Clifton Fadiman
Clifton Fadiman

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Name: Clifton Fadiman
Occupation: TV Show Host
Gender: Male
Birth Day: May 15, 1904
Death Date: Jun 20, 1999 (age 95)
Age: Aged 95
Country: United States
Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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Clifton Fadiman

Clifton Fadiman was born on May 15, 1904 in United States (95 years old). Clifton Fadiman is a TV Show Host, zodiac sign: Taurus. Find out Clifton Fadimannet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


A gift for the gab and a fan of literature, he is remembered for the gem: "When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before, you see more in you than there was before."

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As per our current Database, Clifton Fadiman died on Jun 20, 1999 (age 95).

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Before Fame

He was born to a Jewish mother and a Russian father and he matriculated from Columbia College at Columbia University.

Biography Timeline


Fadiman's first marriage was in 1927 to Pauline Elizabeth Rush, with whom he had a son, Jonathan Rush. They divorced in 1949. His second marriage was in 1950 to Annalee Jacoby, aka Annalee Fadiman, an author, screenwriter for MGM and World War II foreign correspondent for Time and Life. As a widow, she later used the name Annalee Jacoby Fadiman. She co-wrote Thunder Out of China with Theodore H. White (1946). Clifton and Annalee had a son, Kim Fadiman, and a daughter, writer Anne Fadiman. On February 5, 2002, Annalee committed suicide in Captiva, Florida, aged 85, after a long battle with breast cancer and Parkinson's disease.


In 1932, Fadiman wrote "How I Came to Communism: Symposium" for the New Masses (shortly after Chambers left the magazine to begin his Underground career), in which he wrote: "History–mainly in the form of the crisis–became my teacher while I was still young enough to learn."


He became emcee for the National Book Award ceremonies in 1938 and 1939, at least, and again when those literary awards by the American book industry were re-inaugurated in 1950. (The awards were inaugurated May 1936, conferred annually through 1942 [publication years 1935 to 1941], and re-inaugurated March 1950 [publication year 1949].)


Fadiman became a judge for the Book of the Month Club in 1944.


In 1952, Information Please! was briefly revived for CBS Television as a 13-week summer replacement for the musical variety program The Fred Waring Show. During that June–September period, devoted fans of the departed radio program could finally not only hear, but also see Fadiman, Adams, and Kieran in action.


Fadiman was also the last master of ceremonies to host the ABC-TV game show The Name's the Same. After the departure of original host Robert Q. Lewis, who had presided for three years, producers Mark Goodson and Bill Todman hired different hosts for the final 39-episode cycle: Dennis James for 18 weeks, then Bob and Ray for 10 weeks, and then Fadiman for the remaining 11 weeks. The series, broadcast live, featured namesakes of celebrities and other "famous names". On August 16, 1955, when a woman contestant was discovered to be "Hope Diamond," Fadiman personally orchestrated an astounding surprise: he arranged for the real 45 carats (9.0 g) Hope Diamond to be displayed to the amazed panelists and the national television audience. Such was Fadiman's reputation that the priceless jewel was entrusted to him.


His longest-lasting TV program was This Is Show Business, which ran on CBS from July 15, 1949 to March 9, 1954. Called This Is Broadway during the first four months of its run, the show mixed song, dance, and other musical entertainment, with information. Host Fadiman, celebrity guest panelists, and regular raconteurs/intellectuals Kaufman, Abe Burrows, and Sam Levenson commented on the musical performers and chatted with them. In late September 1951, This Is Show Business became the first regular CBS Television series to be broadcast live from coast-to-coast. The continuing need in 1950s TV for summer series to replace live variety shows likewise brought this show back in 1956 for a 12-week period (June 26 – September 11). Fadiman and Burrows returned along with new panelists Walter Slezak and actress Jacqueline Susann, the future author of Valley of the Dolls. Susann's husband, TV executive Irving Mansfield, produced the 1956 revival for NBC television.


Fadiman filled in for What's My Line? host John Charles Daly for two weeks in 1958 when Daly was on assignment in Tokyo.


Fadiman died on June 20, 1999, of pancreatic cancer in Sanibel, Florida, at the age of 95 - he lived on nearby Captiva Island. In the year of his death, a fourth edition of Fadiman's Lifetime Reading Plan was published as The New Lifetime Reading Plan.

Family Life

Clifton had a son and daughter with his wife Annalee.

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