Longtime gossip columnist Liz Smith, who started her column at the New York Daily News in 1976, has died, She was 94.
“Loved Liz Smith. Smart and funny. Gossip from the High Road,” actor Rob Lowe tweeted.
Her 2000 memoir, “Natural Blonde,” a best seller for months, was a breezy compendium of tales about Rock Hudson, Richard Burton, Joe DiMaggio, Sean Connery, Frank Sinatra, Katharine Hepburn and others — nothing very scandalous.
Reviewers chastised her for not sharing intimate details of her relationships with women, including the archaeologist Iris Love, with whom she lived for many years.
But her work was praised. “Her brand of gossip is the old-fashioned kind, not the embarrassing or repulsive stuff dug up by so many of her journalistic colleagues,” Jane and Michael Stern wrote in a review for The Times.
“When she escorts us into the private lives of popular culture’s gods and monsters, it’s with a spirit of wonder, not meanness.”