The Life and Times of Ed Sullivan

Book - 2006
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Random House, Inc.
• Sullivan has nearly 100% name recognition among people 40 and older

• In a survey of the fifty most influential programs in the U.S., TV Guide ranked The Ed Sullivan Show #10

• Show still appears on PBS and on cable stations across the country

• Sixty million baby boomers grew up watching The Ed Sullivan Show

For more than twenty years, from 1948 to 1971, fifty-five million viewers watched The Ed Sullivan Show religiously every Sunday night. Everyone who was anyone appeared—the Beatles and Elvis, of course, and Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, and Elizabeth Taylor, plus public figures such as Fidel Castro, David Ben-Gurion, and Martin Luther King, Jr. More than thirty years later, the program remains a pop-culture icon. But despite Ed Sullivan’s prominence, little was known about the private man...until now. Impresario reveals what the Sullivan viewers never saw: nasty, hot-tempered, craven, yet also capable of high ideals and, above all, hugely ambitious. At a time when Americans are looking back, The Ed Sullivan Show stands out as a shining example of television during the golden era. Impresario lets readers look behind the screen to see the man who made it happen.

Baker & Taylor
An illustrated portrait of the cultural icon looks at the private life of the ambitious pop-culture figure who transformed the face of American entertainment with The Ed Sullivan Show, the legendary series that broke new ground for more than twenty years and introduced many notable entertainers and celebrities to the public.

Publisher: New York : Billboard Books, 2006
Description: vii, 344 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780823079629
Branch Call Number: 791.45028 Sul


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Nov 13, 2017

Yes. Indeed. Impresario is actually quite an interesting biography that takes a close-up look "behind-the-curtains' at the man who hosted the longest-running TV variety show in US history. And that man was, of course, Ed Sullivan, himself.

To be sure - The sombre-looking Sullivan (who has often been hilariously impersonated) was a fiercely ambitious fellow who quickly achieved monumental celebrity status with his mega-popular television show that ran (almost without faltering) from 1948-1971.

This well-researched biography, written by James Maguire, also includes a number of pages of photos, as well.

Nov 07, 2017

(*Ed Sullivan signature quote*) - "Tonight we have a really big show."

Mister Zero-charisma, himself, Ed Sullivan (aka. "Stone Face") may not have stood very tall at 5'7" - But what he seemed to lack in both height and personality, he sure possessed in the realm of mass audience-appeal, as his mega-popular variety show endured for 23 years (1948-1971) making it the longest-running TV program of its kind in US history.

Known as a bona-fide "starmaker" - Sullivan (a true pop culture icon) was the sort of man who was quick-tempered, thin-skinned, and had an annoying habit of forgetting the names of his celebrity guests.

And, yet - His audience loved him, unconditionally.

Impresario - Written by James Maguire - Is an in-depth bio that takes a close-up look behind the facade of the man that the public never knew.

*Note* - In 1974 - Ed Sullivan died from throat cancer. He was 73 at the time.

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