Dorothy Thompson Biography

Radio Personality, Journalist(1893–1961)
Outspoken and ambitious, Dorothy Thompson became a well-known journalist during the 1930s to the 1950s.

Synopsis

Outspoken and ambitious, Dorothy Thompson was a well-known journalist from the 1930s to the '50s. She was known as a trailblazer in her field, sometimes referred to as the "First Lady of American Journalism." "On the Record," her syndicated column, reached millions, and in 1937, she started writing another column for Ladies' Home Journal, where she remained until her death in 1961.

Background

Famed journalist Dorothy Thompson was born on July 9, 1893, in Lancaster, New York. Outspoken and ambitious, Thompson was a well-known journalist from the 1930s to the '50s. Considered a trailblazer in her field, she was sometimes referred to as the "First Lady of American Journalism." In the early 1910s, Thompson began giving speeches in support of women's suffrage. She became a foreign correspondent in Europe after finding her own way there during World War I, and she reported from Vienna and became the bureau chief for New York Evening Post in Berlin during the 1920s.

Career Highlights

With her career on the rise, Dorothy Thompson landed her own syndicated column in 1936. "On the Record" reached millions of readers across the country. In 1937, she started writing another column for Ladies' Home Journal, and she remained a contributor to the publication until her death. Also around this time, Thompson could be heard on the radio. She became one of the most well-known figures in American media. Thompson was known for her conservative politics and for becoming one of the early, vehement voices against Adolf Hitler and his deadly regime. In her first book, she explored her anti-communism position in New Russia (1928). Other works include Essentials of Democracy (1938), Let the Record Speak (1939) and Developments of Our Times (1948).

Personal Life and Death

During her life, Dorothy Thompson was married three times. She was married to writer Josef Bard from 1922 to 1927. Another literary match, she wed author Sinclair Lewis in 1928; the couple had a son together before divorcing in 1942. The following year, Thompson married artist Maxim Kopf; the marriage lasted until his death in 1958.

Thompson died on January 30, 1961, in Lisbon, Portugal.

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