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Ernie Kovacs

  • Jan 23, 1919 - Jan 13, 1962 (age 42)
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1977
Nomination1977

Best Comedy Album

Nominated for "The Ernie Kovacs Album".
Grammy Award
1962
Ernie Kovacs
Personal1962

Ernie Kovacs

Ernie Kovacs passed away.
Outstanding Achievement In Electronic Camerawork
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Nomination1962

Outstanding Achievement In Electronic C…

Nominated for "The Ernie Kovacs Show".
Primetime Emmy Award
Outstanding Achievement In Electronic Camerawork
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Outstanding Achievement In Electronic C…

Won award for "The Ernie Kovacs Show".
Primetime Emmy Award
1961
Sail a Crooked Ship
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MovieDec 1, 1961

Sail a Crooked Ship

A bungling burglar, determined to go down in the annals of …
A bungling burglar, determined to go down in the annals of crime as a genius, steals a ship in New York in order to rob a bank in Boston. He steals a mothballed Liberty ship, assembles a nitwit band of meatballs and sets sail on his crazy cruise for crime. To "drive" the ship they shanghai an inept ex-Navy officer who somehow manages to bring them through a hurricane, a fire and a mutiny.
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Five Golden Hours
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MovieFeb 1, 1961

Five Golden Hours

A petty crook gallantly consoles wealthy widows and is doing …
A petty crook gallantly consoles wealthy widows and is doing all right in his chosen profession until he meets and falls in love with a lovely baroness, who knows all about get-rich-quick schemes. The crook evolves an ingenious swindle geared to the time differential between New York and Rome and works it on his string of widows, but the baroness takes off with the dough. The crook flees to a mental home to escape the wrath of his victims.
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Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television
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Nomination1961

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in T…

Nominated for "The Ernie Kovacs Show".
DGA Award
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television
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Award1961

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in T…

Won award for "The Ernie Kovacs Show".
DGA Award
1960
Pepe
MovieDec 20, 1960

Pepe

In Mexico, Pepe is the good-natured ranch foreman of Sr. …
In Mexico, Pepe is the good-natured ranch foreman of Sr. Rodriguez. Pepe's pride and joy is Don Juan, a magnificent white stud stallion that he raised from a colt for Sr. Rodriguez and that he refers to as his "son". As Sr. Rodriguez has decided to sell Don Juan at auction, Pepe enacts a plan to dissuade any interested buyers so that he can buy Don Juan himself. The plan doesn't work, as Don Juan is sold to washed-up Hollywood movie director Ted Holt - his current Hollywood status due to alcohol over-consumption - who wants to use Don Juan for his comeback project to be shot in Mexico with an all-Mexican cast except for an American female lead. Pepe decides to head to Hollywood and earn lots of money so that he can buy Don Juan and bring him back to Mexico. In Hollywood, Pepe gets into one misadventure after another with a cavalcade of Hollywood movie stars, those misadventures based largely on Pepe's limited grasp of the English language, he often taking what is said to him in their literal meaning. Pepe does eventually locate Holt, who hires Pepe "for free" to handle Don Juan. Pepe also meets Suzie Murphy, a coffee house waitress and performer, who believes Hollywood has given her parents a raw deal on their lives, they who worked hard but remained on the lowest rung of the studio food chain for their entire careers. As such, she is an angry young woman with a tough exterior, who has no desire to be in the movie business. Despite Holt realizing that Suzie's exterior is all a front, he does end up hiring her as the lead for the movie, which he is able to get off the ground on a deal made with Edward G. Robinson. As Pepe is required to travel to Las Vegas and back to Mexico for filming, Pepe falls in love with Suzie, the affection which he slowly believes is returned. But Holt may ultimately get in the way of Pepe's dreams with Suzie, and perhaps his permanent reunion with Don Juan.
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North to Alaska
MovieNov 3, 1960

