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Tabloid gossip diva Liz Smith dies, aged 94

The amiable queen of tattle-tale columns, who was the highest-paid in the newsroom, coaxed the juiciest stories out of Hollywood's biggest stars

Liz Smith's income often exceeded US$1 million a year, more than any newspaper columnist or executive editor, and she became as prominent as her legendary predecessors, Walter Winchell in New York and Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons in Hollywood.

New York

LIZ SMITH, the long-time queen of New York's tabloid gossip columns, who for more than three decades chronicled little triumphs and trespasses in the soap-opera lives of the rich, the famous and the merely beautiful, died on Sunday at her home in Manhattan. She was 94.


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