Liz Smith Put The Gossip Behind Her To Focus On Her Charity. Starting With An Evening Of Readings...

by CAROLINA FRANCESCA · March 5, 2009

[Two scandalous media ladies- Liz Smith and Paula Zahn. Photos by Patrick McMullan, PMc]

By now it's no big news that Liz Smith, old-school NYC gossip queen, was let go by the New York Post. In her interview on the Daily Beast, Smith says that a useful purpose for gossip is in fact, "... to raise money for charity, which I’ve done millions of dollars worth over the years, and I don’t think that was too well received... in my most recent job." Literacy Partners is one charity for which Ms. Smith would gossip as she (as chairman) attended the Pre-Gala Cocktails for the organization's Evening Of Readings (held in May). The event, held at Michael's, brought out Paula Zahn, Mary Higgins Clark, Rory Tahari and more.

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Rory Tahari, Sarah Simms Rosenthal

Liz Smith, Arnold Scaasi, Barbara Taylor Bradford

Christopher Buckley, Susan Mercandetti

Patrick McMullan, Mark Gilbertson