Smith’s biggest story arrived in 1990, when Ivana Trump left husband Donald Trump after discovering his affair with Marla Maples. Smith became a fierce defender of Ivana, much to Donald’s chagrin and enmity.
When Smith was at her height, Newsday – by then part of the New York City newspaper scene – paid her $500,000 to leave the New York Daily News. When the city edition folded, she moved to the Post.
Smith also authored several books, including Natural Blonde, her 2000 memoir in which she came out as bisexual. She also won a daytime Emmy for television commentary.