancer.
"Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus" kicked off the Junie B. Jones story in 1992. Park published 30...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 9:30 AM
Syd Field, described by many in the film community as the "guru of all screenwriters," has died at age 77.
According to his website, Field died Sunday of hemolytic anemia at his Beverly Hills home, surrounded by his wife, family and friends.
| Nov 19, 2013
| 2:45 PM
Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney and a philanthropist who bucked powers-that-be in Los Angeles to keep architect Frank Gehry on the job during a crucial phase of planning the city’s new concert hall, has died. She was 79.
| Nov 21, 2013
| 7:29 PM
When Dick Van Dyke got the role of Bert in the 1964 movie musical "Mary Poppins," Walt Disney asked him if he had a recommendation for a choreographer. Van Dyke recalled working with the team of Marc Breaux and Dee Dee Wood, who had created a number for...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 11:15 AM
Poet Wanda Coleman died Friday after a long illness, her husband said. She was 67.
Coleman was a key figure in the literary life of Los Angeles. She, as our book critic David Ulin recently wrote, "helped transform the city's literature." She was a...