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WGN - The Roy Leonard Audio Archives

WGN - Roy Leonard Audio Archives
WGN - The Roy Leonard Audio Archives

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The Roy Leonard Audio Archives podcast from Chicago's WGN Radio 720.

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Episodes

From the archives: Roy Leonard visits with Carol Channing

Jan 15, 2019

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In this Roy Leonard segment from the early 1970s, Carol Channing is surprised to learn that Roy saw her in 1948, before she was a star. Channing died today at age 97.

Remembering Roy Clark

Nov 15, 2018

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Roy Clark, the country music legend and star of the long-running TV series “Hee Haw,” died today at age 85. In 1994, he visited with WGN Radio’s Roy Leonard to discuss the publication of his autobiography, My Life in Spite of Myself, and share memories from his long career. Here are a couple of minutes from that interview.

‘I’ve done just about everything in this business’ – Remembering Burt Reynolds

Sep 6, 2018

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Actor Burt Reynolds appeared a number of times on WGN Radio over the years, from the peak of his 1970s stardom to more recent appearances as he reflected on his career. Reynolds died today at age 82. We look back at some of his appearances here: Roy Leonard – March 1972, near the time of the publication of Reynolds’ Cosmopolitan centerfold: Dean Richards – April 2011, as Reynolds was in the Chicago area for screenings of some of his classic […]

Remembering Barbara Bush

Apr 18, 2018

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America is remembering former First Lady Barbara Bush, the wife of the 41st President George H. W. Bush and mother of the 43rd President George W. Bush. Mrs. Bush died April 17, 2018 at age 92. On April 12, 1984, then Second Lady Barbara Bush stopped by the WGN Radio studios to visit with Roy Leonard and discuss her book, C. Fred’s Story, which told the story of the Vice Presidential family dog, written from the dog’s perspective.

Remembering Barbara Bush

Apr 18, 2018

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America is remembering former First Lady Barbara Bush, the wife of the 41st President George H. W. Bush and mother of the 43rd President George W. Bush. Mrs. Bush died April 17, 2018 at age 92. On April 12, 1984, then Second Lady Barbara Bush stopped by the WGN Radio studios to visit with Roy Leonard and discuss her book, C. Fred’s Story, which told the story of the Vice Presidential family dog, written from the dog’s perspective.

From the archives: Roy Leonard talks with Jerry Lewis – ‘I think that so few people anymore open up and give some love and care and concern’

Aug 21, 2017

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In this 1982 interview, Roy Leonard talks with comedy legend Jerry Lewis. Roy called it, “An amazing, serious interview about the art of comedy with one of the funniest men alive.” Lewis died August 20, 2017, at the age of 91.

From the archives: Roy Leonard talks with Jerry Lewis – ‘I think that so few people anymore open up and give some love and care and concern’

Aug 20, 2017

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In this 1982 interview, Roy Leonard talks with comedy legend Jerry Lewis. Roy called it, “An amazing, serious interview about the art of comedy with one of the funniest men alive.” Lewis died August 20, 2017, at the age of 91.

From the archives: Roy Leonard talks with Debbie Reynolds

Dec 29, 2016

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Roy Leonard visits with Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, November 4, 1988. Reynolds died December 28, 2016, at the age of 84.

From the archives: Roy Leonard talks with Debbie Reynolds

Dec 29, 2016

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Roy Leonard visits with Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, November 4, 1988. Reynolds died December 28, 2016, at the age of 84.

