A Guide to the Liz Smith Papers, 1982-2014
Award-winning columnist Liz Smith was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1923. She attended the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism, where she worked for The Daily Texan student newspaper and graduated in 1949. After moving to New York City, she worked as a producer for Mike Wallace on CBS Radio and as a news producer for NBC-TV. In the 1960s, she was entertainment editor for Cosmopolitan magazine and for Sports Illustrated. Smith began writing her self-titled gossip column for the New York Daily News in 1976, and three years later she started an eleven-year stint on Live at Five, a celebrity news show on WNBC in NYC. She won an Emmy award for her reporting from the battleship Intrepid on the 40th anniversary of World War II. In 1991, Smith moved her column to Newsday, leaving four years later for the New York Post. Her column was discontinued in 2009, but Smith continued to write online for "wowOwow.com: Women on the Web", a website focusing on women’s issues which she co-founded with The Women on the Net, Inc., in 2008. The site was later acquired and became "purewow.com". Smith's memoir, Natural Blonde, was a New York Times bestseller.
In addition, Smith continues to author a daily column for the New York Social Diary, Huffington Post, and the syndicated papers of the Chicago Tribune. She also regularly contributes to Fox News Entertainment.
Smith, Liz. "Liz Smith | wowOwow." The Women on the Net, Inc. http://www.wowowow.com/users/liz (accessed June 28, 2010).
Smith, Liz. Natural Blonde: A Memoir. New York: Hyperion, 2000.
The Liz Smith Papers document her career as a gossip columnist for several prominent New York City newspapers and the development of her books. The collection contains original newsprint and typewritten columns published in the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, Newsday, and the New York Post, materials related to Smith’s books Natural Blonde and Dishing, books by other authors, publicity and event files, charity files, scrapbooks about her career, and audiocassette interviews conducted by Smith with celebrities. Smith continues to add to her papers on a regular basis.
For a complete listing of audiocassette interviews, contact repository for list in holding record.
This collection is open for research use.
Liz Smith Papers, 1982-2014, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
Collection contains unprocessed materials.
Detailed Description of the Papers