Art Linkletter Dies at 97
Hosted ‘People Are Funny,’ ‘House Party’
By Melissa Grego -- Broadcasting & Cable, 5/26/2010 11:06:06 PM
TV host and author Art Linkletter, known largely for hosting People Are Funny and House Party in the 1950s and '60s, which highlighted humor of ordinary folks, died Wednesday (May 26), according to the Associated Press. He was 97.
Linkletter died at his home in Los Angeles, his son-in-law, Art Hershey, told the AP. Linkletter had been ill "in the last few weeks time, but bear in mind he was 97 years old. He wasn't eating well, and the aging process took him," Hershey said to the AP.
Art Linkletter's House Party, one of television's longest-running variety shows, debuted on radio in 1944 and was seen on CBS-TV from 1952 to 1969. A popular segment on the show, "Kids Say The Darndest Things," spawned the TV show of the same name, headlined by Bill Cosby and featuring appearances by Linkletter as co-host. The prime time People Are Funny began on radio in 1942 and ran on TV from 1954 to 1961.
Linkletter was born Arthur Gordon Kelly on July 17, 1912, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
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