James Ellroy Biography (1948-)

Original name, Lee Earle Ellroy; born March 4, 1948, in Los Angeles, CA; sonof Armand and Geneva Odelia (a nurse; maiden name, Hilliker) Ellroy; marriedMary Doherty, 1988 (divorced, 1991); married Helen Knode (a writer), c. 1991.Addresses: Agent: Joel Gotler, Artists Management Group, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., #212, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Office: Sobel Weber Associates, Inc., 146 East 19th St., New York, NY 10003.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Novelist, screenwriter, actor
Birth Details
March 4, 1948
Los Angeles, California, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Himself, James Ellroy: Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction (documentary), First Run Features, 1993
  • Himself, Shotgun Freeway: Drives through Lost L.A. (documentary),Alpine Releasing, 1995
  • Wordfest party guest, Wonder Boys (also known as Die Wonder Boys), Paramount, 2000
  • Right, Stay Clean, 2002
  • WRITINGS
  • Novels
  • Brown's Requiem, Avon (New York), 1981
  • Clandestine, Avon, 1982
  • Blood on the Moon, Mysterious Press (New York), 1984
  • Because the Night, Mysterious Press, 1985
  • Killer on the Road, Mysterious Press, 1986
  • Suicide Hill, Mysterious Press, 1986
  • Silent Terror, Mysterious Press, 1986
  • The Black Dahlia, Mysterious Press, 1987
  • The Big Nowhere, Mysterious Press, 1988
  • L.A. Confidential, Mysterious Press, 1990
  • White Jazz, Knopf (New York), 1992
  • American Tabloid, Knopf, 1995
  • The Cold Six Thousand, Knopf, 2001
  • Short Stories
  • Hollywood Nocturnes, Knopf (New York), 1994
  • Dick Contino's Blues and Other Stories, Arrow (London), 1994
  • L.A. Noir, Mysterious Press, 1998
  • Crime Wave: Reportage and Fiction from the Underside of L.A., Vintage Books (New York City), 1999
  • Nonfiction
  • Murder and Mayhem: An A-Z of the World's Most Notorious Killers, Arrow (London), 1992
  • My Dark Places (autobiographical), Knopf, 1996
  • Screenplays
  • Ellroy wrote the screenplay White Jazz, based on his novel of thesame name.
  • Film Stories
  • Dark Blue, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp., 2002
  • Television Stories
  • Episodic
  • "Since I Don't Have You," Fallen Angels, Showtime, 1993
  • Television Movies
  • L.A. Sheriff's Homicide, 2000
  • Other
  • Author of introduction, Heed the Thunder by Jim Thompson, ArmchairDetective Library, 1991

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • Blood on the Moon was adapted for film as Cop, Atlantic, 1988; Ellroy's short story, "Since I Don't Have You" was the basis for the television series Fallen Angels, Showtime, 1993; L.A. Confidentialwas adapted for film and released by Warner Bros., 1998; Brown's Requiem was adapted for film and released in 1998 by Avalanche Releasing; My Dark Places was adapted for films as My Dark Places: An L.A. Crime Memoir, 2001; Killer on the Road was adapted for film as Stay Clean, 2002.
OTHER SOURCES
    Books
    • Contemporary Novelists, St. James Press, 2001
    • St. James Guide to Crime & Mystery Writers, St. James Press, 1996
    Periodicals
    • Harper's Bazaar, November, 1996, p. 180
    • Interview, December, 1996, p. 70
    • Los Angeles Magazine, November, 1996, p. 114
    • Nation, December 2, 1996, p. 25
    • New Statesmen, November 8, 1996, p. 46
    • Newsweek, November 11, 1996, p. 79
    • People Weekly, November 25, 1996, p. 93
    • Time, April 10, 1995, p. 74
    • The Writer, September, 2001, p. 28
    • Writers Digest, July, 1996, p. 26

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