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Each week, an unsuspecting celebrity would be lured by some ruse to a location near the studio. The celebrity would then be surprised with the news that they are to be the featured guest. Next, the celebrity was escorted into the studio, and one by one, people who were significant in the guest's life would be brought out to offer anecdotes. At the end of the show, family members and friends would surround the guest, who would then be presented with gifts. These usually included jewelry, a scrapbook of memories, a home 16 mm projector and a camera. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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The staff of the show were forbidden to use Ralph Edwards as a subject. See more »

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BORIS KARLOFF WAS CAUGHT OFF GUARD BY RALPH EDWARDS!
15 March 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 1958 I was able to view "THIS IS YOUR LIFE" BORIS KARLOFF, and also taped the entire show. Ralph Edwards caught Karloff and his wife Evelyn by complete surprise, he appeared very much like a gentleman, which he was, very soft spoken and very shy and humble before the TV Camera's. He looked very uncomfortable and not happy about the entire surprise by Ralph Edwards. However, as the program advanced, he met all his old friends, his make-up artist Jack Pierce and also his daughter Sarah appeared. I met Boris Karloff at the showing of the movie, "VooDoo Island" 1957 in the Lobby of a NY Movie House where he signed autographs, and he was the same kind and great person to have met. His performance as Captain Hook in "Peter Pan" 1950 with Jean Arthur was a great thrill for all adults and children.


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