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Famed gossip columnist Liz Smith speaks at the Every Body, Rise!: A Celebration Of Elaine Stritch at Al Hirshfeld Theatre on November 17, 2014 in New York City.

From hardscrabble nights writing snippets for a Hearst newspaper in the 1950s to golden afternoons at Le Cirque with Frank Sinatra or Audrey Hepburn and dinners with Madonna to gather material for columns that ran six days a week, Smith captivated millions with her tattletale chitchat. "It's your legend. You don't have to agree with everything said about you, but you can't really quarrel with the cumulative thing".

She was eventually hired by Fox to develop her own talk show and eventually became a regular on Fox & Friends. She also worked at New York Newsday and the New York Post.

Liz Smith attends the Edgar Awards of the Mystery Writers of America in NY in May 2003. Even in the ruthless world of gossip, though, those who came after her paid their respects.

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Born in Fort Worth, Texas during prohibition, Smith graduated from the University of Texas in 1949 with a degree in journalism and, a year after, moved to the Big Apple. She later wrote for Cosmopolitan and Sports Illustrated.

Smith raised millions of dollars for charities, including $6 million for Literacy Partners, millions for AIDS charity AmFAR, as well as money for the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

Her 2000 memoir, Natural Blonde, was a New York Times best-seller and featured stories of stars including Julia Roberts, the Kennedy clan, Tom Cruise and Katharine Hepburn. He never gave me a dime. As she told The Advocate that year, " I mean, I wasn't going to just throw my private life into the public arena because somebody said I should. "I always felt that I was a great girlfriend".

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