Mrs. Sterling - A familiar face in the audience of
the NBC program TONIGHT in the 1950s, Mrs. Sterling seemed to live in
the aisles. She was a frequent recipient of gifts especially some of the
trademark huge salames that host Steve Allen gave away as a gag (among other
gift like watches, perfumes, and appliances). Mrs. Sterling would always ask for
a second gift for her daughter.
Mrs. Sterling's able successor was Mrs. Miller,
an elderly woman who attended all of Jack Paar's shows when he hosted THE
TONIGHT SHOW (1957-62).
In his book "Hi-Ho Steverino" (1992) Steve Allen
remembered that Dorothy Miller followed him from Hollywood to New York.
"Incredibly she came to our show every night by train from Philadelphia where
she worked as a clerk-typist for the US Army Quartermaster Corps."
later became a groupie for THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW. In fact, Mrs. Miller was seen
so many times on Television that AFTRA, the television performer's union forced
her to join as a member.
Another ubiquitous fan was Lillian Lillian who seemed to appear at every show
no matter where it was broadcast including Niagara Falls, Havana, Hollywood and
Fort Worth, Texas.
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