Life Begins at Eighty
|Life Begins at Eighty|
|Presented by||Jack Barry|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Original channel||NBC (1950-52)
|Original release||January 13, 1950 – February 25, 1956|
Life Begins at Eighty is a panel discussion series which aired on American television from 1950 to 1956.
The show first aired on NBC on January 13, 1950, then on DuMont from March 21, 1952 to July 24, 1955, and finally on ABC. The last show was aired on ABC on February 25, 1956. In its ABC run, Life Begins at Eighty was aired opposite two anthology series, Appointment with Adventure on CBS and The Loretta Young Show on NBC. Prior to its television run, the show began on radio in 1948.
The show was hosted by Jack Barry, and consisted of viewers at home writing questions for the octogenarian panel to answer. There were usually four panelists; the two permanent spots on the panel were given to Broadway actress Georgiana Carhart, and Fred Stein, cousin of writer and poet Gertrude Stein.
Life Begins at Eighty was a spin-off of the popular panel discussion series Juvenile Jury, in which young children answered questions from the viewers at home. The panels were combined in Wisdom of the Ages, which ran on DuMont from December 1952 to June 1953.
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- List of surviving DuMont Television Network broadcasts
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- Alex McNeil, Total Television, Fourth edition (New York: Penguin Books, 1980) ISBN 0-14-024916-8
- Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, Third edition (New York: Ballantine Books, 1964) ISBN 0-345-31864-1