January 17, 1987 |
Columnist Earl Wilson, 79, who for 42 years told his readers about celebrities and their role in New York's night life, died yesterday at St. Joseph's Hospital in suburban Yonkers. A victim of Parkinson's disease, he suffered a stroke Dec. 14, developed pneumonia and fell into a coma last weekend. Mr. Wilson started writing a night life column in 1942. Soon the column was syndicated, and he developed a routine that he followed for 37 years. He wrote six columns a week.
August 19, 2003 |
Perhaps restaurateur-turned-bon vivant Stanley Green's biggest disappointment might be not being able to see his name in print in his obituary. Mr. Green, who enjoyed seeing his name in boldface, was tagged as a "boulevardier" in the gossip columns in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The word fit perfectly. He not only vacationed frequently in France but was one of Philadelphia's most colorful characters. Mr. Green, 73, died of heart failure yesterday at his home in Center City.
July 28, 2011 |
Former Flyers center Mike Richards, now with the Los Angeles Kings, commented Tuesday about a recent story that said he and former teammate Jeff Carter were traded because of excessive partying. A report written in the Philadelphia Daily News by gossip columnist Dan Gross said that in December 2009, head coach Peter Laviolette asked his players to commit to not drinking for a month, and each player was to write his number on a locker-room board as a pledge. According to two unnamed players, Richards' No. 18 and Carter's No. 17 were not on the board for the "Dry Island" experiment.
May 24, 1989 |
Millions of Oprah Winfrey fans were thoroughly confused last week when, during her show, she emotionally denied and denounced a vile rumor about herself. They were confused because probably 99.99 percent of them hadn't heard the rumor. They became even more befuddled when she didn't say what the rumor was about. Although Oprah and I live in the same city and work in related fields, I hadn't heard any rumor. But because she went to the trouble of denying it, curiosity prompted me to find out about it. It turns out that a gossip columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times wrote the following item: "Can it be true that the lover of one of our richest women was found in bed with her hairdresser when she returned early from a trip abroad?
January 17, 1987 |
Larry Fields, Daily New gossip columnist for nearly 14 years, died last night of cardiac arrest at Pennsylvania Hospital. He was 55 and lived in Center City. Fields entered the hospital Wednesday for treatment of a potassium deficiency. He was taken ill several weeks ago while on a Caribbean cruise with his wife, Andrea, and never fully recovered. The Fieldses were to have celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary next month. "He called me last Saturday and said he would try to write his Monday column," said Daily News editor Zachary Stalberg.
February 5, 2004
'HISTORY is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality. " When we found out that Oscar Wilde said that, we were a little surprised, only because we knew that while Stu Bykofsky was old, we weren't aware he was old enough to have known Wilde, who was born in 1854. Surely, Wilde must have been thinking of Your Favorite Columnist when he said that. Stu has been the People Paper's historian, er, gossip columnist for 17 years. He's about to hang up his VIP pass and end his column so he can try something new. And although one thing that Stu has never been is tedious with morality, he has been generous with scandal and sharing the juicy bits of life in Philadelphia.
April 9, 1990 |
Boy, I sure wish I worked for a real newspaper, like the one in ABC's Capital News. Then I could live in a commune with all these intense young reporters; get my byline on the front page, though I had almost no experience, and race all over the city and never get caught in traffic. I could work in a grand, airy newsroom constantly buzzing with activity, or maybe I could be one of the big boys and hang out all night at the executive editor's, playing poker. I could hold my cards any which way, and nobody would look at them.
April 29, 1987 |
WOODY AND MIA'S PRODUCTION NUMBER Those two elfin creatures, Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, are going to have a child, - her ninth, his very first. Farrow, somewhere on the far side of 40, and Allen, 51, have been lovers and/or colleagues for some 14 years and six movies. They're making another in New York as we speak. As you'd expect, they're not saying anything at all in public about either the new movie or the pregnancy, disclosed by New York gossip columnist Liz Smith, much less about whether they'll marry.
December 6, 1989 |
In "Heiress, the Story of Christina Onassis," Ari's daughter is presented as a carnivore from whom neither man nor boy was safe. And that, says author Nigel Dempster, was the single surprise in researching her life - Christina had her good times, too. "I had thought her a tragic and pathetic creature," says the well-known London Daily Mail gossip columnist. "But in talking to her friends, a different person emerges. She had fun, she enjoyed herself, she had a good sex life whether she was fat or thin.
August 31, 2011
Price Berkley, 92, founder, editor, and longtime publisher of Theatrical Index, the weekly trade publication that has been consulted by anyone wanting to produce, finance, write about, or possibly avoid a Broadway show, died Sunday at his Manhattan home. Mr. Berkley founded Theatrical Index in 1964 with a typewriter, a stapler, and 16 subscribers. It retains its original, humble form: a slim sheaf secured at the top with staples. "People used to put it on a clipboard on their bulletin board, and they still do," said Steve Bebout, who succeeded Mr. Berkley as editor in chief after his retirement in 2007.