Quidnunc: Bill O'Reilly's Word of the Day on Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor

Anyone over 50 should be able to remember Hedda Hopper.  Those who are younger are wondering who the heck she is.  She was one of the biggest quidnunces of her day.  She died in 1966 at the age of 80 from pneumonia.
Anyone over 50 should be able to remember Hedda Hopper. Those who are younger are wondering who the heck she is. She was one of the biggest quidnunces of her day. She died in 1966 at the age of 80 from pneumonia.
Louella Parsons was considered the inventor of celebrity gossip, and she and Hedda Hopper competed for every dirty little scandal they could dig up.  They were huge rivals and bitter enemies to the end.  Parsons died in 1972 at the age of 91.
Louella Parsons was considered the inventor of celebrity gossip, and she and Hedda Hopper competed for every dirty little scandal they could dig up. They were huge rivals and bitter enemies to the end. Parsons died in 1972 at the age of 91.
Walter Winchell invented the gossip column when he was with the New York Evening Graphic.  He died of prostate cancer at the age of 74.
Walter Winchell invented the gossip column when he was with the New York Evening Graphic. He died of prostate cancer at the age of 74.
Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr.(aka Perez Hilton). Loves to gossip about celebrities and "out" people in order to create some shock and awe jaw-dropping looks.
Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr.(aka Perez Hilton). Loves to gossip about celebrities and "out" people in order to create some shock and awe jaw-dropping looks.

Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons Were Both Quidnuncs

  • The people mentioned herein have at least one thing in common - you may refer to each and every one of them as a "quidnunc," which is Bill O'Reilly's Word of the Day and it refers to someone who loves to gossip. As a matter of fact, they made careers out of their passion for dishing up the very latest gossip on the most famous people in the world.
  • The two most well-known gossip columnists in the history of Hollywood were Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons, who started out as friends, but ended up bitter rivals, as each tried to outdo the other with any type of scandal they could uncover (or simply make up). Both ladies are now deceased, but they were famous in their day.


Perez Hilton, Rona Barrett, Walter Winchell and More!

Here are some more:

  • Cindy Adams

Cindy Adams spreads the gospel of gossip on Page Six at the New York Post.

http://www.nypost.com/pagesix

  • Rona Barrett

Rona Barrett developed the first in-depth personal television specials about the Hollywood celebrities, television, politics, music and sports, and had a series of top-rated magazines on the entertainment industry, including Rona Barrett's Hollywood . She has been credited for paving the way for entertainment reporters like Barbara Walters.

http://ronabarrett.com/

  • Walter Winchell (Deceased)

Walter Winchell is credited with creating the gossip column while working at the New York Evening Graphic, although his career was ended when he was involved in a highly-publicized dispute with Jack Paar (host of The Tonight Show from 1957 to 1962), indicating a shift from print to television.

  • Dorothy Kilgallen

Although deceased, she had a very interesting career and you can read all about it here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Kilgallen

  • Perez Hilton

...and then there is Perez Hilton. He does love to gossip, but his very favorite thing is to "out" the celebrities he believes are in the closet. Some, however, would like to have come out on their own schedule.

www.perezhilton.com

Don't get me wrong, there have been many gossips and there still are. I just chose to cover a select few of them. Bigger than all of the ones mentioned above was my own Aunt Wilma, who lived to tell a good made-up story on her neighbors. May she rest in peace with her mouth closed, because alive, it never was.

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