Remembering Muhammad Ali: ‘A lifetime is not sufficient to learn how to live in this world’

Jun 4, 2016

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On the day after Thanksgiving, 1977, boxing legend Muhammad Ali visited the WGN Radio studios for an extended interview with Roy Leonard. Ali died Friday, June 3, 2016, at age 74. Click to download Recorded November 25, 1977

Remembering Muhammad Ali: ‘A lifetime is not sufficient to learn how to live in this world’

Jun 4, 2016

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On the day after Thanksgiving, 1977, boxing legend Muhammad Ali visited the WGN Radio studios for an extended interview with Roy Leonard. Ali died Friday, June 3, 2016, at age 74. Click to download Recorded November 25, 1977

Remembering Roy Leonard

Sep 4, 2015

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Friday, September 4th marks the one year anniversary of Roy Leonard’s passing.  In this podcast, Nick Digilio shares memories about his mentor and plays back some of the classic interviews Roy conducted (Sid Caesar, John Chancellor and Bob Hope.)  Plus a hilarious story involving Jerry Lewis! To hear the interviews in their entirety and other great conversations Roy had over the years, visit his interview archive page on wgnplus.com. To download this or any of Nick’s podcast visit our I-Tunes […]

Remembering Roy Leonard

Sep 4, 2015

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Friday, September 4th marks the one year anniversary of Roy Leonard’s passing.  In this podcast, Nick Digilio shares memories about his mentor and plays back some of the classic interviews Roy conducted (Sid Caesar, John Chancellor and Bob Hope.)  Plus a hilarious story involving Jerry Lewis! To hear the interviews in their entirety and other great conversations Roy had over the years, visit his interview archive page on wgnplus.com. To download this or any of Nick’s podcast visit our I-Tunes […]

Kelly Leonard On His Father Roy: ‘He Was Kind to His Core’

Sep 3, 2015

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Friday marks the one year anniversary of Roy Leonard’s passing. As part of a two day tribute, Nick Digilio welcomes Roy’s son Kelly to discuss his father’s legacy. To download this or any of Nick’s podcast visit our I-Tunes page.  Like us on Facebook (/nickdshow) and follow us on Twitter (@nickdshow.)

Kelly Leonard On His Father Roy: ‘He Was Kind to His Core’

Sep 3, 2015

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Friday marks the one year anniversary of Roy Leonard’s passing. As part of a two day tribute, Nick Digilio welcomes Roy’s son Kelly to discuss his father’s legacy. To download this or any of Nick’s podcast visit our I-Tunes page.  Like us on Facebook (/nickdshow) and follow us on Twitter (@nickdshow.)

Harry Connick Jr.: Roy was an old friend

Sep 9, 2014

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Dean talks shares memories of Roy Leonard with one of Roy’s favorite musical artists, Harry Conick Jr. http://tribwgnfm.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/harry.mp3

Tim Kazurinsky: Roy Leonard was kind and levelheaded

Sep 9, 2014

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Dean chat’s with SNL’s Tim Kazurinksy, about his interactions with Roy Leonard. http://tribwgnfm.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/kazurinsky.mp3    

Brian Dennehy: Memories of Roy

Sep 9, 2014

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Dean talks with Actor, Brian Dennehy, about his memories of Roy Leonard. http://tribwgnfm.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/dennehy.mp3    

Andy Perez: Roy Leonard’s former producer

Sep 9, 2014

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Dean talks about Roy behind the scenes with someone who knows best: his former producer, Andy Perez. http://tribwgnfm.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/andyperez.mp3    

Harry Connick Jr.: Roy was an old friend

Sep 8, 2014

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Dean talks shares memories of Roy Leonard with one of Roy’s favorite musical artists, Harry Conick Jr. https://tribwgnfm.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/harry.mp3

Tim Kazurinsky: Roy Leonard was kind and levelheaded

Sep 8, 2014

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Dean chat’s with SNL’s Tim Kazurinksy, about his interactions with Roy Leonard. https://tribwgnfm.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/kazurinsky.mp3    

Brian Dennehy: Memories of Roy

Sep 8, 2014

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Dean talks with Actor, Brian Dennehy, about his memories of Roy Leonard. https://tribwgnfm.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/dennehy.mp3    

Andy Perez: Roy Leonard’s former producer

Sep 8, 2014

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Dean talks about Roy behind the scenes with someone who knows best: his former producer, Andy Perez. https://tribwgnfm.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/andyperez.mp3    

A celebration of Roy Leonard

Sep 7, 2014

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Nick Digilio is joined by a roster of WGN colleagues past and present, including former Program Director Mary June Rose, Steve Bertrand, Steve King and Johnnie Putman, Spike O’ Dell,  Steve Cochran, VP of Creative and Programming Todd Manley, Lou Manfredini, Dean Richards, and John Williams to celebrate the life and work of the legendary Roy Leonard.

