|Ross Benson |
29 September 1948|
|Died||8 March 2005
|Spouse(s)||Beverly Rose, Zoë Bennett, Ingrid Seward|
|Awards||Edgar Wallace Award for Fine Writing (London Press Club)|
Ross Benson was a journalist and gossip columnist known for his dashing personal style. Born in Scotland on 29 September 1948. Educated at Gordonstoun School in Scotland, he worked for London Life magazine after leaving school before joining the Daily Mail Newspaper as the deputy diary editor at the age of 20.
In 1971 he moved to the Daily Express Newspaper as deputy diary editor and was appointed deputy foreign editor in 1975. In 1978 he travelled to Los Angeles as the paper's West Coast correspondent. He returned to London in 1982 in the position of Chief foreign correspondent and was named as International Reporter of the Year in the British Press Awards in 1983.
In 1988 he was given his own Gossip column to rival the Daily Mail's headed by Nigel Dempster.
Ross Benson was the ghost writer for George Best's autobiography 'The Good, the Bad and the Bubbly' published in 1990. Further books followed; 'Paul McCartney:Behind the myth' in 1992 and 'Charles: The untold story' in 1993.