RIP New York Times Elizabeth Taylor Obit Writer, 1933-2005
The news of Elizabeth Taylor's passing has put an added sadness to this already gloomy day, but not everyone was shocked. The New York Times' principal writer for the Taylor obituary died almost six full years ago. Mel Gussow, a Times theater critic, died after a battle with cancer in 2005. He was 71. Gussow had written over 4,000 pieces for the New York Times, one of them, apparently, was the Elizabeth Taylor obit they had ready to run for over half a decade.
The Times ran this subhead with the piece:
Mel Gussow, the principal writer of this article, died in 2005. Peter Keepnews contributed updated reporting.
Gussow's first ever Broadway play review was of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which was famously adapted into a film starring Elizabeth Taylor.
Rest in peace.
New York Knicks vs. Memphis Grizzlies
TicketsSat., Oct. 29, 7:30pm
New York Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
TicketsSun., Oct. 30, 7:00pm
St. John's Red Storm Men's Basketball vs. Baruch College Bearcats Men's Basketball
TicketsMon., Oct. 31, 7:00pm
Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls
TicketsMon., Oct. 31, 7:30pm
Elizabeth Taylor February 27th, 1932-March 23rd, 2011
Mel Gussow December 19th, 1933-April 29th, 2005
[h/t Andy Greene]
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in New York, delivered to your inbox.