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 Steve Allen

Steve Allen

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 30 Oct 2000 (aged 78)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Court of Liberty section, Gardens of Heritage division, Map #H22, Lot 1725, Garden Crypt 3
Memorial ID 18553 · View Source
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Actor, Comedian, Composer, Author. First host of the NBC "Tonight Show." Frequent guest panelist on the 1950s television show, "What's My Line." Born in New York City, his parents were the vaudeville comedy team of Montrose and Allen. His father, Carroll Allen, died when he was a small child and his mother, Isabelle Montrose Allen, moved the family to Chicago to live with her parents. He claimed that he had an unhappy childhood, going to 18 different schools. For a while he attended college in Iowa and Arizona, where he met and married his first wife, Dorothy Goodman, with whom he had three children. During World War II, he joined the Army, but was released early due to asthma. After his military service, he began work for a Phoenix radio station, and in 1946, moved to Los Angeles as a radio disk jockey. In 1950, he moved to television, and in 1953, he created the "Tonight Show" for CBS, which became an immediate success. In 1952, he divorced his first wife and married Jayne Meadows, and together they had one child, a boy. In 1956, he left the "Tonight Show" to host his own television variety show, which featured a number of beginning comedians such as Don Knotts, Tom Poston and Bill Dana, and was one of the first to have Elvis Presley on television. He wrote more than 50 books and 7,400 songs, and was listed in the 1985 Guinness Book of World Records as the most prolific composer of modern times. Yet he considered himself musically illiterate, because he could not read music. He died in Encino, California, after suffering a coronary caused from a traffic accident. Johnny Carson once said of him "All of us who have hosted the Tonight Show owe a debt of gratitude to Steve Allen. He was a most creative innovator and a brilliant entertainer."

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  • Added: 26 Nov 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18553
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Steve Allen (26 Dec 1921–30 Oct 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18553, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated.