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Gossip columnist Liz Smith dead at 94

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Wade Sheridan
Gossip writer Liz Smith who wrote about celebrities and Hollywood, has died at the age of 94. File Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/UPI
Gossip writer Liz Smith who wrote about celebrities and Hollywood, has died at the age of 94. File Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Famed gossip columnist Liz Smith who covered the lives of the rich and famous in New York publications for decades, has died at the age of 94.

Smith died Sunday inside her home in Manhattan, her literary agent and friend Joni Evans confirmed to The New York Times.

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Smith was known as the "Grand Dame of Dish" and wrote about celebrities in her column titled Liz Smith in the New York Daily News from 1976 to 1991, New York Newsday from 1991 to 1995 and then Newsday until 2005 with some overlap in the New York Post from 1995 to 2009.

The column became syndicated in 70 newspapers and famously covered the divorce between Donald and Ivanka Trump in 1990.

Smith also wrote for Ladies Home Journal, Vogue, Sports Illustrated and served as the entertainment editor in Cosmopolitan throughout her career.

She appeared on the local Fox channel in New York WNBC-TV for 11 years in her show titled Live at Five which earned an Emmy in 1985 and wrote a 2000 memoir titled Natural Blonde that was followed by a cook book in 2005, Dishing: Great Dish - and Dishes - From America's Most Beloved Gossip Columnist.

Smith is survived by several nieces and nephews.

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