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Sheilah Graham

1904-1988

Sheilah Graham 1904 – 1988) was a British-born, nationally syndicated American gossip columnist during Hollywood's "Golden Age". She was born Lily Shiel in Leeds. After her father died, her mother struggled to care for her six children and six years later, placed Lilly and her younger brother into an orphanage. At the age of 14, Lily went home from the orphanage to care for her mother for two years. After her mother’s death from stomach cancer, sixteen year old Lily moved into her own flat while working in a department store. Sheilah Graham left London for the United States in 1933 and went on to become a nationally syndicated columnist after she moved to Hollywood in 1936. For 35 years Sheilah Graham wielded considerable power in Hollywood as one of the “unholy trio” with Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper. She also wrote a number of books, including a memoir of her relationship with F. Scott Fitzgerald which was made into the 1959 film, Beloved Infidel.