Jimmie Fidler, the last of a generation of Hollywood gossips that included Louella Parsons, Hedda Hopper and Walter Winchell, has died at age 89.
Fidler, considered by many to be the most acerbic of his contemporaries, died Tuesday at Westlake Community Hospital.His radio show featured a four-bell system for rating films, "open letters" to stars in which he critiqued their performances and their behavior and "notes from the little black book."
At his peak in 1950, Fidler was earning more than $250,000 a year and was heard over 486 stations by 40 million people a week. His gossip column appeared in 360 newspapers.
Fidler claimed to have been the first Hollywood gossip columnist and the most disliked.