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Walter Winchell

Journalist + Commentator
Born Apr 7, 1897

Walter Winchell was an American newspaper and radio gossip commentator.

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1897 Birth Born on April 7, 1897.


1919 22 Years Old On August 11, 1919, Winchell married Rita Greene, one of his onstage partners. … Read More
1920 23 Years Old His career in journalism was begun by posting notes about his acting troupe on backstage bulletin boards. Joining the Vaudeville News in 1920, Winchell left the paper for the Evening Graphic in 1924, and in turn was hired on June 10, 1929 by the New York Daily Mirror where he finally became the author of what would be the first syndicated gossip column, entitled On-Broadway. … Read More


1928 31 Years Old Winchell and Greene eventually divorced in 1928. … Read More
1930 33 Years Old 1 More Event
He made his radio debut over WABC in New York, a CBS affiliate, on 12 May 1930. (John Dunning, Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, p. 708) … Read More


1948 51 Years Old 1 More Event
During World War II, he attacked the National Maritime Union, the labor organization for the civilian United States Merchant Marine, which he said was run by Communists. In 1948 and 1949 he and the influential leftist columnist Drew Pearson "inaccurately and maliciously assaulted Secretary of Defense James Forrestal in columns and radio broadcasts." … Read More
1955 58 Years Old He also had a weekly radio broadcast which was simulcast on ABC television until he ended that employment because of a dispute with ABC executives in 1955. … Read More


1959 62 Years Old He did, however, receive $25,000 per episode to narrate The Untouchables on the ABC television network for four seasons beginning in 1959. … Read More
1967 70 Years Old He would then read each of his stories with a staccato delivery (up to a rate of 197 words per minute), though in an interview in 1967, claimed a speed of well over 200 wpm. noticeably faster than the typical pace of American speech. … Read More
1968 71 Years Old Walter, Jr., the only son of the journalist, committed suicide in his family's garage on Christmas night, 1968. … Read More
1969 72 Years Old Winchell announced his retirement on February 5, 1969, citing the tragedy of his son's suicide as a major reason, while also noting the delicate health of Magee. … Read More
1972 75 Years Old …  He led the charity - with the support of celebrities including Marlene Dietrich, Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Marilyn Monroe, and Joe DiMaggio - until his own death from cancer in 1972. … Read More
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