The Press: The Aging Lion

Headline of the Week In the New York Daily News:

ROONEY. A PINT, BARES MARRIAGE TO A FIFTH

In his acidulous prime, Gossipmonger Walter Winchell stood second to no columnist for journalistic terseness, ferocity and cheek. A chronic vendettist, he repeatedly bared his teeth and his quill in Winchell feuds: against Singer Josephine Baker ("pro-Fascist, a troublemaker"). the Stork Club's Sherman Billingsley (they quarreled over a pack of cigarettes), Ed Sullivan (''style pirate"), the New York Post ("pinko-stinko sheet"), the "fourth estate" ("All those columnists rapping me—where do you think they get their material? They...

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