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Talk show is a radio or television program in which celebrity guests are interviewed by a well-known personality. The history of talk shows date back to the 1950s. Here is a list of some of the most famous talk show hosts from all over the world.
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Oprah Winfrey
(Best Known for Her Daytime Syndicated Talk Show 'The Oprah Winfrey Show')
Oprah Winfrey
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Birthdate: January 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States

Oprah Winfrey is arguably one of the most iconic figures in America who broke many barriers to become one of the most influential women in the country. She is a role model for the black community and is also a fierce feminist. Her path-breaking The Oprah Winfrey Show mostly based on lives of common people catapulted her to unprecedented stardom.

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Khloé Kardashian
(Talk Show Host, Socialite, Model)
Khloé Kardashian
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Birthdate: June 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Best known for playing a key role in the popular TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Khloé Kardashian is one of the most popular American celebrities on the internet. Having launched many clothing collections, she is also involved in the fashion industry. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, Khloé had a long-term memory loss but has recovered since.

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Ben Shapiro
(Political Commentator)
Ben Shapiro
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Birthdate: January 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States

A strong conservative political commentator, author, media host and lawyer, Ben Shapiro became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the US at the age of seventeen and at twenty published his first book. The host of a daily political podcast ,The Ben Shapiro Show, he has frequently invited criticism for his views on various issues like same-sex marriage and abortion.

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Whoopi Goldberg
(Actress, Comedian and Host; Best Known for Her Role in 'The Color Purple' and 'Ghost')
Whoopi Goldberg
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Birthdate: November 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chelsea, New York, United States

Accomplished American comedian, actress, singer and Broadway star, Whoopi Goldberg is amongst the select few who have won all the four awards—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Moreover, she is also a political activist, author and talk show host. Her notable work include films Ghost, Sister Act and The Color Purple; Broadway show Thoroughly Modern Millie and talk show The View.

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Jimmy Kimmel
(Best Known as the Host of the Late-Night Talk-Show ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’)
Jimmy Kimmel
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Birthdate: November 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Jimmy Kimmel is an American TV host and writer. He is credited with creating one of the most popular American late-night talk shows of all time, Jimmy Kimmel Live! He is also credited with co-founding The Feast of San Gennaro. In 2018, he was named in Time magazine's list of The World's 100 Most Influential People.

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Larry King
(The Host of The Nightly Interview Television Program 'Larry King Live')
Larry King
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Birthdate: November 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 23, 2021

Regarded as one of the most popular American TV and radio hosts, Larry King was famous for hosting the successful and popular TV program, Larry King Live. The recipient of several awards, King was an iconic figure on American television. Also known for his charitable works, he founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to help poor people undergo cardiac procedures.

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Dr. Phil McGraw
(Television Host)
Dr. Phil McGraw
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Birthdate: September 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vinita, Oklahoma
Phil McGraw, or Dr. Phil, is a well-known psychologist and TV personality. He gained fame with his frequent appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and then launched his advice show Dr. Phil. He owns the charity Dr. Phil Foundation and has a “star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Regis Philbin
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Birthdate: August 25, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
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Alan Thicke
(Best Known for Playing Dr. Jason Seaver on the 1980s Sitcom 'Growing Pains')
Alan Thicke
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Birthdate: March 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
Died: December 13, 2016

Best known for his star role in the television sitcom Growing Pains, Alan Thicke was a Canadian actor, songwriter and television host, who began his career as a series regular in It's Our Stuff, eventually appearing in numerous films and television productions. Also a popular game and talk show host, he patronized many NGOs including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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David Letterman
(Television Host and Producer Best Known for His Long-Running Talk Show ‘Late Show with David Letterman’)
David Letterman
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Birthdate: April 12, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Starting off as a radio weatherman, David Letterman has come a long way. He has been the longest-serving American late-night talk-show host and ranked 45th on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list. He later dabbled in production, with hit sitcoms such as Everybody Loves Raymond.