A celebration of Roy Leonard

Sep 7, 2014

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Nick Digilio is joined by a roster of WGN colleagues past and present, including former Program Director Mary June Rose, Steve Bertrand, Steve King and Johnnie Putman, Spike O’ Dell,  Steve Cochran, VP of Creative and Programming Todd Manley, Lou Manfredini, Dean Richards, and John Williams to celebrate the life and work of the legendary Roy Leonard.

Remembering Roy Leonard with John Williams, Kathy O’Malley, Lou Manfredini, Nick Digilio, Todd Manley

Sep 6, 2014

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John Williams remembers WGN Radio Walk of Fame inductee, former host, and friend of the station, Roy Leonard along with WGN Radio Vice President of Content and Programming, Todd Manley, and fellow WGN Radio hosts Kathy O’Malley, Nick Digilio, and Lou Manfredini, as well as WGN Radio listeners and John McDonough, President and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks.  

Remembering Roy Leonard with John Williams, Kathy O’Malley, Lou Manfredini, Nick Digilio, Todd Manley

Sep 5, 2014

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John Williams remembers WGN Radio Walk of Fame inductee, former host, and friend of the station, Roy Leonard along with WGN Radio Vice President of Content and Programming, Todd Manley, and fellow WGN Radio hosts Kathy O’Malley, Nick Digilio, and Lou Manfredini, as well as WGN Radio listeners and John McDonough, President and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks.  

Remembering Roy Leonard

Sep 5, 2014

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Roy Leonard, a legendary interviewer and entertainment critic and a member of WGN Radio’s Walk of Fame, died Thursday night, his son Kelly confirmed to the Chicago Tribune.  He was 83. Leonard hosted middays on WGN Radio for over 30 years and interviewed celebrities and newsmakers. His soothing voice and calm demeanor made him a favorite among listeners and advertisers alike, and earned him additional roles including as host of WGN-TV’s “Family Classics” anthology of movies. In later years, Roy […]

Remembering Roy Leonard

Sep 5, 2014

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Roy Leonard, a legendary interviewer and entertainment critic and a member of WGN Radio’s Walk of Fame, died Thursday night, his son Kelly confirmed to the Chicago Tribune.  He was 83. Leonard hosted middays on WGN Radio for over 30 years and interviewed celebrities and newsmakers. His soothing voice and calm demeanor made him a favorite among listeners and advertisers alike, and earned him additional roles including as host of WGN-TV’s “Family Classics” anthology of movies. In later years, Roy […]

Burt Reynolds

Jul 24, 2014

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More than forty years ago, Burt Reynolds made his first live appearances on the stage and on the Roy Leonard Show in Chicago. Here are some very entertaining memories. (March 15 & 29, 1972) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Burt Reynolds

Jul 24, 2014

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More than forty years ago, Burt Reynolds made his first live appearances on the stage and on the Roy Leonard Show in Chicago. Here are some very entertaining memories. (March 15 & 29, 1972) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Nick Digilio Full Show: 6/28/14

Jun 29, 2014

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WGN Radio Walk of Famer Roy Leonard joins Nick to talk about Sting’s musical, “The Last Ship”, and more.  George Karzas of the Gale Street Inn, Steve O’ Brien of Leadbelly Burgers and Michael Thornton of the Gift Theatre Company join the show to talk about a joint-venture, special edition burger available at both restaurants that helps raise money for the Gift.  We hit the regular Saturday features; Drunks in the News, Straight Outta Context, and Nick D Spies, then […]

