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Noted L.A. Times Book Editor Dies — He Achieved Fame by Telling the Stories of the Famous

Oct 4, 2017  •  Post A Comment

A journalist, critic and author whose many collaborations with celebrities helped him achieve his own level of fame has died. The Los Angeles Times reports that Digby Diehl, a former book editor for the paper, died Sept. 26 in L.A.

Diehl had Alzheimer’s disease. He was 76.

“Known as a collaborator as much as an editor, Diehl was the first editor of the Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, a position he held until he was named editor-in-chief at Harry N. Abrams Inc., the New York publishing house,” The Times reports. “Diehl returned to Los Angeles as the book editor for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and then became a movie critic and entertainment editor for KCBS-TV Channel 2, remembered — among other things — for his trademark bow tie.”

Among his extensive work with celebrities, Diehl collaborated with game show host Bob Barker on his memoir, “Priceless Memories,” helped singer Natalie Cole write her autobiography, “Angel on My Shoulder,” and worked with Teddy Getty Gaston, the last wife of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, to write “Alone, Together,” the report notes.

Diehl also had a hand in Dan Rather’s “Rather Outspoken — My Life in the News,” Esther Williams’ “The Million Dollar Mermaid” and Iran-Contra figure Duane R. Clarridge’s “A Spy for All Seasons — My Life in the CIA.”

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