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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Louella Parsons  

Pen Name: Louella O. Parsons, Louella Oettinger Parsons


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1881 in Freeport, Illinois

Died: 1972 in Santa Monica, California

-- Louella Parsons on Women Film Pioneers Project --
-- Louella Parsons on WorldCat --

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.

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