Sunday, December 28, 2008

Mae West: Steve Allen

Thirty five years ago, MAE WEST was attended by several "Gentlemen in Waiting" — — such as Steve Allen — — when she received the Masquers Club Award in 1973.
• • Born in New York City, Steve Allen [26 December 1921 — 30 October 2000] was a TV personality, musician, actor, comedian, and writer.
• • Steve Allen was the son of Isabelle Allen (née Donohue), a vaudeville comedienne who performed under the name Belle Montrose, and Carroll Allen, another vaudevillian. Steve Allen was raised on the south side of Chicago by his mother's Irish Catholic family. Milton Berle once called Allen's mother "the funniest woman in vaudeville."
• • Though he got his start in radio, Allen is best-known for his television career. He first gained national attention as a guest host on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. He graduated to become the first host of The Tonight Show, where he was instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show.
• • After this glorious beginning, he hosted numerous game and variety shows, including the Steve Allen Show, I've Got a Secret, The New Steve Allen Show, and was a regular panel member on "What's My Line?" the popular CBS program.
• • Allen was also known as a prolific composer, having penned over 10,000 songs, one of which was recorded by Perry Como and Margaret Whiting. Allen won a Grammy award in 1963 for best jazz composition, with his song The Gravy Waltz. Additionally, Allen wrote more than 50 books.
• • He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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