David Frost Biography

(Television Host Best Remembered for the show 'Through the Keyhole' and 'That Was the Week That Was')

Birthday: April 7, 1939 (Aries)

Born In: Tenterden, Kent, England

David Frost was an English television host who interviewed various famous personalities during the course of his half a century long career. Born in Tenterden, Kent, England, Frost was once offered a chance to play professional football with the 'Nottingham Forest Football Club’. He declined this opportunity, instead graduating from ‘Cambridge University’ with a degree in English. Spotted by a ‘BBC’ agent while moonlighting at a club in London, David Frost debuted with the TV show 'That Was The Week That Was' or 'TW3', an immediate hit. His career rose to greater heights with the series of interviews conducted with infamous former president of the U.S., Richard Nixon. Under Frost’s skillful questioning, the previously taciturn president candidly discussed his role in the 'Watergate' scandal, and apologised to the citizens of America. David Frost followed this up with multiple programmes, on other syndicates as well as on stations he founded himself. Winning multiple awards and even a knighthood for his contribution to the field of journalism and broadcasting, David Frost was also a producer and writer of multiple films. He authored various books, and worked with multiple charities. He died while aboard the ship 'Queen Elizabeth’, where he was due to give a speech. He was 74.
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British Celebrities Born In April

Also Known As: Sir David Paradine Frost

Died At Age: 74


Spouse/Ex-: Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard (m. 1983), Lynne Frederick (m. 1981–1982)

father: W. J. Paradine Frost

mother: Mona Paradine Frost

children: George Frost, Miles Frost, Wilfred Frost

Born Country: England

Journalists TV Presenters

Died on: August 31, 2013

place of death: Mediterranean Sea

Notable Alumni: Gonville And Caius College

Cause of Death: Heart Attack

City: Kent, England

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education: Gonville And Caius College

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    Why is David Frost famous?

    David Frost is famous for his career as a television host, journalist, and media personality. He is best known for his interviews with political figures and his role in groundbreaking television programs such as "The Frost Report" and "Frost/Nixon."

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    What was the significance of David Frost's interviews with Richard Nixon?

    David Frost's interviews with Richard Nixon were significant because they were a series of televised interviews in which Nixon, the former President of the United States, made his first public admission of wrongdoing and expressed regret for his actions during the Watergate scandal.

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    What impact did David Frost have on the field of journalism?

    David Frost had a significant impact on the field of journalism through his innovative interview style and his ability to engage with high-profile figures in a way that captured the public's attention. He helped redefine the standards of television journalism and paved the way for future interviewers.

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    How did David Frost's interviews with world leaders influence public discourse?

    David Frost's interviews with world leaders, such as Richard Nixon and Margaret Thatcher, helped shape public discourse by providing insight into the minds and personalities of these influential figures. His interviews often sparked debate and discussion on important political and social issues.

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    What was David Frost's legacy in the world of television broadcasting?

    David Frost's legacy in television broadcasting includes his pioneering work in the field of interview journalism, his role in creating influential television programs, and his reputation as a skilled and respected media personality. He is remembered for his contributions to the medium of television and his impact on the way we consume news and information.

