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February 14

Hedda Hopper

Gossip columnist Hedda Hopper made a lot of people mad when she printed things they did not want their fans to know, or even published outright lies.

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1938: The First “Gossip Girl”
Hedda Hopper’s first gossip column is published in the Los Angeles Times
Imagine you’re a movie star in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Say you’re spotted out partying on Valentine’s Day with someone other than your sweetheart. You can bet that Hedda Hopper, an actress with a large network of contacts, would have written all about your scandalous escapade in her gossip column.

Today’s celebrity publications like People and Us Magazine owe a huge debt to columnists like Hopper, who started writing decades ago about celebrities’ off-screen shenanigans. Wearing one of her trademark hats, she would go to big Hollywood parties, chat with all the celebrities, and uncover the juiciest news and rumors.
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