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Also Known As: Mary Elizabeth Smith Died:
Born: February 2, 1923 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Fort Worth, Texas, USA Profession:

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Known to some as The Grand Dame of Dish, gossip columnist Liz Smith was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1923. After studying journalism at the University of Texas, Smith relocated to New York City, determined to cultivate a successful career in the newspaper industry. Her friend actor Zachary Scott helped her land her first major job writing for the magazine Modern Screen, and as Smith's talent both as a writer and as a cultivator of trusting relationships with the celebrities who appeared in her work grew, so did her stature. After a period working as a ghostwriter for the society column "Cholly Knickerbocker," as well as a run as the entertainment editor at both Cosmopolitan and Sports Illustrated, Smith began writing her own column for The New York Daily News in 1976. Within a few years, she was appearing in regular segments on WNBC's "Live at Five" news broadcast as well. Smith would continue her column at a number of different papers including Newsday and The New York Post, all while the piece was syndicating to over 70 papers around the country, making Smith at one time the highest paid journalist in the world. She would continue her column until 2009, when it was discontinued as a result of...

Known to some as The Grand Dame of Dish, gossip columnist Liz Smith was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1923. After studying journalism at the University of Texas, Smith relocated to New York City, determined to cultivate a successful career in the newspaper industry. Her friend actor Zachary Scott helped her land her first major job writing for the magazine Modern Screen, and as Smith's talent both as a writer and as a cultivator of trusting relationships with the celebrities who appeared in her work grew, so did her stature. After a period working as a ghostwriter for the society column "Cholly Knickerbocker," as well as a run as the entertainment editor at both Cosmopolitan and Sports Illustrated, Smith began writing her own column for The New York Daily News in 1976. Within a few years, she was appearing in regular segments on WNBC's "Live at Five" news broadcast as well. Smith would continue her column at a number of different papers including Newsday and The New York Post, all while the piece was syndicating to over 70 papers around the country, making Smith at one time the highest paid journalist in the world. She would continue her column until 2009, when it was discontinued as a result of cost-cutting. Smith passed away in 2017. She was 94 years old.

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 Smurfs, The (2011)
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 Fan, The (1981)
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Began writing her column for the <i>New York Daily News</i>.
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Began regularly appearing on WNBC's "Live at Five" newscast.
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Moved to <i>Newsday</i> and continued her column there.
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Changed papers again, this time to the <i>New York Post</i>.
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Published her autobiography <i>Natural Blonde</i>.
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Column at <i>The Post</i> was discontinued as a cost-cutting measure.
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