Biography of Paul Lynde

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Project part one: Paul Lynde By Marie Fullmer I chose Paul Lynde as the subject of my project. He was a very funny man, and was most famous for being the center square on the game show Hollywood Squares in the 60s and 70s. Paul was born on June 13, 1926 in Mount Vernon, Ohio. He attended Northwestern University and studied drama with other now-known-celebrities Charlotte Rae, Patricia Neal, and Charleton Heston. He graduated in 1948 amd moved to New York where he started performing as a stand-up comedian. When the 50s came, Lynde landed arole on Broadway called New Faces of 1952 with the notariaty getting him several appearances on variety and radio shows and the 1960s brought him his introduction to film with a reprisal of his broadway role as the father in the film adaptation of Bye, Bye Birdie with Dick Van Dyke and Ann-Margaret. Major success of that film led to the recording of a comedy album and guest spts on The Red Buttons Show and The Perry Como Show. The late 60s and early 70s again brought Paul an abundance of success with appearances on popular television shows such as The Munsters, I Dream of Jeannie, and my favorite as the mischevious, practical-joke-playing Uncle Arthur on Bewitched. Children of the early 70s will also remember him as the voice of Templeton the rat in 1973’s Charlottes Web. Although his career was very successful, Paul was a very troubled soul. He grew up in a stable, loving family, and had an older brother whom he idolized. When the brother was killed in world war two, Paul never got over it so the first of his troubles was unresolved grief. Paul was also a gay man in a time when it was not acceptable;especially in Hollywood, to be open about it. Not being able to be himself, and the demands of his career lead him to drink. Paul was a voracious alcoholic and friends and family say although not

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