Nigel Dempster
British writer
Nigel Dempster
Nigel Richard Patton Dempster was a British journalist, author, broadcaster and diarist. Best known for his celebrity gossip columns in newspapers, his work appeared in the Daily Express and Daily Mail and also in Private Eye magazine. At his death, the editor of the Daily Mail Paul Dacre was reported as saying: "His scoops were the stuff of legend and his zest for life inexhaustible".
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The Accidental Institution - Vanity Fair
Google News - over 5 years
Gossip-writing hacks from established Fleet Street titles, like Nigel Dempster and Peter McKay, would moonlight the doings of the leisure class. New euphemisms for the sexual act—“conversations about Uganda,” for example—were pressed into service and
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As Lord Cowdray holds an exceedingly grand car boot sale... Why I'm swapping ... - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
His social circle was pure Nigel Dempster. Models, debs, celebrity snappers like Lord Lichfield and even Lord Lucan were part of the scene. Was he a playboy? 'I was certainly a hippie — with a hair and beard down to here.' In Ibiza, he met his first
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Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (05/06/11) - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Renowned gossip columnist Nigel Dempster was married twice and had a reputation as a ladies' man, but now his biographer claims he may also have liked men. In the new edition of Tatler, Tim Willis says he was told by a former employee that,
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Corrections: For the Record
NYTimes - over 9 years
An obituary on July 13 about the British gossip columnist Nigel Dempster misstated the location of the Sherborne School, a boarding school he attended. It is in Dorset, England, not in Devon. (He had earlier attended a school in Devon.)
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Nigel Dempster Dies at 65; Made Gossip Respectable
NYTimes - over 9 years
Nigel Dempster, a leading gossip columnist in London, where fascination with the dirty laundry of princes, playboys and pretenders unites all classes and has long been a compelling force in selling newspapers, died yesterday. He was 65. Paul Dacre, an editor of The Daily Mail, where Mr. Dempster long worked, announced his death, but gave no
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My Kingdom For a Gin and Tonic
NYTimes - almost 12 years
MUSTIQUE, a private island that is as famous for its celebrity beachcombers as it is for its beaches, is less a place than a code word, a synonym for jetsetters' playground. Mick Jagger has a house there, just down the road from Tommy Hilfiger. And most memorably, once upon a time Princess Margaret of Britain frolicked there with her young lover,
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Whack! Whack! Whack! Reborn Punch Pounded
NYTimes - over 20 years
Punch, the weekly magazine of satire, cartoons and reviews that was once a British cultural icon, has just been brought back from the dead. It has been greeted with a lively reaction that is just as rich a British tradition -- brisk expressions of disdain, scorn, derision, contempt and character assassination. Absent for more than four years, it
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THE WORLD;A Duchess: Her Life In Debt
NYTimes - about 21 years
THE Duchess of York, the estranged wife of Queen Elizabeth's second son, Andrew, can't help getting into scrapes. A couple of years ago, sometime after she and the Duke separated, her financial adviser was photographed sucking her toes at an exclusive villa; the duchess was topless. In December, $500,000 worth of diamonds given to her by her
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THE NIGHT; Bons Mots to Live By, From Tina Brown & Co.
