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Ed Sullivan

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Ed Sullivan1. On September 28, 1901, where was Edward Vincent Sullivan born?

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • New York City, New York
  • Seattle, Washington

2. Sullivan was engaged to champion swimmer Sybil Bauer, but she died of cancer in 1927 at the age of 23. He was married to the former Sylvia Weinstein from April 28, 1930, until her death on March 16, 1973. They had one daughter, Betty Sullivan (who married the Ed Sullivan Show's producer).
Who was Sullivanís son-in-law producer?

  • Chester Feldman
  • Jack McGeehan
  • Bob Precht

3. A former boxer, Sullivan began his media work as a newspaper sportswriter.  When Walter Winchell, one of the original gossip columnists and the most powerful entertainment reporter of his day, left the newspaper for the Hearst syndicate, Sullivan took over as theater columnist for The New York Graphic and later for The New York Daily News.

  • True or False?

4. Sullivan soon became a powerful starmaker in the entertainment world himself, becoming one of Winchell's main rivals. What New York nightclub was his unofficial headquarters?

  • El Morocco
  • Stork Club
  • The London Square

5. The CBS network hired Sullivan to do a weekly Sunday night TV variety show, Toast of the Town, which later became The Ed Sullivan Show. What year did the show debut?

  • 1947
  • 1948
  • 1949

6. Sullivan still seemed to fit the show; he appeared to the audience as an average guy who brought the great acts of show business to their home televisions. Sullivan had a healthy sense of humor about himself and permitted, even encouraged, impersonators to imitate him on his show. Who did NOT impersonate Ed Sullivan?

  • Frank Gorshin
  • Rich Little
  • Keith Richards

7. Unlike many shows of the time, Sullivan asked that musical acts perform their music live, rather than lip-synching to their recordings.

  • True or False?

8. In August 1956, Sullivan was injured in an automobile accident that occurred near his country home in Southbury, Connecticut. He had to take a medical leave from the show, missing the September 8 appearance of Elvis Presley.
Who introduced Elvis on his first Ed Sullivan show?

  • Mark Reynolds
  • Humphrey Bogart
  • Charles Laughton

9. Sullivan's failure to scoop the TV industry with Presley made him determined to get the next big sensation first. In 1964, he achieved that with the first live American appearance of this group. On February 9, 1964, the most-watched program in TV history to that point, and remains one of the most-watched programs of all time.
Who was the group?

  • The Beatles
  • Rolling Stones
  • The Four Tops

10. What British group appeared the most times (13) on the show?

  • The Beatles
  • Rolling Stones
  • Dave Clark Five

11. Moe Howard of the Three Stooges recalled in 1975 that Sullivan had a memory problem of sorts: "Ed was a very nice man, but for a showman, quite forgetful. On our first appearance, he introduced us as the Three Ritz Brothers. He got out of it by adding, "who look more like the Three Stooges to me."

  • True or False?

12. The act that appeared most frequently through the show's run was a Canadian comedy duo, making a total of 67 appearances between 1958 and 1969.
Who was the comedy duo?

  • Allen & Stony
  • Daniels and Martin
  • Wayne & Shuster

13. He died  of esophageal cancer at New York's Lenox Hill Hospital, coincidentally on a Sunday night. His funeral was attended by 3,000 at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York on a cold, rainy day. 

  • True or False?

14. Where is Ed Sullivan buried?

  • Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York
  • Winter Street Burial Ground, Exeter, New Hampshire
  • Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, New York
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Ed Sullivan

  1. New York City, New York
  2. Bob Precht
  3. True
  4. El Morocco
  5. 1948
  6. Keith Richards
  7. True
  8. Charles Laughton
  9. The Beatles
  10. Dave Clark Five
  11. True
  12. Wayne & Shuster
  13. True
  14. Angels on your pillowFerncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York
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