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Liz Smith
Liz Smith calls herself “the 2000-year-old gossip columnist." She has worked in celebrity/show biz for 57 years, written for seven different NYC newspapers, countless magazines, and starred on radio and TV. She now does commentary for Fox Entertainment News and still writes a daily syndicated column. She is co-founder of and the women of Wow can now be heard on Sirius Radio.

Liz’s charity-fundraising has raised millions for Literacy Partners, AIDS, AmFAR, the Lighthouse, the Police Athletic League, The New York Landmarks Conservancy and others. Vanity Fair called her "an unflagging standard of integrity and grace that is shamefully rare in today's media ... She redeems the very institution of the Gossip Column from utter disrepute."

Entries by Liz Smith

Wednesday Mash Up: Robert Wagner Returns

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 6:08 PM

"I'M 24! I think it's a little early for all that."

Daniel Radcliffe, sensibly answering Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire query about his "greatest regret."

Daniel's life motto is succinct: "Don't be a dick."

•R.J. Wagner and Jill St. John are returning here to New York on the wings...

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Larry Kramer's 'Normal Heart' Beats, Finally, on HBO

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 5:40 PM

"WHY DID it take so long? Why did it take so long to make the play into a film?"

That is the question Larry Kramer asked several months ago, as work progressed on Ryan Murphy's HBO adaptation of Kramer's devastating 1985 play The Normal Heart.

Kramer's quote...

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Thursday Mashup: Burton, Taylor, Sophia Loren, Doris Day and...the Scandalous June Allyson?

(2) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 2:23 PM

"I DON'T think much about myself as a beauty. Bosom too big, arms too big, short legs, nose a bit crooked, double chin, big hands, big feet. My best features are my gray hairs. I've named them all Burton." So wrote Elizabeth Taylor in her 1965 "autobiography."

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Uma Thurman Runs Away With 'Nymphomaniac'

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 3:39 PM

"THE TRUTH is, sex doesn't mean that much to me anymore."

That was Lana Turner in the final restful decades of her life. And the truth was, Lana, despite her many lovers, never cared much for sex -- at least that is what she wrote in her autobiography....

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"Bad Guys" Are the Protagonists

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 5:49 PM

"THE RIGHT thing to do never requires any subterfuge, it is always simple and direct," said Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States.

•A TV show that interested me last year was The Americans, on the FX Channel. As you may know, this is about a pair of...

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How to Be 10% Happier? Read Dan Harris's New Book

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 5:25 PM

"IF YOU want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." Says the Dalai Lama.

Dan Harris is in that small respected world where news correspondents and TV pundits ply their wares and give informed opinions and cover happening events all over TV...

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The Jet Set

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 11:49 AM

"The passenger jet was, and still is, one of the wonders of the world, a world whose other wonders the jet makes accessible." So writes William Stadiem.

•If they keep getting super bad publicity for the coming movie Grace of Monaco, they are going to create an underground demand for...

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Rarely Has One Heard Such Prediction of a Film's Disaster as the One Now Emerging From Disney's Snow White Re-boot

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 11:28 AM

"WHEN CHOOSING between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before," said Mae West.

•SPEAKING OF evil, rarely has one heard such prediction of a film's disaster as the one now emerging from Disney's Snow White re-boot, Maleficent. (Well, that's not quite true. I should...

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Why Wasn't Noah 'Saved' for Release Nearer the Academy Awards at Year's End?

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 1:16 PM

"Studio estimates Paramount's Biblical film Noah opened with a box office of $44 million!"

So read yesterday's headlines.

One wonders why this rainy semi-Biblical epic, starring Russell Crowe, wasn't 'saved' for release nearer the Academy Awards at year's end?

But I guess...

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The Greatest Couple Ever -- Blondie and New York City

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 12:58 PM

"SHE WAS a girl who could sell ice to Eskimos!"

That's what a record producer said of Deborah Harry, in a documentary about the band Blondie and the making of their breakout album Parallel Lines.

This was on the Smithsonian Channel. It was the same night...

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"Women Marry Men Hoping They Will Change"

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 11:18 AM

"WOMEN MARRY men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed," said Albert Einstein.

•THE GREAT physicist's theory on marital hopes is a nutshell description of the wedlock of Diana Spencer and Charles, Prince of Wales.

The other evening, desperately trying...

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Kim and Kayne in Vogue -- Come on, Get Over It! (Anna Wintour Knows What She's Doing.)

(2) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 1:52 PM

"MY greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live," says Kanye West.

Why get all mad and upset about the furor this week regarding Anna Wintour putting Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the cover of Vogue?


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Designing Ladies

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 12:36 PM

""I TIPPED the steward five dollars to seat you here if you came in."
"Is that a proposition?"
"I never discuss love on an empty stomach."
"You've already eaten.
"But you haven't."

That was just a bit of the double-entendre-loaded exchanges between Eva Marie Saint...

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Broadway Babies -- Vanessa Williams, k.d. lang, Angela Lansbury, Michelle Williams, Barbara Cook and Baby Jane Dexter

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 12:11 PM

"LIFE UPON the wicked stage ain't ever what a girl supposes. Stage door Jonny's outraging over you with gems and roses/When you let a fella take your hand which means an extra beer or sandwich...Wild old men who give you jewels and sables only live in Aesop's fables/Life upon the...

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes -- The Most Robust, Rowdy Movie Musical Ever! Marilyn, Jane, Technicolor!

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 10:00 AM

"DO YOU want to have a loveless marriage?"
"Me, loveless?!"
"Yes, because if a girl's worrying all the time about the money she doesn't have, how can she ever settle down and fall in love?"
"Has it ever occurred to you that some people just don't care...

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"Is This the Couch of a Countess?"

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 11:12 AM

"IS THIS the couch of a countess? Is this the couch of a princess? Oh, no tra-la, tra-la, tis only the couch of a laundress!"

So did the great Gladys George, as Madame DuBarry, bristle during her opening scene in 1938's lavish MGM epic, "Marie Antoinette."


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"Batman" Revival -- Circa 1966!.... David and Devine Are in the Pink

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 10:59 AM


•WHO DOESN'T remember the fun and frolic of the 1966 "Batman" series, starring Adam West (still working steadily on "Family Guy") and Burt Ward as Robin?

The show ran only three seasons, but filled with as much high-camp as it was, that's just about...

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Very Hot, Very Precise, History -- Jane Ridley's The Heir Apparent (You Did Not Want Queen Victoria as Your Mother!)

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 10:20 AM

"Many of the women with whom he began relationships ...refused to go quietly. Blackmail, pregnancy, even a court case were to return to haunt him. There was no such thing as a relationship without consequences."

So writes Jane Ridley in her amazing book, The Heir Apparent: The Life...

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Jared Leto -- Actor, Singer, Runner, Oscar-Winner, and...Where Is His Portrait In the Attic?!

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 12:14 PM

"The only way to enjoy one's life is to work; work is so much more fun than fun," said Noel Coward.

•When sitting with Jared Leto a couple of months ago, at a Peggy Siegal luncheon to celebrate the success of The Dallas Buyers Club, I was, of course,...

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Robert Wagner -- Movies, Hollywood Style, Barbara Stanwyck and Titanic

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 12:54 PM

"Moral conduct is imperative; it causes the least trouble and leaves fewer regrets," said Jacques Barzan. I think he was quoting the Stoics.

•Some of us had a really high old time at the Y on Lex at 92 Street this past week. We gathered to hear the on-going movie...

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