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Jonathan Winters on Whats My Line Jonathan Winters was the mystery challenger on What's My Line on April 17, 1960. (It was Easter Sunday, hence Arlene Francis and Dorothy Kilgallen are wearing bonnets.)
Tags: Jonathan  Winters  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 29th January 2009
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Who Is That With Dorothy Kilgallen Newspaper columnist and What's My Line panelist Dorothy Kilgallen poses with Marilyn Monroe in this undated photo. The two certainly did not discuss any of Marilyn's mystery guest appearances on WML. Sadly Marilyn never apeared on WML.
Tags: Dorothy  Kilgallen  Marilyn  Monroe 
Added: 20th July 2009
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Johnnie Ray 1927-1990 Johnnie Ray is almost forgotten today, but he was a huge singing star in the early 1950s. At the peak of his career, Ray's income was $35,000 a week. Born in Oregon in 1927, Ray had top 40 hits until 1957. Despite being skinny, pigeon-toed, half-deaf and effeminate, this highly emotional performer was the most popular male singer of the pre-Elvis Presely era. Indeed, when Elvis first started out, he was often introduced on stage as "the new Johnnie Ray". Known as "the Prince of Wails" for his distinctive singing style, Ray is mostly remembered for his lip-quivering early 1950s hits such as Cry; Please, Mr Sun; and The Little White Cloud That Cried. His live performances, in which he sometimes played the piano, were wildly unpredictable. It was not uncommon for Ray to break into tears or flop to the stage floor while belting out a tune. His 1954 recording of Such A Night was the first chart hit to be banned by the BBC for its "suggestive" lyrics. Several American radio stations followed suit. Nevertheless, it still ended up topping the British charts. Ray had an interesting personal life: He became deaf in his right ear at age 13 after an accident at a Boy Scout camp and prominently wore a large hearing aid for the rest of his life. He was twice arrested in Detroit for soliciting sex from men. The first arrest was in 1951 just before he became famous. (He quietly pled guilty and paid a fine.) The second arrest was in 1959, but he was acquitted by an all-female jury. He is rumored to have had a long affair with newspaper writer Dorothy Kilgallen (of What's My Line? fame) that began after his first of two mystery guest appearances on the show. Ray was a heavy drinker who was hospitalized for alcoholism in 1960. He died in 1990, at age 63, from liver disease.
Tags: Johnnie  Ray  singer 
Added: 17th January 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
Mike Wallace Whats My Line Controversy - 1957 On the May 26, 1957 episode of the popular panel show What's My Line?, Sammy Davis, Jr. was a last-minute mystery guest substitution for Mike Wallace. More than 20 years later, in his 1978 book about WML, executive producer Gil Fates explained what happened that night: WML panel moderator John Daly and Mike Wallace had professional differences that stemmed from the fact that they were both newsmen for ABC. Daly was ABC's newscaster while Wallace had recently been hired to do The Mike Wallace Interview program. Wallace had vaulted to fame with a series of sensationalistic and sleazy interviews on local TV in New York City--and Daly wanted nothing to do with him. Through a leak at ABC, Daly found out five hours before WML's live broadcast that Wallace was scheduled to be that night's mystery guest. He called Fates and told him he refused to do a show with Wallace. Daly was so popular and integral to WML that Fates had to find a replacement mystery guest. He quickly booked Sammy Davis, Jr., who was appearing at the Latin Quarter two blocks away from the WML studio. Everything seemingly went smoothly that night and a crisis had been averted. However, the next morning, the front page of the New York Journal-American carried this headline: "DALY BARS WALLACE: SWITCH IN GUESTS AVERTS HASSLE ON WHAT'S MY LINE?" Fates stated that there was no byline attached to the article, but its style was unmistakably that of WML panelist and gossip columnist Dorothy Kilgallen. The article ended by saying, "TV insiders claim that Daly was violently opposed to ABC's hiring of Wallace in the first place." Fates found out afterward that Dorothy had sensed something was amiss and she had "pried the details out of [WML staffer] Bob Bach." Fates went on to say, "Aside from the mechanics needed to operate the program, Daly didn't speak to Kilgallen for almost six months."
