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Lois and Art Linkletter Marriage Profile

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Lois and Art Linkletter on April 8, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California.

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One of the longest marriages in Hollywood ended with the death of Art Linkletter. Lois and Art were married for nearly 75 years.
Marriage Fast Facts - Lois and Art
Met: 1935.
Married: 1935.
First Marriage: Yes.

Did You Know?
Art and Lois loved to dance together.

Born:

Arthur Gordon Linkletter aka Gordon Arthur Kelly: July 17, 1912 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Lois M. Foerster: Abt. 1915.

Died:

Art Linkletter: Art died of natural causes at the age of 97 on May 26, 2010 at his home in Los Angeles, California.

Lois Linkletter: At the age of 95, Lois died on October 10, 2011.

How Lois and Art Met:

Art and Lois met when she was in college in 1935.
"He [Art] also met Lois Foerster, a co-ed, and made up his mind on their very first date that this was the girl he was going to marry. They were wed before the year was out."
Source: "Those Magic Initials." Today's Health. v.38. 1960.
Art: "The dance floor is what drew Lois and me together originally ..."
Source: Art Linkletter, George Victor Bishop. I Didn't Do It Alone: The Autobiography of Art Linkletter as told to George Bishop. 1980. pg. 111.
Art: "My wife, Lois, was the exact opposite of any girl my friends would have picked out for me to marry."
Source: Art Linkletter. Women Are My Favorite People. 1974. pg. 156.

Wedding Date:

Although quite a few biographies of Art list his and Lois' wedding date as on the 25th, he mentions in his autobiography that they were married on November 28, 1935 in San Diego, California.
Art: "The raise was due in mid-November. We set our wedding date for Thanksgiving Day."
Source: Art Linkletter. Women Are My Favorite People. 1974. pg. 24.
Art: "We were married at the Grace Lutheran Church, November 28, in a very simple ceremony with Gordy Samuel as best man and Lois's sister Jackie as maid of honor. After a brief honeymoon we moved into a small apartment."
Source: Art Linkletter, George Victor Bishop. I Didn't Do It Alone: The Autobiography of Art Linkletter as told to George Bishop. 1980. pg. 90.

Children:

Art and Lois had five children. Art called the kids his "Links." They also enjoyed 7 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
  • Jack Linkletter: Born in 1937. Actor. Jack died of lymphoma at the age of 70 in 2007.
  • Dawn Linkletter Griffin: Born in 1939.
  • Robert Linkletter: Born in 1944. Robert died in a car accident at age 35 in 1980.
  • Sharon Linkletter Hershey: Born in 1946.
  • Diane Linkletter: Born in 1948. An aspiring actress, Diane committed suicide in 1969 at the age of 20.

Occupations:

Art: Award winning television and radio host, author, actor, producer, public speaker, U.S. Ambassador to Australia, commercial spokesman, businessman, real estate developer. In his younger years, Art had a variety of odd jobs.

Quotes About the Marriage of Lois and Art Linkletter:

Art: "To be married happily you have to have a sense of humor and you have to communicate. Don't go to bed mad. In other words -- and this is very important: You can disagree, but you don't get disagreeable. That "a-b-l-e" is the big difference between disagree. And by being friendly, you can always get by things. And then, of course, if you have a sense of humor. Lois and I might have an argument, and if I see it getting serious, I say: Honey, this is getting serious. If it gets much more serious, I'll have to kill you."
Source: "Art Linkletter Discusses His Career in Television." Larry King Live. 6/30/2000.

Art: "But by being married, married men live longer and better than single men. In survey after survey, in England, France, Italy, thousands of men, they live better because they have a woman taking care of them. You know ... And so I've had a good life. I owe it all to Lois."
Source: "Art Linkletter Discusses His Career in Television." Larry King Live. 6/30/2000.

Art: "I have a good marriage, which reduces a great deal of stress."
Source: Myrna Oliver, Valerie J. Nelson. "Art Linkletter dies at 97; broadcasting pioneer created 'Kids Say the Darndest Things'." LATimes.com. 5/27/2010.

Art: “My wife and I have never had a serious quarrel, because I always end it with, ‘Honey, this is just a little disagreement, but now it’s becoming disagreeable.’ Then she laughs, because she realizes the argument is so ridiculous.”
Source: Donna Caruso. "Art Linkletter: Sage Advice for the 'Second Prime' of Life." Lef.org. 01/2007.

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