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Stacey Dash
(Actress)
Stacey Dash
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Birthdate: January 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
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Seth Meyers
(Host of 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' and Former Cast Member of 'Saturday Night Live;)
Seth Meyers
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Birthdate: December 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Seth Adam Meyers is best known as the host of Late Night with Seth Meyers. He was a writer and cast member of Saturday Night Live and won several awards for his work, including a Peabody Award and an Emmy. He also hosted SNL’s Weekend Update segment.
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Megyn Kelly
(Journalist and Host of TV Shows 'The Kelly File' and 'American Live')
Megyn Kelly
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Birthdate: November 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Champaign, Illinois, United States

Megyn Kelly is a well-known American journalist and political commentator. She had a successful career at Fox News and NBC News, where she did reporting and anchored many shows. She quit television and launched her media production company in 2020. She hosts the The Megyn Kelly Show podcast. She has also written an autobiography titled Settle for More.

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George Lopez
(Actor Known for Starring in His Self-Produced 'ABC Sitcom')
George Lopez
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Birthdate: April 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

George Lopez is an American actor and comedian. Lopez is best known for discussing race and ethnic relations in his stand-up comedy routine. His contributions to the Latino community have earned him several awards. In 2005, he was named in Time magazine's The 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America list. Also a humanitarian, George Lopez heads his own charity.

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Geraldo Rivera
(Journalist & Former Television Host)
Geraldo Rivera
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Birthdate: July 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Journalist and TV personality Geraldo Rivera is best known for hosting the talk show Geraldo. He has also been part of the TV special The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults and the shows Geraldo at Large, Geraldo Rivera Reports, and The Five. He has authored several books, such as Willowbrook.
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Bethenny Frankel
(Television Personality)
Bethenny Frankel
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Birthdate: November 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York
Bethenny Frankel shot to fame with the reality series The Real Housewives of New York City. She has also appeared on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart and her own shows Bethenny Ever After, Bethenny & Fredrik, and Bethenny. She has written several self-help books and owns a lifestyle brand named Skinnygirl.
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Sean Hannity
(Conservative Political Commentator and Host of the Radio Show, 'The Sean Hannity Show', and Fox News Show, ‘Hannity’)
Sean Hannity
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Birthdate: December 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Sean Hannity is a conservative political commentator and talk show host. As one of the most-watched and most-listened-to hosts, he has played a key role in shaping American politics in the last decade or so. Due to his closeness to President Donald Trump, he is characterized as the shadow Chief of Staff.

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Tamron Hall
(Broadcast journalist)
Tamron Hall
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Birthdate: September 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luling, Texas, United States

Broadcast journalist and television talk show host Tamron Hall is best known for her eponymous award-winning syndicated daytime talk show. She has previously worked for NBC News and MSNBC. An alumnus of Temple University, she is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is actively involved in anti-domestic violence campaigns.

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Jeannie Mai
(Reality TV Personality)
Jeannie Mai
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Birthdate: January 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Jose, California, USA
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Tammy Faye Bakker
(Evangelist)
Tammy Faye Bakker
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Birthdate: March 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: nowrap International Falls, Minnesota, U.S.
Died: July 20, 2007
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Dick Cavett
(Comedian & Former Talk Show Host Notable for His Conversational Style and In-depth Discussions)
Dick Cavett
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Birthdate: November 19, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gibbon, Nebraska, United States

Dick Cavett is an American comedian, television personality, and former talk show host. For five decades, Cavett made frequent appearances on the United State's nationally broadcast television. In 2020, Stephen Colbert on his TV show, Late Show with Stephen Colbert, acknowledged that Dick Cavett had served as a major influence due to his conversational style. 

