Backstage with the Original Hollywood Square

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Thomas Nelson Inc, Jul 17, 2002 - Performing Arts - 224 pages
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Peter Marshall was the host for 17 years of the phenomenally successful celebrity game show, The Hollywood Squares. This is the inside story from why Peter took the job (he did not want Dan Rowan to get it) to the inner 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 Charley Weaver, Nannette Fabray, and Abby Dalton to stories about the guests - Betty Grable, Helen Hayes, George C. Scott, Richard Burton, and everybody else who was anybody in Hollywood.

Hollywood Squares debuted in 1966 and became, along with The Tonight Show, one of the two shows to be on if you wanted to plug a new movie, show, or book. There are stories of friendships and romances that grew on the 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 a long-out-of-print album, Zingers from The Hollywood Squares.

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


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Foreword by Alex Trebek
The Hollywood Squares Family
The Rise of The Hollywood Squares
Three Squares a
Circle Gets the Square
Theme Show Squares
Pegging the Squares
The most fun I ever had doing television
Friendships and Romances
Some Traveling Music Please
The Year in Vegas
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