Hedda Hopper (May 2, 1885 – February 1, 1966) was one of America’s best-known gossip columnists, notorious for feuding with her arch-rival Louella Parsons.
She had been a small-time actress of stage and screen for years before being offered the chance to write the column “Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood” for the Los Angeles Times in 1938. This revealed a gift for invective so vicious that it brought physical retaliation from Spencer Tracy and Joseph Cotten, among others. In the McCarthy era she named suspected communists. Hopper continued to write gossip to the end, her work appearing in countless magazines and later on radio.
She was born Elda Furry in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, the daughter of David D. (born 1857) and Margaret Miller (born 1856) Furry, members of the German Baptist Brethren. Her siblings included Dora Furry (born 1880); Sherman Furry (born 1882); Cameron Furry (born 1887); Edgar Furry (1889–1975); Frank M. Furry (born 1891); and Margaret… read more