E. L. Woody

Photographer, Visual Artist

1946 –


Who is E. L. Woody?

Edward L. Woody is the self-proclaimed "King of paparazzi". He is known for taking pictures of celebrities. He began taking pictures while in the U.S. Army. During the Vietnam War, 1968–1969, he was a medic and platoon leader on the 5th Special Forces Nha Trang Mike Force, where he was known as "Shotgun" Woody. He received a Bronze Star with V device, Navy Commendation Medal with V device, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and Combat Jump Wings, as a result of his numerous combat operations with The Mike Force.

He photographed for numerous magazines including EASYRIDERS, QUI, CLUB, and many others, until Mary Crosby asked him to photograph her for THE STAR MAGAZINE for an article about her rescuing her horses from a Malibu fire. The money received for that photo shoot set him on his photographic path.

A still photographer, Woody was fascinated with the potential for video. He began the video paparazzi business in 1993, when he began his video career by providing footage of celebrities to A CURRENT AFFAIR, INSIDE EDITION, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, Hard Copy, and many other celebrity news shows.

Since 1993, E. L. Woody has amassed a huge video library which documents the past 15 years of Hollywood history. With almost 4000 hours of footage, and 70,000 video clips, his library is used as an archive by DATELINE, 60 MINUTES, and other news and documentary shows around the world. His collection of Anna NICOLE SMITH clips is the largest in the world.

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Sep 1, 1946

on July 23, 2013


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