|Posted: May 26, 2010, 6:46 pm - IP Logged|
Born: Gordon Arthur Kelly
July 17, 1912
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died May 26, 2010 (aged 97)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Radio and television personality
Years active 1933-2010
Linkletter had one of the longest marriages of any celebrity in America (it lasted for 74.5 years, until his death). He married Lois Foerster on November 25, 1935, and they had five children: Arthur Jack (known as Jack Linkletter, a TV host), Dawn, Robert, Sharon, and Diane. He was also a good friend of Walt Disney.
He lost two of his children to violent deaths. His 20-year-old daughter, Diane Linkletter, died on October 4, 1969, by jumping out of her sixth-floor kitchen window.
Linkletter claimed that she committed suicide because she was on, or having a flashback from, an LSD trip, but toxicology tests done after the incident detected no signs of LSD use, and it is quite likely that the drug played no part in her suicide.
Linkletter spoke out against drugs to prevent children from straying into a drug habit.
His record, We Love You, Call Collect, recorded before her death, featured a discussion about permissiveness in modern society. It featured a rebuttal by Diane, called Dear Mom and Dad. The record won a 1970 Grammy award for the "Best Spoken Word Recording".
His son Robert died in an automobile accident on September 12, 1980.
His son (Arthur) Jack Linkletter, (November 20, 1937(1937-11-20)–December 18, 2007 (aged 70)), died from lymphoma.