Longtime gossip columnist Liz Smith, who started her column at the New York Daily News in 1976, has died, She was 94.

Known affectionately as the “the Grand Dame of Dish,” Smith’s legendary work included a chronicle of Donald and Ivana Trump’s divorce, which made front-page news.
Smith’s column, which was titled simply “Liz Smith,” became a staple in the publication for a quarter century, and was syndicated in almost 70 newspapers.
Smith started her journalism career as a CBS Radio news producer for Mike Wallace, according to the New York Daily News.
But it was her sharp writing at Cosmopolitan — namely the salacious details of the romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton — that led to her break at the Daily News.
Her clever barbs and scathing commentary elevated her to the level of notoriety shared by the A-listers she covered — many of whom are now remembering her fondly.
“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.”