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Brendan Schaub
(Stand-up comedian)
Brendan Schaub
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Birthdate: March 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aurora, Colorado, USA
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Arsenio Hall
(Comedian)
Arsenio Hall
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Birthdate: February 12, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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Lisa Rinna
(Best Known for Her Roles as 'Billie Reed' on the NBC Daytime Soap Opera 'Days of Our Lives')
Lisa Rinna
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Birthdate: July 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, United States
American actress Lisa Rinna is best known for playing Billie Reed in TV series Days of Our Lives and Taylor McBride in TV series Melrose Place. She has been a main cast member on the reality TV series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, since 2014. Rinna has also written three books: Starlit; The Big, Fun, Sexy Sex Book; and The NYT best-seller Rinnavation.
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Mika Brzezinski
(Journalist, Political Commentator and Co-Host of the Weekday Morning Broadcast Show ‘Morning Joe’)
Mika Brzezinski
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Birthdate: May 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Mika Brzezinski, daughter of diplomat Zbigniew Brzezinski, is best known as a co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. She worked as a "Ground Zero" reporter for CBS during 9/11. She has also been on shows such as Up to the Minute and HomePage, and has authored three books, including a memoir.
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Phil Donahue
(The Host of American TV Talk Show 'The Phil Donahue Show')
Phil Donahue
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Birthdate: December 21, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Phil Donahue is best known for his long stint as the host and creator of The Phil Donahue Show, later named Donahue, the first talk show that involved audience participation. He inspired iconic talk show host Oprah. He also hosted an MSNBC show and co-directed the documentary Body of War.

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Mike Huckabee
(Politician)
Mike Huckabee
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Birthdate: August 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas, United States
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Charlie Rose
(Television presenter, Journalist)
Charlie Rose
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Birthdate: January 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Henderson, North Carolina, United States
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Merv Griffin
(Host of 'The Merv Griffin Show' and Creator of the Games Shows 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel of Fortune')
Merv Griffin
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Birthdate: July 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Mateo, California, United States
Died: August 12, 2007

Merv Griffin was an American media mogul and television show host best known for hosting, The Merv Griffin Show, from 1965 to 1986. He is also credited with creating famous game shows, such as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, through his TV production companies. For his contribution to TV, Merv Griffin was inducted posthumously into the Television Hall of Fame.

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Mike Wallace
(Journalist, TV Presenter, Host)
Mike Wallace
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Birthdate: May 9, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 7, 2012

A popular American journalist and media personality, Mike Wallace is credited with bringing important information to the household of several Americans during his illustrious career that spanned nearly 70 years; he interviewed prominent personalities like Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Ayn Rand, and Salvador Dalí among others. His life and career inspired several films and he was portrayed by popular actors.

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Joy Behar
(Comedian)
Joy Behar
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Birthdate: October 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City

Joy Behar is an American actress, comedian, television host, and writer. She is best known for co-hosting the popular ABC talk show The View, for which she received the Daytime Emmy Award in 2009. The show has also earned her several Emmy Award nominations. Apart from hosting TV shows, Behar has also performed in theatrical plays like The Vagina Monologues.

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Mo'Nique
(Comedian)
Mo'Nique
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Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Woodlawn, Maryland, United States
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Elisabeth Hasselbeck
(Television Personality and Former Co-Host on the ABC Daytime Talk Show ‘The View’)
Elisabeth Hasselbeck
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Birthdate: May 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cranston, Rhode Island, United States

Retired TV personality and talk show host, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, first gained fame as a contestant on the American version of the TV show, Survivor, in 2001. In the ensuing years, she became a co-host on the daytime talk show, The View, which further added to her popularity and earned her a  Daytime Emmy Award. She is also a published author.

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Margaret Trudeau
(Author, Actress)
Margaret Trudeau
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Birthdate: September 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
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Jake Tapper
(Journalist and Host of the Weekday Television News Show ‘The Lead with Jake Tapper’)
Jake Tapper
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Birthdate: March 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Jake Tapper is an American author, cartoonist, and journalist. Over the years, Jake Tapper's work as a journalist, which includes the coverage of President Barack Obama's inauguration, has been praised by many critics. As the Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN, Jake Tapper plays a vital role in the TV channel's coverage of political matters.

