The Ed Sullivan Show was one of the most popular shows throughout the mid 20th century. Some of the most important television events have taken place on the Sullivan stage, including several controversial performances that will remain forever in the history of television and music. One such performance was of Elvis Presley on September 9th, 1956.
Though the show is full of controversies, it still managed to leave an impact on our lives. So, let’s have a peek at the host and controversies of The Ed Sullivan Show.
Edward Vincent Sullivan – A Legendary Television Variety Show Host
(Original Caption) 8/1936-Atlantic City, New JerseyEd Sullivan, Broadway columnist of the Daily News.
Born on September 28, 1901, in Harlem, New York, Ed Sullivan was an American television personality. He was a well-known entertainment and sports reporter, and syndicated columnist.
However, after the death of Ed’s twin brother and sister, his family shifted to Port Chester, New York. He was a high school athlete and had won 12 letters in athletics. He also tried to enlist in the Navy but got rejected because of his age.
In high school, he developed an interest in Journalism. During the same, he used to write for The Port Chester Daily Item for which he continued writing for even after the high school graduation. He has worked for multiple newspapers including The Hartford Post and The New York Evening Mail. He also pursued journalism professionally as an adult. After graduation, he wrote for The Associated Press, The Philadelphia Bulletin, The Morning World, The New York Bulletin, The Morning Telegraph, and The Leader.
Finally, in 1927 he landed himself a job in The Evening Graphic as a sports writer, where he quickly became a sports editor.
After two years, Sullivan became the paper’s gossip columnist. He then produced vaudeville shows for which he was the master of ceremonies. It was through emceeing that he entered the new world of television.
In 1947, he was hired Master of the Ceremonies for the Harvest Moon Ball. Worthington Miner, the manager of a television program, was impressed by this event and hired Sullivan to be master of ceremonies for the TV show, “Toast of the Town.” This show eventually became “The Ed Sullivan Show.”