Hollywood gossip columnist and rival of film critic and fellow gossip writer Louella Parsons. Her "Hedda Hopper's Hollywood" column, which eventually fed the anti-communist hysteria of the McCarthy era by naming alleged communists, first appeared in the Los Angeles Times in the late 1930s.
Before becoming a journalist, she had a career as a Broadway chorus girl.
She and her siblings grew up in a German Baptist Brethren family in Pennsylvania.
She once interviewed Lucille Ball on a television special.