Johnny Carson, 1925-2005

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

RISING STAR

"It was like coming over the crest of a roller coaster," Jerry Seinfeld (with Carson in 1991) once said of his first appearance on Tonight, in 1981. "It was the difference between thinking you're a comedian and really being one."



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