Liz Smith, syndicated gossip columnist, dies at 94

Liz Smith, syndicated gossip columnist, dies at 94

Liz Smith, syndicated gossip columnist, dies at 94

The following year she moved from the Daily News to Newsday and her column also ran in the New York Post from 1995 until 2009.

"I can't walk. I can't talk as well as I used to, but I'm relatively healthy otherwise", she said.

The writer knew the couple on a personal level and also took several trips with them and Ivana told her about the divorce at the Trump-owned Plaza hotel. After a lifetime of fun and excitement and money and feeling important and being in the thick of it, I am just shocked every day that I'm not the same person.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1923, Smith graduated from the University of Texas in 1949 with a degree in journalism and, a year later, moved to NY.

Her column was widely syndicated, and at her peak she earned more than $1 million (£764,000) a year, according to the New York Times. In 1959, Igor Cassini, who wrote the Cholly Knickerbocker gossip column for The New York Journal-American, hired her to interview celebrities at nightclubs and write the column during his vacations. Liz Smith also tells that how Donald Trump had warned her that he will fire her soon but he did nothing like that.

As a young girl, Smith quickly fell in love with the silver screen, since movies were one of the few things her mother did not consider a sin.

For over a quarter-century, Smith wrote about the scandalous lives of NYC's rich and famous in her gossip column, titled under her own name.

She spoke favorably about Madonna while writing for New York Social Diary.

Known as "Dame of Dish", Smith helped usher in the era of celebrity journalism in print and television.

During that time, Smith migrated from the News to the rival New York Post and finally to Newsday, ultimately earning salaries well into six figures.

She raised money for groups such from Literacy Volunteers, which teaches adults to read and write, to the Women's Action Alliance, which promotes full equality for women.

Smith married high school sweetheart George Beeman, in 1945, and Fred Lister in 1957, but acknowledged her own bisexuality in her memoir, Natural Blonde.

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