Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Harry Potter” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, has been carried in hundreds of papers around the world, from the New York Daily News to Le Figaro, El Sol de Mexico to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The four day a week column continues to be a source of celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online.
Stacy Jenel (pronounced “Janelle”) Smith also has authored the weekly, syndicated Ask Stacy column for more than two decades, in addition to writing articles for publications including the New York Daily News, the Los Angeles Times, AOL.com, the Chicago Tribune, Guideposts, AARP.org, Emmy magazine, E! Online, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, USA Weekend, People and TV Guide. She has appeared on numerous television and radio shows and as a guest lecturer for professionals’ groups and university classes. Stacy served as a regular correspondent on E! Entertainment Television’s “The Gossip Show” for five years, and for two years appeared daily on the Internet’s Alternative Entertainment Network (AENTV.com). Twice nominated for the ICG Publicists Guild Press Award, Stacy is a native Angelino, a graduate of the University of Redlands and alumna of Pierce College. She has partnered with Beck since 1990. Stacy resides in the San Fernando Valley with her daughter, Darcy, who was born in 1991. She’s a runner and has finished a string of races, from 5 K to marathon.
Marilyn Beck rose to fame as the show business reporter who changed entertainment coverage from frothy social notes to wide-ranging news – often moving stories off the entertainment page and onto the front page. She has authored books including “Marilyn Beck’s Hollywood,” been featured on television in her own NBC specials, as a regular part of the nationally-syndicated “PM Magazine,” and, for nearly seven years, on the E! Entertainment channel. Beck has won numerous awards, including honors from the Los Angeles City Council, the Southern California Motion Picture Council and the ICG Publicists Guild of America. She is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in Entertainment. Born in Chicago and raised in Los Angeles, Beck studied journalism at the University of Southern California and spent most of her adult years in Beverly Hills, Calif. Beck, who is married to former mediator Arthur Levine, raised two children while establishing her career in Hollywood. Her daughter, Andee, resides in St. Louis with her husband and children. Her son, Mark, is a Los Angeles attorney who lives in Pasadena with his family. Beck, proud grandmother of four, is an avid sailor and world traveler.