Walter Winchell (April 7, 1897 - February 20, 1972) was an American newspaper and radio gossip commentator. Born Walter Weinschel in New York City, he left school in the sixth grade and started performing in Gus Edwards's vaudeville troupe known as 'Newsboys Sextet'. His career in journalism was begun by posting notes about his acting troupe on backstage bulletin boards. Joining the Vaudeville News in 1920, Winchell left the paper for the Evening Graphic in 1924, and in turn was hired on June 10, 1929 by the New York Daily Mirror where he finally became the author of what would be the first syndicated gossip column, entitled On-Broadway.
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