Louella Parsons
Gossip columnist, screenwriter
Louella Parsons
Louella Parsons was the first American movie columnist. She was retained by William Randolph Hearst, possibly because she had praised Hearst's mistress Marion Davies, and her columns were read by 20 million people in 400 newspapers worldwide. Parsons possessed an uncanny gift for sensing scandal, and her dramatic scoops could make or break an actor's career.
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BWW Reviews: The World Premiere of FOR THE BOYS Is Good. Could It Be Better? - Broadway World
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Among the well-drilled cast, solid character support came from Michael Aaron Lindner as a producer, Bernie Yvon as an Artie Shaw/Jimmy Dorsey bandleader, Johanna McKenzie Miller as a combination of Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper, and Jameson Cooper
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Pat O'Brien, 'Kill the Irishman' DVD reviews - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
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We see newspaper bylines by columnists Louella Parsons and Ed Sullivan. The cast has plenty of ringers, including Jerry Colonna (the pop-eyed comic who was Bob Hope's radio and USO-show sidekick); Melville Cooper (as Quinn's gullible,
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Walter Seltzer, Hollywood Producer and Press Agent Dead at 96 - We Are Movie Geeks
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His successful ad campaign for MGM's “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1935) helped him land a job in the studio's publicity department, where employees alternated giving stories to the gossip columnists of the day — Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons — and were
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Fighting the curse of the bucolic Desert Inn - The Desert Sun
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In the 1920s, Hearst columnist Louella Parsons visited, too and began writing about the movie stars who were arriving. Soon, the Desert Inn was attracting stars and winter guests from around the world. Coffman was nicknamed “Mother” because she was
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Rubicon Theatre Concludes 2010-2011 Season with STEEL MAGNOLIAS - Broadway World
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Los Angeles audiences have seen her most recently as Barbara in Anteroom directed by Larry McCallister at 2100 Square Feet, as Marcie Ann Crush in Gene Franklin Smith's Rubicon directed by Jenny Sullivan at the Coast Playhouse, and as Louella Parsons
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Guest Post: Hedda Hopper's Hollywood, or Malice in Wonderland by Jennifer Frost - JohnJohnSaidIt.com
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Along with Louella Parsons who preceded and competed with her in the movie gossip business, Hopper's access to private information meant she soon became formidable figure in the film industry during its “golden age.” Hopper knew more about the private
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Theatre review: Bette and Joan - The Final Curtain - Edinburgh Festivals
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There are a few playful and imaginative touches - particularly those featuring the ghosts of Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons. But the plot is confused and repetitive and the performers, perhaps not surprisingly, struggle to convincingly conjure up the
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“FROM SAINT TO WHORE” THE INGRID BERGMAN CHEATING SCANDAL - The National Enquirer
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Days later, rival columnist Louella Parsons broke the story in the Hearst papers. Hedda Hopper then jumped on the hate bandwagon “mean-girling” and “slut-shaming” Ingrid without mercy in her daily column. All hell suddenly broke loose as a worldwide
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The almanac - UPI.com
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They include English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson in 1809; Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parsons, Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin, and actor Leo Carrillo, all in 1881; movie cowboy star Hoot Gibson in 1892; basketball Hall of Fame
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Robert Ryan's Quiet Furies - New York Times
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(The columnist Louella Parsons once cooed that Ryan might be a family man, but “don't let me give you the idea that Bob is not 100 percent he-man.”) Early on, the publicity machine decided he didn't look like an actor and found another hook in what he
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Milos Stehlik views Rupert Murdoch through 'Citizen Kane' - WBEZ
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In real life Hearst, urged on by his top gossip columnist, Louella Parsons, tried to stop Citizen Kane from reaching the screen. His efforts to condemn the film to oblivion nearly succeeded. Today, it commands mythic status. If, as British philosopher
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La voz argentina - Página 12
