Classic Interviews with 3 Academy Award Winning Icons

This weekend marks the 89th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood celebrating outstanding achievements in the motion picture industry. Merv interviewed many Academy Award winners throughout his years as a TV host, so we thought we’d share three classics here for you to enjoy.

The legendary Bette Davis talks with Merv about her Academy-Award-winning role in Jezebel, and her director on that film, William Wyler.

And, a rare early interview with the legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. He talks about his films, his studio, his vineyard home, actors, George Lucas and his then-current movie Apocalypse Now.

Finally, Robert DeNiro chats with Merv about his Academy Award winning performance in Raging Bull.

Enjoy and we’re sending best wishes to all of the nominees at this weekend’s celebration!

You can find these interviews and many more greats in the official Box Set collection.

 

 

Goodbye to Mary Tyler Moore

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This week we pay tribute to the legendary Mary Tyler Moore, a wonderful woman who brought smiles to so many throughout her incredible career.

Mary appeared on The Merv Griffin Show with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, at the height of the Transcendental Meditation movement in 1975 (photo above).

Trivia: The famous Mary Tyler Moore episode, “Chuckles Bites the Dust,” was penned by David Lloyd, one of three young writers of The Merv Griffin Show in 1962. The other writers were a couple of guys named Dick Cavett and Pat McCormick.

Mary will be Tremendously missed. 

Preview the Merv Griffin Show Box Set

Merv_3D-2-smallHappy Holidays Everyone! With the search for the perfect holiday gifts in full swing, we thought we would share this fun and entertaining preview of The Merv Griffin Show Box DVD Set, featuring a fantastic collection of all the greatest episodes from 1962 through 1986.

The set makes a great (and unique!) holiday gift that will be treasured for years to come. Episodes in the set feature classic performances and engaging interviews with iconic celebrities, political figures, and cultural thought leaders.

Sit back and enjoy this very special preview for the Box DVD set, which offers over seven minutes of commentary, laughter, and touching moments. Visit this page to read more and order your copy.

 

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Merv Griffin’s Classic Interviews with Political Icons

In the spirit of the elections this month, we wanted to share clips from some of Merv’s most engaging interviews with political icons. Below, we’ve included video segments from his interviews with President Ronald Reagan (1983), Senator Robert F. Kennedy (1967), California Governor Jerry Brown (1981), and Richard Nixon (1966 – during the time he was re-building his career after losing his presidential bid to JFK in 1960).

To see more of Merv’s classic interviews, join us on our YouTube channel and be sure to check out the amazing box set of The Merv Griffin Show right here.

Thank you for visiting our blog and being part of this community! These interviews are fascinating pieces of history. We hope you enjoy them. And, don’t forget to VOTE and let your voice be heard.

 

 

 

Merv Griffin Chats With the Iconic Vincent Price (1979)

Happy Halloween to all! Merv had the pleasure of interviewing many Hollywood icons over the years, including the legendary Vincent Price, star of many horror films and thrillers throughout his career.

Spend a few fascinating minutes with Merv and Vincent in this charming 1979 interview, where they chat about everything from art to Broadway.

And, special thanks to Mr. Price for all the years of spooky fun!

Wishing everyone a wonderful fall and holiday season.

 

 

Merv Griffin’s Emmy Awards

Merv-Grififn-with-Emmys-MDDuring his career, Merv received 29 Daytime Emmy nominations and won 10, as well as receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. Some were for his beloved game shows, and others as Outstanding Host for The Merv Griffin Show.

In this video, Merv’s son Tony shares some thoughts about his Dad’s numerous Emmy Awards.

Join us on our YouTube channel for more videos and fantastic clips from The Merv Griffin Show.

 

The Story Behind One of TV’s Most Iconic Tunes

It’s one of the most famous songs in television history, and Merv Griffin wrote it in 90 seconds. You can hum a few notes and everyone knows it in an instant. In this video, Merv’s son Tony Griffin shares the story behind the iconic “think” music for TV’s beloved long-running game show Jeopardy.

Join us on our YouTube channel for more videos and fantastic clips from The Merv Griffin Show.

What do Adam West and Ray Bradbury Have in Common with Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner?

What do Adam West and Ray Bradbury have in common with Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner?  They all appeared on The Merv Griffin Show!  In honor of Comic-Con International happening this week in San Diego, here are those three classic (and fascinating!) interviews for fans to enjoy.

For more great interviews, be sure to check out our Box Set featuring some of the greatest episodes of the show.

Adam West and Burt Ward talk about the “Bat Craze” in 1966:

 

Ray Bradbury talks about UFO’s and Close Encounters of the Third Kind with Merv in 1978 in a rare TV appearance:

 

Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner talk Star Trek in 1982:

Three Can’t Miss Classic Comedy Performances

Over the years, many talented performers in comedy appeared on The Merv Griffin Show, and dozens of these appearances have now turned into treasures to be shared and enjoyed. Many of the most famous comics who appeared on the show were new at the time, and the show was a great platform to share their talent. From 1963 through 1986, over 5000 guests appeared on The Merv Griffin Show.

Here on the blog, we’ll be regularly featuring some of the most memorable guests who appeared on the show.

This month, we feature a 1984 stand-up performance by Bill Maher (poking fun at the politics of the day), Steve Martin himself appearing with Merv in 1979, and an early performance by Jerry Seinfeld from 1981.  We encourage you to share and enjoy these classic appearances, and leave comments to tell us what you think.

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Cultural Icons – Three Can’t Miss Classic Interviews

Over the years, many beloved cultural icons appeared on The Merv Griffin Show, and these interviews have now turned into treasures to be shared and enjoyed. Merv had the honor of interviewing some of the world’s most recognized figures in entertainment, world affairs, the arts, business, and music. From 1963 through 1986, over 5000 guests appeared on The Merv Griffin Show.

Here on the blog, we’ll be regularly featuring some of the most memorable interviews with these trail-blazers and change-makers.

This month, we feature a 1984 interview with Apple’s Steve Wozniak, the great surrealistic painter Salvador Dali appearing with Merv in 1965, and the first couple of pop art in 1965, Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick (in a rare national television appearance).

We encourage you to share and enjoy these interviews, and leave comments to tell us what you think.  For more interviews and fantastic show clips, subscribe to us on YouTube here.