Knowledge Identifier: +Dorothy_Kilgallen
Born in 1913.
Countries: United States (50%), New York (17%), Mississippi (10%)
Linked to: Hearst Corporation, The College of New Rochelle, The Plain Dealer, Columbia University
In 1936, Kilgallen competed with two other New York newspaper reporters in a race around the world using only means of transportation available to the general public
She described the event in her book "Girl Around The World", and it credited for the story idea for the 1937 movie, "Fly-Away Baby", starring Glenda Farrell, as a character partly inspired by Kilgallen
Back in New York in 1938, Kilgallen began writing a daily column, the "Voice of Broadway", for Hearst's "New York Journal American", which the corporation created by merging the "Evening Journal" with the "American"
Kilgallen's private secretary, Myrtle Verne, who can be seen as one of the contestants on a 1957 episode of "What's My Line-", died on January 10, 1975, shortly before Israel began contacting people for her biography
Later in the 1960s and in the 1970s, Jim Kilgallen continued working as a reporter with his articles appearing in the Hearst papers that remained outside New York City , but his Hearst colleagues knew not to ask him about his late daughter, and so did his "friends of long standing," said biographer Israel
Because of her open criticism of the Warren Commission and other US government entities, and her association with Jack Ruby and a 1964 private interview with him, "Ramparts" speculated that she was murdered by members of the same alleged conspiracy against JFK. The February 1967 edition of "Cosmopolitan", edited by Helen Gurley Brown, reprinted the "Ramparts" article
Jess Stearn - Her co-panelist Dorothy Kilgallen may have helped to promote Stearn's "Yoga, Youth and Reincarnation" in a September 15, 1965 issue of New York Journal American
Anne Fogarty - In 1967, Anne Fogarty married Richard Kollmar, Dorothy Kilgallen's widower
Although Bennett Cerf was audiotaped on January 23, 1968 reminiscing about Kilgallen, he said nothing about her death or about the book, "Murder One", that his company Random House had published in 1967 with the late Dorothy Kilgallen listed as the sole author
A 1991 history of the Hearst Corporation co-authored by Bill Hearst and Jack Casserly says the company milked famous bylines for all they were worth, encouraging the star reporters to do as many diverse stories as possible to increase circulation and newsstand sales
In September 2017, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office closed an investigation into her death eight months after it started, finding "no evidence" of foul play