YONKERS, N.Y. — Broadway columnist Earl Wilson, who during a 48-year career used his folksy writing style and fascination with the female form to bring New York's night life to millions of readers, died Friday. He was 79.
Wilson, who had been in a coma since last weekend, died at St. Joseph's Hospital here. The author of more than 11,000 "Last Night With Earl Wilson" columns had Parkinson's disease and had suffered a stroke Dec. 14.
Born in Rockford, Ohio, Wilson began writing for magazines in 1923 when he was 16 years old and later became a regular contributor to the Saturday Evening Post, Liberty and Esquire.
His column was picked up by the Post & Hall Syndicate in 1943 and he also aired gossipy tidbits on the WOR-Mutual radio broadcasting system in 1945.