Louella Rose Oettinger
1881 - Louella Parsons, born on the 6th of August in Freeport, Illinois. She was an American gossip columnist.
1914 - She began writing the first movie gossip column in the United States for the Chicago Record-Herald.
1922 - She signed a contract and joined the Hearst newspaper the New York American.
1925 - Contracted tuberculosis and was told she had six months to live. She moved to Arizona for the change in climate, then to Los Angeles, where she decided to stay.
1927 - Wrote the story for the movie Isle of Forgotten Women, which was produced at Columbia by Harry Cohn.
1928 - She hosted a weekly radio program featuring movie star interviews that was sponsored by SunKist.
1934 - She signed a contract with the Campbell's Soup Company and began hosting a program titled Hollywood Hotel, which showcased stars in scenes from their upcoming movies.
1938 - 1951 - also appeared in numerous cameo spots in movies, including Hollywood Hotel, Without Reservations and Starlift.
1944 - She wrote her memoirs, The Gay Illiterate, published by Doubleday, Doran and Company, which became a bestseller.
1961 - Wrote another volume, Tell It To Louella, published by G.P. Putnam's Sons.
1965 - She officially stopped writing her column in December, which was taken over by her assistant, Dorothy Manners, who was said to have been writing it for more than a year.
1972 - She died of arteriosclerosis on the 9th of December at the age of ninety-one in Santa Monica, California. Her funeral mass was attended by several stars of the movie industry. She is interred in Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City Culver City, California.
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