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Natural Blonde

3.11 of 5 stars 3.11  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Now available in mass market, the incredible New York Times bestseller tells the life story of America's top gossip colmnist, Liz Smith, in her long-awaited autobiography. Liz Smith, the "Grande Dame of Dish," has been covering the comings and goings of the rich and famous for more than four decades from her privileged front-row perch on the front lines of celebrity journa ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 1900)
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David Jay
I had extremely mixed feelings about this book.

First let me say that Liz Smith was a HUGE figure to me during my teenage years. I read her newspaper column daily, watched her on "Live at Five" whenever she was on. To my awkward Brooklyn self, she symbolized a gateway to a glamourous world. But much more than that, Liz Smith was the first famous gay person I was aware of. The father of a good friend of mine worked for the Daily News and my friend had told me that Liz was openly gay, lived with he
I really liked reading about Liz Smith's life. She doesn't hold anything back. There are also pictures scattered though out the book. I didn't realize that Liz Smith was that old. To me she is the young snappy dresser that you see on the book cover. I've read her column in the newspaper and thought she was great. Liz Smith recounts her childhood in Texas and her adventures during World War II and into college. Liz's book is very entertaining and I recommended it for those who are curious about t ...more
This is just a fun read. Liz Smith, the "Grande Dame of Dish" has been writing a gossip column for decades and seems to know everyone in New York. This book looks back on her life and career in a very funny and self-effacing way. She chronicles her successes and her failures and admits that she found herself in some very uncomfortable situations over the years. I listened to this book in audio and Liz Smith read it. After hearing this book, I can see why she has so many friends among the society ...more
Ophelia London
Her story about meeting Frank Sinatra made me so smiley.
A memoir that comes across as self-conscious trumpet-blowing for herself and her many fine qualities! She places herself as an important player on the world stage sounding exaggerated at best. An insider, cosmopolitan, arts-loving woman in full bloom. It all has a certain disingenuous quality as if told through a rosy filter. Romanticized, bloated shallowness--
This should be between a two and a three stars. Listened to it while cleaning house (a bit of fluff to occupy my mind while dusting, mopping, etc...) and was surpised by a good deal of the first half. I think I enjoyed it more hearing it in her voice than I would have reading it in book form.
A memoir written by one of the most enduring gossip columnists. Lots of inside info and some good stories. Liz comes off as being quite infatuated with herself; but she does seem to be as honest and upright as a gossip columnist is able to be.
J. Ewbank
This was a book that I gave up on somewhere in the middle of it. Got enough of it ands quit.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
Fun read but this book begs for editing. Anyone that writes their life story and needs this many pages has to be a little full of themselves.
written in 2000 i picked it up at library book sale and enjoyed all her stories.
Joe Mossa
Mar 21, 2008 Joe Mossa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: gossip lovers

this lady has lead a great , interesting, somewhat immoral life..surprised me
Finally putting in the books I read this summer. This one was fun.
Living Large!
Just a mindless read about celebrities of days gone by...
Samantha Young

Fun read. I've always liked her.
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Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Smith is an American gossip columnist, nicknamed "The Grand Dame of Dish."

On February 16, 1976, Smith began a self-titled gossip column for the New York Daily News. During a 1979 newspaper strike, her Daily News editors asked her to appear daily on WNBC-TV's Live at Five, and she stayed with the program for eleven years. Her exposure on television made Smith a popular figure o
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