North to Alaska

Sam and George strike gold in Alaska. George sends Sam …
Sam and George strike gold in Alaska. George sends Sam to Seattle to bring George's fiancée back to Alaska. Sam finds she is already married, and returns instead with Angel. Sam, after trying to get George and Angel together, finally romances Angel, who, in the meantime, is busy fighting off the advances of George's younger brother, Billy. Frankie is a con man trying to steal the partners' gold claim.
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Strangers When We Meet
MovieJun 29, 1960

Strangers When We Meet

The awarded architect Larry …
The awarded architect Larry Coe lives a boring marriage with his wife Eve Coe and their two young sons in the suburb. Larry is designing and constructing an unique house to the successful writer Roger Altar (Ernie Kovacs) on the top of a hill. Margaret 'Maggie' Gault is a sexy blond sexually neglected by her husband Ken Gault that lives in the same neighborhood and they have a young son. When Larry meets Maggie at the bus stop of the school bus, he unsuccessfully hits on her. But soon they encounter each other again and they have a love affair. They fall in love with each other, but when their despicable neighbor Felix Anders discovers their affair, they have to decide between loyalty and respect to their families or love.
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Wake Me When It's Over
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MovieApr 8, 1960

Wake Me When It's Over

Gus Brubaker has been …
Gus Brubaker has been drafted... again. Due to a clerical error, Gus finds himself deployed to a little Japanese island where everyone is bored to death. So Gus decided to build a hotel and hire locals to run the place.
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1959
Our Man in Havana
MovieDec 30, 1959

Our Man in Havana

Jim Wormold, who is a vacuum cleaner salesman, …
Jim Wormold, who is a vacuum cleaner salesman, participates as an Agent in the British Secret Service. But he soon realizes that his plans by lying are going to get him into trouble.
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Shotgun Slade
TV ShowOct 24, 1959

Shotgun Slade

Shotgun Slade is an American western mystery television …
Shotgun Slade is an American western mystery television series starring Scott Brady that aired seventy-eight episodes in syndication from 1959 to 1961 Created by Frank Gruber, the stories were written by John Berardino, Charissa Hughes, and Martin Berkeley. The series was filmed in Hollywood by Revue Studios.
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Take a Good Look
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TV ShowOct 22, 1959

Take a Good Look

Take a Good Look is an American television game show …
Take a Good Look is an American television game show created by and starring Ernie Kovacs, which aired from 1959 to 1961 on ABC's Thursday-night block at 10:30 PM Eastern Time. Season 1 consisted of 39 episodes, from October 22, 1959, to July 21, 1960. Season 2 was far shorter, airing just 14 episodes between October 27, 1960, and February 9, 1961. 20 episodes were repackaged for syndication in September 1978.
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Startime
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TV ShowOct 6, 1959

Startime

Startime is an anthology show of drama, comedy, and variety, …
Startime is an anthology show of drama, comedy, and variety, and was one of the first American television shows broadcast in color. The program was aired Tuesday nights in the United States on the NBC Television network in the 1959–1960 television season.
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Mia Kovacs
ChildJune 1959

Mia Kovacs

Mia Kovacs was the daughter of comedian Ernie Kovacs and …
Mia Kovacs was the daughter of comedian Ernie Kovacs and singer/comedienne Edie Adams. Was just beginning a career as an actress when she was killed in a vehicle accident on Mulhullond Drive. She was driving when she lost control and the car went off the road and rolled. She was ejected through the sunroof and was killed instantly; her passenger received minor injuries. What makes the story eerie is that her father was killed in almost the same way. He lost control of his vehicle on Santa Monica Blvd. at Beverly Glen, hit a telephone pole and was killed 20 years earlier. Mia is buried next to her father and sister Kippie at Forest Lawn Glendale.
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It Happened to Jane
MovieMay 24, 1959

It Happened to Jane

Jane Osgood runs a lobster business, which supports her …
Jane Osgood runs a lobster business, which supports her two young children. Railroad staff inattention ruins her shipment, so with her lawyer George, Jane sues Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world".
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Kovacs on Music
MovieMay 22, 1959