Nick Digilio Full Show: 6/28/14

Jun 29, 2014

Description:

WGN Radio Walk of Famer Roy Leonard joins Nick to talk about Sting’s musical, “The Last Ship”, and more.  George Karzas of the Gale Street Inn, Steve O’ Brien of Leadbelly Burgers and Michael Thornton of the Gift Theatre Company join the show to talk about a joint-venture, special edition burger available at both restaurants that helps raise money for the Gift.  We hit the regular Saturday features; Drunks in the News, Straight Outta Context, and Nick D Spies, then […]

Pearl Bailey

Jun 20, 2014

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The Tony Award-winning singer and actress in theatre, film and TV visited Roy several times, including this conversation from September 8, 1989. She was also an ambassador to the U.N. and prolific writer. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Pearl Bailey

Jun 20, 2014

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The Tony Award-winning singer and actress in theatre, film and TV visited Roy several times, including this conversation from September 8, 1989. She was also an ambassador to the U.N. and prolific writer. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Roy Leonard: 5/17/14

May 18, 2014

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Newly minted WGN Radio Walk of Famer Roy Leonard makes his bi-weekly visit to the show to talk about the latest films and plays on his radar.  For more from Roy, check out his blog.  

Roy Leonard: 5/17/14

May 18, 2014

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Newly minted WGN Radio Walk of Famer Roy Leonard makes his bi-weekly visit to the show to talk about the latest films and plays on his radar.  For more from Roy, check out his blog.  

Roy Leonard: 4/19/14

May 1, 2014

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The legendary Roy Leonard makes his bi-weekly visit to the Nick Digilio Show!  He gives his thoughts on “The Railway Man”, “Under the Skin”, “Heaven is for Real”, and more.  For more from Roy, visit his blog. http://tribwgnfm.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/0419_roy.mp3

Roy Leonard: 4/19/14

May 1, 2014

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The legendary Roy Leonard makes his bi-weekly visit to the Nick Digilio Show!  He gives his thoughts on “The Railway Man”, “Under the Skin”, “Heaven is for Real”, and more.  For more from Roy, visit his blog. https://tribwgnfm.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/0419_roy.mp3

Roy Leonard: 4/5/14

Apr 7, 2014

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The legendary Roy Leonard is back for his bi-weekly visit to the Nick Digilio Show.  He and Nick discuss the Cadillac Palace Theater’s production of “Peter and the Starcatcher”, George F. Will’s new book about the Cubs, and more. http://tribwgnfm.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/0405_roy.mp3

Roy Leonard: 4/5/14

Apr 7, 2014

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The legendary Roy Leonard is back for his bi-weekly visit to the Nick Digilio Show.  He and Nick discuss the Cadillac Palace Theater’s production of “Peter and the Starcatcher”, George F. Will’s new book about the Cubs, and more. https://tribwgnfm.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/0405_roy.mp3

Jacques Cousteau

Mar 29, 2014

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Jacques Cousteau was the most famous undersea explorer of the 20th Century. He visited Roy in 1978. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Jacques Cousteau

Mar 28, 2014

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Jacques Cousteau was the most famous undersea explorer of the 20th Century. He visited Roy in 1978. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Roy Leonard 3/8/14

Mar 9, 2014

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The legendary Roy Leonard calls in and tells us about “Shoot Me” with Elaine Stritch, “All the Way” with Bryan Cranston as Lyndon Johnson, and more.

Roy Leonard 3/8/14

Mar 9, 2014

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The legendary Roy Leonard calls in and tells us about “Shoot Me” with Elaine Stritch, “All the Way” with Bryan Cranston as Lyndon Johnson, and more.

Saturday Show: Roy Leonard and More

Feb 23, 2014

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Roy Leonard joins the show to share his thoughts on “The Lego Movie”, and the recent happenings in Chicago theatre.  Then we take a look at the regular features, “Drunks in the News’, “Straight Outta Context”, and “Nick D Spies”.

