Life Begins at Eighty


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About

From Wikipedia:

Life Begins at Eighty was a panel discussion series which aired on American television from 1950 to 1956.

Broadcast history

The show first aired on NBC on January 13, 1950, then on DuMont from March 21, 1952 to July 24, 1955, and finally on ABC. The last show was aired on ABC on February 25, 1956. Prior to its television run, the show began on radio in 1948.

The show was hosted by Jack Barry, and consisted of viewers at home writing questions for the octogenarian panel to answer. There were usually four panelists; the two permanent spots on the panel were given to Broadway actress Georgiana Carhart, and Fred Stein, cousin of writer and poet Gertrude Stein.

Life Begins at Eighty was a spin-off of the popular panel discussion series Juvenile Jury, in which young children answered questions from the viewers at home. From time to time the panel would be combined, in Wisdom of the Ages television specials.

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Ted Bergmann

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Ted Bergmann on the sponsorship of Life Begins at Eighty
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Albert Freedman

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Albert Freedman on working on Life Begins at Eighty
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Albert Freedman on the scripted nature of Life Begins at Eighty
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