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Su carrera era rutilante, vendía cientos de miles de discos y la implacable columnista Louella Parsons consideraba que era el único a la altura de Sinatra y Bing Crosby. Filmaba películas con directores y estrellas de primera línea, incluida Ava
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Maud Molyneux, le critique dandy aux identités multiples - Les Inrocks
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... place à l'écriture, abritée par quatre pseudonymes qui auront chacun leur spécialité : pour la mode ce sera Maud Molyneux (en écho au couturier Edward Molyneux), pour le cinéma Louella Interim (en écho à la commère hollywoodienne Louella Parsons),
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Frankenstein, Dracula and Werewolf of London Top July Vintage Movie Poster ... - Art Daily
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Also included are such rare items as a signed first edition copy of the Edna Ferber classic Giant signed by the whole cast including James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor to Hollywood columnist Louella Parsons (estimate: $6000+)
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Celebrity wedding gowns through the decades - JohnJohnSaidIt.com
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For their church wedding and reception afterward, held at the Beverly Hills home of gossip columnist Louella Parsons, the bride chose a full-skirted satin gown with long sleeves and quilted detailing. The couple broke up in 1948
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Oklahoma Chautauqua - KTUL
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People like Walt Disney, WC Fields, Louella Parsons, a well-known Hollywood gossip columnist, DW Griffith, a pioneer of American film, and Paul Robeson, an internationally renowned state and film actor. It works like this. Daily workshops will take
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Joan Luther, longtime L.A. restaurant publicist, dies at 83 - Kansas City Star
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After abandoning the idea of becoming an actress, she began working in publicity in 1948 at the Derby, feeding names such as Errol Flynn and Lana Turner to gossip columnists Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons. By that time she had been married a year to
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Book lover: David Hartnell - New Zealand Herald
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The book that changed me is ... Hedda and Louella, a biography of Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons, Hollywood gossip queens of yesteryear. I got it out of the library in 1972 and from that moment I wanted to be a gossip columnist
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Tulsa celebrates 20th year of Chautauqua - Tulsa World
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For its 20th season, the Oklahoma Chautauqua will explore the beginning of the motion picture industry by presenting characters who represent its determination, influence and its prejudice, featuring luminaries Walt Disney, DW Griffith, Louella Parsons
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Louella Parsons
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1972
    Age 90
    After her retirement, Parsons lived in a nursing home where she died of arteriosclerosis on December 9, 1972, age 91.
    More Details Hide Details A convert to Roman Catholicism, her funeral Mass was attended by individuals from the movie industry with whom she had maintained genuine friendships. She was interred in Holy Cross Cemetery Culver City, California. Louella Parsons has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, one for motion pictures at 6418 Hollywood Boulevard and one for radio at 6300 Hollywood Boulevard.
  • 1965
    Age 83
    She continued her column until December 1965 when it was taken over by her assistant, Dorothy Manners, who had already been writing the column for more than a year.
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  • 1944
    Age 62
    In 1944, she wrote her memoirs, The Gay Illiterate, published by Doubleday, Doran and Company, which became a bestseller.
    More Details Hide Details That was followed by another volume in 1961, Tell It to Louella, published by G.P. Putnam's Sons. After the 1950s, Parsons's influence diminished.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1938
    Age 56
    Her unofficial title ‘Queen of Hollywood’ was challenged in 1938 by newcomer Hedda Hopper, to whom she was initially friendly and helpful.
    More Details Hide Details But they became fierce rivals, Hopper being classed as the more vicious and unforgiving of the two. Parsons also appeared in numerous cameo spots in movies, including Hollywood Hotel (1937), Without Reservations (1946), and Starlift (1951).
  • 1934
    Age 52
    In 1934, she signed a contract with the Campbell's Soup Company and began hosting a program titled Hollywood Hotel, which showcased stars in scenes from their upcoming movies.
    More Details Hide Details She was associated with various Hearst enterprises for the rest of her career. Parsons saw herself as the social and moral arbiter of Hollywood. Her judgments were considered the final word in many cases, and her disfavor was feared by many more than that of movie critics. Eventually, Parson's daily gossip column appeared in more than 400 newspapers, and read by 20 million people around the world.
