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Vanna White gets Hollywood star

LOS ANGELES, April 21 (UPI) -- After 24 years of flipping letters on U.S. TV, "Wheel of Fortune's" Vanna White has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Megan Mullally talks talk show

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Megan Mullally says she will use her talk show idols as inspiration for her own syndicated show launching in the fall.

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of Thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

Stevie Wonderboy a boy wonder in Juvenile

ELMONT, N.Y., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Stevie Wonderboy charged down the stretch to capture the $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Belmont Park Saturday.

Comic legend Pat McCormick dead at 78

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., July 30 (UPI) -- Veteran comedian Pat McCormick, whose wacky appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" are TV legends, has died at age 78.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, July 6, the 187th day of 2005 with 178 to follow.
By United Press International

'Children' leads Daytime Emmy nominees

NEW YORK, March 2 (UPI) -- "All My Children" led the field with 18 Daytime Emmy nominations announced by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Wednesday.

Carson died in Cedars-Sinai

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Johnny Carson died in a Los Angeles hospital with his wife and two sons at his bedside, People magazine reports.

'Jeopardy,' 'Wheel' sign up through 2010

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" have been renewed on key TV stations for the 2008-09 and 2009-2010 seasons, producers announced Wednesday.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, July 6, the 188th day of 2004 with 178 to follow.
By United Press International

TV Land features television moguls

NEW YORK, April 17 (UPI) -- U.S. cable's TV Land is featuring a six-part documentary series entitled "TV Land Moguls," focusing on the top producers in each decade of television.

Celebrities handicap Super Bowl XXXVIII

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Like fans everywhere, Hollywood celebrities are choosing up sides for Super Bowl XXXVIII between the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots.

Host Ryan Seacrest is true 'American Idol'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- With "American Idol" premiering Monday in the United States for its third season, host Ryan Seacrest has emerged as the hottest celebrity from the show.

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of the weekend's Thoroughbred racing action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

Analysis: 'Reagans' a fiasco for CBS

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- As CBS executives wrestled with the public relations dilemma surrounding a TV miniseries about former President Ronald Reagan, the network seemed to have limite
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter
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Merv Griffin
Pallbearers, including Tony Griffin (R), son of entertainer Merv Griffin, carry the casket containing the remains of Merv Griffin from the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, California on August 17, 2007. Griffin died August 12 of prostate cancer at the age of 82. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen).
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Mervyn Edward "Merv" Griffin, Jr. (July 6, 1925 – August 12, 2007) was an American television host, singer, and media mogul. He began his career as a radio and big band singer who went on to appear in movies and on Broadway. During the 1960s, Griffin hosted his own talk show, The Merv Griffin Show, and created the game shows Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Click, and Merv Griffin's Crosswords. He is considered an entertainment business magnate.

Griffin was born into an Irish-American family on July 6, 1925, in San Mateo, California, to Mervyn Griffin Sr., a stock broker and Rita Griffin (née Robinson), a homemaker. Raised as a Roman Catholic, Griffin started singing in his church choir as a boy, and by his teens was earning extra money as a church organist. This is one of the reasons he got into show business early; he was considered a piano prodigy. He attended San Mateo High School, class of 1942, and continued to aid in financing the school.

During World War II, Merv was declared 4F after failing several military physical exams due to having a slight heart murmur. Drafted for service during the Korean War, he was then deemed fit for service, but was considered too old as the draft limit was 26 and he had just turned 27.

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