Walter Winchell


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(1897–1972), journalist. The most influential Broadway columnist of his day, he was born in New York and received some of his early training as a child vaudevillian. His staccato writing and similar delivery during his radio broadcasts, his often explosive innuendos, and curious “Winchellisms,” such as “infanticipating” for “pregnant,” earned him a huge following, and he was credited with saving a number of Broadway shows, most notably Hellzapoppin, from probable failure. Biography: Winchell, Bob Thomas, 1971.

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.

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