Gossip columnist and writer Liz Smith leaves an event in New York in August of 2009. Smith, a gossip columnist whose mixture of banter, barbs, and bon mots about the glitterati helped her climb the A-list as high as many of the celebrities she covered, has died. She was 94.
Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Smith was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1923 and graduated from the University of Texas before heading to New York, where she made it big in the Big Apple.
Smith, who started work as a gossip columnist for the New York Journal-American in 1959, was often friends with many of the famous and glamorous people she covered, including Madonna, Frank Sinatra, Donald and Ivanka Trump and Katherine Hepburn, sparking some controversy from journalists over the years.
From 1976 until 1991, her column called “Liz Smith” ran in The Daily News and in New York Newsday from 1991 until 1995, according to the NYT. Her column continued in Newsday until 2005 and in the New York Post from 1995 until 2009, and she was syndicated in up to 70 newspapers, too.
Smith regularly earned more than $1 million a year -- more than any other newspaper columnist or executive editor, the NYT reported.
Liz Smith interview 2/24/09 when she was fired from @nypost i said on air she was 86 going on 40. she wrote: "i am in love all over again with @billritter7 he described me as 86 going on 40! It was almost worth losing a salary and a daily tenure...just to hear those words." pic.twitter.com/DWu9orC6pX