Former Washington Star, Times, and Post gossip columnist Diana McLellan died yesterday at 76. McLellan was a legend in Washington, known for her column “The Ear,” which she wrote for the Star before it folded in 1981.
In November 2013, a dinner was held in honor of Emily Heil after taking over The Washington Post‘s “Reliable Sources” column alongside Helena Andrews. McLellan offered advice for Heil via email.
“The best advice I can give – and I doubt you could do any of it now – is collect info sober, write drunk, and edit after coffee…Also, keep expenses as high as possible or they won’t respect you.” And, “Only deal with the top editor so you don’t get nibbled to death by ducks.”
The Post’s Lifestyle section published a piece in memory of the writer known for ‘dishing with verve.’ Check it out, here.
English-born, McLellan was the recipient of a Penney-Missouri Award and Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild Front Page Awards for humor and was a Pulitzer nominee. After leaving The Washington Times, she served as a Washington editor of Washingtonian and Washington correspondent for Ladies Home Journal.