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Art Linkletter

Born: 1912-07-17 - Died: 2010-05-26
Cause of Death:
Natural Causes


Death Summary: Linkletter wasn't diagnosed with any life-threatening disease. His son-in-law stated he had been ill the past few weeks, and the aging process was taking its toll.

Who was Art Linkletter : Art Linkletter was a famous television personality who brought about many new and fresh ideas to the TV medium. He was most famous for the shows House Party, which ran 25 years and People Are funny, that ran for 19 years. His shows involved a heavy amount of audience participation, gags, and entertaining uncertainty.

Linkletter was originally born, Gordon Arthur Kelly. He was later adopted, and took up his adopted name - Linkletter. He caught his big break in entertainment while attending college in San Diego. While earning his degree in teaching he begun work as a radio announcer for KGB in San Diego.

In the 40's, Linkletter worked to launch the radio show, People Are Funny. The show involved audience participation, gags, and the funny nature of people. The show would eventually come to the small screen in 1954, and ran until 1961. During the show's run, Linkletter appeared in two movies - People Are Funny, and Champagne For Caesar.

Along with People Are Funny, Linkletter hosted a show called House Party. It was also a variety show which utilized real life situations of people to garner laughs and entertainment. The show's most popular feature was the interviewing of children, which would spin off into the book 'Kids Say The Darndest Things'. In the span of 70 years between 1895-1965, 'Kids Say The Darndest Things' was the 15th best selling book.

Along with his entertainment career, Linkletter was a successful businessman. He made considerable wealth from healthy investments, which led to Linkletter making sizable donations to many causes.

For a man who made a business from making people laugh, his personal life was quite sad. Linkletter had three of his children die during his span of life. His daughter, Diane Linkletter, died by suicide. His son Robert, died in a car accident. Finally, his older son Arthur died of lymphoma in 2007.
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