Saturday Show: Roy Leonard and More

Feb 23, 2014

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Roy Leonard joins the show to share his thoughts on “The Lego Movie”, and the recent happenings in Chicago theatre.  Then we take a look at the regular features, “Drunks in the News’, “Straight Outta Context”, and “Nick D Spies”.

Ella Fitzgerald

Feb 11, 2014

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Roy visits with Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996), the most popular jazz singer in the world for more than half a century. (February, 1977) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Ella Fitzgerald

Feb 10, 2014

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Roy visits with Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996), the most popular jazz singer in the world for more than half a century. (February, 1977) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Saturday Show 2/8/14 Hour 1

Feb 9, 2014

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We kick off a full Saturday night by catching up with Roy Leonard.  Public relations guru Richard Laermer checks in to give his take on Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death, the upcoming Oscars, and more.

Saturday Show 2/8/14 Hour 1

Feb 9, 2014

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We kick off a full Saturday night by catching up with Roy Leonard.  Public relations guru Richard Laermer checks in to give his take on Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death, the upcoming Oscars, and more.

Larry Gelbart

Jan 7, 2014

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One of America’s great comedy writers, Larry Gelbart (TV’s M*A*S*H, the movie Tootsie and Broadway’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) talks about growing up in Chicago and a great career helping to make other people funny. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Larry Gelbart

Jan 7, 2014

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One of America’s great comedy writers, Larry Gelbart (TV’s M*A*S*H, the movie Tootsie and Broadway’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) talks about growing up in Chicago and a great career helping to make other people funny. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Saturday Show 1/4/14 Hour 1

Jan 5, 2014

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Nick kicks off a full Saturday night show with Roy Leonard, who shares his favorite films of the year.  Then, we hit Drunks in the News, Straight Outta Context and Nick D Spies.  

Saturday Show 1/4/14 Hour 1

Jan 5, 2014

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Nick kicks off a full Saturday night show with Roy Leonard, who shares his favorite films of the year.  Then, we hit Drunks in the News, Straight Outta Context and Nick D Spies.  

Cleveland Amory

Dec 12, 2013

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Animal rights advocate, social rights historian, novelist and television critic, Cleveland Amory dropped by on October 10, 1975, and even if you’ve never heard of him, you’ll laugh at his wit and be amazed at his knowledge. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Cleveland Amory

Dec 12, 2013

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Animal rights advocate, social rights historian, novelist and television critic, Cleveland Amory dropped by on October 10, 1975, and even if you’ve never heard of him, you’ll laugh at his wit and be amazed at his knowledge. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Bill Murray

Nov 20, 2013

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Northshore native Bill Murray talks about his early years at Second City and Saturday Night Live in this 1981 conversation with Roy. (June 19, 1981) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Bill Murray

Nov 20, 2013

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Northshore native Bill Murray talks about his early years at Second City and Saturday Night Live in this 1981 conversation with Roy. (June 19, 1981) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Jean Stapleton

Oct 29, 2013

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Most Americans know her as Archie Bunker’s wife on TV’s “All In the Family.” But in this 1982 interview she tells Roy about her early career on Broadway and in movies and her one woman show where she portrays Eleanor Roosevelt. (May 6, 1982) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Jean Stapleton

Oct 28, 2013

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Most Americans know her as Archie Bunker’s wife on TV’s “All In the Family.” But in this 1982 interview she tells Roy about her early career on Broadway and in movies and her one woman show where she portrays Eleanor Roosevelt. (May 6, 1982) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Bill Cosby

Oct 15, 2013

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In this 1978 interview, the man who makes so many people laugh shows a serious side and talks to Roy about his own family and how he’s bringing up his kids. He also talks to listeners and seems happy to answer their questions. (March 14, 1978) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Bill Cosby

