Art Linkletter's House Party

1952, TV Show


TV Host Art Linkletter Dies at 97

Art Linkletter

Art Linkletter, who hosted popular TV shows People Are Funny and House Party in the 1950s and 1960s, has died. He was 97.

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Linkletter died Wednesday at his Bel-Air home in Los Angeles, his son-in-law, Art Hershey, told the Los Angeles Times.

Art Linkletter's House Party, which debuted on radio in 1944 and aired on CBS from 1952 to 1969, was one of television's longest-running variety shows. One of the show's features was daily interviews with schoolchildren, which Linkletter collected and used to create ... read more

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Premiered: September 01, 1952, on CBS
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Premise: Emmy-winning daytime variety show played for 25 years (on radio and TV) and drew laughs from Linkletter's coaxing of audience members to participate in silly stunts. `House Party,' which was renamed `The Linkletter Show' in 1968, also included daily interviews with schoolchildren. Their humorous, off-the-cuff remarks were published by Linkletter in a bestselling book called `Kids Say the Darndest Things,' which Bill Cosby adapted into a weekly series for CBS in 1998.


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