Carson, Johnny, 1925-2005

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Television personality. Full name: John William Carson.

From the description of Johnny Carson papers, 1970-1992. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70983824

Biographical Note

  • 1925, Oct. 23: Born, Corning, Iowa
  • 1942 - 1945 : Served in the U.S. Navy aboard the Pennsylvania in the Pacific
  • 1948: Married Jody Wolcott (divorced 1963) Wrote radio scripts for radio station KFAB, Lincoln, Nebr.
  • 1949: B.A., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebr.
  • 1949: Worked for radio station WOW and television station WOW-TV, Omaha, Nebr.
  • 1951: Station announcer, KNXT-TV, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1951 - 1952 : Star, Sunday afternoon comedy show, KNXT-TV, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1952 - 1954 : Writer, Red Skelton television show on CBS Television Network, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1954: Starred in "Johnny Carson Show," CBS Television Network, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1956: Moved from California to New York, N.Y.
  • 1957: Master of ceremonies, "Who Do You Trust," ABC Television Network, New York, N.Y.
  • 1958: Guest host, "Tonight Show," substituting for Jack Paar
  • 1960s: Night club performer, primarily in Las Vegas, Nev.
  • 1962 - 1992 : Host, "Tonight Show," NBC Television Network
  • 1963: Married Joanne Copeland (divorced 1972)
  • 1965: Published Happiness Is...a Dry Martini (New York: Doubleday. unpaged) Entertainer of the Year, Friars Club, New York, N.Y.
  • 1967: Published Misery Is...A Blind Date (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday. unpaged)
  • 1969: Negotiated contract with Hart, Schaffner & Marx to model a line of "Johnny Carson" clothing
  • 1972: Married Joanna Holland Host, Emmy Awards ceremony, New York, N.Y. "Tonight Show" moved from New York, N.Y., to Hollywood, Calif.
  • 1992, May 29: Final telecast of the "Tonight Show" with Carson as host

From the guide to the Johnny Carson Papers, 1970-1992, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Jan Peerce collection of sound recordings, 1932-1983 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Johnny Carson Papers, 1970-1992 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn National Broadcasting Company. Rick Ludwin Collection 1981-2008 Miami University Libraries, King Library
referencedIn Jan Peerce collection of sound recordings, 1932-1983 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Records, 1946-2000 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Levy, David, 1913-2000. [Interview with David Levy] [sound recording] / David Levy ; [interviewed by] David Marc, Beverly Hills, 17 September 1996. Syracuse University
referencedIn Sullivan, Ed, 1901-1974. Papers, 1920-1974. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1875-2004 (inclusive), 1936-2000 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Carson, Johnny, 1925-2005. Johnny Carson papers, 1970-1992. Library of Congress
referencedIn Allen, Steve, 1921-2000. [Interview with Steve Allen] [sound recording] / Steve Allen ; [interviewed by] David Marc, Van Nuys, CA, Sept. 18, 1996. Syracuse University
referencedIn Fran Lee papers, 1945-1975 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Wiltwyck School for Boys Records, 1942-1981, [Bulk Dates: 1964-1981] Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Wiltwyck School for Boys. Wiltwyck School for Boys records, 1942-1981 [Bulk dates 1964-1982]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Arthur Unger collection of recorded interviews [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Lee, Fran, 1910-. Fran Lee papers, 1945-1975. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Page, Tony, 1910-1988. Tony Page papers, 1911-1981 1950-1980. University of Texas at Dallas. Eugene McDermott Library
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associatedWith Allen, Steve, 1921-2000. person
associatedWith Bishop, Joey. person
associatedWith Bishop, Joey. person
associatedWith Brenner, David, 1945- person
associatedWith Brown, Helen Gurley. person
associatedWith Brown, Helen Gurley. person
associatedWith Carlin, George. person
associatedWith Carlin, George. person
associatedWith Charo. person
associatedWith Charo. person
associatedWith Crystal, Billy. person
correspondedWith Harvard Law School Forum corporateBody
associatedWith Ho, Don. person
associatedWith Hope, Bob, 1903-2003. person
associatedWith Lee, Fran, 1910- person
associatedWith Leno, Jay. person
associatedWith Letterman, David. person
associatedWith Letterman, David. person
associatedWith Levy, David, 1913-2000. person
associatedWith Lewis, Jerry, 1926- person
associatedWith National Broadcasting Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Newhart, Bob. person
associatedWith Page, Tony, 1910-1988. person
associatedWith Peerce, Jan, 1904-1984 person
associatedWith Price, Vincent, 1911-1993. person
associatedWith Reilly, Charles Nelson. person
associatedWith Rivers, Joan. person
associatedWith Rivers, Joan. person
associatedWith Stevenson, McLean. person
associatedWith Sullivan, Ed, 1901-1974. person
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
associatedWith Unger, Arthur person
associatedWith Vidal, Gore, 1925- person
associatedWith Wiltwyck School for Boys. corporateBody
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Television programs--Production and direction
Occupation
Television personalities
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Birth 1925-10-23

Death 2005-01-23

Americans

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