Louella Parsons

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General Information

Name: Louella Parsons

Pen Name: Louella O. Parsons, Louella Oettinger Parsons


Born: 1881 in Freeport, Illinois

Died: 1972 in Santa Monica, California

Illinois Connection

Parsons was born in Freeport and moved to Dixon with her family in 1890. In 1912, she moved to Chicago and began writing the first gossip column Chicago Record Herald in 1914.

Biographical and Professional Information

Parsons was a renowned editor, gossip columnist, journalist, screenwriter and author. She was the unofficial Queen of Hollywood, and the first person to write a gossip column for the newspapers.

Published Works

How to Write for the "Movies", A. C. McClurg & Co., 1915

The Gay Illiterate, Garden City Pub. Co., 1944

Tell It to Louella, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1961

Titles at Your Library

How to Write for the "Movies"

ASIN: B00087XA9S
Release Date: 1915

The Gay Illiterate

Release Date: 1945

Tell It to Louella

Release Date: 1961

Literary Awards

External Links

Louella Parsons on WorldCat

Louella Parsons on Women Film Pioneers Project


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