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Dove Deodorant sponsors America's Most Beautiful Underarms contest
NYP2002070211 - NEW YORK, July 2 (UPI) -- Legendary game show host Chuck Woolery stands on July 2, 2002, next to Nikki Bohannon from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the winner of the 2002 Dove Deodorant national contest for America's Most Beautiful Underarms. rlw/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI
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Charles Herbert "Chuck" Woolery (born March 16, 1941) is an American game show host. He has had long-running tenures hosting several different game shows. He was the original host of Wheel of Fortune from 1975–1981, the original incarnation of Love Connection from 1983–1994, and Scrabble from 1984-1990 (and during a brief revival in 1993). He also hosted Lingo on GSN from 2002–2007, and most recently hosted Think Like a Cat, which premiered on GSN on November 15, 2008. Woolery started out as a singer and has occasionally dabbled in other entertainment roles including acting and talk show hosting.

Woolery was born in Ashland, Kentucky. He is a devout born again Christian and spends a great deal of time involved in volunteering in ministry.

Woolery served two years in the U.S. Navy after graduating from high school. In 1963, Woolery worked for Wasserstrom Wine & Import Company in Columbus, Ohio as a wine consultant, which contributed to his problem with alcoholism that put him in rehab for 4 years of his life. He was also a sales rep for Pillsbury. In the 1960s, Woolery and Elkin "Bubba" Fowler recorded as the musical duo The Avant-Garde which had one-hit wonder success in 1968 with the top 40 pop hit "Naturally Stoned." Also during this time, he sidelined as a truck driver to supplement his income. Between 1977 and 1980, Woolery recorded for Warner Bros. Records and Epic Records as a solo artist.

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