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Ed Sullivan

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Ed Sullivan

US entertainment writer and television host, best known as the presenter of the television variety program The Toast of the Town, now usually remembered under its second name, The Ed Sullivan Show add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1901.

Countries: United States (62%), United Kingdom (9%), Europe (8%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: The Tonight Show, Light My Fire, Late Show with David Letterman

Linked to: Motown, Communist Party, MTV




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Ed Sullivan was born in 1901 add something


Sullivan was engaged to champion swimmer Sybil Bauer, but she died of cancer in 1927 at the age of 23 add something


He was married to the former Sylvia Weinstein from April 28, 1930, until her death on March 16, 1973 add something


On December 22, 1930 their daughter, Betty Sullivan , was born add something


Jack Benny - In 1932, after a four-week nightclub run, he was invited onto Ed Sullivan's radio program, uttering his first radio spiel "This is Jack Benny talking


Sullivan, like many American entertainers, was pulled into the Cold War fervor of the late 1940s and 1950s add something


Nanette Fabray - In the late 1940s and early 1950s, she made her first high-profile national television appearances performing on a number of variety programs such as "The Ed Sullivan Show", "Texaco Star Theater", and "The Arthur Murray Party"


Broadcast for 23 years from 1948 to 1971, it set a record for long-running variety show in US broadcast history add something


In 1948, the CBS network hired Sullivan to do a weekly Sunday night TV variety show, "Toast of the Town", which later became "The Ed Sullivan Show" add something


Debuting in June 1948, the show was broadcast from CBS Studio 50, at 1697 Broadway in New York City, which in 1967 was renamed the Ed Sullivan Theater add something


Victor Borge - Borge appeared on "Toast of the Town" hosted by Ed Sullivan several times during 1948


Jerry Lewis - Martin & Lewis made many appearances on early live television, their first on the June 20, 1948 debut broadcast of "Toast of the Town" with Ed Sullivan on the CBS TV Network


Dean Martin - The team made its TV debut on the very first broadcast of CBS-TV network's "Toast of the Town" with Ed Sullivan and Rodgers & Hammerstein appearing on this same inaugural telecast of June 20, 1948


In 1949, Sullivan booked dancer Paul Draper to appear on "Toast of the Town" add something


Zero Mostel - Zero appears in the May 11, 1949 Toast of the Town broadcast hosted by Ed Sullivan, doing a hilarious and crazy routine as only he could


Harold Lloyd - He appeared as himself on several television shows during his retirement, first on Ed Sullivan's variety show "Toast of the Town" June 5, 1949 and again on July 6, 1958


Perry Como - On September 8, 1949, it became a weekly half-hour offering on Sunday nights, directly opposite Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town"


In the 1950s and 1960s, Sullivan was a respected starmaker because of the number of performers that became household names after appearing on the show add something


Sullivan wrote in his June 21, 1950 "New York Daily News" column that "Kirkpatrick has sat in my living room on several occasions and listened attentively to performers eager to secure a certification of loyalty add something


Patricia Morison - Among these were a production of "Rio Rita" on "Robert Montgomery Presents" and a segment from "The King and I" on a 1955 broadcast of "The Toast of the Town" starring Ed Sullivan


Alan Dale (singer) - At the end of the 1950s, Dale found television hosts such as Ed Sullivan were refusing to have him on their shows, causing his career to go into decline


Nelson Eddy - On November 30, 1952, Eddy was Ed Sullivan's guest on "Toast of the Town"


Enzo Stuarti - Toward the end of 1954, he took the name "Enzo Stuarti" at the suggestion of Ed Sullivan, who thought he should have a more Italian-sounding name


"Time" in 1955 stated that Sullivan resembled add something


On November 20, 1955, Bo Diddley was asked by Sullivan to sing Tennessee Ernie Ford's hit "Sixteen Tons" add something


In 1956, Sullivan flew to Europe and was able to film an interview with Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, and Helen Hayes on the set of the film "Anastasia" add something


However, Presley became too big a name to ignore, and Sullivan scheduled him for three appearances beginning September 9, 1956 add something


George London (bass-baritone) - During his Met career, in 1956, he appeared on Ed Sullivan's television program in an abridged version of Act II of "Tosca", opposite Maria Callas, conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos


Steve Allen - In 1956, NBC offered Allen a new, prime-time, Sunday night variety hour, "The Steve Allen Show", aimed at dethroning CBS's top-rated "The Ed Sullivan Show"


Hal Holbrook - Ed Sullivan saw him and gave Holbrook his first national exposure on his February 12, 1956, show