Kovacs on Music

Kovacs on Music released.
1958
Bell, Book and Candle
MovieNov 11, 1958

Bell, Book and Candle

A modern-day witch likes her …
A modern-day witch likes her neighbor but despises his fiancée, so she enchants him to love her instead, only to fall in love with him for real.
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Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse
TV ShowOct 6, 1958

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse

Westinghouse Desilu …
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse is an American television anthology series produced by Desilu Productions. The show ran on the Columbia Broadcasting System between 1958 and 1960. Two of its 48 episodes served as pilots for the 1950s television series The Twilight Zone and The Untouchables.
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Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
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Nomination1958

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Nominated for "The Ernie Kovacs Show".
Primetime Emmy Award
1957
The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour
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TV ShowNov 6, 1957

The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour

The Lucy–Desi Comedy …
The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour is a collection of thirteen black-and-white one-hour specials airing occasionally from 1957 to 1960 (as opposed to a thirty-minute regular series). The first five were shown as specials during the 1957–58 television season. The remaining eight were originally shown as part of Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse. Its original network title was The Ford Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show for the first season, and The Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Presents The Lucille Ball–Desi Arnaz Show for the following seasons. The successor to the classic comedy, I Love Lucy, the programs featured the same cast members: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley, and Little Ricky (billed as Richard Keith in his post-Lucy–Desi acting assignments). The production schedule avoided the grind of a regular weekly series.
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The Polly Bergen Show
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TV ShowSep 21, 1957

The Polly Bergen Show

The Polly Bergen Show was …
The Polly Bergen Show was a half-hour 18-episode comedy/variety show, starring then 27-year-old Polly Bergen, which aired on NBC in the 1957–1958 television season. The program is remembered for its impressive guest-star lineup as well as its closing theme song, "The Party's Over" (1956).The Polly Bergen Show alternated in the 9 p.m. EST Saturday time slot with the equally short-lived Club Oasis.
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Operation Mad Ball
MovieAug 17, 1957

Operation Mad Ball

Private Hogan must raise his ability to scheme and plot to a new …
Private Hogan must raise his ability to scheme and plot to a new level to put on a madcap dance to celebrate the closing of an Army surgical hospital in post WWII France while evading the stickler-for-details Captain Lock - and win the heart to the beautiful nurse Lieutenant Betty Bixby.
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Best Comedy Writing - Variety or Situation Comedy
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Nomination1957

Best Comedy Writing - Variety or Situatio…

Nominated for "The Ernie Kovacs Show".
Primetime Emmy Award
Best Continuing Performance - Comedian In A Series
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Best Continuing Performance - Comedia…

Nominated for "The Ernie Kovacs Show".
Primetime Emmy Award
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
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Nomination1957

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Nominated for "The Ernie Kovacs Show".
Primetime Emmy Award
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
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Nomination1957

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Se…

Nominated for "The Ernie Kovacs Show".
Primetime Emmy Award
1956
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
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TV ShowOct 5, 1956

The Dinah Shore Chevy Show

The Dinah Shore Chevy …
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show is an American variety series hosted by Dinah Shore, and broadcast on NBC from October 1956 to May 1963. The series was sponsored by the Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors and its theme song, sung by Shore, was "See the U.S.A. in Your Chevrolet", which continued to be used in Chevrolet advertising for several more years after the cancellation of the show.
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The Ford Show
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TV ShowOct 4, 1956

The Ford Show

The Ford Show (also known as The Ford Show, Starring …
The Ford Show (also known as The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford and The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show) is an American variety program, starring singer and folk humorist Tennessee Ernie Ford, which aired on NBC on Thursday evenings from October 4, 1956, to June 29, 1961. The show was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, whose founders shared a last name with the host but had no known relation. Beginning in September 1958, the show was telecast in color.
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Playhouse 90
TV ShowOct 4, 1956

Playhouse 90

Playhouse 90 was an American television anthology drama …
Playhouse 90 was an American television anthology drama series that aired on CBS from 1956 to 1960 for a total of 133 episodes. The show was produced at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, California. Since live anthology drama series of the mid-1950s usually were hour-long shows, the title highlighted the network's intention to present something unusual: a weekly series of hour-and-a-half-long dramas rather than 60-minute plays.
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The Steve Allen Show
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TV ShowJun 24, 1956

