Allen, Steve, 1921-2000

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A radio and television performer, actor, composer, pianist, and singer.

From the description of [Papers] / Steve Allen. 1956-1973. (Bowling Green State University). WorldCat record id: 14228108

Renowned American comedian, composer, lyricist, musician, television pioneer, performer, and author.

From the description of Steve Allen papers, 1951-2000. (Scottsdale Public Library). WorldCat record id: 49244609

Steve Allen (1921-2000), comedian, composer, lyricist, musician, television pioneer, performer, and author, was born into a vaudeville family. His mother, a comedienne in her own right, performed under the name of Belle Montrose. He attended Arizona State Teachers' College in Tempe (now Arizona State University) in the fall of 1942 before beginning his entertainment career of over fifty years. In 1942, Allen left college to become a radio announcer for KOY in Phoenix. Arizona State University awarded Allen an Alumni Achievement Award in 1966 and an honorary doctorate in 1982.

Steve Allen pioneered late-night television talk shows, originating the format and hosting the first Tonight Show, which ran from 1953 to early 1957. Other highlights of his television career included The Steve Allen Show (1956-1960) and the game show I've Got a Secret . Allen also created and hosted the award-winning public television series Meeting of Minds (1977-1981), which featured imagined conversations between historical figures. In 1985 he wrote the words and music for a CBS-TV all-star production of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland .

Allen composed over 4,000 songs, the most famous of which was This Could Be the Start of Something Big . He also wrote lyrics for such movie music as Picnic, Houseboat, and On the Beach . As a writer, Allen produced numerous novels, plays, poems, and magazine and newspaper articles. Steve Allen is survived by his wife, actress-comedienne Jayne Meadows, whom he married in 1954.

