Liz Smith


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Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Smith (born February 2, 1923) is an American gossip columnist. She is known as The Grand Dame of Dish.

Smith was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She married her high school sweetheart, George Edward Beeman, a World War II bombardier, in 1944. But she left him to enroll in college and they were divorced several years later.

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  • ''Gossip is news running ahead of itself in a red satin dress.''
    Liz Smith (b. 1923), U.S. journalist, author. American Way, syndicated column (Sept. 3, 1985). "Most good gossip columnists," Smith wrote in 1991,...
  • ''One good thing came out of the summit. We got to see that Dan Rather is definitely a he-man and no wimp.''
    Liz Smith (b. 1923), U.S. gossip columnist. As quoted in Newsweek magazine, p. 15 (June 13, 1988). Statement made during a visit to Russia by Pres...
  • ''Good gossip is just what's going on. Bad gossip is stuff that is salacious, mean and bitchy—the kind most people really enjoy.''
    Liz Smith (b. 1923), U.S. gossip columnist. As quoted in the Newsweek magazine, p. 17 (January 13, 1992).
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