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Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Smith: R.I.P.

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Sylvain Gaboury/PatrickMcmullan.com
Monday, November 13, 2017
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Liz Smith




Liz Smith, the Gossip Goddess, former columnist for the New York Daily News, New York Post and Newsday, and a great friend of AVENUE and many on its staff, died last night at age 94.

We saw her last just a few weeks ago at Le Veau D’Or, a restaurant as beloved as she was, and one of her regular haunts, even in her last days. Though diminished in recent months, following a stroke, and diminished professionally, along with her primary medium, daily newspapers, she never lost her joy or enthusiasm, and never for a moment stopped chasing news or the new.

“I first met Liz in about 1973 on a flight home from her native state of Texas, and first interviewed her in the early 1980s for a cover story on the gossip business,” says AVENUE editor-in-chief Michael Gross, “and a long and rewarding friendship began. She was never less than generous, regardless of whether I was seeking advice, writing about her, or she was writing about me.  Her blonde ambition was to inform and entertain–and she did that to the very end.  She was also one of New York’s greatest fundraisers, and one of the city’s greatest boosters.  The gossip game hasn’t been the same since she lost her daily pillar. She’s simply irreplaceable. I’m honored to have known her and devastated that she’s gone. “

AVENUE sends its sympathy to her wide circle of close friends. They don’t make ’em like her anymore.


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