Dorothy Kilgallen

Dorothy Kilgallen

Journalist + Television Personality
Born Jul 3, 1913

Dorothy Mae Kilgallen was an American journalist and television game show panelist. She started her career early as a reporter for the Hearst Corporation's New York Evening Journal after spending only two semesters at The College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, New York. In 1936, she began her newspaper column, The Voice of Broadway, which was eventually syndicated to over 146 papers.… Read More

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1913 Birth Born on July 3, 1913.
1920 7 Years Old The family moved to various regions of the United States until 1920, when the International News Service hired James Kilgallen as a roving correspondent based in New York City. … Read More


1936 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1936, Kilgallen competed with two other New York newspaper reporters in a race around the world using only means of transportation available to the general public. … Read More
1938 25 Years Old Back in New York in 1938, Kilgallen began writing a daily column, the Voice of Broadway, for Hearst's New York Journal American, which the corporation created by merging the Evening Journal with the American.
1940 27 Years Old On April 6, 1940, Kilgallen married Richard Kollmar, a musical comedy actor and singer who had starred in the Broadway show Knickerbocker Holiday and was performing, at the time of their wedding, in the Broadway cast of Too Many Girls. … Read More


1945 32 Years Old Beginning in April 1945, Kilgallen and Kollmar co-hosted a WOR-AM radio talk show, Breakfast With Dorothy and Dick, from their 16-room apartment at 640 Park Avenue. … Read More
1948 35 Years Old Though Kilgallen and Frank Sinatra were fairly good friends for several years and were photographed rehearsing in a radio studio for a 1948 broadcast, they had a falling out after she wrote a multi-part 1956 front-page feature story titled "The Frank Sinatra Story". … Read More


Kilgallen covered the 1954 murder trial of Dr. Sam Sheppard. … Read More


1964 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 1964, four months after the Overseas Press Club event where Kilgallen broke her silence about the deceased Judge Blythin, Judge Weinman of the federal court granted Bailey's habeas corpus petition, Dr. Sam Sheppard was released from prison amid much newspaper publicity, and Dr. Sheppard met Kilgallen at a "late-night champagne party" (as described by Bailey in The Defense Never Rests) in Cleveland. … Read More
1965 52 Years Old 1 More Event
On November 8, 1965, Kilgallen was found dead on the third floor of her five-story townhouse. … Read More
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