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Late Gossip Columnist Had Tips On Dishing Dirt

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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Diana McLellan, a British gossip columnist who wrote the “Ear” for the Star, “The Gossip Column” for The Washington Post and “Diana Hears” for The Washington Times, died on June 26 of cancer. She was 76.

According to a WaPo feature, she “mock-lamented the foibles of public officials” and hinted at extramarital affairs.

She even poked fun at the impossible (even back then) spelling of the surname “Brzezinski.”

Best of all, she had tips for dishing dirt in This Town.

Seems she could exist just fine in today’s press corps.

●“Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it.”

●“Don’t get too serious. You ain’t gonna get the Pulitzer Prize.”

●“Spelling people’s names wrong sometimes helps keep them humble. (Does not work in Zbigniew Brzezinski.)”

●“If you make a horrible mistake, grovel. Nobody’s perfect.”