Former THR writer Collette Wood dies at 70



Collette Wood
Collette Wood, a former journalist and columnist with The Hollywood Reporter who covered theater and television, died Oct. 1 at her home in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., after a long battle with lung cancer. She was 70.

Wood worked at THR for four years in the 1970s at a time when few African-Americans were covering the arts in Los Angeles and became president of the Hollywood/Beverly Hills chapter of the NAACP.

Wood later served as a publicist at Universal Studios, United Artists, MGM and Columbia and was partnered for several years with Maria LaMagra in LaMagra & Wood Public Relations.

During her career, Wood wrote for the Desert Sun in Palm Springs and the Los Angeles Times and served as a book reviewer for West Coast Book Review. She most recently was program director with the Boys & Girls Club of Desert Hot Springs.

Wood is survived by her husband of 50 years, Allen Wood; daughter Rene; and two grandchildren, Brayhna Basingame and Danielle Daniels.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 at First Baptist Church in Desert Hot Springs. Donations can be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Desert Hot Springs or People Helping People U.S.A. in Cathedral City, Calif.
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