Was very lucky to have spent an afternoon with #LizSmith earlier this year. Despite her 94 years, her smile was infectious and her spirit resilient. She talked of her love for photography and the great Bill Cunningham. It’s not all that often you leave an assignment and wish it could have gone on for a few more hours. Today the world lost a beautiful, powerful, intelligent lady. Rest well Ms Smith .・・・
If a gossip columnist dishes in the forest and no one repeats it, does it make a sound? In the 1980s, Liz Smith could turn anyone into a star overnight. Today, she’s 94 and recovering from a minor stroke. She has a laptop, but she doesn’t like it. She has an electric typewriter — which she bought at the suggestion of Tom Hanks, a friend — but it sits on the floor. She even has a column of sorts, for a website called New York Social Diary. What she doesn’t have is a column in a New York City tabloid. With the internet and social media, she said, “most people have forgotten about so-called powerful people like me; we served our time.” Of course, Liz still loves famous people, including @gloriasteinem (“one of my idols”), @jlo (“I just love her”) and @michelleobama (“If I were energetic and young and Liz Smith again, I would go after Michelle Obama”). But she’s somewhat baffled to be in a world where people can tell the Kardashians apart. “I am in search of Liz Smith,” she said softly, musing. “After a lifetime of fun and excitement and money and feeling important and being in the thick of it, I am just shocked every day that I’m not the same person.” Visit the link in our profile to read more about the rise and fall of the celebrity accomplice #LizSmith, who was photographed here by @hlswift.