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Shirley Eder
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    (July 11, 1919-May 28, 2005)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Entertainment columnist
    Wrote a syndicated column for the Detroit Free Press ('Dear Shirley')
    Hosted 'Women Talk it Over' on WOR-TV (1951)
    Roving Reporter and Interviewer on 'Monitor' and 'The Mike Douglas Show'
    Girl On The Go on the WJR Radio show 'Composite'
    Formed friendships with major stars including Frank Sinatra, Ginger Rogers, and Lana Turner
    She was a failed actress who became a gossip columnist.
    She titled her 1973 memoirs, 'Not This Time, Cary Grant.'
    She once joked: 'Every time they put my name in an ad, the movie fails.'
    She got an interview with Brigitte Bardot by sneaking into her Paris dressing room.
    Several of her private conversations with major stars (including Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Crawford) were recorded without their knowledge and later were made available on YouTube.
    Her father was a New York Supreme Court justice.
    She was married to her husband to fifty years until his death (surviving him by two years).
    She managed to cover Hollywood for over forty years despite being based out of Detroit.
    She scored early interviews with Bob Dylan and Steven Spielberg.
    Carol Channing credited her column with saving 'Hello Dolly,' which was bombing on the road until she granted it a rave review and secured it a Broadway run.
    She was critical of Hollywood's casting couch system for young starlets and advocated for more complex roles for talented older actresses.

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