Buddy Holly and the Crickets had first appeared on the Sullivan show in 1957, singing two songs and making a favorable impression on Sullivan add something


The act that appeared most frequently through the show's run was the Canadian comedy duo of Wayne & Shuster, making 67 appearances between 1958 and 1969 add something


He invited the band to make another appearance in January 1958 add something


On September 14, 1958 Sullivan appeared on "What's My Line-" as a mystery guest, and showed his comedic side by donning a rubber mask add something


Joe DeRita, who worked with the Stooges after 1959, had commented that Sullivan had a personality "like the bottom of a bird cage add something


Flip Wilson - During the 1960s, Wilson became a regular at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and was a favorite guest on "The Tonight Show", "Laugh-In", and "The Ed Sullivan Show"


George Carlin - In the 1960s, Carlin began appearing on television variety shows, notably "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Tonight Show"


In 1961, Sullivan was asked by CBS to fill in for an ailing Red Skelton on "The Red Skelton Show" add something


Sergio Franchi - Sergio Franchi made his American television debut with an appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on October 14, 1962; and his Sol Hurok concert debut at Carnegie Hall on October 21, 1962


In 1963, Bob Dylan was set to appear on the show, but network censors rejected the song he wanted to perform, "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues", as potentially libelous to the John Birch Society add something


In 1964, he achieved that with the first live American appearance of The Beatles, on February 9, 1964, the most-watched program in TV history to that point and still one of the most-watched programs of all time add something


Jackie Mason was banned from the series in October 1964 add something


This Boy - The Beatles performed it live on 16 February 1964 for their second appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"


In the fall of 1965, CBS began televising the weekly programs in color add something


Sullivan struck up such a rapport with the Beatles that he agreed to introduce them at their momentous Shea Stadium concert on August 15, 1965 add something


When The Byrds performed on December 12, 1965, David Crosby got into a shouting match with the show's director add something


Jim Bonfanti - Bonfanti's music career began in 1965 when he saw The Beatles on Ed Sullivan


On January 15, 1967 The Rolling Stones were told to change the chorus of "Let's Spend the Night Together" to "Let's spend "some time" together" add something


The Doors were banned on September 17, 1967 after they were asked to remove the lyric "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" from their song "Light My Fire" add something


Light My Fire - However, "Light My Fire" was performed live by The Doors on "The Ed Sullivan Show" broadcast on September 17, 1967


An example was B.J. Thomas' 1969 performance of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", in which actual water was sprinkled on him as a special effect add something


In 1969, Sullivan presented the Jackson 5 with their first single "I Want You Back", which ousted the B. J. Thomas song from the top spot of Billboard's pop charts add something


Joe Cocker - Throughout 1969 he was featured on variety TV shows like "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "This Is Tom Jones"


By 1971, the show's ratings had plummeted add something


Sullivan was angered by this so greatly that he refused to do a final show, although he remained with the network in various other capacities and hosted a 25th anniversary special in 1973 add something

Ed Sullivan died in 1974 add something


In early September 1974, X-rays revealed that Sullivan had advanced esophageal cancer add something


Sullivan, still believing his ailment to be yet another complication from a long-standing battle with ulcers, died five weeks later, on October 13, 1974, at New York's Lenox Hill Hospital add something


Moe Howard of the Three Stooges recalled in 1975 that Sullivan had a memory problem of sorts: "Ed was a very nice man, but for a showman, quite forgetful add something


Yagoda, Ben , "The True Story of Bernarr Macfadden," "American Heritage" 33, December 1981; reference used for this article was the online version, add something


In a 1990 press conference Paul McCartney recalled meeting Sullivan again in the early 1970s add something


David Letterman - The new show debuted on August 30, 1993 and was taped at the historic Ed Sullivan Theater, where Ed Sullivan taped his eponymous variety series from 1948 to 1971


In a 1995 appearance on The "Late Show with David Letterman" , Ross stated, "he could never remember our names add something


In 1996, Ed Sullivan was ranked No. 50 on "TV Guide"'s "50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time" add something


John Byner - In 2007, he appeared on "Late Show with David Letterman's" "Impressionist Week 2", in a fitting situation similar to his earlier appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"


In an interview with Howard Stern around 2012, Joan Rivers said that Sullivan had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease toward the end of his life add something


The Sullivan/Precht family was very close; Betty died on June 7 2014, aged 83 add something


The Sullivan and Precht families were very close; Betty died on June 7, 2014, aged 83 add something


Itzhak Perlman - On 2 November 2018, Perlman reprised the 60th anniversary of his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show as a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert