The Lorrae Desmond Show is an Australian TV talk-show from the 1960s with a popular singer hosting the program. Desmond invites some special guests on her show for a one-on-one about events occurring in their lives. She also produces a number of variety acts throughout the season, which include comedy sketches, animal tricks, show tune dancing and live music from up-and coming artists. American actor Jack Benny is the first to appear on the show, recounting the follies that he and Desmond performed on stage for the troops in Vietnam. Pop artists also play on the show by mid-season, with famous bands like The Who, The doors and The Carpenters, passing by the studio as they tour Australia. Celebrities visit Desmond's set to promote their films and common Australians frequent the show, including regular appearances from the zookeeper of the Melbourne Zoo and Jeff Crozier, an Australian magician. Modern day talk-show hosts like Ellen and Katie Couric consider Lorrae Desmond, one of the first women in television to have her own show, a pioneer for women in the industry. moreless
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