Arlene Francis
(Movies & TV)
Harold G. Hoffman
Jack Ruby
Joan Crawford
(Movies & TV)

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Dorothy Kilgallen

Knowledge Identifier: +Dorothy_Kilgallen


Dorothy Kilgallen

American journalist and television game show panelist add

Category: Journalism

Born in 1913.

Countries: United States (50%), New York (17%), Mississippi (10%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: William Randolph Hearst, Arlene Francis, Harold G. Hoffman

Linked to: Hearst Corporation, The College of New Rochelle, The Plain Dealer, Columbia University




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Dorothy Kilgallen was born in 1913 add something


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 add something


In 1936, she began her newspaper column, "The Voice of Broadway", which eventually was syndicated to more than 146 papers add something


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 add something


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" add something


Beginning in April 1945, Kilgallen co-hosted a WOR-AM radio talk show with her husband, "Breakfast With Dorothy and Dick", from their 16-room apartment at 640 Park Avenue add something


Though Kilgallen and Frank Sinatra were fairly good friends for several years and were photographed rehearsing in a radio studio for a 1948 broadcast, she grew antagonistic toward the singer in her daily column, culminating in the multi-part 1956 front-page feature story "The Frank Sinatra Story" add something


In 1950, Kilgallen became a panelist on the American television game show, "What's My Line-", which was aired on the CBS television network from 1950 to 1967 add something


She became a regular panelist on the television game show, "What's My Line-", in 1950 add something


Hal Block - On February 2, 1950, "What's My Line-" premiered on CBS with a panel consisting of columnist Dorothy Kilgallen, author, poet and editor Louis Untermeyer, politician Harold G. Hoffman with journalist John Daly as host


The show followed them when they purchased a Georgian brownstone at 45 East 68th Street in 1952 add something


Kilgallen was among the notables on the guest list of those who attended the coronation of Queen Elizabeth, in 1953 add something


Kilgallen covered the 1954 murder trial of Dr. Sam Sheppard add something


On February 15, 1954, Dorothy Kilgallen commented in her syndicated column, "Flying saucers are regarded as of such vital importance that they will be the subject of a special hush-hush meeting of the world military heads next summer add something


Kilgallen's father, Jim, was still a "Hearst star" in 1955 when at age 67 he traveled to Mississippi to cover the trial of two men charged with the murder of Emmett Till for the Hearst-owned International News Service add something


In a May 22, 1955 report from London, syndicated by the INS, Kilgallen stated, "British scientists and airmen, after examining the wreckage of one mysterious flying ship, are convinced these strange aerial objects are not optical illusions or Soviet inventions, but are flying saucers which originate on another planet add something


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 add something


In 1958, Kilgallen and her husband Kollmar, along with Albert W. Selden, co-produced a musical on Broadway entitled, "The Body Beautiful" add something


Israel, page 410 and because she openly criticized U.S. government agencies as far back as 1959, some believe that Kilgallen was murdered in order to silence her add something


Kilgallen had a history of government criticism, suggesting in 1959 that the CIA recruited members of the Mafia to assassinate Fidel Castro, which many years later was proven to be the case add something


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 add something


Sinatra was angered by this and referred to her publicly as the "chinless wonder," although evidence suggests he did so only during breaks between songs at his concerts in New York and Las Vegas, not on his network television specials of the 1960s or 1970s or on radio shows add something


When country music performers from Nashville, Tennessee 's Grand Ole Opry appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall to benefit New York's Musicians Aid Society in 1961, Kilgallen dismissed them as "hicks from the sticks" add something


The radio program, which like Kilgallen's newspaper column, mixed entertainment with serious issues, remained on the air until 1963 add something


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 add something


That was the last sentence in her column item about Marina Oswald Porter's possible knowledge of the possible doctoring of an incriminating snapshot she had taken of Lee holding a rifle and socialist literature that "Life" featured on its cover in 1964 add something


When attorney F. Lee Bailey began the appeal of Sheppard's conviction, resulting in his July 1964 release from prison, he discovered other eyewitness accounts of the judge prejudging the case before hearing testimony or seeing evidence add something


The agency abandoned, in September 1964, all attempts to identify this source add something


Most of that testimony did not become officially available to the public until the commission released its 26 volumes of hearings and exhibits in November 1964, around the time of the one-year anniversary of the assassination add something


In 1965, more than a year after her scoop of the Ruby testimony, Kilgallen said, referring to the murders of JFK, police officer J. D. Tippit and Oswald, "That story isn't going to die as long as there's a real reporter alive, and there are a lot of them alive add something


The column, which she wrote until her death in 1965, featured mostly New York show business news and gossip, but ventured into other topics such as politics and organized crime add something

Dorothy Kilgallen died in 1965 add something


Kollmar helped Israel obtain medical records from his mother's two confinements at NYU Langone Medical Center in March and April 1965 add something


They had something to do with a cast on her left forearm that she can be seen wearing on the April 25, 1965 live telecast of "What's My Line-" add something


In October 1965 Kilgallen attended a preview, which was a benefit for charity add something


At the time of her death in November 1965, Dorothy Kilgallen and Richard Kollmar had been married for 25 years, and she left behind three children add something


Kilgallen and Arlene Francis appeared as Joan Crawford impostors on an episode of the daytime version of "To Tell The Truth" that was videotaped on November 2, 1965 and broadcast six days later while United Press International broke the news about Kilgallen's death add something


On November 8, 1965, Kilgallen was found dead on the third floor of her five-story brownstone, just 12 hours after she had appeared, live, on "What's My Line-" add something


"New York Herald Tribune" November 9, 1965, front page add something


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


Patricia Bosworth - One of her two fellow staff members there, Mary Brannum, received a strange phone call at their Manhattan office on November 8, 1965 in which a man said, "Mary, Dorothy Kilgallen has been murdered


He reminisced fondly about her career and girlish quality for the February 1966 issue of "TV Radio Mirror" add something


During this period Jack O'Brian took over the "Voice of Broadway" column, but the "Journal American" ceased publication in April 1966 with O'Brian and other "Journal American" columnists becoming part of the short-lived "New York World Journal Tribune" add something


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 add something


Between 1975 and 1978, he assisted Lee Israel with her work on a biography of his mother add something


Arlene Francis, a fellow "What's My Line-" panelist, said in 1976, "I thought Dorothy was a marvelous journalist when she covered something like the Sheppard trial add something


Contacted by Israel, he wrote to her on January 26, 1976 that he would not help her, noting that he was sticking to "a firm policy" he had maintained since his daughter's death "not to grant interviews to anyone concerning her career add something


A 1979 Kilgallen biography by Lee Israel said he "took his own life in January 1971, swallowing everything in reach add something


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 add something


This particular broadcast dates from March 31, 1993 add something


A recording of the concert became available publicly for the first time in 2001, when Kilgallen and Sinatra were both dead add something


In the 2012 comic novel "Nick & Jake", by Tad Richards and Jonathan Richards, Kilgallen breaks the news story that paints protagonist Nick Carraway as a subversive, thus destroying his career add something


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 add something