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Gossip queen Liz Smith dies at 94

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Liz Smith, the legendary New York gossip writer, died Sunday at age 94.

Known as the “Grand Dame of Dish,” Smith began her journalism career as a CBS Radio news producer for Mike Wallace before starting as a ghostwriter for the Hearst gossip column Cholly Knickerbocker in the late 1950s.

She moved on to work for Cosmopolitan and Sports Illustrated in the 1960s, and then began a self-titled column at the New York Daily News in 1976.

Eventually, her column became syndicated in almost 70 newspapers as she made famous friends like Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando.

Among her most famous work was covering the high-profile divorce between Donald Trump and his wife Ivana.

Trump once offered to buy the Daily News just to fire Smith, the New York Times reported this year.

Her “Live at Five” show on WNBC television lasted 11 years, during which she won an Emmy for reporting in 1985.

In her 2000 memoir “Natural Blonde,” Smith, who had been married twice before, came out as bisexual, which she called “gender neutrality.”

“I think that my relationships with women were always much more emotionally satisfying and comfortable [than with men],” she said that year.

“And a lot of my relationships with men were more flirtatious and adversarial. I just never felt I was wife material. I always felt that I was a great girlfriend.”

ELLEN  PAGE ACCUSES RATNER

Ellen Page has accused Brett Ratner of homophobic and abusive behavior when she worked on a film with him at age 18 — but her tirade against Hollywood abusers did not stop there.

The “Juno” star said Ratner “outed” her in her Facebook post against the powerful men who take advantage of young people, declaring “I want to see these men face what they have done.”

“You should f _ k her to make her realize she’s gay,” Page claims Ratner said to another woman about her during a meet-and-greet for “X-Men: The Last Stand.”

The actress said Ratner “outed” her as gay before she had even come out to herself, leaving her feeling violated.

“He ‘outed’ me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic,” she wrote. “I proceeded to watch him on set say degrading things to women.”

Page, now 30, also detailed being sexually assaulted by a grip months later and also asked by a director to sleep with an older man and recount the story — both while just a 16-year-old actress.


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