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

  • Down and dirty in the Pacific theater; When Hollywood turned its cameras away from Europe, film audiences saw a different take on World War II.

    Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" graphically examined the horrors U.S. soldiers faced fighting World War II in Europe. Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line," based on James Jones' novel, vividly depicts the brutalities our men endured in the Pacific theater. Movies made about World War II...

  • 'The Godfather' it's a guy thing

    HOLLYWOOD -- In the 1972 film "Play It Again, Sam," Woody Allen's nebbish hero was so obsessed with Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca" that he enlisted the ghost of the legendary '40s tough guy to coach him on how to impress girls. "Casablanca" and Bogey may have been the role models for Allen's generation,...

  • TV takes up story of 'Stargate'

    HOLLYWOOD -- Richard Dean Anderson has never been a science-fiction buff. "I'm not a 'Star Trek' fan except for being a friend of Jonathan Frakes," quips the former star of the ABC action series "MacGyver" and the 1995 UPN western "Legend." So how is it that Anderson is up to his neck in aliens...

  • The many faces of Borgnine: the good, the bad, the funny

    Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine has created an array of memorable characters over the years, from the cruel, vicious Sgt. Fatso Judson in 1953's "From Here to Eternity" to the sweet, lonely butcher in 1955's "Marty" to the carefree con artist in the 1962-66 ABC comedy "McHale's Navy." And now a new...

  • With 'Facts' behind her, McKeon is ready for 'Can't Hurry Love'

    According to Nancy McKeon, the acting profession chose her. And it was a perfect match for the actress who came to fame as the tough teen-ager Jo on the popular '80s sitcom "The Facts of Life." "I love what I do so much," says Ms. McKeon, 29, who stars in the new sitcom "Can't Hurry Love," premiering...

  • Clancy tale comes to small screen because he likes TV's flexibility

    Tom Clancy is a modern King Midas. Everything he touches turns to gold. His political thrillers are instant best sellers. The movie versions of "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger" have struck the box-office mother lode, raking in a combined domestic gross of...

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