NYC VIBE at the Literacy Partners Annual Gala

Honoring Liz Smith

April 2018 – She was known as the “Grand Dame of the Dish”….

Though she was born in Fort Worth Texas, Liz Smith made journalism history in NYC. She was the only writer to have her column appear simultaneously in 3 Major New York City Newspapers.

At the Literacy Partnership Annual Gala in Manhattan, Liz Smith’s friends and admirers paid tribute to an American columnist who inspired generations.

In addition to appearing on FOX and NBC Television, Liz Smith was a fixture on the New York City social scene. At one time, she was the highest paid journalist in America. Her style of reporting was more of a tempered view of the rich and famous, opting for more of an insider’s glimpse into a world of glamour that her readers could only dream of.

Earlier this year, a memorial for Liz was organized by Cynthia McFadden at the Majestic Theater in Midtown on what would have been her 95th birthday. Several of her famous friends came to reminisce about the beloved gossip columnist’s legacy. Liz Smith was also one of NYC’s most successful charitable fundraisers. In addition to supporting Literacy Partners, Liz helped raise funds for the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Police Athletic League, and the New York Restoration Project.

Liz Smith was a new York City Icon. The success of her column – titled simply “Liz Smith” – reflected not only her own celebrity status, but the fascination she had with the city where she worked for over half a century. Liz Smith was truly New York City Gossip!