Art Linkletter has died at age 97 (July 17, 1912 – May 26, 2010)
(HMG) – Sad to hear that genial host, Arthur Gordon “Art” Linkletter has passed away at the ripe old age of 97. Linkletter “died peacefully at home with his family on Wednesday,” a statement from the family said.
“Just one month earlier, while being honored at an event, he was asked what he considered his greatest life accomplishment,” the statement said. “He responded ‘Family.’”
Art had two long-running shows: House Party, which ran on CBS radio and television for 25 years, and People Are Funny, on NBC radio-TV for 19 years. Linkletter was famous for interviewing children on House Party and Kids Say the Darndest Things, which led to a successful series of books quoting children. The show was was later revived with Bill Cosby hosting during the late 1990s. Of his five children, three passed away before Art did: daughter Diane, 20, jumped to her death in 1969 from a sixth-floor apartment in Hollywood, son Robert died in a 1980 auto accident, and another son, Jack, died of lymphoma in 2007. Linkletter is survived by his wife of 75 years, Lois, and two daughters, Dawn Griffin and Sharon Linkletter.