Paula K. Shimatsu-U.

Twin Peaks Photography


A third generation native of Los Angeles, CA, Paula worked from an early age in film, television and on the stage with Cary Grant, Anne Bancroft, Ricardo Montalban, Florence Henderson, Elvis Presley and many other legendary Hollywood stars. A graduate of UC Berkeley where she worked at numerous concerts on campus, as well as for American impresario and rock concert promoter Bill Graham, Paula returned to Los Angeles after working as a stewardess for Pan American Airways to work as senior case worker for Congressman Henry A. Waxman.

Granddaughter of the first Japanese photographer in Los Angeles, Tokiji Utsushigawa, Paula was told about the position of assistant to Mark Frost by a friend from UC Berkeley, Tony Krantz.  (Tony worked at Creative Artists Agency then, and had introduced Mark to David Lynch. They decided to collaborate on a script for a television pilot with the working title, “Northwest Passage.”)


Paula assisted Mark and David with research for the pilot script and the formation of Lynch-Frost Productions. Her title as Frost’s assistant fails to adequately describe her critical and vital involvement with the ABC series “Twin Peaks.” Her lifelong background working with celebrities in entertainment and politics coupled with an old fashion hard work ethic lent itself to filling key duties in vital areas for these shows (“American Chronicles” was a Fox project).

Her other ventures have included working for the internationally lauded pioneer in digital communications, Dr. William C. Lindsey. Ever an eclectic being, she enjoys some of the simpler and complex joys which life offers to all and is a constant source of amusement and deep thoughts for herself.

Paula truly has led an extraordinarily interesting and captivating life and hopes you will enjoy some of the images and musings which are offered on this website.