Childhood & Early Life
Sir David Paradine Frost was born in Kent, England, on April 7, 1939 to Reverend Wilfred John "W. J." Paradine Frost and his wife, Mona. He had two older sisters.
An enthusiastic football and cricket player throughout his school years, Frost was even offered a contract to play with the Nottingham Forest Football Club, which he turned down in favour of going to college.
Starting in 1958, he studied at both Gonville’ and Caius College, at Cambridge University, graduating with a degree in English three years later. While there, he was editor of the university’s student paper and a literary magazine called 'Granta'. He became the secretary of the 'Footlights Drama Society'. His editing skills spotlighted his ability to write and speak satirically.
Before enrolling at the university, he studied to become a Methodist local preacher, but he was unable to complete his studies.
Appointed as a trainee at Associated-Rediffusion' after graduation, David Frost also moonlighted in cabaret, at the 'Blue Angel' nightclub in London in the evenings.
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Headhunted while he worked at the 'Blue Angel' nightclub, he then moved on to work on the 'BBC' program 'That Was The Week That Was (TW3)', a satirical take on the weekly news, which ran from 1962 to 1963.
Following the success of 'TW3', David Frost hosted multiple programs, the most successful of which was 'The Frost Report', which aired between 1966 to 1967. It was responsible for propelling the careers of actors like John Cleese, Ronnie Barker, and Ronnie Corbett, who acted in the 'Class Sketch', a now-famous comic sketch that featured inside 'The Frost Report'.
He followed up the ‘Frost Report’ with an interview-based show, 'The Frost Programme'. Multiple controversial and well-known figures made it to his show.
During 1969 to 1972, Frost worked for the U.S. and U.K. television simultaneously. He did five TV shows a week, called the 'The David Frost Show' for the U.S. audiences, and three a week for the company he co-founded in 1968, 'London Weekend Television'. He also appeared on an episode of 'This Is Your Life', a British biographical TV documentary series, in January 1972.
In 1970, David Frost gained executive producer status for a movie he co-financed, 'The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer', in which the lead character was loosely based on Frost. He produced other films over the years, including 'The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella' in 1976, and 'Retreat', a drama thriller in 2011.
Frost produced a series of interviews in 1977, with disgraced former US president Richard Nixon, for his company 'London Weekend Television'. These interviews cemented his position as one of the top interviewers of all time. Getting Nixon to take responsibility for his actions in the 'Watergate' scandal, also giving an on-air apology to the American public was seen by many as a major accomplishment for Frost. These interviews even spawned a play, 'Frost/Nixon', that ran in 2006 and 2007, along with a movie of the same name that was released a year later, in 2008.
He is credited as the organiser of the ‘Music for 'UNICEF Concert: A Gift of Song' held at the 1979 'United Nations General Assembly'.
David Frost founded a broadcasting station, 'TV-am', along with other luminaries in the journalistic field, in 1983. It shut shop in 1992.
He authored a book, 'Millionaires, Multimillionaires and Really Rich People', which was published in 1984. The period from 1987 to 2008 also saw Frost host the comedy game show, 'Through The Keyhole'.
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After his co-founded station, ‘TV-am’ went off air, Frost hosted 'Breakfast with Frost' on 'ITV', on channel 'BBC', from January 1993 until May 29, 2005.
Frost joined the English version of Qatar-based news network, 'Al Jazeera' in November 2006, with his current affairs programme 'Frost Over The World'. He interviewed multiple famous personalities, including Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, author of the historic Fatwa on Terrorism. This show was succeeded by ‘The Frost Interview’, from 2012.
The 'Australian Broadcasting Corporation' featured a report on Frost, called 'The World According To Frost', where he spoke about his career and his portrayal in the movie 'Frost/Nixon'. It aired in February 2009.
A documentary on the ‘BBC Four’ channel, named 'Frost on Satire' was aired in June 2010, and looked at the history of satire on TV, through Frost's eyes.
Over the years, he has been associated with many charities, including 'Alzheimer's Research Trust', the 'Motor Neurone Disease Association', and 'Wellbeing for (8)Women'. He has also written multiple books, produced eight films, and received many major TV awards.
David Frost was accused of plagiarism by satirist Peter Cook, who alleged that Frost stole his material along with various sketches from TV show ‘Beyond The Fringe’ of which he was a part, and used it on ‘TW3’. The new satirical magazine, 'Private Eye' also mocked him at this time. Peter Cook dubbed Frost ‘the bubonic plagiarist’. Frost was recruited by ‘BBC’ agent Ned Sherrin, who spotted him performing in the 'Blue Angel' nightclub. Unbeknownst to Sherrin, the act that so impressed him was actually lifted from Cook's act.
Awards & Achievement
He was given the 'Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)' in 1970, and knighted for his services to broadcasting and journalism in 1993.
He received various honorary degrees, like the doctoral degree from the 'University of Sussex' (in 1994), and a ' Doctor of Letters' degree from the 'University of Winchester' (in 2009).
In 2005, he got fellowship from the 'British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)'.
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He received a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at the 'Emmys', in 2009.
Family & Personal Life
Over the years, David Frost had relationships with various prominent women; he dated British actress Janette Scott in the mid-1960s, he was engaged to American actress, Diahann Carroll, in the early 1970s, and went out with British socialite. Caroline Cushing, from 1972 and 1977. He was also in an on-and-off relationship with American actress Carol Lynley for around 18 years.
His first marriage was to Peter Seller's widow, Lynne Frederick, in 1981. He divorced her the next year.
He went on to wed the daughter of the 17th Duke of Norfolk, Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard, on March 19, 1983. They had three sons Miles, Wilfred, and George. His second son, Wilfred, is an anchor at CNBC.
David Frost died suddenly of a heart attack while on board the ship 'MS Queen Elizabeth' on August 31, 2013. He was due to give a speech there. A postmortem diagnosed him with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (a condition in which the walls of the heart thicken without any obvious cause). His oldest son, Miles, died from the same condition in 2015, at the age of 31.
Facts About David Frost

David Frost was known for his love of collecting ties and had a vast collection of ties in his wardrobe.

He was a skilled amateur magician and often entertained friends and colleagues with his magic tricks.

David Frost had a passion for flying and held a private pilot's license, enjoying flying as a hobby in his spare time.

He had a great sense of humor and was known for his witty remarks and quick comebacks during interviews and public appearances.

David Frost was an avid fan of cricket and frequently attended matches, showing his enthusiasm for the sport outside of his broadcasting career.

David Frost Movies

1. The Music for UNICEF Concert: A Gift of Song (1979)


2. Leadbelly (1976)

  (Biography, Music, Drama)

3. The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970)


4. The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella (1976)

  (Fantasy, Musical, Romance, Family, Adventure)

5. Futtocks End (1970)


6. The V.I.P.s (1963)


7. Charley-One-Eye (1973)


8. Rogue Trader (1999)

  (History, Thriller, Drama, Crime)

9. The American Movie Awards (1980)


10. Retreat (2011)

  (Thriller, Drama)


Primetime Emmy Awards
1971 Outstanding Variety Series - Talk The David Frost Show (1969)
1970 Outstanding Variety or Musical Series The David Frost Show (1969)
Grammy Awards
2014 Best Engineered Album, Classical Winner
2014 Best Classical Vocal Solo Winner
2012 Best Small Ensemble Performance Winner
2011 Best Choral Performance Winner
2011 Producer of the Year, Classical Winner
2011 Best Surround Sound Album Winner
2011 Best Classical Album Winner
2010 Best Classical Vocal Performance Winner
2010 Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra) Winner

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