The Life of David Susskind

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Stephen Battaglio discusses maverick television producer and talk show host David Susskind: one of the most important cultural figures of the 1950s through the 1970s. The biography David Susskind: A Televised Life tells the story of how a flamboyant impresario who began his career as an agent helped to define a fledgling television industry. The book is as much of a biography of an expansive and glamorous time in the television business as it is the life of one of its most colorful and important players.


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Comments [3]

gaetano catelli from Oxford, Mississippi

i rarely watched his show. the last time i watched, he had invited some (female) strippers as guests. near the end of the show he ambushed them by priggishly, self-righteously, pompously, etc, derogating them for being tawdry, or some such insult.

it was one of the most distasteful spectacles i've ever witnessed.

i never watched his show again.

Nov. 28 2010 01:36 AM

Some of the writers for one of Susskind's projects were working in their room, and the door opened. It was DS's mother visiting with some of her friends. She turned to her guests and said, "This is where my son keeps his writers."

Nov. 24 2010 12:54 PM
PGB from NJ, USA

The best talk show I ever saw was David Susskind's when he invited Dick Cavett, Phil Donahue, and Robert Siegel (as I remember) to talk about talk shows. I think it was around 1978. It was four big egos bumping up against each other. I wish I could see that again to see if it's as great as I remember. Can someone correct me on the details?

Nov. 24 2010 12:44 PM

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