Allen, Steve

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Name
Allen, Steve Gender: M
Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen
born on 26 December 1921 at 07:00 (= 07:00 AM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w0
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 04°12' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 02°09 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 28°39'



Steve Allen
photo: Alan Light, derivative work, license cc-by-2.0

Biography

American actor in film and TV, comedian, singer, master of ceremonies, host and writer of fiction (49 books), poetry, humor, mystery and scripts. He also put out 40 record albums, wrote 7,000 songs and did at least eight TV series, several movies, countless lectures and many concerts. A prestigious and prolific talent, Allen was a creative commentator and espouser of charitable and humanitarian causes. A television legend, he began his career on radio in Phoenix, AZ. He created, and was the first host of, "The Tonight Show," which first aired in 1954. He stayed with it until 1957. "The Steve Allen Show" began the prior year, putting him on TV with two shows for a time.

He was the son of entertainers, growing up in Chicago with his mother's family after he was one, when his dad died. The whole family thought he was funny by the time he was four, and all were endowed with great wit that was bitter and sadistic. Alcohol had a good foothold in the family script, and his wife later remarked that his childhood had been "horrendous." Periodically, his mom would pick him up and leave him somewhere else, a series of abandonment's. He grew up emotionally deprived in an environment of alcohol, poverty and deprivation while suffering from asthma.

After 18 different schools, he went to Drake University for a year on a journalism scholarship, then moved to Phoenix and enrolled in Arizona State University. During his second year, he heard of auditions at the local radio station, where he got his first job, quitting school to be on radio. He served a full apprenticeship, writing commercial copy and the news, doing comedy and playing the piano, making seven salaries.

In 1943, he married Dorothy Goodman after serving five months in the army, being discharged due to his asthma. His versatility and talent was noticed and he moved to Los Angeles, then New York on radio. During this time, Allen and his wife had three sons. In 1950, he took his "Tonight" show to New York, separating from his wife.

He met Jayne Meadows in 1953 and they married two years later; they had four sons. They are on record for having one of the happiest marriages in Hollywood, still together after all these years, living happily in Encino.

In November 1985, Allen had a cancer surgery, the removal of a tumor and 14 inches of his intestine followed by radiation. The experience brought him to a re-evaluation of his life and a renewal of the value of his marriage. By April 1986, he was 30 pounds lighter, had a clean bill of health and felt great. Being a 15-year survivor of colon cancer, Allen speaks to cancer support groups several times a year and still goes to his office two to three days a week to "dictate his brains out."

Allen died unexpectedly at the Encino home of his son, Bill, 10/30/2000. A minor car accident in which another vehicle had collided with Allen's Lexus damaged the wall of his heart, allowing blood to leak out. Allen, who was 78, died one hour and 15 minutes later at the home of his son.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Relationship : Marriage 1943 (Dorothy Goodman)
  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 1953 (Jayne Meadows)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1954 (The Tonight Show)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1955 (Jayne Meadows)
  • Work : End Major Project 1957 (The Tonight Show)
  • Health : Medical procedure November 1985 (Cancer surgery)
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  • Death by Accident 30 October 2000 (Minor car accident led to death an hour later)
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Source Notes

Church of Light quotes him, same from Garth Allen in AA, 11/1956

Categories

  • Traits : Mind : Exceptional mind (Brilliant talent)
  • Traits : Personality : Articulate
  • Traits : Personality : Creative (Massive output in various fields)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Asthma (In his youth)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Polyp removed)
  • Family : Childhood : Abuse - Physical/ Verbal (Mom caustic, mean)
  • Family : Childhood : Disadvantaged (Poverty, alcoholism in family)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Age one when dad died)
  • Family : Childhood : Memories Bad (Series of abandonments)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Second marriage to Jayne Meadows)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage - Very happy (Jayne Meadows)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Jayne Meadows)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Sexual chemistry (Jayne Meadows)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Seven total)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Loves job
  • Lifestyle : Work : Skills - Multi-faceted (Prolific)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Many moves (18 moves as a kid)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Night Club/ Vaudeville (Live acts, MC, humor)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star (The Tonight Show, the Steve Allen Show)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Piano)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer (Over 4,000 songs)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Five months)
  • Vocation : Writers : Detective/ Mystery
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Over 29 books)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Creativity (Immense creative output in many creative fields)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book

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