Oct 14, 2013

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In this 1978 interview, the man who makes so many people laugh shows a serious side and talks to Roy about his own family and how he’s bringing up his kids. He also talks to listeners and seems happy to answer their questions. (March 14, 1978) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Ray Rayner

Sep 26, 2013

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From about 1953 until 1980, Ray Rayner was one Chicago’s most popular television personalities starting at WBBM-TV as the host of a morning show called Rayner Shine. Rayner moved to WGN-TV in 1961 as Sergeant Pettibone, the host of The Dick Tracy Show, then on Bozo’s Circus as the clown Oliver O. Oliver and then his top rated morning show Ray Rayner and his Friends. (February 2, 1984) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about […]

Leo Durocher

Sep 20, 2013

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Did he really say “Nice guys finish last”? In this 1975 interview, Leo answers the question and offers some insights into the game of baseball and a lot about the Cubs. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Peggy Lee

Sep 12, 2013

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From singing with Benny Goodman to her hits “Fever” and “Is That All There Is?,” Peggy Lee tells it all. (April 19, 1988) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Dick Clark

Aug 30, 2013

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In one of many appearances on the Roy Leonard Show, Dick talks about the origins of “American Bandstand” and why Elvis never appeared on the show. (November 8, 1985) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit Roy on ChicagoNow.com.

Wilt Chamberlain

Aug 16, 2013

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The great NBA star came by in 1991 to talk about his book, “A View from Above,” and proved to be a fascinating guest. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Harry Connick, Jr.

Aug 2, 2013

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Harry Connick, Jr. tells how he got hired to record the “When Harry Met Sally” songs, talks about the influence of growing up in New Orleans, and reveals how he quit smoking. (1990) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Ginger Rogers

Jul 25, 2013

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The great movie star Ginger Rogers talks about dancing with Fred Astaire and her many Hollywood relationships. (1991) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

James Taylor

Jul 11, 2013

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James Taylor introduces his new album and talks about how he gets his ideas and writes his songs. (November 19, 1985) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Sid Caesar

Jul 5, 2013

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Sid Caesar talks about his drug problems and shares great stories about Mel Brooks, Larry Gelbart and Carl Reiner. (November 16, 1983) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Debbie Reynolds

Jun 27, 2013

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Debbie Reynolds tells how she lost $21 million and took ten years to pay it off, plus highlights from her singing and acting career. (November 4, 1988) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Jackie Mason

Jun 21, 2013

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Jackie Mason, a man whose made a career out of insulting people. Do people ever get mad at him? Listen to this 1992 interview Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon

Jun 14, 2013

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One of the great screenwriting teams of all time talk about the old Hollywood with stories about Bogart and Bacall, Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, Irene Dunne and Cary Grant, and Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. (October 22, 1981) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Jerry Lewis

Jun 6, 2013

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An amazing, serious interview about the art of comedy with one of the funniest men alive. (1982) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Jack Hemingway

May 30, 2013

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In 1986 we talked about the difficulties of being Ernest Hemingway’s son and his service with our OSS in WWII and parachuting behind enemy lines. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

New Orleans ‘Bronco Billy’ All-Star Special with Clint Eastwood

May 16, 2013

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We traveled to New Orleans back in 1980 to talk to Clint Eastwood, Ronnie Milsap, Merle Haggard, Scatman Crothers and other stars of Clint’s movie Bronco Billy. Here’s a one-hour version of what happened over two days. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

David Brenner

May 9, 2013

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Comic David Brenner examined his career in a book back in 1983 and also released his first album. He talks with Roy about both. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Lily Tomlin

May 2, 2013

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Lily Tomlin told us where the character “Edith Ann” came from and shared more from her show biz career back in an early 1970’s visit. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Johnny Mercer

Apr 18, 2013

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One of the great lyricists of all time, Johnny Mercer (On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe, Moon River, Days of Wine and Roses, Laura, One For My Baby), in a classic show. (June 2, 1971) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

