Liz Smith, Longtime Gossip Columnist, Dies at 94


Longtime New York gossip columnist Liz Smith, who chronicled President Trumps for years, has died at the age of 94.

Her literary agent, Joni Evans, told The Associated Press that Smith died of natural causes in NY.

Smith was once reportedly the highest-paid print journalist in the United States, according to theNew York Times.

Her column in the New York Daily News, known simply as "Liz Smith", was a must-read for those who wanted to know about the glitz-and-glam of the A-list world.

She moved from the Daily News to Newsday in 1991, remaining for four years, then signed with the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post.

After a brief marriage while attending Hardin-Simmons University, Smith earned her journalism degree and headed off for NY with two suitcases and $50.

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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. "In the past we were able to identify important people and stars".

In 1985, Smith won an Emmy for her show "Live at Five" on WNBC, a reporting gig that would span 11 years. Once part of News Corp., she naturally made appearances on the Fox News Channel. She also wrote magazine articles and three books: The Mother Book, Natural Blonde and Dishing: Great Dish - And Dishes - From America's Most Beloved Gossip Columnist. She dished, but always found a way to make it entertaining and fun.

Al Roker tweeted about having worked with her.

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.

With a big smile and her sweet southern manner, the Texas native endeared herself to many celebrities and scored major tabloid scoops: Donald and Ivana Trump's divorce, Woody Allen and Mia Farrow's impending parenthood.

Married and divorced twice, Smith came out as bisexual in her 2000 memoir.

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