Birthplace: Ft. Worth, Tex.
Smith worked as a reporter, typist, and proofreader. In the 1950s. Smith broke into New York media as a news producer for Mike Wallace at CBS radio. She has written a gossip column for the New York Daily News, Newsday, and the New York Post. A syndicated columnist, Smith is considered the world's highest paid woman in print journalism. In 1995 Smith won an Emmy for reporting. In 2000 her biography, Natural Blonde, was published. She is known as “the Grand Dame of Dish.”