Louella Parsons

Louella Parsons (born Louella Rose Oettinger; August 6, 1881 – December 9, 1972) was an American movie columnist and a screenwriter. She was retained by William Randolph Hearst because she had championed Hearst's mistress Marion Davies and subsequently became an influential figure in Hollywood. At her peak, her columns were read by 20 million people in 700 newspapers worldwide.

Louella Parsons
Parsons in 1937
Born
Louella Rose Oettinger

(1881-08-06)August 6, 1881
DiedDecember 9, 1972(1972-12-09) (aged 91)
Resting placeHoly Cross Cemetery
NationalityAmerican
Occupation
  • Gossip columnist
  • Screenwriter
Years active1902–1965
Spouse(s)
    John Dement Parsons
    (m. 1905; div. 1914)
      John McCaffrey Jr.
      (m. 1915; div. 1929)
        Harry W. Martin
        (m. 1930; died 1951)
        ChildrenHarriet Parsons

        She remained the unchallenged “Queen of Hollywood gossip” until the arrival of the flamboyant Hedda Hopper, with whom she feuded for years.


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