The Steve Allen Show

The Steve Allen Show was an American variety show …
The Steve Allen Show was an American variety show hosted by Steve Allen from June 1956 to June 1960 on NBC, from September 1961 to December 1961 on ABC, and in first-run syndication from 1962 to 1964.
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1954
Producers' Showcase
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TV ShowOct 18, 1954

Producers' Showcase

Producers' Showcase is an American anthology …
Producers' Showcase is an American anthology television series that was telecast live during the 1950s in compatible color by NBC. With top talent, the 90-minute episodes, covering a wide variety of genres, aired under the title every fourth Monday at 8 pm ET for three seasons, beginning October 18, 1954. The final episode, the last of 37, was broadcast May 27, 1957.
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The George Gobel Show
TV ShowOct 2, 1954

The George Gobel Show

For Gobel's half-hour series, …
For Gobel's half-hour series, he used a successful comedy format of a monologue segment, followed by a story set up segment, then a musical interlude with the show's girl singer, then the main skit with the guest performers.
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Tonight Starring Steve Allen
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TV ShowSep 27, 1954

Tonight Starring Steve Allen

Tonight Starring Steve Allen …
Tonight Starring Steve Allen is an American talk show hosted by Steve Allen. It was the first version of what eventually became known as The Tonight Show. Tonight was the first late-night talk show, as well as the first late night television series of any time to achieve long-term success. Allen's run as host of the show lasted for two and a half seasons, beginning in fall 1954 and ending with Allen's departure in January 1957.
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The Tonight Show
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TV ShowSep 27, 1954

The Tonight Show

The show originated as a local New York City late night program …
The show originated as a local New York City late night program in June 1953 and went onto the network in September 1954. Throughout the summer of 1956, Steve Allen was the only host. When ...
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Edie Adams
MarriageSeptember 1954

Edie Adams

Edie Adams (born Edith Elizabeth Enke, April 16, 1927 – …
Edie Adams (born Edith Elizabeth Enke, April 16, 1927 – October 15, 2008) was an American comedienne, actress, singer and businesswoman. She was an Emmy Award and Tony Award winner.
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Time Will Tell
TV ShowAug 27, 1954

Time Will Tell

Time Will Tell is an early American game show which aired on …
Time Will Tell is an early American game show which aired on the now-defunct DuMont Television Network Fridays at 10:30pm ET from August 27 to October 15, 1954. The show's host, Ernie Kovacs, would go on to host many other shows on both DuMont, ABC, and NBC.
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Gamble on Love
TV ShowJul 16, 1954

Gamble on Love

Gamble on Love is an American game show which ran on the …
Gamble on Love is an American game show which ran on the DuMont Television Network from July 16 to August 20, 1954. The series, originally hosted by Denise Darcel, had three opposite-sex couples competing for a prize.
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One Minute Please
TV ShowJul 6, 1954

One Minute Please

One Minute Please was a panel quiz show hosted by Ernie …
One Minute Please was a panel quiz show hosted by Ernie Kovacs aired on the DuMont Television Network from 6 July 1954 to 17 February 1955 on Tuesdays at 9pm ET. Panelists were given a topic and had to talk about the subject for one minute nonstop. The panelist who talked the most was the winner.
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1953
General Electric Theater
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TV ShowFeb 1, 1953

General Electric Theater

General Electric Theater was …
General Electric Theater was an American anthology series hosted by Ronald Reagan that was broadcast on CBS radio and television. The series was sponsored by General Electric's Department of Public Relations.
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1952
This Is Your Life
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TV ShowOct 1, 1952

This Is Your Life

This Is Your Life was an American reality documentary series …
This Is Your Life was an American reality documentary series broadcast on NBC radio from 1948 to 1952, and on NBC television from 1952 to 1961. It was originally hosted by its creator and producer Ralph Edwards. In the program, the host would surprise guests and then take them through a retrospective of their lives in front of an audience, including appearances by colleagues, friends, and family. Edwards revived the show in 1971–1972, and Joseph Campanella hosted a version in 1983. Edwards returned for some specials in the late 1980s, before his death in 2005.
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I've Got a Secret
TV ShowJun 19, 1952

