Dorothy Kilgallen

Dorothy Kilgallen
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Dorothy Kilgallen
TV: South side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Journalist | Radio Host | TV Host
Born July 3, 1913 in Chicago, Ill.
Died Nov. 8, 1965 in New York, NY

Dorothy Kilgallen was a journalist, TV quiz show panelist and a Broadway columnist.

She had followed in the footsteps of her father, James L. Kilgallen, as a star reporter in the Hearst organization.

Kilgallen's journalism career began in 1931. She covered many of the big news stories of her generation — the coronation of George VI, the Hauptmann trial, Franklin D. Roosevelt's first campaign, Harry S Truman's nomination for president, the murder trial of Dr. Sam Shepard and the Jack Ruby trial in Dallas.

In 1941, Kilgallen entered radio with a Saturday morning "Voice of Broadway" series on CBS. Later, she and husband Richard Kollmar broadcast together their "Breakfast with Dorothy and Dick."

It was on the quiz show "What's My Line?" that Kilgallen won a wide audience. She and Arlene Francis were the two women on the four-member panel.

She died at age 52 at her home, while reading in bed.

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