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Originally posted 02/01/2005 08:00AM
David Letterman paid tribute to his mentor Johnny Carson on CBS's Late Show Monday night by delivering a monologue composed entirely of material privately sent him by the retired Tonight Show host during his final months – though Dave didn't divulge who the author was until he was back at his desk.
Originally posted 01/31/2005 09:00AM
Johnny Carson's Nebraskan hometown of Norfolk turned out to salute him on Sunday inside a high school auditorium that bears his name.
Originally posted 01/28/2005 12:00PM
FAREWELL, JOHNNY: As fans of the late Johnny Carson placed flowers on his Hollywood Boulevard star and at a makeshift memorial in Times Square Monday, his onetime home base, NBC's Tonight Show, paid tribute in beautiful downtown Burbank. "As a performer, I never wanted to impress anyone more than Johnny Carson," said Jay Leno, who took over for Carson in 1992. "Johnny had that special quality of grace, charm and dignity in the public arena. He was an incredibly polite man and when you were invited into his house, this show, you knew you were an honored guest." Carson, 79, died Sunday after battling emphysema.
Originally posted 01/25/2005 07:00AM
As fans of the late Johnny Carson placed flowers on his Hollywood Boulevard star and at a makeshift memorial in New York's Times Square Monday, the home base of TV's host of hosts, NBC's Tonight Show, paid proper tribute with an affectionate, all-star retrospective in beautiful downtown Burbank.
Originally posted 01/23/2005 02:00PM
Johnny Carson, who brought late-night laughs to millions as the host of NBC's Tonight Show for nearly three decades, has died at age 79.
Originally posted 05/03/2002 01:00PM
FINAL CALL: "Ally McBeal" is planning to go out with a bang. The Los Angeles Times reported that the David E. Kelley program starring Calista Flockhart, 37, as the romantically challenged legal eagle, will bring back three departed members of the original cast for its May 20 finale -- including one whose character is deceased. (One name that didn't crop up on the returns list is Robert Downey Jr., 37, whose romantic role was essentially written out after his recent problems involving drugs.) As for those who will reappear: the return of Gil Bellows, 34, as Ally's former lover and colleague, Billy, will hardly come as a shock to fans of the series, notes the paper, given that he has made several appearances as a ghost since Billy died two years ago. Also returning for the finale, to be titled -- aptly -- "Bygones," will be Courtney Thorne-Smith, 34, who played Billy's wife, Georgia, and Lisa Nicole Carson, 32, who played Ally's roommate, Renee.
Originally posted 04/30/2002 01:00PM
The late-night king, who reigned on NBC's "Tonight" show for 30 years, says he'll never return, though he still has nightmares about being late.
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