I've Got a Secret

I've Got a Secret was a panel game show produced by Mark …
I've Got a Secret was a panel game show produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television. Created by comedy writers Allan Sherman and Howard Merrill, it was a derivative of Goodson-Todman's own panel show What's My Line? Instead of celebrity panelists trying to determine a contestant's occupation, the panel tries to determine a contestant's "secret": something that is unusual, amazing, embarrassing or humorous about that person/people.
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1951
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
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TV ShowOct 5, 1951

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars is …
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars is an anthology series that was telecast from 1951 until 1959 on CBS. Offering both comedies and drama, the series was sponsored by the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company. The title was shortened to Schlitz Playhouse, beginning with the fall 1957 season.
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Edie Adams
Relationship1951

Edie Adams

Edie Adams (born Edith Elizabeth Enke, April 16, 1927 – …
Edie Adams (born Edith Elizabeth Enke, April 16, 1927 – October 15, 2008) was an American comedienne, actress, singer and businesswoman. She was an Emmy Award and Tony Award winner.
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1950
The Jack Benny Program
TV ShowOct 28, 1950

The Jack Benny Program

The Jack Benny Program, …
The Jack Benny Program, starring Jack Benny, is a radio-TV comedy series that ran for more than three decades and is generally regarded as a high-water mark in 20th-century American comedy.
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The Arthur Murray Party
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TV ShowJul 20, 1950

The Arthur Murray Party

The Arthur Murray Party is …
The Arthur Murray Party is an American television variety show which ran from July 1950 until September 1960. The show was hosted by famous dancers Arthur and Kathryn Murray, and was basically one long advertisement for their chain of dance studios. Each week the couple performed a mystery dance, and the viewer who correctly identified the dance would receive two free lessons at a local studio.
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The Bob Hope Show
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TV ShowApr 9, 1950

The Bob Hope Show

The Bob Hope Show is a 1952 family, comedy TV series …
The Bob Hope Show is a 1952 family, comedy TV series written by Mort Lachman, John Rapp, Lester A. White, Bill Larkin, Charles Lee and Ted Lang and directed by Jack Shea, Dick McDonough, Jim Jordan and Bill Ward.
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What's My Line?
TV ShowFeb 2, 1950

What's My Line?

What's My Line? is a panel game show that originally ran in the …
What's My Line? is a panel game show that originally ran in the United States on the CBS Television Network from 1950 to 1967, in black and white, with subsequent U.S. revivals. The game uses celebrity panelists to question contestants in order to determine their occupation, i.e. "line [of work]", with panelists being called on to question and identify a weekly celebrity "mystery guest" while blindfolded. It is the longest-running U.S. primetime network television game-show. Moderated by John Charles Daly and with regular panelists Dorothy Kilgallen, Arlene Francis, and Bennett Cerf, What's My Line? won three Emmy Awards for "Best Quiz or Audience Participation Show" in 1952, 1953, and 1958 and the Golden Globe for Best TV Show in 1962.
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1949
Kip Raleigh Kovacs
Child1949

Kip Raleigh Kovacs

Kip Raleigh Kovacs born.
1948
The Perry Como Show
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TV ShowDec 24, 1948

The Perry Como Show

Perry Como was an American Singer, who got his start on …
Perry Como was an American Singer, who got his start on NBC Radio. In 1948, Because of his popularity, The cameras were simply brought into the radio studio to televise the radio broadcast ...
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The Ed Sullivan Show
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TV ShowJun 20, 1948

The Ed Sullivan Show

The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety …
The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran on CBS from June 20, 1948, to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by New York entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. It was replaced in September 1971 by the CBS Sunday Night Movie.
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1945
Bette Wilcox
Marriage1945

Bette Wilcox

Married Bette Wilcox.
1919
Ernie Kovacs
Birth1919

Ernie Kovacs

Ernie Kovacs was born.
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