Leslie Gornstein

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Leslie Gornstein is a Los Angeles-based freelance entertainment writer and reporter, best known for her Answer B!tch column on E! Online (2004-2013). In March 2013,[1] she debuted her new independent identity, aka The Fame Fatale. Through her blog hosting a bolder and even bitchier weekly podcast, Gornstein answers reader/listener/minion submitted questions about how Hollywood works. The AB and now FF franchise have been extended to podcasts, videocasts and shows on XM Satellite and Sirius radio as well as twitter, Facebook and MySpace profiles.


After graduating in 2004 with a B.Sc. in journalism from Northwestern University,[2][3] Gornstein started her career as a business reporter. She began covering entertainment news for US Weekly magazine, "from Julia Roberts’ New Mexico wedding to the backstage gossip on "American Idol."[4]

Her 2004 Los Angeles Times article "A Jinx in a box?"[5] "chronicled bizarre events associated with a small antique wooden cabinet that had been placed up for sale on eBay".[6] Her story inspired Lionsgate and Sam Raimi's 2012 film The Possession.[7]

Gornstein's work has also appeared in the Associated Press, Crain's Chicago Business, Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, Black Enterprise, the Wall Street Journal, Utne Reader and among many others.[3]



  1. ^ "The Bitch is Back". The Fame Fatale Blog & Podcast. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Professional profile on Yatedo.com". Yatedo.com. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Gornstein, Leslie (28 October 2010). "Will Selena Gomez or Nick Jonas Go to My College?". E!Online. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Leslie Gornstein Bio". Los Angeles Times Blogs. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Gornstein, Leslie (25 July 2004). "A jinx in a box?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ Murray, Rebecca. "Is 'The Possession' based on true events?". About.com. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ Skipper, Ben (31 August 2012). "Demonic possession movies ‘inspired by true events’". Yahoo Movies UK & Ireland. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 

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