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Gossip columnist Liz Smith died in NY on on Sunday, aged 94.

Joni Evans, Smith's literary agent, told The Associated Press she died of natural causes.

Her column in the New York Daily News, known simply as "Liz Smith", was a must-read for those who wanted to know about the glitz-and-glam of the A-list world. Its success was due in part to Smith's own celebrity status, giving her insider access.

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After leaving the Daily News in 1991, Smith jumped to several local newspapers, including Newsday and the New York Post.

"Still, I'm having a lot of fun".

But reporting and writing weren't her only callings.

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After a brief marriage while attending Hardin-Simmons University, Smith earned her journalism degree and headed off for NY with two suitcases and $50. "I don't think these stars now have enough background or sense of history and philosophy to do that".

Mary Elizabeth Smith was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She once said their friendship "really helped make my career" and that "it didn't do them any harm, either".

Smith was full of stories about the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Carol Burnett, Bette Midler and her sometime-friend Barbara Walters, but she professed to the Times in 2014 not to pay any attention to Gawker, TMZ or any of the other celebrity gossip-oriented websites that have proliferated over the last decade. He added that "a piece (of) New York" has passed away with her. She cared deeply about illiteracy and raised about $37 million for Literacy Partners, which reportedly helped 27,000 people learn to read.

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She appeared on a variety of documentaries about celebrities including 2007's "A Tribute to Peter Bart: Newhouse Mirror Award", centering on the former editor-in-chief of Variety; Smith also played herself on TV series including "The Nanny", "Murphy Brown" and "The Roseanne Show". A subject in the gay press for many years, Smith acknowledged in her 2000 book that she had relationships with both men and women, and confirmed a long-rumored, long-term relationship with archaeologist Iris Love.

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