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Truman Capote vs. Swifty Lazar – When the LA Times Ran Gossip


At the risk of repeating ourselves, we think the LA Times needs a gossip column. While drooling over the Truman Capote auction preview, we noticed a typed letter from the late super agent Swifty Lazar.

Swifty warned Truman not to bring Joanne Carson, Johnny’s ex, to his Oscar party (far more exclusive than the Vanity Fair replacement) because Johnny was coming with his new wife and Swifty didn’t want to embarrass him by having a former wife also in attendance. Got it?

And here’s how Joanne Carson explained the situation to FishbowlLA:

Truman, Jody Jacobs and I were having dinner at Mateo’s the night Truman got Swifty’s letter. We thought it was absolutely the silliest letter that had ever been written. Imagine writing something so ludicrous and then actually signing your name to it!!! Talk about “nobless-oblige.” In Hollywood, at one time or another, almost everyone has been married to almost everyone else.

We just had a huge laugh over this and thought Swifty had really lost it this time. After reading Jody’s column about his letter, Swifty dis-invited both Truman AND Jody. So Jody wrote another column about being dis-invited by Swifty. So, we all went to another Oscar party and when we walked in the room it erupted in applause. Everyone had been following “le scandal” in Jody’s columns and thought it was hilariously funny. Which it really was. Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE Hollywood….

Jody Jacobs was the LA Times‘ gossip columnist at the time. Who is there today on the masthead to report these shenanigans? Nobody, that’s who.

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