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Mary McGrory
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    (August 22, 1918-April 20, 2004)
    Born in Boston, Massachusetts
    Columnist for the Washington Star (1947-81) and Washington Post (1981-2003)
    Won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her coverage of Watergate (1975)
    Recipient of the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Award (1988)
    She was euphemistically described by the Los Angeles Times as 'sturdily built.'
    She declined to discuss her private life, saying 'I want to be read, but I don't want to be a personality.'
    She was a master of the fine art of getting male reporters to carry her bags when she was following the campaign trail.
    Ted Kennedy said, 'She is so gentle until she gets to the typewriter.'
    She received a letter from an admirer who declared 'I want to make the name Mary McGregory a household word.'
    A reviewer noted that 'irreverence, intelligence and wit colored her reports.'
    She was a longtime volunteer at St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home.
    She did her own legwork for her columns well into her 80s, commenting 'I don't want anyone else doing my listening or watching for me.'
    She was a member of Nixon's enemies list.
    She wrote about Nixon, 'When our former first citizen said, 'I am not a crook,' what he meant was 'You can't prove it.' '

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