Walter Winchell

Walter Winchell

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Walter Winchell
Radio: South side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Walter Winchell
TV: West side of the 1600 block of Vine Street
Journalist
Born April 7, 1897 in New York, NY
Died Feb. 20, 1972 of prostate cancer in UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, CA

Walter Winchell was the outspoken, widely read gossip columnist and radio newscaster who made famous the phase, "Good evening Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea — let's go to press."

At the age of 13, he became a performer as a member of Gus Edwards' troupe of youngsters, which included George Jessell and Eddie Cantor.

During his days in vaudeville, Winchell began posting typewritten gossip columns on bulletin boards in theaters where he appeared.

In 1920, he left the theater as a performer and accepted a job as assistant editor of the Vaudeville News in New York.

In 1924, Winchell went to work for the old New York Graphic and discovered that millions of people wanted to know who was doing what and with whom.

Winchell moved his column to the Hearst-owned New York Mirror in 1929. The move led to syndication in more than 1,000 newspapers throughout the country.

By the 1930s, Winchell, the purveyor of gossip in a flamboyant style of writing and talking, expanded his expertise to include national politics, international affairs and occasionally, he would even throw in tips on the horse races and the stock market.

He began broadcasting his choice pieces of information on network radio in 1932.

Winchell retired in 1969 as a millionaire.

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