Quidnunc: Bill O'Reilly's Word of the Day on Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor
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 spreads the gospel of gossip on Page Six at the New York Post.
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.
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.
Although deceased, she had a very interesting career and you can read all about it here:
...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.
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.