Magazine article Variety


Magazine article Variety


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Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show "The Dating Game," died Feb. 25 at his home in Mill Valley, Calif., after suffering a heart attack. He was 81.

Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his role on ABC's "The Dating Game," which debuted in 1965. He appeared on the show for more than a decade, charming audiences with his mellifluous voice and wide, easygoing grin and playing host to many celebrity guests.

Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared as contestants. A pre-"Charlie's Angels" Farrah Fawcett was introduced as "an accomplished artist and sculptress."

The show's format: A young man or woman questions three members of the opposite sex, hidden from view, to determine which one would be the best date. The questions were designed by the show's writers to elicit sexy answers.

"I've never been out on a date before. What do two kids like us do on a date?" a teenage Michael Jackson asked one of his potential dates on a 1972 episode of the show.

"Well, we'd have fun," the girl answered. …

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