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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Remembering David Frost 1939 - 2013

British journalist, comedian and television personality David Frost, who died Saturday at age 74, first became famous as the host of the 1962-63 satirical BBC Television program, That Was the Week That Was. An American version - also featuring Frost - aired on NBC from 1964 to 1965. He was later the host of his own interview shows, including The David Frost Show (1969-72), Frost on Sunday (1983-92), Breakfast with Frost (1993-05) and Frost Over the World (2006-12), as well as the 1987-08 British panel game show, Through the Keyhole. Frost also appeared as a reporter in the 1963 film, The V.I.P.s, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and in 1993, he was awarded the knighthood of the British Empire for his services to broadcasting and journalism.

However, David Frost will probably best be remembered for his 1977 series of televised interviews with former US President Richard Nixon. These interviews became the subject of Peter Morgan's 2006 play, Frost/Nixon, which was later made into a 2008 film starring Michael Sheen as Frost and Frank Langella as Nixon.

Below you can watch three episodes of The David Frost Show with guests Joan Crawford (from January 8, 1970), Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards (July 6, 1970), and the cast and creative team of the Broadway musical, Follies - Alexis Smith, Dorothy Collins, Yvonne De Carlo, John McMartin, Gene Nelson, composer Stephen Sondheim, librettist James Goldman, and producer/director Harold Prince (June 23, 1971).

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