Walter Winchell gained acclaim as a journalist through newspaper, radio, and television. Most associated with his career are
his gossip columns and political commentary. The collection consists of correspondence, clippings and/or written pieces by
and/or about Winchell, and a small amount of publicity stills and photographs. Additionally there is documentation regarding
his television show,
The Walter Winchell File.
Walter Winchell was born on April 7, 1897 in New York City, NY. In 1910, Winchell launched a career in vaudeville and spent
several years as part of the Newsboys Sextet. In 1915, Winchell teamed with Rita Greene in a song and dance act and they toured
until he enlisted in the Navy in 1917. Winchell officially started his journalism career in 1922, working for the
Vaudeville News. In 1924, he went to work for the
Evening Graphic, as dramatic critic and was given a Broadway column. By 1929, he was with the
New York Daily Mirror, where he contributed a gossip column to until 1963. He made his radio debut in 1930 on CBS's
Saks on Broadway, a 15-minute program devoted to show business news. In 1932, he began hosting
The Jergens Journal, a show that mixed entertainment news with matters of national importance.
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