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Name: Allen Funt                                                                           
Born: 16 September 1914                                                                   
Died: 5 September 1999                                                                     
Allen Funt (September 16, 1914 – September 5, 1999) was an American producer-director,   
best known as the creator and host of Candid Camera from the 1940s to 1980s, as           
either a regular show or a series of specials. Its most notable run was from               
1960 to 1967 on CBS.                                                                       
Funt achieved a BA in Fine Arts from Cornell University in 1934 and studied               
business administration at Columbia University. He began the show on ABC radio             
in 1946 as Candid Microphone and soon experimented with a visual version by               
doing a series of theatrical short films also known as Candid Microphone. These           
film shorts served as a springboard for his entrance into television. He wrote             
several books, beginning with Eavesdropper at Large: Adventures in Human Nature           
with "Candid Mike" (Vanguard Press, 1952). He followed Candid Kids (Bernard Geis,         
1964) with Candidly, Allen Funt: A Million Smiles Later (Barricade Books, 1994).           
During the 1970s, he made two reality films based on the hidden camera theme:             
What Do You Say to a Naked Lady? (1970) and Money Talks (1972). Funt also                 
produced a syndicated version of Candid Camera from 1974 to 1979; his co-hosts             
included, at various times, John Bartholomew Tucker and JoAnn Pflug. In the 1980s,         
Funt produced a series of adult-oriented videos called Candid Candid Camera.               
He amassed a collection of works by the Victorian painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema,           
but was forced to sell them just before the painter's reputation revived and the           
prices of the paintings shot up.                                                           
Born in New York City, Funt lived for a short time in Westchester County, NY in           
Croton-on-Hudson. His White Gates estate was sold to opera singer Jessye Norman           
in the early 1990s. Following a stroke, he died in Pebble Beach, California in             
1999. Candid Camera continued with his son, Peter Funt, as host.