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Louella Parsons

Louella Parsons (born Louella Rose Oettinger; August 6, 1881 December 9, 1972) was the first American movie columnist and a screenwriter. She was retained by William Randolph Hearst, possibly because she had praised Hearst's mistress Marion Davies, and possibly because she helped him cover up the killing of Thomas H. Ince. At her peak, her columns were read by 20 million people in 400 newspapers worldwide. She remained Queen of Hollywood until the arrival of flamboyant Hedda Hopper, who displayed similar talents, and with whom she feuded viciously for years. [wikipedia]


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