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Pauline Gross
November 14, 2017

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).

She began writing her beloved column in 1976 for the New York Daily News. She moved on to become a ghostwriter for the gossip column Cholly Knickerbocker in the '50s.

Her commentary led her to be dubbed "the Grand Dame of Dish", for exposing the scandalous secrets of celebrities.

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Smith, who started work as a gossip columnist for the New York Journal-American in 1959, was often friends with numerous 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.

"I was fortunate enough to work with the fantastic Liz Smith".

Twice divorced, she came out as bisexual in her 2000 memoir "Natural Blonde".

Many who knew Smith and those who were influenced by her memorialized her on social media. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

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