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Alec Baldwin and Rob Lowe Pay Tribute to Columnist Liz Smith

Alec Baldwin and Rob Lowe are among celebrities who have paid tribute to New York gossip columnist Liz Smith following her death on Sunday (12Nov17).

The celebrated journalist, who spent more than 30 years documenting the lives of the rich and the famous, passed away at her home in Manhattan on Sunday from natural causes at the age of 94, her literary agent Joni Evans confirmed to The Associated Press.

Following the news, stars took to social media to pay tribute to ‘The Grand Dame of Dish’, including Baldwin, who wrote, “Liz Smith was my pal. Only gossip writer who knew how to write a kind word.

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The others would if they could, I suppose. They just don’t know how. Liz was a lovely woman.”
Lowe added, “Loved Liz Smith. Smart and funny. Gossip from the High Road”, and actress Marlee Matlin posted, “She may have been the ‘Dame of Dish’ but she was always classy, always with a nice word for me. And each year, sent the loveliest of holiday cards. RIP Liz Smith.

James Woods tweeted, “Liz Smith was the definition of a lady. She dished, but always found a way to make it entertaining and fun. #RIPLiz,” and broadcaster Piers Morgan added, “RIP Liz Smith. The greatest gossip columnist of them all.”

Broadway stars Betty Buckley, Bernadette Peters and Harvey Fierstein‏ also shared tributes on social media.

Smith ran the column Liz Smith for over 30 years. It began in the New York Daily News, before moving to New York Newsday and later to the New York Post, where she stayed from 1995 to 2009. The column was syndicated for years in 60 to 70 other newspapers and she appeared on TV shows and wrote books including 2013’s Dishing: Great Dish – And Dishes – From America’s Most Beloved Gossip Columnist.

Her notable scoops included the 1990 split of now-President Donald Trump and his wife Ivana, and Madonna’s pregnancy in 1996, while Patti LuPone famously found out she’d been replaced by Glenn Close for the original Broadway run of Sunset Boulevard in the column.

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