Art Linkletter Dies At 97
May 26, 2010 at 12:55 PM (PT)
ART LINKLETTER, whose "ART LINKLETTER'S HOUSE PARTY" daytime show was a staple of CBS radio and television for 25 years, passed away TODAY (5/26) at his home in LOS ANGELES at 97.
LINKLETTER, a native of MOOSE JAW, SK, launched his daily "HOUSE PARTY" variety show in 1944 on CBS radio and moved to TV in 1952, where it ran weekdays until 1969. A segment on the show, "KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS," became a best-selling book and was later the basis for a revival on TV with BILL COSBY. LINKLETTER also hosted the prime-time stunt game show "PEOPLE ARE FUNNY" on NBC radio starting in 1942 and on TV from 1954 to 1961.
One month after the suicide of his daughter DIANE in 1969, which he blamed on LSD (although no drugs were found in her system), LINKLETTER recorded a spoken-word single, "We Love You, Call Collect," which reached number 42 on the BILLBOARD chart and won a GRAMMY for best spoken-word recording.
In recent years, LINKLETTER was active in senior issues, appeared in commercials, and wrote several books. He is survived by his wife LOIS, to whom he was married for over 74 years, and two daughters. In addition to DIANE, sons JACK, a TV host himself, and ROBERT also predeceased him.