REMEMBERING LIZ SMITH

She was more than a gossip columnist, she was a celebrity in her own right, who had her finger on the pulse of Manhattan.

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> WHEN THE TROUBLE STARTED AT TRUMP TOWER, WHO BROKE THE STORY?

WHEN DONALD FLEW OFF TO WATCH A FIGHT?

WHO CLUED YOU IN?

WHEN IVANA AND DONALD SPLIT, WHO HAD ALL THE INTIMATE DETAILS?

LIZ SMITH.

RIGHT FROM THE START WITH THE EXCLUSIVE.

WHEN PEOPLE HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY, THEY TALK TO LIZ SMITH.

CELEBRITY COLUMNIST LIZ SMITH, KNOWN IN MANY CIRCLES AGRAND DAME OF DISH PASSED AWAY SUNDAY AT AGE OF 94.

WITH HER DEATH, QUINTESSENTIAL PIECE OF NEW YORK SOCIETY AND JOURNALISM GOES WITH HER.

TOUGH TEXAN WITH A QUICK WIT AND FINGER ON THE PULSE OF NOT JUST THE CITY BUT THE STARS SHE COVERED.

IN DOING SO, LIZ SMITH HERSELF BECAME PART OF THE A LIST AS WELL.

AFTER STINTS AS ASSISTANT FOR MIKE WALLACE IN PRODUCTION FOR 'CANDID CAMERA' OR WRITER AT 'COSMO,' STARTED APPEARING UNDER HER BYLINE.

UNFOLDED FOR ALL OF US AROUND THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD.

COLUMN SYNDICATED IN OVER 70 PAPERS.

LIZ BROKE AND CHRONICLED DAY-TO-DAY DEALINGS IN THE DIVORCE OF THEN REAL ESTATE MAGNATE AND NOW PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND HIS WIFE IVANKA.

IT WAS GOSSIP ON THE FRONT PAGE.

LIZ WAS THERE TO REPORT ON THE TURBULENT LIVES OF ACTRESS ELIZABETH TAYLOR AND HER FREQUENT HUSBAND RICHARD BURTON.

LIZ SAID THE FRIENDSHIP HELPED MAKE MY CAREER, DIDN'T DO THEM ANY HARM EITHER.

WON AN EMMY FOR REPORTING AT LIVE AT 5.

HOST AND METEOROLOGIST AL ROKER REFLECTED, I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO WORK WITH LIZ SMITH AT WNBC.

SHE WAS NOTHING SHORT OF FABULOUS.

LIZ PASSED AWAY AT 94 AND WITH HER A PIECE OF NEW YORK.

CELEBRITIES ALSO CHIMED IN.

ROB LOWE HEAPED SINCERE PRAISE ON THE LATE COLUMNIST TWEETING QUOTE, LOVED LIZ SMITH, SMART AND FUNNY, GOSSIP FROM THE HIGH ROAD.

ACTOR JAMES WOODS ADDED, LIZ SMITH WAS THE DEFINITION OF A LADY, SHE DISHED BUT ALWAYS FOUND A WAY TO MAKE IT ENTERTAINING AND FUN.

#RIPLIZ.

AND HOLLYWOOD ICON BERNADETTE PETERS PUT IS SIMPLY.

RIP LIZ SMITH, BEST OF THE BEST.

MISS SMITH WAS ALSO PASSIONATE ABOUT CHARITIES NEAR AND DEAR TO HER.

HELPED RAISE MILLIONS FOR A VARIETY OF GROUPS, MOST NOTABLY LITERACY VOLUNTEERS, TEACHES ADULTS TO READ AND WRITE.

ALSO A MAJOR PLAYER IN THE WOMEN'S ACTION ALLIANCE WHICH PROMOTES GENDER EQUALITY.

MISS SMITH TOLD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IN 1987 QUOTE WE MUSTN'T TAKE OURSELVES TOO SERIOUSLY IN THIS WORLD OF GOSSIP.

WHAT I DO REALISTICALLY ISN'T THAT SIGNIFICANT, STILL I'M HAVING A LOT OF FUN.

INDEED, SHE DID.

Funders

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