Dick Cavett on Meeting Johnny CarsonDick Cavett on Meeting Johnny Carson
Comedian and talk show host Dick Cavett recalls meeting a young Johnny Carson backstage at Carson’s magic show at a church basement in Lincoln, Nebraska. At the time, Carson had his own television show in Omaha, Nebraska, but still worked … Continue reading
Angie Dickinson on Becoming a Sex SymbolAngie Dickinson on Becoming a Sex Symbol
Actress Angie Dickinson became known as a Hollywood sex symbol through her early film appearances and in her groundbreaking role as Sgt. Leanne “Pepper” Anderson in “Police Woman.” She describes her feelings about it and her efforts to be considered … Continue reading
William Shatner on Nearly Being Choked to DeathWilliam Shatner on Nearly Being Choked to Death
William Shatner made number guest appearances on TV Westerns before starring in “Star Trek.” Here he tells a story of an appearance on “Gunsmoke” when a fellow actor took his role as a bad guy a bit too far.
Stephen J. Cannell on Meeting James GarnerStephen J. Cannell on Meeting James Garner
Writer Stephen J. Cannell recalls the thrill of meeting his childhood idol, actor James Garner, on the set of “The Rockford Files.” Garner had become a household name through his role in the Western series, “Maverick.”
Mary Anne King on Losing Her Magic MirrorMary Anne King on Losing Her Magic Mirror
“Romper Room” teacher Mary Anne King describes a mugging in California that left her without her iconic “magic mirror.”
Nichelle Nichols on Working with Leonard NimoyNichelle Nichols on Working with Leonard Nimoy
Actress Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Uhura) describes trying to make serious co-star Leonard Nimoy (Spock) laugh during a pivotal scene in “Star Trek.”
Leonard Nimoy Before SpockLeonard Nimoy Before Spock
Leonard Nimoy got his start in Science Fiction long before he became famous in the role of Spock on “Star Trek.” See a clip from an early B-movie, “Zombies of the Stratosphere.”
Behind the Scenes on “Romper Room”Behind the Scenes on “Romper Room”
When working with groups of four- and five-year-olds on the set of the kids TV show “Romper Room,” things didn’t always go according to plan. LA host Socoro Serrano shares stories of some of the funny things that happened behind … Continue reading
Betty White’s Favorite Late Night SkitBetty White’s Favorite Late Night Skit
Actress Betty White describes a favorite late night skit with Johnny Carson and what happens when everything goes wrong on live television.
Jonathan Winters on Performing with Dean MartinJonathan Winters on Performing with Dean Martin
Comedian Jonathan Winters (1925–2013) recalls a favorite skit he performed with fellow comedian Dean Martin.
Breaking Racial Barriers on “Daniel Boone”Breaking Racial Barriers on “Daniel Boone”
The Western series “Daniel Boone” was one of the few TV shows that cast minorities in key roles. The decision by actor Fess Parker (1924-2010) and his producers to confront racial barriers just as our nation wrestled with the civil … Continue reading
Betty White on the Early Days of TVBetty White on the Early Days of TV
Actress Betty White remembers the early days of television, and how audiences reacted.