NYTimes - about 22 years
UPTOWN -- Even before Renata Adler, Brooke Astor, Betty Friedan, Susan Sontag and the 600 other guests had time to finish their first drink at the 70th anniversary party for The New Yorker on Feb. 12, the 272-page anniversary issue was being toasted as a success. "You're getting nice press on the issue," a woman in the lobby of the Hudson Theater
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THE MEDIA BUSINESS; A Battle Royal Is Brewing Among the Palace Tattlers
NYTimes - over 23 years
How much more information can the public realistically absorb about Princess Diana's tearful tantrums, Prince Charles's odd disassociation from reality and Fergie's topless tryst with her toe-sucking boyfriend? That is the question being asked by five publishers who have put out books about the British royal family within the last month, flooding a
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What Daily News Might Become
NYTimes - about 24 years
When Mort Zuckerman was asked today if he had a model for The Daily News, he gave his clearest vision yet: a sassier version of The Daily Mail of London. The Daily Mail is the most upmarket of London's scrappy tabloid press, with a solid footing among the middle-income and upper middle-income suburban households of southeast England. Compared to
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London Journal; An Anniversary Dinner That's a Feast for Gossips
NYTimes - over 25 years
Ten years ago today, it was all pageantry and splendor, trumpet fanfares at St. Paul's Cathedral, the romance and the wedding of the century. Lady Diana Spencer and Charles, Prince of Wales and heir to the throne, enthralled Britain and the world with their royal romance. But if the popular tabloids and the gossip columns are to be believed, they
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Windsor Knot
NYTimes - almost 26 years
In a 1957 essay, the English novelist and playwright J. B. Priestley lamented Britain's decline into an offshore province of the new American empire. Perhaps surprisingly for such a man-of-the people author, he wrote: "That is why we are so happy and excited when we can send abroad a good-looking young woman in a pretty new dress to represent us,
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IN SHORT: Nonfiction
NYTimes - about 27 years
LEAD: HEIRESS: The Story of Christina Onassis. By Nigel Dempster. (Grove Weidenfeld, $17.95.) Pity Christina Onassis: all that money, but it couldn't buy her love. It was not for her lack of trying, however, and Nigel Dempster, a columnist for The London Daily Mail, tells all in ''Heiress.'' He divulges that a nearly 200-pound Onassis paid Luis
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Patterns
NYTimes - over 27 years
LEAD: The Klein Image The Klein Image If his Calvins could talk, they'd whisper that Mr. Klein has been quietly shopping around for an outside advertising agency. Reports that the designer is considering phasing out his in-house ad agency were widespread in both the fashion and advertising worlds last week. A former executive of the company
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LOW TALES OF THE HIGHBORN
NYTimes - over 27 years
LEAD: IN THE EASE OF A KENSINGTON EVENING, Kenneth Rose is dressing for dinner - the private birthday dinner for Lord G., master of an Oxford college. The phone rings impertinently; it is Sir H.S. (a leading advocate, once a Cabinet minister), who would like Mr. Rose to come sailing in Cornwall. Mr. Rose must decline, from pressure of work. IN THE
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London Gossip Columnists Being Hoisted by Their Own Retorts
NYTimes - about 29 years
LEAD: The cattiness of this year's Christmas wassail by the professional gossips of British journalism is becoming the subject of talk. The cattiness of this year's Christmas wassail by the professional gossips of British journalism is becoming the subject of talk. The gossip about the gossipers is that not only did the Nigel Dempster faction of
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LONDON AGOG OVER FROLICS OF PRINCESSES
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: The British tabloid press is in the throes of one of its periodic obsessions with the younger members of the British royal family, but this time the coverage of the Princess of Wales has taken an even more sensational and potentially damaging tone. The British tabloid press is in the throes of one of its periodic obsessions with the younger
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AT HOME, THE ROYAL COUPLE PROVOKE AN UNREMITTING DEMAND FOR GOSSIP
NYTimes - over 31 years
The three-day visit to Washington by the Prince and Princess of Wales, which begins Saturday, has given that city a quick taste of Britain's insatiable appetite for gossip about the pair. ''The royal family is one of our possessions, like the crown jewels,'' said Nigel Dempster, The Daily Mail's gossip columnist. ''The royal family has been with us
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LURE OF THOROUGHBREDS SHAPES ELIZABETH'S ITINERARY IN U.S.
NYTimes - over 32 years
William S. Farish has met Queen Elizabeth II only once, but he is about to get to know her very well. Mr. Farish, a 45-year-old businessman and horse breeder who is universally known as Will, is a Humble Oil heir from Houston, and his wife, Sarah, is a du Pont heiress from Wilmington. They spend much of their time at Lane's End, a 1,400-acre
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nigel Dempster
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2007
    Age 65
    Dempster died on 12 July 2007.
    More Details Hide Details According to his biographer, Tim Willis: "At his funeral, the priest declared that Dempster might have to spend a million years in purgatory — and paused just long enough to shock the congregation, before adding that, in eternity, a million years would pass in the snap of a finger."
