The Life and Times of Ed Sullivan

Book - 2006
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• Sullivan has nearly 100% name recognition among people 40 and older • In a survey of the fifty most influential programs in the U.S.,TV GuiderankedThe Ed Sullivan Show#10 • Show still appears on PBS and on cable stations across the country • Sixty million baby boomers grew up watchingThe Ed Sullivan Show For more than twenty years, from 1948 to 1971, fifty-five million viewers watchedThe Ed Sullivan Showreligiously every Sunday night. Everyone who was anyone appeared--the Beatles and Elvis, of course, and Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, and Elizabeth Taylor, plus public figures such as Fidel Castro, David Ben-Gurion, and Martin Luther King, Jr. More than thirty years later, the program remains a pop-culture icon. But despite Ed Sullivan's prominence, little was known about the private man...until now.Impresarioreveals what the Sullivan viewers never saw: nasty, hot-tempered, craven, yet also capable of high ideals and, above all, hugely ambitious. At a time when Americans are looking back, The Ed Sullivan Show stands out as a shining example of television during the golden era.Impresariolets readers look behind the screen to see the man who made it happen.
Publisher: New York : Billboard Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9780823079629
Branch Call Number: 791.4509 SULLIVAN
Characteristics: vii, 344 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.


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Nov 13, 2017

Yes. Indeed. Impresario is actually quite an interesting biography that takes a close-up look "behind-the-curtains' at the man who hosted the longest-running TV variety show in US history. And that man was, of course, Ed Sullivan, himself.

To be sure - The sombre-looking Sullivan (who has often been hilariously impersonated) was a fiercely ambitious fellow who quickly achieved monumental celebrity status with his mega-popular television show that ran (almost without faltering) from 1948-1971.

This well-researched biography, written by James Maguire, also includes a number of pages of photos, as well.

Nov 07, 2017

(*Ed Sullivan signature quote*) - "Tonight we have a really big show."

Mister Zero-charisma, himself, Ed Sullivan (aka. "Stone Face") may not have stood very tall at 5'7" - But what he seemed to lack in both height and personality, he sure possessed in the realm of mass audience-appeal, as his mega-popular variety show endured for 23 years (1948-1971) making it the longest-running TV program of its kind in US history.

Known as a bona-fide "starmaker" - Sullivan (a true pop culture icon) was the sort of man who was quick-tempered, thin-skinned, and had an annoying habit of forgetting the names of his celebrity guests.

And, yet - His audience loved him, unconditionally.

Impresario - Written by James Maguire - Is an in-depth bio that takes a close-up look behind the facade of the man that the public never knew.

*Note* - In 1974 - Ed Sullivan died from throat cancer. He was 73 at the time.


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