Johnny Carson, 1925-2005

Take a look back inside the life of one of America's most beloved television personalities. By Beth Lipton


Comedians and celebrities weren't the only ones invited on Carson's show – animals often made appearances, too (such as this baby monkey in 1975). And the star maker's influence extended beyond his menagerie of guests: In 1973, when Carson warned of a toilet-paper shortage, supermarkets nationwide saw their stocks cleaned out within 24 hours.