John Cleese

Apr 11, 2013

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Founding member of Monty Python and the “Ministry of Silly Walks,” John Cleese joined Roy back in 1986 and talked about Faulty Towers as well Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Blue Man Group

Apr 4, 2013

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“Blue Man Group” has been playing at the Brian Street Theatre for 16 years.  Back in 1997, the three founders joined Roy to explain how it all started. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Steve Martin

Mar 28, 2013

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Funny man Steve Martin wrote a play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and brought it to our Steppenwolf Theatre in October of 1991.  Naturally we wanted to talk with him about it. (October 16, 1991) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Marcel Marceau

Mar 21, 2013

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Marcel Marceau, the world’s greatest mime, visited with us many times in the 1980’s and we’ve combined all his interviews into one great hour and eighteen minutes. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Clint Eastwood

Mar 14, 2013

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Clint Eastwood talked about the making of “Play Misty for Me” on October 18, 1971. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Art Garfunkel

Mar 8, 2013

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In October, 1975, Art Garfunkel introduced his new album “Breakaway” on The Roy Leonard Show. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

James Michener

Feb 28, 2013

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James Michener, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of sweeping sagas like Hawaii and Centennial, talked about his new novel, Poland, in this 1983 interview. (September 15, 1983) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Bette Midler

Feb 22, 2013

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Bette Midler joined us on October 31, 1979 to plug her new movie and song, The Rose, as well as the problems of become a blonde. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Billy Crystal

Feb 14, 2013

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In May, 1985, Billy talks about his family owning the Commodore Jazz Record label, Billie Holiday being one of his babysitters, and how Roone Arledge  gave him his start in showbiz. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

John Chancellor

Jan 31, 2013

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For over a decade, John Chancellor occupied the anchor chair on NBC Nightly News. He’s also credited with inventing the concept of the red state/blue state map that would come to dominate presidential election discussions, although originally the colors were reversed. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Michael Feinstein

Jan 24, 2013

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The top interpreter of The Great American Song Book from two visits in ’89 and ’90. (January 16, 1989 and March 13, 1990) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Lauren Bacall

Jan 18, 2013

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The great film and stage actress was here in Woman of the Year. She was one of the best guests of year 1984. (February 23, 1984) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Stan Freberg

Jan 11, 2013

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The most respected humorist of his generation with examples of why he made us laugh (1991). Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

John Huston

Jan 3, 2013

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Director John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The African Queen) talks about his life and times. (1980) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Victor Borge

Dec 27, 2012

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The humorist sat at the piano in our studio and told us how it all started.  And, he performed as well! (September 27, 1979) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Michael Caine

Dec 20, 2012

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Michael Caine talks about his role as Scrooge in the 1992 film “The Muppet Christmas Carol” Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Alan Alda

Dec 13, 2012

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Alan Alda and Roy talked about everything from M*A*S*H to the Equal Rights Amendment in three visits. (March 1975, May 1986, March 1988) Bonus: Here’s a WGN Radio TV commercial from the 1980s featuring Vanna White, Alan Alda, Mark Russell.

Woody Allen

Dec 7, 2012

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Woody Allen talks about “Bananas,” his clarinet playing, and God, in two visits in 1971 and 1982. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Mike Royko

Dec 6, 2012

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One of Chicago’s all-time great columnists talks about taverns, the Cubs and politics. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. November 9, 1984

Allen Ginsburg

Dec 6, 2012

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Roy talks with fine poet and member of the original “beat generation,” Allen Ginsburg. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. June 10, 1994

Clayton Moore

Dec 6, 2012

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The “original” Lone Ranger reminisces about growing up in Chicago and going to Lane Tech. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. December 20, 1975

Erma Bombeck

Dec 6, 2012

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The famous writer tells us about the inspiration for all those great columns. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. September 10, 1981

Mr. & Mrs. Charlton Heston

Dec 6, 2012

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Mr. & Mrs. Charlton Heston talk about their dual careers of actor and artist. (March, 1993) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

