If there is a gossip flag somewhere on this blog, it should be noted that it is currently flying at half-mast. Famed New York gossip columnist, Claudia Cohen, lost a six-year fight against cancer on Friday. The 57-year-old passed away with her ex-husband, Ron Perelman, as well as her family, by her side at the Memorial-Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
“Claudia was a remarkable, dynamic woman, a terrific mother and also our best friend. She will be missed by everyone who knew her,” Perelman said.
Cohen’s friend Bob Colacello, a Vanity Fair writer, said although “Claudia came from a wealthy family, married a billionaire and knew the most famous people in the world, she was always a girl from the Jersey suburbs. She never put on airs.”
Cohen first began her career as a writer at the New York Post, writing for the Page Six column, earning herself a promotion to editor of the page a few years thereafter. Not too much longer after that, she moved to The New York Daily News, where she wrote her own column, entitled, “I, Claudia.” Here are some pictures of the celebrities who paid their respects to the former newswoman. If I were to go right now, I’d be lucky to get a few “Flavor of Love” rejects to stop by at my funeral. And maybe a “Deal or No Deal” girl or two. If I paid them.
Many more photos (Carolina Hererra, Liz Smith, Mark Consuelos, Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg, Joy and Regis Philbin, Lorainne Bracco, Ellen Barkin, Melania and Donald Trump, Jon Bon Jovi and Ron Perelman) of the celebrities arriving for Claudia Cohen’s funeral are after the jump.