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Liz Smith Lunches With FishbowlNY!

lizsmith-205x260.jpgWell, sort of, anyway (we can dream!). In this week’s New York profile of the gossip doyenne Liz Smith is lunching at (where else) Michael’s with magazine scribe Jonathan Van Meter when she spots our very own Diane Clehane:

Smith points out a woman sitting at the bar right now who in about an hour will post a blog about who was at Michael’s today, just as she does every week. For Smith, reporting on lunch at Michael’s in her column would be pointless. But the old broad still has clout, especially with this crowd. “My column has become more historical, more philosophical,” she says. “I feel like I am a recording angel.” People like Barry Diller, Les Moonves, and even Smith herself are starting to think about their legacies. “The thing about people who last long enough to make a real impact, like I have,” she says, “is that you finally have to learn to live with the image you’ve created. It’s your legend. You don’t have to agree with everything said about you, but you can’t really quarrel with the cumulative thing.”

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