The Smothers Brothers

Dec 6, 2012

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Tommy and Dick Smothers tell how they survived after being kicked off TV by CBS for being too political. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. March 27, 1974

Arthur Hailey

Dec 6, 2012

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The author of “Airport,” Hotel,” and “Wheels,” Arthur Hailey tells us how he takes on the banking business in “The Moneychangers.” Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. March 20, 1975

Steve Allen

Dec 6, 2012

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A conversation with one of the most talented men in the world brings Steve Allen to the microphone for more than an hour. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. March 1, 1995

Cameron Mackintosh

Dec 6, 2012

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The producer of “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables” and “Miss Saigon,” Cameron Mackintosh, with fascinating stories on all these shows. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. March 25, 1989

Peter Benchley

Dec 6, 2012

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The author of “Jaws” celebrates the publication of the paperback of his best seller and tells how it all came about. (January, 1975) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. September 20, 2012

Barbara Bush

Dec 6, 2012

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The former First Lady Barbara Bush gives the background to her book “C. Fred’s Story.” This charming lady who loves dogs appeared on April 12, 1984. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. April 12, 1984

Pat Summerall and John Madden

Dec 6, 2012

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With the NFL season getting underway this weekend, the great broadcasting team of Madden and Summerall tel how they did it in the midst of the excitement of the Super Bowl Bears playoff run. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. January 8, 1986

Werner Klemperer

Dec 6, 2012

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The man who played Col. Klink on TV’s “Hogan’s Heroes” played Ravinia in August of 1993 and you’ll hear another side of this great talent. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. August 13, 1993

Bob Hope

Dec 6, 2012

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In town for a benefit, Bob Hope drops in for some fun in November of 1974. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. August 23, 2012

Donnie and Marie Osmond

Dec 6, 2012

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Find out what radio used to be like when Donny and Marie Osmond join Roy Leonard and news anchor Kathy Worthington. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. June 4, 1986

Pat Conroy

Dec 6, 2012

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In July of 1995, the author of “The Great Santini,” Pat Conroy, talks about his new novel, “Beach Music,” and explains his father’s reaction on finding out that his son had written about about him, the real Great Santini. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. July 25, 1995

Rich Little

Dec 6, 2012

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While appearing in the Empire Room at the Palmer House in the mid 70’s, the famed impressionist told Roy “how he does it.” (1975-1977) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. August 2, 2012

David Niven

Dec 6, 2012

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David Niven, the fine actor, surprises everyone as the author of a book about the Polish Air Force. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. November 6, 1981

Carol Channing

Dec 6, 2012

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Carol Channing is surprised to learn that Roy saw her in 1948, before she was a star. (Early 1970s) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. July 12, 2012

James Mason

Dec 6, 2012

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James Mason talks about the movie ‘The Boys from Brazil.’ Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. September 28, 1978

Muhammad Ali

Dec 6, 2012

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Muhammad Ali tells Roy what it’s like being a Muslim and all about the fight game, November 25, 1977. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.    

Gloria Swanson

Dec 6, 2012

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Roy talks with Gloria Swanson, the actress who said “I am big, it’s the pictures that got small” in “Sunset Boulevard.” Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. November 10, 1980

Henry Fonda

Dec 6, 2012

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Henry Fonda talks about his one-man show “Clarence Darrow.” (January-February 1974) Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Jack Benny

Dec 6, 2012

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Jack Benny surprises everyone with the fact that he doesn’t like nostalgia. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Ethel Merman

Dec 6, 2012

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Ethel Merman talks with Roy about “Merman: An Autobiography.” You’ll be surprised at the early life of a great star. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com.

Yul Brynner

Dec 6, 2012

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In 1982, backstage at The Arie Crown Theatre, Yul Brynner tells Roy he’s almost old enough to play the role of the King in “The King and I,” a part he’s been playing for 40 years. Click here to return to the Roy Leonard Audio Archive. For more about Roy Leonard, visit royleonard.com. June 14, 1982