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Backstage with the original Hollywood square
Marshall, Peter, 1927-
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Publication Information:
Nashville, Tenn. : Rutledge Hill Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xii, 210 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm + 1 audio disc (digital, stereophonic ; 4 3/4 in.)
General Note:
Includes index.
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PN1992.77.H565 M37 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Peter Marshall was the host for 17 years of the phenomenally successfulcelebrity game show, The Hollywood Squares . This is the insidestory from why Peter took the job (he did not want Dan Rowan to get it) to theinner workings of the show (how did Paul Lynde come up with all those jokes?).From stories about regulars Wally Cox, Rose Marie, Cliff Arquette as CharleyWeaver, Nannette Fabray, and Abby Dalton to stories about the guests - BettyGrable, Helen Hayes, George C. Scott, Richard Burton, and everybody else who wasanybody in Hollywood.

Hollywood Squares debuted in 1966 and became, along with TheTonight Show , one of the two shows to be on if you wanted to plug a newmovie, show, or book. There are stories of friendships and romances that grew onthe show, stories of what happened when the show taped in Puerto Vallarta,Vancouver, and Jamaica. There are stories of The Hollywood Squares 'funniest moments and bloopers, including those that never got by the censors.

The book includes a CD of along-out-of-print album, Zingers from The Hollywood Squares .

Backstage with the Original Hollywood Square is an insider's view ofone of the most remarkable television shows of all time.


Author Notes

Before becoming host of The Hollywood Squares, Peter Marshall had starred in musicals on Broadway and in London, in movies, on television, and in nightclubs. He was host of The Peter Marshall Variety Hour and Fantasy. He has won five Emmys as the best daytime performer and best host. Peter was a singer in the glory days of the big bands and still records and makes more than fifty appearances a year. He also hosts a big-band radio show, The Music of Your Life
Adrienne Armstrong is a television situation comedy writer of such hit shows as Charles in Charge, Alf, and Full House. She started her career as a production secretary on The Hollywood Squares, where she and Peter Marshall struck up a lifelong friendship

Table of Contents

Alex Trebek
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Getting to know mep. 1
Chapter 1 How I Got the Jobp. 5
Chapter 2 The Hollywood Squares Familyp. 13
Chapter 3 The Genesis of The Hollywood Squaresp. 29
Chapter 4 The Rise of The Hollywood Squaresp. 39
Chapter 5 Three Squares a Dayp. 57
Chapter 6 X Gets the Squarep. 69
Chapter 7 Circle Gets the Squarep. 85
Chapter 8 Theme Show Squaresp. 101
Chapter 9 Very Famous Squaresp. 107
Chapter 10 Pegging the Squaresp. 123
Chapter 11 Storybook Squaresp. 139
Chapter 12 Friendships and Romancesp. 145
Chapter 13 The Contestantsp. 155
Chapter 14 Some Traveling Music, Pleasep. 163
Chapter 15 Letters, We Get Lettersp. 173
Chapter 16 It Couldn't Last Foreverp. 179
Chapter 17 The Year in Vegasp. 183
Chapter 18 My Favorite Jokesp. 187
Chapter 19 Everybody Who Ever Did the Show (I Hope)p. 191
Index of Namesp. 203