Sunday, August 12, 2007
Merv Griffin Dies
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Yeah, I can hear younger people saying, "who?" You know, the guy who created Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. He also has a chain of resort hotels and casinos. For the rest of us, he was a talk show host who rivaled Mike Douglas (again the youngsters, "who?"), also deceased, and Johnny Carson (dead too, and if you don't know who he was, I'm really sad).
Entertainment mogul Merv Griffin dies at 82
By BOB THOMAS
LOS ANGELES — A spokeswoman for Merv Griffin reports the entertainer and entrepreneur has died at age 82.
Griffin died of prostate cancer, according to a statement from his the family that was released by Marcia Newberger, spokeswoman for The Griffin Group/Merv Griffin Entertainment.
Griffin, who began his career as a $100-a-week radio singer in San Francisco, soon moved on to become the featured vocalist in Freddy Martin’s band.
That led to a brief film career, in which he appeared opposite Doris Day and Kathryn Grayson, and later to a successful TV career as host of “The Merv Griffin Show,” which aired for more than 20 years.
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