Legendary gossip columnist Liz Smith, who chronicled Trump, dies at 94

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Gossip columnist Liz Smith passed away Sunday in NY at age 94 of natural causes, her literary agent confirmed.

Joni Evans, Smith's literary agent, confirmed to the Associated Press that she died of natural causes.

The longtime queen of Tabloid Gossip Column in New York, Liz Smith leaves the world at the age of 94. She is the one who let the readers have a view of her life.

Smith held a lighthearted opinion of her own legacy. "When you look at it realistically, what I do is pretty insignificant". After a lifetime of fun and excitement and money and feeling important and being in the thick of it, I am just shocked every day that I'm not the same person.

"I was fortunate enough to work with the wonderful Liz Smith", Al Roker tweeted.

"They made headlines for three months", she said in an interview with the Times.

"Liz Smith was the definition of a lady", actor James Woods tweeted.

A native of Texas, Smith came to NY in 1949.

But unlike Winchell and his imitators, Smith succeeded with kindness and an aversion to cheap shots.

"We make stars into something exquisite, and we want to know what they're doing and thinking because our lives are desperately boring", she once told The New York Times. She called it 'gender neutrality'.

Mary Elizabeth Smith was born in Texas on Feb 2, 1923.

Numerous stars she wrote about became personal friends, and Smith shared stories of lunches, parties and vacations with her A-list pals. She later told the newspaper that she "couldn't face" the family's poverty and fell in love with the glamour of movies and their stars.

After a brief marriage while attending Hardin-Simmons University, Smith earned her journalism degree and headed off for NY with two suitcases and $50. As an aspiring writer fresh out of college, I was addicted to Liz's daily missives, which seemed knowing and appreciative, so I wrote her a gushy fan letter, also including clippings of writing I've done and asking for her comments. Liz Smith career gets a boost when she writes about the break-up news of Donald and Ivana Trump's for Daily News.

Known as "Dame of Dish", Smith helped usher in the era of celebrity journalism in print and television.

But her work was praised.

During that time, Smith migrated from the News to the rival New York Post and finally to Newsday, ultimately earning salaries well into six figures.

She went on to write for nine NY newspapers and dozens of magazines, but it was a stint writing for Cosmopolitan that led to her break. She lives like a rich woman and was handsome.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Unlike sometimes-vindictive predecessors like Walter Winchell or Hedda Hopper, Smith had a reputation for kindness-and for not reporting rumors about sex or sexuality-that set her apart.

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