At Our Next Luncheon: NOVEMBER 18, 2016

On November 18, President Alan Perris will present the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award to Regis Philbin.

As the pre-eminent talk and game show host, Regis holds the Guinness World Record for the most hours on US television. As of 2011, he's spent 16,746.50 hours in front of the camera - that's an average of almost one hour a day throughout his 50-plus year career!

In his earliest show business work, Philbin was a page at "The Tonight Show" in the 1950s. Later he wrote for Los Angeles talk show host Tom Duggan and nervously filled in one night when Duggan didn't show up. He also was an announcer on "The Tonight Show" in 1962. In 1957, Regis left his job as assistant news editor to Baxter Ward at KCOP to make his fortune in New York.

His first talk show was "The Regis Philbin Show" on KOGO-TV (now KGTV) in San Diego. For budgetary reasons he had no writing staff, so he began each show with what has become his hallmark, the "host chat" segment (influenced by Jack Paar), where he engaged his audience (and later his co-host) in discussions about his life and the day's events.

Philbin gained his first national exposure in 1967 as Joey Bishop's sidekick on "The Joey Bishop Show" on television (1967–1969). From 1975 to 1981, he co-hosted "A.M. Los Angeles" on KABC-TV, first with Sarah Purcell (1975 to 1978), then with Cyndy Garvey (1978 to 1981). Philbin's presence brought the show from the bottom of the local ratings to No. 1.

After Garvey left Los Angeles in 1982 and moved to New York City, Philbin rejoined her on "The Morning Show" there on WABC-TV. It was there in 1985 that he was joined by Kathy Lee Johnson (later Gifford) as his co-host and the program was syndicated nation-wide as "Live With Regis and Kathy Lee" in 1988. When Kathy Lee left the show, he was paired with Kelly Rippa, who took over the show when Regis left in 2011. He has appeared on several TV shows since then.

Regis and his wife Joy have two adult daughters, Jennifer and Joanna.

Surprise Guests


Honoree: Mary Hart

The long-running co-host of Entertainment Tonight, Mary Hart, received PPB's Art Gilmore Career Achievement award at the celebrity luncheon on September 30, presented by PPB President Alan Perris. Mary came into our homes each weeknight as a host of ET from 1982 to 2011.

Born and reared in South Dakota, she became Miss South Dakota in 1970 and was a semi-finalist in the Miss America pageant of 1971. She is fluent in both Danish and Swedish. She began her full-time television career at KMTV in Omaha, Nebraska.

With the long-time dream of singing and dancing on stage, Mary appeared with comedian David Brenner at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas during the summer of 1988. She flew between LA and Las Vegas while working both shows.

On August 5, 2010, Hart announced that she was leaving ET at the end of the upcoming 30th season, citing that she was ready for a change. Her final episode aired on May 20, 2011—ending her 29-year history with the program. On October 29, 2015, Mary made a guest appearance on ET, being interviewed by current host Nancy O'Dell; her appearance was meant to kick off a month-long celebration of the program's 35th season.

In 1989 aboard a private yacht. Mary Hart married film producer Burt Sugarman. They have a son, Alec. An avid LA Dodgers fan, she has sung the National Anthem before their games several times.

As co-chair of the New Hospital Building Campaign Committee for Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Mary helped pave the way for the opening of the new hospital building in July 2011. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2003. On August 17, 2011, Hart was announced as the official spokeswoman for Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Initiative,

Pictured Below Front Row: Cindy Crawford, Honoree Mary Hart, Leeza Gibbons, and Linda Bell Blue. Back Row: Kevin Frazier, Roberta Kent, Frank Luntz, and PPB President Alan Perris. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)

Would you like to join the PPB and attend the Regis Philbin Luncheon on November 18, 2016? If you have worked in Broadcasting or in any related field for 20 years or more, please e-mail our Membership Committee with your request to join us to honor Regis Philbin. Please include your name and daytime telephone numbers.

PPB Members receive their Luncheon Notice and Reservation Form by mail before the date of each luncheon, and send in their request for table seating along with their check.

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