Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Liz Smith, queen of tabloid gossip, dies at 94

Liz Smith, queen of tabloid gossip, dies at 94

Liz Smith, the syndicated gossip columnist whose mixture of banter, barbs, and bon mots about the glitterati helped her climb the A-list as high as numerous celebrities she covered, died Sunday at the age of 94.

Literary agent Joni Evans confirmed the news to The Associated Press on Sunday (November 12).

Known affectionately as the "the Grand Dame of Dish", Smith's legendary work included a chronicle of Donald and Ivana Trump's divorce, which made front-page news.

Over the following decades, her juicy column would be anchored at Newsday and the New York Post before she moved online at wowOwow.com and New York Social Diary, where until this week she penned a popular column with longtime collaborator Denis Ferrara.

From hardscrabble nights writing snippets for a Hearst newspaper in the 1950s to golden afternoons at Le Cirque with Frank Sinatra or Audrey Hepburn and dinners with Madonna to gather material for columns that ran six days a week, Smith captivated millions with her tattletale chitchat. "Liz passed away at the age of 94 and with her, a piece NY". "In the past we were able to identify important people and stars". Once part of News Corp., she naturally made appearances on the Fox News Channel.


In the Trump divorce, she chose the side of Ivana - the wronged woman.

Al Roker tweeted about having worked with her.

Liz Smith, gossip columnist and author of the new book "Dishing", is all smiles during a Texas-style lunch celebrating AARP The Magazine's first Hollywood issue at the Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles, March 29, 2005. After ending her work on that column in the early 1960s she went to work for Helen Gurley Brown as the entertainment editor for the USA version of Cosmopolitan magazine, later also working as entertainment editor of Sports Illustrated. "During my time at WNBC she was nothing short fabulous".

She appeared on a variety of documentaries about celebrities including 2007's "A Tribute to Peter Bart: Newhouse Mirror Award", centering on the former editor-in-chief of Variety; Smith also played herself on TV series including "The Nanny", "Murphy Brown" and "The Roseanne Show".

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