Often, talk-show hosts and comedians say something so often; they become synonymous with it. For Joan Rivers, that was: “Can we talk?” The line originated from her time as a stand-up comedian; Rivers used it instead of saying, “Let’s be honest.” And can we talk? There was nothing about Joan Rivers that wasn’t iconic.
She navigated her way to the comedic roots of topics that seemed hard to discuss. Truth be told, the late-night show host didn’t even realize she was saying it so much until her audiences started repeating it back to her! Can we talk? There have been better catchphrases in the world of TV.
Joan Crawford was undoubtedly one of the most popular actresses in the 60s. She appeared on "The Merv Griffin Show" after her performance in the psychological thriller, “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” Crawford received a standing ovation from the fans in the audience. And that was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of her impact on Hollywood.
Interestingly enough, though the award-winning actress was a fan favorite, this was far from the truth when it came to her castmates. A truth that was revealed in the tell-all book, "Mommie Dearest." Actors having beef with each other is by no means new in Hollywood, but Joan Crawford attracted a lot of drama in her career.
In his final show, Johnny Carson welcomed Robin Williams and Bette Midler as his featured guests on May 21st, 1992. A memorable night in which Carson had guests join in, Midler made it all the more memorable. It was an emotional night for all, and Midler serenaded the man of the hour with a number of songs.
Carson's final "The Tonight Show" segment was so captivating; it would go on to win an Emmy Award. And let's face it: when you have the incredible talent of Better Midler and Robin Williams at your disposal for your final episode, it is bound to rake in the viewers and be an emotional climax.
The name and the legend, Elizabeth Taylor, was one of the most popular leading ladies in Hollywood, bringing in box office numbers. It may seem like it was always fame and fortune for Taylor, but for a period of time, Taylor considered walking away from it all.
That was when she was offered a role in the star-studded cast of "Giant." She played alongside James Dean, Dennis Hopper, and Rock Hudson. As an actress and philanthropist, Taylor would often appear on late-night talk shows, including many visits with Johnny Carson. And boy, she had plenty of juicy things to talk about, including her many marriages.
Jill Corey's story isn't your typical "rise to fame" story. She found success as a teenager singing on a live radio show in her hometown of Avonmore, Pennsylvania. She found a record deal with a recording company and created several hit singles and records in the early 1950s.
In addition to her many stage performances, the young woman was also featured on a number of radio and television shows, including, you guessed it, "The Tonight Show," with Johnny Carson. Corey had a creative style of singing, dancing, and a selection of outfits. Her unique taste and girl-next-door demeanor made her a fan favorite.