Hall, Monty

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Monty Hall
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Name
Hall, Monty Gender: M
Halperin, Monty
born on 25 August 1921 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Winnipeg, Canada, 49n53, 97w09
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: McKay-Clements
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 01°53' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 21°14 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 18°50'



Biography

Canadian-American television host of "Let’s Make a Deal," a top U.S. game show that premiered in 1963 and ran for 22 years. A well-known philanthropist who has received more than 500 awards for his humanitarian work, Hall has made prodigious fund-raising efforts. With more than 100 appearances every year in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom to raise money--$700 million, he claimed in 1996 - he has aided causes ranging from the Variety Clubs International to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In 1973, he published an autobiography, "Emcee: Monty Hall."

The son of a butcher, Hall worked at a series of menial jobs until a local businessman loaned him the money that allowed him to earn a degree from the University of Manitoba in 1945. He served in the Canadian Army during World War II and emceed a series of Army shows as part of his military duties. After immigrating to the United States in 1955, Hall worked on NBC radio and NBC television as an anchor and monitor from 1955 to 1960 and as the host and narrator of NBC’s Cowboy Theater from 1956 to 1957. He also emceed the CBS programs Keep Talking and Video Village in 1958 and 1960.

Known to the American public as "America’s top trader, TV’s big dealer," Hall inadvertently changed the format of "Let’s Make a Deal" forever when he choose a contestant wearing a funny hat. From then on, the audience members began to arrive dressed in outlandish homemade costumes, and the wackiness that resulted propelled the show into a TV legend. The popularity of the show has endured, primarily due to a phenomenon known as the "Monty Hall Paradox." The name for this probability problem was chosen to honor Hall, and there are hundreds of web sites devoted to simulations of the famous "curtains" from the show.

The personable host worked as an emcee on other game shows, "Split Second," 1986 and "It’s Anybody’s Guess," 1977, and on 12/08/1999, he guest-starred as himself in "Monty Hall: Let’s Make a Deal" on an episode of "Biography."

Hall lives in Beverly Hills with his wife Marilyn Plottel, whom he married in 1948. They have three grown children, one of whom is a Tony Award-winning actress, Joanna Gleason.

The success of Let’s Make a Deal transformed the poor Canadian butcher’s son into a famous, wealthy television performer and producer. Hall continued to make various appearances as an emcee until 1991, when he retired from his hosting duties; since then, he has appeared in various commercials and on the sitcom The Nanny. He devoted much of his time to fundraising, collecting more than $800 million in 40 years. Hall had children's wings named after him on four major hospitals.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1963 ("Let's Make a Deal")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1973 ("Emcee: Monty Hall")
  • Social : End a program of study 1945 (University of Manitoba)
  • Family : Change residence 1955 (Emigrated to U.S.)
  • Work : New Career 1955 (NBC anchor, five years)
  • Work : New Job 1956 (Host of Cowboy Theater, one year)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1948 (Marilyn Plottel)
  • Work : Retired 1991

Source Notes

John McKay-Clements quotes him by letter 1996, given in The Canadian Astrology Collection

Categories

  • Notable : Awards : Other Awards (Awards for his philanthropic work)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality (Host of "Let's Make a Deal")
  • Lifestyle : Work : Same Job more than 10 yrs (22 years as TV host)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist (Fundraising for good causes)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Canadian Army)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Joanna Gleason)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Fundraiser (Over $800 million)

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