Profile of the Day: Ed Sullivan

Posted September 28, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan

Do you remember watching The Ed Sullivan Show? On this day in 1901, Ed Sullivan was born in Harlem, New York City.

Edward Vincent Sullivan was the son of Peter Arthur Sullivan and Elizabeth Smith. He was born a twin, but his brother died a few months after birth. Sullivan excelled in sports in school and landed his first job as a reporter after graduating.

In 1941, he began hosting his own radio variety program and soon made his transition to television. He debuted as the host of the Toast of the Town in 1948. The show wast later renamed The Ed Sullivan Show and would become the longest-running variety show in television history. Sullivan introduced audiences to an impressive number of performers who would become household names. Many of the music industry’s biggest legends made their breakthrough performances on the show, including Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and The Supremes.

Sullivan died on October 13, 1974 of esophageal cancer. He was 73.

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