Army Archerd

Journalist / Host


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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In his two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Army Archerd (1922-2009) describes his early years in New York and his initial desire to be an actor. He talks about getting a job in the Paramount mail room after his service in World War II, which led to a job for Associated Press, and how he left there to become a "legman" for his mentor, Harrison Carroll. Archerd describes how, in 1953, he joined the staff of "Variety," where he covered entertainment in his famous column for over 50 years. He discusses the changes within the entertainment industry and how the process of publicity changed over time. He also discusses the nuts-and-bolts of getting a story, as well as keeping in contact with celebrities. Along with his work chronicling entertainment news, Archerd speaks of his work in front of the camera, as a host for various shows, including the pilot of Entertainment Tonight, and his work on the red carpet for awards shows. Karen Herman conducted the interview on February 25, 2003 in Los Angeles, CA.

"Tomorrow's column is a compilation of the 24 hours preceding it, plus the 50 years of experience."

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Highlights
Army Archerd on being known for answering his own phone
Army Archerd on breaking the story of Rock Hudson's AIDS
Army Archerd being hired by "Variety" to write a column and his choice to open each one with "Good Morning"
Army Archerd on his process of writing a column
Army Archerd on the celebrity game show, The Movie Game
Army Archerd on his given name and how "Army Archerd" became his career byline
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his name, growing up in New York, his early interests, moving to Los Angeles, and his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II
On his short-lived work in the Paramount mailroom and his first reporting job at Associated Press
On working at Associated Press and his first celebrity nterview (with Barbara Stanwyck)
On moving to the "Herald Express" newspaper in 1947 and a description of how he covered the Hollywood entertainment and nightclub beat

Chapter 2

On reporting from the Hollywood studios and gaining the trust of celebrities
On being hired by "Variety" to write a column and his choice to open each one with "Good Morning"
On working at "Variety"
On how television has come to dominate the entertainment industry
On the celebrity game show, The Movie Game
On the details of how he writes his column for "Variety"

Chapter 3

On how he approaches his work and how he deals with the people he covers
On some stories he's broken including Rock Hudson's AIDS; and the Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, Eddie Fisher love triangle; Warren Beatty marriage; the death of Audrey Hepburn
On his criticism of Michael Jackson's "History" album; Charlton Heston and the NRA; and Elia Kazan's honorary Oscar
On what he thinks is his most notable story, and on avoiding conflict-of-interest issues

Chapter 4

On other entertainment writers from his early career
On celebrity accessibility
On covering the red carpet at the Academy Awards
On his television work at KNXT Los Angeles
On hosting the pilot episode of Entertainment Tonight and his two-years as a correpondent on the show
On what makes a good interview and his acting work on various series through the years
On Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, and Gary Morton

Chapter 5

On people he has worked with including: Ingrid Bergman, Milton Berle, Humphrey Bogart, Charlie Chaplin, and Richard Crenna
On people he has worked with including: Bing Crosby, John Frankenheimer, Jim Henson, Sheldon Leonard, Jack Lemmon, and Roddy McDowell
On people he has worked with including: Lew Wasserman and Julie Andrews
On people he has worked with including: Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Sidney Poitier, and Katharine Hepburn
On Merv Griffin
On summing up his career and style, his advice to aspiring journalists, and how he would like to be remembered
Shows

Academy Awards, The

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Army Archerd on his dismay at Elia Kazan receiving an honorary Oscar
Army Archerd on covering the red carpet at The Academy Awards
Army Archerd on Ingrid Bergman being shunned then accepted by the Hollywood community
Army Archerd on Charlie Chaplin's return to Hollywood

California Suite

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Army Archerd on filming a scene of California Suite at The Academy Awards

Diagnosis Murder

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Army Archerd on guesting (with friend Regis Philbin) on an episode of Diagnosis Murder

Ellen

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Army Archerd on appearing as a guest star on Ellen

Movie Game, The

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Army Archerd on the celebrity game show, The Movie Game

People's Choice Awards

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Army Archerd on being the first co-host (with Richard Crenna) of The People's Choice Awards
Topics

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Army Archerd on his mentor, Harrison Carroll

Health and Medicine

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Army Archerd on breaking the story of Rock Hudson's AIDS