  • 2004
    Age 62
    On 29 May 2004 Dempster converted to Roman Catholicism at the Brompton Oratory in London.
    More Details Hide Details He had been taking instruction for seven months prior to this and was a regular member of the congregation.
  • 2003
    Age 61
    Dempster retired from editing the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday diaries bearing his name in 2003 and lived with Lady Camilla Dempster, his ex-wife, who helped nurse him through the effects of progressive supranuclear palsy, a nervous disorder with some characteristics of Parkinson's disease.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1992
    Age 50
    Paul Dacre, who succeeded Sir David English as editor of the Mail in 1992, reportedly held a low opinion of Dempster's column, and revived the 'Ephraim Hardcastle' feature, under the responsibility of Dempster's old colleague on the Eye Peter McKay, in 1996.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1986
    Age 44
    After he left the Eye, he began writing his column for the Mail on Sunday in 1986, and thus it now appeared seven days a week.
    More Details Hide Details Reportedly a difficult colleague, Dempster missed out on scoops about Princess Diana, and even boasted at one point that he had not met her, according to his Daily Telegraph obituary. He began to drink more, with several incidents involving police breathalysers, and wrote less; his columns had actually been the work of four people rather than Dempster alone. In the view of observers, Dempster's column in his last years lost its bite, and in his industry he was considered something of a relic: "by now a brand rather than a journalistic asset".
  • THIRTIES
  • 1977
    Age 35
    He married Lady Camilla Osborne in 1977 (divorced 2002).
    More Details Hide Details She was the former wife of Robert John Brownlow Harris and was the daughter of John Osborne, 11th Duke of Leeds and his second wife, Audrey Young, a painter. By his second marriage, Dempster had a stepdaughter, Emily Kate Godolphin Harris (born 1972), and a daughter, Louisa Beatrix Dempster (born 1979).
  • 1975
    Age 33
    While Dempster was sometimes inaccurate, for instance dismissing suggestions that Prince Charles would marry Lady Diana Spencer, he forecast in 1975 that Harold Wilson would soon resign as Prime Minister, three months before he did so in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details Supposedly this took everyone by surprise, but a contact of Dempster's had overheard the Foreign Secretary James Callaghan discussing it. Dempster was also close to Princess Margaret, despite breaking news of her liaison with Roddy Llewellyn. Dempster also wrote for Private Eye from 1969, where he was responsible with Peter McKay for the "Grovel" column, but left in 1985, shortly before Ian Hislop succeeded Richard Ingrams as editor. In "Grovel", Dempster was able to include material which could not be published elsewhere, and the column was the location of the first articles in the Eye to which James Goldsmith took exception. According to Hislop, Dempster fell out with the publication because he felt (in common with colleague Auberon Waugh) that he should be editor instead of Hislop. The differences allegedly began over an article making false accusations concerning the Conservative politician Cecil Parkinson and his new secretary (after Sara Keays) in Eye 606. The issue had to be reprinted (606A) after a court action with the offending and inaccurate item omitted. According to another source it ended when Dempster revealed that Richard Ingrams' marriage was in serious difficulties; Ingrams, an admirer, had previously called Dempster the "greatest living Englishman". As a result of the differences with Private Eye Dempster was nicknamed 'Nigel Pratt-Dumpster' whenever he was subsequently mentioned, and became a frequent target of parody by the magazine.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1971
    Age 29
    Dempster married, in 1971 (divorced 1974), Countess Emma Magdalen de Bendern, a daughter of Count John Gerard de Bendern and the former Lady Patricia Sybil Douglas.
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    He was then on the staff of the Daily Mail from 1971 to 2003, where he was initially deputy to Paul Callan, but replaced him as the newspaper's diarist in 1973.
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  • 1963
    Age 21
    After short periods working in the City and in public relations, Dempster joined the Daily Express in 1963 and remained at the title until 1971.
    More Details Hide Details Here he was a contributor to the 'William Hickey' column, and used his contacts to gain stories about the aristocracy and other public figures.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1941
    Born
    Born in 1941.
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