E.L. Woody, "King of the Paparazzi," Dies at 70
The photographer, who passed away May 23 of cancer, mixed it up with Liz, Stallone and Heidi Fleiss.
The East Texas native and Green Beret in the Vietnam War started out on the West Coast as a shutterbug for biker magazines like Easy Rider and Club, then gained notoriety as the doorman and photographer for the Malibu nightclub Trancas. From there, Edward L. Woody transitioned into shooting celebrities — usually without their consent.
The photographer, who died at the age of 70 of cancer on May 23, snapped the 1991 Elizabeth Taylor-Larry Fortensky wedding from a helicopter above Neverland Ranch and had his car rammed by Sylvester Stallone and his bodyguard after they chased him through West Hollywood. (Woody sued and won a settlement.)
He was among the first paparazzi to heavily incorporate video — a medium that allowed him to land scoops like the Heidi Fleiss scandal and Julia Roberts' surprise wedding to Lyle Lovett.
Woody's colorful clips were licensed regularly to celebrity tabloid shows Inside Edition and Extra!, and he executive produced the E! series Celebrities Uncensored. Avraham "Vremy" Kahn, Woody's right-hand man, will carry on the agency he started, Paparazzi TV Inc.