Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Evelyn De Wolfe was graduated from the University of Brazil and first came to the United States on a student/teacher fellowship to the University of Washington.
Leading up to a lifelong career in journalism, she worked as translator and interpreter for United States agencies in Rio. In Hollywood she was hired by Walt Disney as story researcher, and was a Hollywood Foreign Press correspondent before her 40-year career as staff writer, and columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
On sabbaticals from the newspaper she traveled worldwide on story assignments with her husband (photo-journalist Leonard Nadel) — living with a Stone Age tribe in New Guinea; covering the wedding of King Constantine of Greece; following medical missionaries in the Amazon and in Africa; traveling with Bedouin tribes in the Negev Desert; traipsing around the Australian outback; hiking with Nepalese boy scouts in the Himalayas; exploring the Alps of New Zealand; meeting Haile Selassie in Ethiopia; doing the life story of a geisha in Japan, and traveling through Egypt, Israel and Lebanon. This eclectic background included freelance features for Ice Capades and costume research for motion picture designers.
She was listed in Who’s Who of American Women and picked up a few awards along the way, but says : “my most gratifying achievement was performing as honorary clown with Ringling Brothers Circus and leading the Clown Band at its 100th anniversary celebration.” Evelyn is usually at her computer writing books but also spends time creating miniatures in her basement workshop. She lives in Hollywood, CA, has two children, two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.