Historic Events and Social Change

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Army Archerd on serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II
Army Archerd on being on a lot when he found out about President Kennedy's death and not using his "Good Morning" tagline in his column the day after the assassination
Army Archerd on breaking the story of Rock Hudson's AIDS

JFK Assassination and Funeral

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Army Archerd on being on a lot when he found out about President Kennedy's death and not using his "Good Morning" tagline in his column the day after the assassination

Pivotal Career Moments

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Army Archerd on his mentor, Harrison Carroll

War

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Army Archerd on serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II

World War II

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Army Archerd on serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II
Professions

Journalists & News Producers

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Army Archerd on covering the Hollywood beat for print news outlets
Army Archerd on his advice to aspiring entertainment reporters
Genres

Awards Shows

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Army Archerd on covering the red carpet at The Academy Awards
Army Archerd on filming a scene of California Suite at The Academy Awards
Army Archerd on Ingrid Bergman being shunned then accepted by the Hollywood community

Game Shows

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Army Archerd on the celebrity game show, The Movie Game
People

Julie Andrews

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Army Archerd on Julie Andrews

Desi Arnaz

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Army Archerd on Desi Arnaz

Lucille Ball

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Army Archerd on Lucille Ball

Warren Beatty

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Army Archerd on Warren Beatty's marriage to Annette Bening

Annette Bening

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Army Archerd on Warren Beatty's marriage to Annette Bening

Ingrid Bergman

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Army Archerd on Ingrid Bergman being shunned then accepted by the Hollywood community

Milton Berle

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Army Archerd on Milton Berle

Humphrey Bogart

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Army Archerd on Humphrey Bogart's impending death

Richard Burton

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Army Archerd on his friendship with actor Richard Burton
Army Archerd on covering the Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, Eddie Fisher love triangle

Michael Caine

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Army Archerd on filming a scene of California Suite at The Academy Awards

Harrison Carroll

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Army Archerd on his mentor, Harrison Carroll

Johnny Carson

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Army Archerd on Johnny Carson

Charlie Chaplin

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Army Archerd on Charlie Chaplin

Richard Crenna

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Army Archerd on Richard Crenna

Bing Crosby

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Army Archerd on Bing Crosby

Doris Day

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Army Archerd on breaking the story of Rock Hudson's AIDS

Ellen DeGeneres

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Army Archerd on appearing as a guest star on Ellen

Eddie Fisher

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Army Archerd on covering the Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, Eddie Fisher love triangle

John Frankenheimer

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Army Archerd on John Frankenheimer

Merv Griffin

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Army Archerd on Merv Griffin

Jim Henson

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Army Archerd on Jim Henson

Katharine Hepburn

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Army Archerd on being on the set of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" for Spencer Tracy's last scene

Audrey Hepburn

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Army Archerd on the death of Audrey Hepburn

Charlton Heston

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Army Archerd on trying to get Charlton Heston's comments about the National Rifle Association (NRA)

Bob Hope

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Army Archerd on Bob Hope

Rock Hudson

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Army Archerd on breaking the story of Rock Hudson's AIDS

Michael Jackson

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Army Archerd on his criticism of the anti-semitic lyrics in Michael Jackson's "History" album

Elia Kazan

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Army Archerd on his dismay at Elia Kazan receiving an honorary Oscar

Jack Lemmon

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Army Archerd on Jack Lemmon

Sheldon Leonard

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Army Archerd on Sheldon Leonard

Roddy McDowall

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Army Archerd on the death of Roddy McDowall

Gary Morton

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Army Archerd on Lucille Ball and Gary Morton

Regis Philbin

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Army Archerd on guesting (with friend Regis Philbin) on an episode of Diagnosis Murder

Sidney Poitier

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Army Archerd on being on the set of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" for Spencer Tracy's last scene

Barbara Stanwyck

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Army Archerd on his first celebrity interview, with Barbara Stanwyck

Elizabeth Taylor

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Army Archerd on covering the Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, Eddie Fisher love triangle

Danny Thomas

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Army Archerd on Danny Thomas suggesting the "Good Morning" tagline of his future "Variety" column

Spencer Tracy

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Army Archerd on being on the set of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" for Spencer Tracy's last scene

Lew Wasserman

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Army Archerd on Lew Wasserman

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