'People Are Funny' host Art Linkletter dies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

May 26, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Art Linkletter, who hosted the popular TV shows "People Are Funny" and "House Party" in the 1950s and 1960s, has died. He was 97.

His son-in-law Art Hershey says Linkletter died Wednesday at his home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles.

Linkletter was known on TV for his funny interviews with children and ordinary folks. He also collected their comments in a number of best-selling books.

In the 1960s, Linkletter became an outspoken anti-drug crusader after his daughter's suicide, which he blamed on LSD use although an autopsy found none of the drug in her body.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Betty Location: North Augusta, SC on May 26, 2010 at 07:07 PM
    The world has lost one of great men of humor. He had a talent to bring out the comedy in others, rather than focusing on himself. He is now with his beloved daughter who died over 40 years ago. May he rest in peace.
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