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Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
Marty Allen dies at 95: Comedian with the crazy hair was a TV fixture in the 1950s and 1960s
Allen and straight man Steve Rossi formed Allen & Rossi, with the help of Nat King Cole, appearing on TV more than 700 times between 1957 and 1968. They were also performers on three of The Beatles four visits to The Ed Sullivan Show.
Posted Thursday 9/28/17 at 4:23PM EDT
Hugh Hefner was a TV pioneer in the way he put black artists on TV in the fifties
As Keli Goff notes, the Playboy founder “put black artists front and center on his television programs, first on Playboy’s Penthouse in 1959, which would feature the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole, in a party setting with Hefner and his white (and often female) friends. This fact would scandalize the program and its host in the eyes of certain white viewers and the show was short-lived.” Additionally, Dick Gregory credited Hefner with giving him his big break in 1961, paving the way for his future TV appearances.
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- From The Simpsons to Sex and the City: Watch Hef’s best TV cameos
The Girls Next Door stars pay tribute to ex-boyfriend Hefner
# TOPICS: The Girls Next Door, Playboy's Penthouse, Sex and the City, The Simpsons, Bob Saget, Dick Gregory, Ella Fitzgerald, Hugh Hefner, Lena Dunham, Nat King Cole, African Americans and TV, Playboy