Hedda Hopper

Actress + Gossip Columnist + Radio Personality
Born May 2, 1885

Hedda Hopper was one of America's best-known gossip columnists, notorious for feuding with her arch-rival Louella Parsons. She had been a small-time actress of stage and screen for years before being offered the chance to write the column "Hedda Hopper's Hollywood" for the Los Angeles Times in 1938. This revealed a gift for invective so vicious that it brought physical retaliation from Spencer Tracy and Joseph Cotten, among others.… Read More

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1885 Birth Born on May 2, 1885.


1913 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1913, she became the fifth wife of DeWolf Hopper, whose previous wives were named Ella, Ida, Edna and Nella. … Read More


1915 30 Years Old She began acting in silent movies in 1915. … Read More


1937 52 Years Old In 1937, she was offered the chance of a lifetime and embarked on a career doing something she was quite adept at: gossip.
1938 53 Years Old Her gossip column called "Hedda Hopper's Hollywood" debuted in the Los Angeles Times on February 14 (St. Valentine's Day), 1938. … Read More
1939 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Hopper had an acting role in a radio soap opera, playing Portia Brent on the Blue Network's Brenthouse beginning in February 1939.
1942 57 Years Old Sponsored by Sunkist, she was heard on CBS three times a week for 15 minutes until October 30, 1942. … Read More


1945 60 Years Old On September 10, 1945, she moved to ABC, still sponsored by Armour, for a weekly program that continued until June 3, 1946.
1946 61 Years Old Hopper moved back to CBS October 5, 1946, with a weekly 15-minute program, This Is Hollywood, sponsored by Procter & Gamble. … Read More
1950 65 Years Old Expanding to 30 minutes on NBC, she was host of a variety series, The Hedda Hopper Show, broadcast from October 14, 1950 to November 11, 1950 on Saturdays, then from November 19, 1950 to May 20, 1951 on Sundays. … Read More
1960 75 Years Old On January 10, 1960, a television special, Hedda Hopper's Hollywood, aired on NBC. … Read More
1966 81 Years Old Hopper died on February 1, 1966, of double pneumonia at the age of 80 in Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Hollywood. … Read More
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