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Art Linkletter

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Art Linkletter (born Arthur Gordon Kelly on July 17, 1912) was the host of two of the longest running shows in broadcast history: House Party which ran on CBS TV and Radio for 25 years, and People Are Funny which ran on NBC TV and Radio for 19 years. He was abandoned at an early age in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and adopted by the Linkletter family.

Art was famous for interviewing children and has been imitated many times in such shows as Kids Say the Darndest Things.

Art's daughter, Diane Linkletter, committed suicide on October 4 1969 by jumping out of her sixth floor kitchen window. She was 20 years old. Several contradictory stories were brought forward, and Art concluded that she committed suicide because she was on or having a flashback from an LSD trip. Several reports claimed that there was no involvement from LSD, but Art still continued to speak out against drugs for the rest of his career.

Linkletter recently opened the celebrations of the fiftieth anniversary of Disneyland at the age of 92. Linkletter commentated on the opening day celebrations in 1955, and was a good friend of Walt Disney.

He recieved a lifetime achivement Daytime Emmy in 2003

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