  • FORTIES
  • 1930
    Age 48
    Her third marriage was to Los Angeles surgeon Dr. Harry Martin (whom she called "Docky") in 1930; Martin served in the Army Medical Corps during World War I and World War II. They remained married until Martin's death on June 24, 1951.
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  • 1928
    Age 46
    Beginning in 1928, she hosted a weekly radio program featuring movie star interviews that was sponsored by SunKist.
    More Details Hide Details A similar program in 1931 was sponsored by Charis Foundation Garment.
  • 1925
    Age 43
    In 1925, Parsons contracted tuberculosis and was told she had six months to live.
    More Details Hide Details She moved to Arizona for the dry climate, then to Los Angeles, where she decided to stay. With the disease in remission, she went back to work, becoming a syndicated Hollywood columnist for Hearst. As she and the publishing mogul had developed an ironclad relationship, her Los Angeles Examiner column came to appear in over six hundred newspapers the world over, with a readership of more than twenty-million, and Parsons gradually became one of the most powerful voices in the movie business with her daily allotment of gossip. According to Hearst's mistress and protégé Marion Davies, Parsons had encouraged readers to "give this girl a chance" while the majority of critics disparaged Davies; it was on this basis that Hearst hired Parsons.
  • 1923
    Age 41
    In 1923, after shrewd bargaining on both sides, she signed a contract and joined the Hearst newspaper the New York American.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1918
    Age 36
    William Randolph Hearst bought that newspaper in 1918 and Parsons was out of a job, as Hearst had not yet discovered that movies and movie personalities were news.
    More Details Hide Details Parsons then moved to New York City and started working for the New York Morning Telegraph writing a similar movie column, which attracted the attention of Hearst.
  • 1915
    Age 33
    A year later, she married second husband John McCaffrey, Jr. in 1915.
    More Details Hide Details The couple later divorced.
  • 1914
    Age 32
    Parsons divorced John in 1914.
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    In 1914, Parsons began writing the first gossip column in the United States for the Chicago Record Herald.
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  • 1912
    Age 30
    When her marriage broke up, Parsons moved to Chicago. In 1912, she had her first taste of the movie industry by selling a script for $25 to the Essanay Company, which would soon be employing Charlie Chaplin.
    More Details Hide Details Her small daughter, Harriet, was billed as "Baby Parsons" in several movies, which included The Magic Wand (1912), written by Louella Parsons. She also wrote a book titled How to Write for the Movies.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1905
    Age 23
    Louella was married three times. First, to real estate developer and broker John Dement Parsons, whom she married in 1905.
    More Details Hide Details From this union they had one daughter named Harriet who was born on August 23, 1906, in Burlington City, Des Moines County, Iowa. Harriet would later follow her mother's passion for writing, and would find employment as a writer for a popular California magazine.
  • 1902
    Age 20
    In 1902, she became the first female journalist in Dixon, where she gossiped about Dixon social circles, making a step towards her Hollywood career.
    More Details Hide Details She and her first husband, John Parsons, moved to Burlington, Iowa. Her only child, Harriet (1906–1983), who grew up to become a film producer, was born there. While in Burlington, Parsons saw her first motion picture, The Great Train Robbery (1903).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1901
    Age 19
    On June 4, 1901, at her high school graduation, Louella gave a foretelling speech, entitled "Great Men," after which her principal announced that she would become a great writer.
    More Details Hide Details After high school, Parsons enrolled in a teacher’s course at a local Dixon college. She received a financial contribution from a distant German relative. While still in college, Parsons obtained her first newspaper job as a part-time writer for the Dixon Star.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1890
    Age 8
    In 1890, her widowed mother married John H. Edwards.
    More Details Hide Details They lived in Dixon, Illinois, later hometown of Ronald Reagan. In her teens, Louella was already a smart and intelligent young woman, but there were few literary outlets for her ambitions. It wasn't until high school that Louella decided to become a writer or a reporter.
  • 1881
    Born
    Born on August 6, 1881.
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