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Famous TV Hosts in History

March 14th, 2013 Books/Audio/Video

Television hosts are an integral part of most shows. From infomercials to cooking series, here's a list of some of the most famous hosts in television.

Dick Clark
Born in 1929, Dick Clark is best known as the host of "American Bandstand," which was originally aired on a small station in Pennsylvania. The show introduced new musicians and dance crazes to viewers. Famous artists on the show include James Brown, The Doors, The Supremes, Johnny Cash and The Bangles. ABC picked it up and ran it from 1957 to 1987 before it became syndicated. It was one of the first shows to put African-American musicians on television. Clark won four Emmy's for "American Bandstand" and is featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also hosted "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve" until his death in 2012. The show aired in his memory the following New Year's Eve.

Vanna White
A model in her early career, Vanna White began hosting the game show "Wheel Of Fortune" in 1982 with Pat Sajak as the first female TV hostess. In 1986, the show was the number one syndicated show on television. White has also starred in the TV movie, "Venus: Goddess of Love." A passion for crocheting led her to create her own line of yarn, the sale of which benefits St. Jude's Research Hospital. White also wrote a bestselling autobiography called "Vanna Speaks" in 1987. Known for her glamorous attire, the official website of "Wheel Of Fortune" has a webpage dedicated to the famous TV hostess' style.

Julia Child
As the famous author of "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," Julia Child was given her own cooking show in 1962 following a book promotion on a local TV station. During the promotion, Child demonstrated how to make an omelet, and the reaction was resounding. Her show, "The French Chef," had the same mission as her book: to introduce Americans to the world of French cooking. Child graduated from famous cooking school Le Cordon Bleu in 1961. She was born in Pasadena, Calif., in 1912. Much of her affinity for French food comes from her time living in France after graduation. Child remained a culinary icon after her death in 2004. In 2009, a film was released called "Julia and Julia," which was based on the relationship between Julia Child and aspiring chef Julia Powell.

Ryan Seacrest
​Ryan Seacrest, who produces and is now the host of "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve With Ryan Seacrest," has built an entire production company during his time in Hollywood. Ryan Seacrest Productions produces "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," "Married To Jonas," "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" and others. Seacrest is perhaps best recognized as the host of singing competition "American Idol," but his talent and business savvy have made him a TV mogul. Seacrest also chairs the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, a charity dedicated to ill and injured children.

Billy Mays
At the peak of his career, Billy Mays was the most sought-out infomercial host. He starred in infomercials for OxiClean, Orange Glo, Flies Away and Quick Chop and was well-known for using the products that he marketed. Before his death in 2009, he produced and starred in a show called "Pitchmen," which was centered around his career as a marketer. "One of the things that we hope to do with 'Pitchmen' is to give people an appreciation of what we do. I don't take on a product unless I believe in it. I use everything that I sell," Mays told the Tampa Tribune.