Louise Coffey-Webb, generally known as Loulou, who died suddenly on July 3rd was born in Manchester, England and brought up in Berkhamsted, a town near London, the second of three children.
Very bright but not particularly academic in her early years, she started working for BBC radio after leaving school and quickly became an effective production assistant in radio drama and documentaries.
In 1978 she met a young American actor, script writer and comedian who was working in London. They married in summer 1979 and Loulou came to live in Hollywood, the first of many homes in greater LA.
Here she caught up with her academic education, collecting a BA and MA from Antioch University and then put her fascination and love for costume, textiles, fashion history and the arts to use in a series of interesting roles.
Her career included working for the costume departments of Warner Bros. and Sony, being Collections Manager at LACMA, a Curator and Assistant Professor at Woodbury University, and a Project Manager for the James G. Galanos Foundation. For the last five years or so she was an inspired and committed Collections Manager for the Culver City Art in Public Places Program. During her career she also held down many more voluntary positions, board memberships and advisory roles too numerous to mention.
She is the author of Managing Costume Collections and the famous little red book of Culver City’s Art in Public Places.
Loulou’s passing is mourned by an enormous circle of friends, enthusiasts, colleagues and ex-colleagues both here and in the United Kingdom. She had no children and her marriage did not last, but she created an international family of those inspired by her expertise, her love of company, her empathy with others and her unconquerable sense of fun.