When Stuff visits the 76-year-old introduces himself, tongue in cheek: "I've been writing fake news for 56 years."

Stuff: David Hartnell on a life watching Hollywood

Pop over to Stuff and read the interesting interview with David Hartnell.

A little black book of every A-list contact you could ever possibly want can be found in David Hartnell’s home office. A good 56 years since he first started writing tattle for the tabloids, every week the veteran gossip columnist continues to churn out a weekly gossip column for his loyal e-subscribers, from the colourful Westmere, Auckland home he shares with partner Somboon Khansuk.

SOURCE: Old school gossip columnist David Hartnell on a life watching Hollywood