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Al Michaels
(Sportscaster)
Al Michaels
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Birthdate: November 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Glenn Beck
(Host of 'Glenn Beck Radio Program' & Founder and CEO of 'Mercury Radio Arts')
Glenn Beck
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Birthdate: February 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Everett, Washington, United States

Glenn Beck is an American radio host, political commentator, and television producer. He hosts the popular talk-radio show, Glenn Beck Radio Program. Also a philanthropist, Glenn Beck founded Mercury One, a non-profit organization designed to sustain itself without the need for donations or grants.

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Andy Cohen
(Television Show Host)
Andy Cohen
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Birthdate: June 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
TV producer Andy Cohen is best known as the host and executive producer of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. He is the first openly gay host of a late-night talk show. He hosts Radio Andy and has produced shows such as Top Chef and the Real Housewives franchise.
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Edd China
(Television Presenter)
Edd China
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Birthdate: May 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Edd China is best known as the host of the Discovery Channel show Wheeler Dealers. He has also been part of Fifth Gear and Top Gear. He established Cummfy Banana Limited. After racing a motorized sofa at 148 km/h, China set a Guinness record for the fastest furniture.
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Hallie Jackson
(Political Reporter, Analyst)
Hallie Jackson
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Birthdate: April 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yardley, Pennsylvania, United States
TV journalist Hallie Jackson is known for her association with NBC News and now serves as their chief White House correspondent and an anchor for MSNBC. She also fills in as an anchor on the talk show Today. She has previously worked for WBOC-TV, WFSB, and Hearst Corporation.
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Ed Sullivan
(Legendary Host of the TV Variety Show 'The Ed Sullivan Show')
Ed Sullivan
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Birthdate: September 28, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: October 13, 1974
Sports reporter and TV personality Ed Sullivan is best remembered as the host and creator of the variety show named The Toast of the Town, later renamed The Ed Sullivan Show. One of TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time, he was also a skilled columnist.
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Boomer Esiason
(Football Player)
Boomer Esiason
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Birthdate: April 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Islip, New York, USA
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Greg Giraldo
(Stand-up comedian)
Greg Giraldo
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Birthdate: December 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 29, 2010
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Jedediah Bila
(American Television Host and Author Known for Her Talk Shows ‘The View’ and ‘Fox & Friends’)
Jedediah Bila
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Birthdate: January 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

TV host and author Jedediah Bila is best known for co-hosting the talk show The View. An alumnus of  Columbia University, she began her career as a teacher and taught creative writing and improvisation. She eventually transitioned to a TV career and joined Fox News as a contributor. She is also an author and has written two books. 

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Lisa Ling
(Host of This Is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN)
Lisa Ling
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Birthdate: August 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
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Paula White
(American Televangelist and Christian Author)
Paula White
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Birthdate: April 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States

Better known as the spiritual advisor to Donald Trump, Paula White became the first female clergy to deliver the inauguration invocation of a U.S. president. The televangelist and preacher also chaired Trump’s evangelical advisory board. She is also known for her Without Walls International Church and the show Paula White Today.

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Dennis Miller
(Talk Show Host)
Dennis Miller
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Birthdate: November 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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Ruth Westheimer
(German-American Sex Therapist, Media Personality and Holocaust Survivor)
Ruth Westheimer
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Birthdate: June 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
German-American sex therapist Ruth Westheimer, also known as Dr. Ruth, soared to fame with the radio show Sexually Speaking and later hosted many sexuality-related shows and wrote many books, too. She is also an ethnographer and a Holocaust survivor. Her life inspired the documentary Ask Dr. Ruth.
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John Salley
(Basketball player)
John Salley
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Birthdate: May 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Steve Allen
(TV personality)
Steve Allen
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Birthdate: December 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 30, 2000