From the guide to the Steve Allen Papers, 1951-2000, (Arizona State University Libraries Special Collections)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Allen, Steve, 1921-2000. Steve Allen papers, 1951-2000. Arizona State University Libraries
referencedIn Stein and Day Publisher Records, 1963-1988 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Stein and Day Publishers. Records, 1963-1988. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Arizona State University. Rally & Tradition Board. [Commemorative plaque for Steve Allen] [realia]. Arizona State University Libraries
referencedIn Powell, Mel. The Mel Powell papers, 1942-1991 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Wallace, Mike, 1918-. Mike Wallace interviews : black and white 16mm film, 1957-1958. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Miller, Suzanne, 1935-1994. Suzanne Miller papers, 1936-1995. University of Toledo, William S. Carlson Library
referencedIn Fran Lee papers, 1945-1975 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Steve Allen Collection, 1939-1990 Bowling Green State University - Browne Popular Culture Library
referencedIn Debenham, Warren. The Warren Debenham Comedy Sound Collection 1955-2006 Emerson College, Iwasaki LIbrary
referencedIn Reid, Ogden R. (Ogden Rogers), 1925-. Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Lee, Fran, 1910-. Fran Lee papers, 1945-1975. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Steve Allen Papers, 1951-2000 Arizona State University Libraries Special Collections
creatorOf Nordell, Roderick. Roderick Nordell papers, 1947-2000. Harvard University, Harvard Theater Collection, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Allen, Steve, 1921-2000. The wake : a play in three acts / by Steve Allen. California State University, Northridge
referencedIn Arthur Unger collection of recorded interviews [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Shulman, Alan. Alan Shulman papers, 1924-2005 (bulk 1933-1988). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn E. E. Cummings papers, 1870-1969. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf McReynolds, David. David McReynolds papers, 1943-1978. Swarthmore College, Peace Collection, SCPC
referencedIn Alan Shulman papers, 1924-2005, 1933-1988 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
referencedIn James Elson papers, 1950-1962 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Lyle Stuart Papers, 1926-2010, [Bulk Dates: 1949-2003] Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Marmer, Mike. [Interview with Mike Marmer] [sound recording] / Mike Marmer ; [interviewed by] Bernie Cook, Los Angeles, CA, September 26, 1997. Syracuse University
creatorOf Allen, Steve, 1921-2000. [Papers] / Steve Allen. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn The Benny Goodman Papers, 1910-1992, inclusive Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Burch, Dean, 1927-. Dean Burch papers, 1964-1973 [manuscript]. Arizona State University Libraries
creatorOf Allen, Steve, 1921-2000. [Interview with Steve Allen] [sound recording] / Steve Allen ; [interviewed by] David Marc, Van Nuys, CA, Sept. 18, 1996. Syracuse University
referencedIn Reid, Ogden R. (Ogden Rogers), 1925-. Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1875-2004 (inclusive), 1936-2000 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn [Paper chicken bucket] [realia]. Arizona State University Libraries
referencedIn Jules Feiffer Papers, 1919-1995, (bulk 1950-1990) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Otto Harbach Papers, 1870-1990, 1895-1963 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn The Mel Powell Papers, 1942-1991, inclusive Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Dana, Bill, 1924-. Bill Dana papers 1940-2006. Emerson College, Iwasaki LIbrary
referencedIn Sullivan, Ed, 1901-1974. Papers, 1920-1974. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Carol Muske-Dukes Papers, 1960-2008 USC Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Richard Rodgers collection of musicals and interviews [sound recording], 1926-1980 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Stiller, Jerry. [Interview with Jerry Stiller] [sound recording] / Jerry Stiller ; [interviewed by] David Marc, New York City, May 10, 1999. Syracuse University
referencedIn Gypsy Rose Lee papers, 1910-1970 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Feiffer, Jules. Jules Feiffer papers, 1919-1995 (bulk 1950-1990). Library of Congress
creatorOf Swanson, Gloria. Papers. Series II. Career, ca. 1914-1983. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Ambassador Auditorium Collection, 1974-1995 Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries
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associatedWith Burch, Dean, 1927- person
associatedWith Carson, Johnny, 1925-2005. person
associatedWith Casals, Pablo, 1876-1973 person
correspondedWith Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962 person
associatedWith Dana, Bill, 1924- person
associatedWith Debenham, Warren. person
associatedWith Elson, James, 1925-1970 person
correspondedWith Feiffer, Jules. person
correspondedWith Feiffer, Jules. person
associatedWith Goodman, Benny, 1909- person
associatedWith Harbach, Otto, 1873-1963 person
associatedWith Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969. person
associatedWith Lee, Fran, 1910- person
associatedWith Lee, Gypsy Rose, 1914-1970 person
associatedWith Lortel, Lucille person
associatedWith Marc, David. person
associatedWith Marmer, Mike. person
associatedWith Mason, Jackie. person
associatedWith McReynolds, David. person
associatedWith Meadowlane Enterprises. corporateBody
associatedWith Mel Powell person
associatedWith Miller, Suzanne, 1935-1994. person
associatedWith Muske-Dukes, Carol, 1945- person
associatedWith Nordell, Roderick. person
associatedWith Powell, Mel. person
associatedWith Reid, Ogden R. (Ogden Rogers), 1925- person
associatedWith Rickles, Don. person
associatedWith Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979 person
associatedWith Rodzinski, Artur, 1892-1958 person
associatedWith Saddler, Donald person
associatedWith Shulman, Alan. person
associatedWith Stein and Day Publishers. corporateBody
associatedWith Steve Allen person
associatedWith Stiller, Jerry. person
associatedWith Stuart, Lyle person
associatedWith Sullivan, Ed, 1901-1974. person
associatedWith Swanson, Gloria. person
correspondedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
associatedWith Toscanini, Arturo, 1867-1957 person
associatedWith Unger, Arthur person
correspondedWith Vidal, Gore, 1925- person
associatedWith Wallace, Mike, 1918- person
associatedWith Walter, Bruno, 1876-1962 person
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United States
United States
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Comedians--Archives
Musicians--Archives
Television personalities--Archives
Authors, American--Archives
Stand-up comedy--History
Comedy programs--History
Irish Americans--Drama
Television broadcasting--History
Comedians--Interviews
Television personalities--Interviews
Variety shows (Television programs)--History
Television comedies--History
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Birth 1921-12-26

Death 2000-10-31

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