What do you know about Ed
Enjoy this FUN Celebrity Trivia quiz.
Answers" at the end of the quiz.
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
Who was Sullivanís son-in-law producer?
- Chester Feldman
- Jack McGeehan
- Bob Precht
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
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?
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.
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
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."
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
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.
14. Where is Ed Sullivan buried?
- Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York
- Winter Street Burial Ground, Exeter, New Hampshire
- Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, New York