Hollywood columnist Jill Jackson died Sept. 8 in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was 97.
The “Jill Jackson’s Hollywood” column originated at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and was distributed to 1,700 newspapers via King Features at its peak.
Jackson started out as a color commentator for golf tournaments in New Orleans, covering other sports later. In the early 1940s she got her own local radio show and then moved to TV on WWL, interviewing celebs who visited the Big Easy.
In 1960, when her column took off, she moved to Hollywood. During the 1970s Jackson was president of the Hollywood Women’s Press Club.
She also was featured in such films as “Airport” and “Madame X” as well as TV series including “The Jack Benny Program.”
There were no immediate survivors.