Johnny Carson Channeled by Karl Mollison 31July2018
From – https://www.biography.com/people/johnny-carson-9239714
One of television’s best known personalities, Johnny Carson hosted
“The Tonight Show” for 30 years.
Johnny Carson was on born on October 23, 1925 to Ruth and Homer R.
Carson, a power company manager, in Corning, Iowa. After college
he worked as a television writer for Red Skelton’s show. He moved
to New York City and in 1962 Carson replaced Jack Paar as host of
“The Tonight Show” for an Emmy Award-winning run that lasted three
He fell in love with magic when he was 12 years old, and after
purchasing a magician’s kit through the mail, began performing
magic tricks in public, as “The Great Carsoni.”
Following high school, in 1943, an 18-year-old Carson joined the
U.S. Navy as an ensign, and then decoded encrypted messages as a
communications officer. Serving aboard the USS Pennsylvania, he
continued performing magic, mainly for his fellow shipmates. He
later said that one of the fondest memories from his service was
performing magic for James Forrestal, U.S. Secretary of the Navy.
Though assigned to combat in the summer of 1945, Carson never went
into battle — WWII ended in 1945, following the bombing of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, and Carson was sent back to
the United States.
In the fall of 1945, Carson began studying at the University of
Nebraska, and received a bachelor’s degree in radio and speech
four years later. After college, he had a short stint as
television writer for The Red Skelton Show in Los Angeles, and
then moved to New York City in pursuit of bigger audiences.
In October of 1962, Carson replaced Jack Paar as host of The
Tonight Show—a counterpart to NBC’s Tonight show—and, following
wavering ratings his first year, Carson became a prime-time hit.
Audiences found comfort in Carson’s calm and steady presence in
their living rooms each evening. Revered for his affable
personality, quick wit and crisp interviews, he guided viewers
into the late night hours with a familiarity they grew to rely
on year after year. Featuring interviews with the stars of the
latest Hollywood movies or the hottest bands, Carson kept Americans
up-to-date on popular culture, and reflected some of the most
distinct personalities of his era through impersonations, including
his classic take on President Ronald Reagan.
Carson created several recurring comedic characters that popped
up regularly on his show, including Carnac the Magnificent, an
Eastern psychic who was said to know the answers to all kinds of
baffling questions. In these skits, Carson would wear a colorful
cape and featured turban and attempt to answer questions on cards
before even opening their sealed envelopes. Carson, as Carmac,
would demand silence before answering questions such as “Answer:
Flypaper.” “Question: What do you use to gift wrap a zipper?”
Carson was The Tonight Show’s host for three decades. During that
time, he received six Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award and the
Presidential Medal of Freedom. Carson’s final appearance as
host in 1992 attracted an estimated 50 million viewers.
Carson was in and out of relationships throughout his life, marrying
four separate times. He married Jody Wolcott in 1948, and they had
three sons, Charles (Kit), Cory and Richard. Richard died in an auto
accident in 1991.
Carson and Jody divorced in 1963, and only months later, Carson
married his second wife, Joanne Copeland. That relationship ended
in 1972, following a grueling legal battle that ended with Copeland
receiving a settlement of nearly $500,000 and annual alimony from
Carson. That same year, Carson married third wife Joanna Holland—
from whom he filed for divorce in 1983.
For the first time in 35 years, Carson lived life as an unmarried
man from 1983 to 1987. He married for the final time in June of
1987; Carson and Alexis Maas remained together until Carson’s death,
nearly eighteen years later.
Carson, considered to be one of the most popular stars of American
television, has been praised by several mainstream comics—including
Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon—for helping them launch
their careers. Carson’s 1992 final appearance as host attracted
an estimated 50 million viewers.
At age 74, in 1999, Carson suffered a severe heart attack while he
was sleeping at his Malibu, California home. Soon after, he underwent
quadruple-bypass surgery. In January of 2005, at age 79, Carson died
of respiratory failure caused by emphysema.
Today, he is regarded worldwide as a television legacy.
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