Author-journalist Bill Davidson, who covered many celebrities, died Jan. 15 in Palm Desert, Calif., of complications from a stroke he suffered last August. He was 82.
Davidson wrote many candid and controversial magazine articles about notables such as Woody Allen, Carol Burnett, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and others.
After graduating from NYU’s School of Journalism, Davidson joined the Army during World War II and wrote for the Army magazine Yank. Action at the front line provided inspiration for later work, including his non-fiction bestseller “Cut Off.”
Following his discharge from service, Davidson served as associate editor of Colliers and later held the same title at The Saturday Evening Post and Look. He subsequently worked as contributing editor of TV Guide and Los Angeles Magazine.
His numerous honors for journalism include the Benjamin Franklin Award for biography and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards for investigative reporting.
Davidson’s 13 books include “Six Brave Presidents,” co-penned with President John F. Kennedy in 1961 as a sequel to “Profiles in Courage” for young people; “Jane Fonda: An Intimate Biography”; “Make Room For Danny,” the bestselling biography of comic and philanthropist Danny Thomas; and assisting with “Where Have I Been?,” the autobiography of Sid Caesar.
He is survived by his wife, daughter, grandson, great-grandson and two sisters.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation of books to one’s local public library.