David Frost – Life
Sir David Frost was a journalistic icon and famed television personality. Born 7 April, 1939 in Kent, England, Frost was the youngest of three children. His father had hoped he would become a preacher, but David Frost left that career path in favor of working as a performer. He went on to become one of the most recognizable faces and voices in television. He was famous for his fearsome interviews with high-profile guests.
David Frost was married twice, with three children. He died 31 August, 2013. A memorial stone was placed in Westminster Abbey’s Poet’s Corner in his honor.
David Frost – Work
David Frost felt at home in the studio. He got his start on the stage, but came to life before the camera. His earliest television gig found him on a satirical show That Was the Week That Was, where he displayed a striking sense of humor.
David Frost eventually graduated from satire to in-depth journalism. He became famous for his intimate interviews with the world’s most prominent political figures and celebrities. From Muhammad Ali, to every U.S. President from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush, his interviews captivated audiences everywhere.
David Frost was part of the “famous five” who launched TV-am in 1983. He also hosted a talk show called Breakfast with Frost for the BBC. He served as the host for the British comedy panel game Through the Keyhole for twenty years, never losing his sense of humor.
David Frost and Richard Nixon
The Nixon Interviews, a five part series of ninety minute interviews with the disgraced former president, were explosive. Nixon was paid to do the interviews and received a cut of the profits. This was so controversial that Frost had to fund the project himself, because US networks would not support it.
In the interviews Nixon apologized for his failures to the American people and spoke at length about the Watergate Scandal and his resignation.
The Nixon Interviews were adapted first into a stage play, then to film in 2009. Ron Howard directed the movie, Frost/Nixon, which was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and five Academy Awards.
David Frost at Cambridge
David Frost earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge. His peers described him as incredibly ambitious, charming, and likeable.
He was very involved on campus as the editor for the student newspaper, Varsity, as well as the literary magazine Granta.
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