Tags: TV  Whats  My  Line  Mike  Wallace  John  Daly 
Added: 5th June 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
Chuck Dressen on Whats My Line Chuck Dressen, the manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, appears as a mystery guest on What's My Line on September 28, 1952. The Dodgers were about to clash with the New York Yankees in the World Series. Dressen strangely attempts to pick a fight with newspaper columnist and WML panelist Dorothy Kilgallen!
Tags: WML  baseball  Chuck  Dressen  Brooklyn 
Added: 26th October 2012
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Dorothy Kilgallen 1937 Cigarette Ad From 1937, newspaper reporter and columnist Dorothy Kilgallen (later to be a regular panelist on What's My Line) appears in a magazine ad for Camel cigarettes. She is refrred to as a "spunky, globe-circling girl reporter."
Tags: cigarette  ad  Dorothy  Kilgallen 
Added: 6th December 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
Sammy Davis Jr on Whats My Line - 1957 This is Sammy Davis Jr.'s appearance on What's My Line from May 26, 1957. He was recruited to be the mystery challenger only a few hours before the live broadcast was to be aired. Moderator John Daly had earlier learned that Mike Wallace was going to be the mystery guest. Daly held Wallace in very low esteem because of a series of sleazy interviews he had conducted on ABC. Daly refused to do the show if Wallace was going to be the mystery challenger. Davis was brought in to ensure Daly would host that night's show as scheduled. Wallace never did appear on WML--and nobody would have known anything about it if Dorothy Kilgallen hadn't written a newspaper story about the episode. The article strained Daly's relationship with Kilgallen for quite a while.
Tags: Sammy  Davis  Jr.  WML  controversy 
Added: 25th January 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Phil Rizzuto - First WML Mystery Guest This clip is from the very first episode of What's My Line. It aired on Wednesday, February 2, 1950. New York Yankees' shortstop Phil Rizzuto is the mystery guest. Longtime panelist Dorothy Kilgallen is recognizable as is host John Daly. The other three panelists that night were poet Louis Untermeyer, former New Jersey governor Harold G. Hoffman, and Park Avenue psychiatrist Richard Hoffman. The idea of having blindfolds ceremoniously brought out by pretty assistant Madeline Tyler was ditched after this one episode.
Tags: WML  first  show  Phil  Rizzuto  baseball 
Added: 13th February 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Dorothy Kilgallen Here's a fun segment from the March 21, 1954 episode of What's My Line. Longtime WML panelist Dorothy Kilgallen had given birth to her third child, Kerry, just two days before, so she was absent from the show. Infant Kerry's two older siblings, Dickie (12) and Jill (10), appear as co-mystery guests and have the esteemed panel flummoxed for a while.
Tags: WML  Dorothy  Kilgallen  children 
Added: 27th October 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
WML Panel Mourns Dorothy Kilgallen We are approaching the fiftieth anniversary of the odd death of What's My Line? panelist Dorothy Kilgallen. The 52-year-old newspaper reporter and columnist was found dead in her home about 12 hours after she had appeared live on the CBS panel show on the night of Sunday, November 7, 1965. The circumstances surrounding Kilgallen's death are, to say the least, curious. (I made another post on this topic years ago; please check it out!) This clip is the concluding two minutes from the following Sunday's WML episode. Regular panelists Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf, former panelist Steve Allen, and guest panelist Kitty Carlisle all pay tribute to their late colleague. Note that the men are wearing plain suits instead of their usual tuxedos as a gesture of mourning. It was undoubtedly the saddest episode in the 17-plus years that the original WML aired.
Tags: Dorothy  Kilgallen  death  tribute  eulogies  WML 
Added: 2nd November 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964

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