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Johnny Carson

Talk Show Host (23-Oct-1925 — 23-Jan-2005)


Johnny Carson. Happiness Is a Dry Martini. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc.. 1965. 60pp.

Frederick De Cordova. Johnny Came Lately: An Autobiography. Riverside, NJ: Simon & Schuster. 1988. 283pp.

Paul Corkery. Carson: The Unauthorized Biography. Ketcham, ID: Randt & Co.. 1987.

Stephen Cox. Here's Johnny: Thirty Years of America's Favorite Late Night Entertainment. New York, NY: Harmony Books. 1992. 189pp.

James Van Hise. 40 Years at Night: The Story of the Tonight Show. Las Vegas, NV: Pioneer Books. 1992.

Laurence Leamer. King of the Night: The Life of Johnny Carson. New York: William Morrow. 1989. 448pp.

Douglas Lorence. Johnny Carson. Drake Publishers Inc.. 1975. 193pp.

Ed McMahon. Here's Johnny! My Memories of Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show, and 40 Years of Friendship. Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press. 2005. 217pp.

Ed McMahon; with Carroll Carroll. Here's Ed: The Autobiography of Ed McMahon. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1976. 319pp. Alternate subtitle, Or How To Be A Second Banana... From Midway To Midnight.

Robert Metz. The Tonight Show. Playboy Press. 1980. 290pp.

Ronald Smith. The Fight for "Tonight": From Steve Allen and Johnny Carson to Arsenio and Leno. New York: SPI Books. 1993. 303pp.

Ronald L. Smith. Johnny Carson: An Unauthorized Biography. New York: St. Martin's Press. 1987. 245pp.

Craig Tennis. Johnny Tonight: A Behind the Scenes Closeup of Johnny Carson & the Tonight Show. New York: Pocket Books. 1980.


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  7. Encyclopedia of American Biography (p.184)

  8. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.124)

  9. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.267)

  10. Celebrity Register 3rd Issue (p.92)

  11. Celebrity Register 4th Issue (p.85)

  12. Celebrity Register 5th Issue (p.86)

  13. The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (pp.142-44)

  14. Les Brown's Encyclopedia of Television (p.96)

  15. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.119)

  16. The International Who's Who 2001 (p.264)

  17. Britannica Almanac 2006 (p.121)

  18. The Encyclopedia of Television (vol.1, pp.318-20)

  19. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.1, p.444)

  20. The New York Times Encyclopedia of Television (p.71)

  21. Legends in Their Own Time (p.43)

  22. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.333)

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