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Sir David Frost's Biography

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Sir David Frost was born on 7 April 1939 in Tenterden, Kent. His father was a Methodist preacher.

David Frost had a highly illustrious career in broadcasting and like many of his peers was part of the Cambridge Footlights in his University days.

David Frost first made his name on the BBC series 'That Was the Week That Was", a topical revue and satire show. On the new year's eve show of 1962, Frost said:

"Vote Labour and you build castles in the air. Vote Conservative and you can live in them."

Sir David Frost has appeared in a succession of programmes with Frost in the title of the show, including the highly regarded "The Frost Report", a TV show from 1966 to 1967, where he introduced the programme with the legendary Frost signature phrase: "Hello, good evening and welcome!"

In February 2008, the BBC announced that The Frost Report would return as a one-off special on 24 March 2008.

David Frost has interviewed many leading political players on both sides of the Atlantic. He was also a co-founder and presenter for TV-am from 1983-1992.

Frost has regular parties attended by the great and the good. He has also had a variety of hits and misses on the romantic front. He was left at the altar by singer Diahann Carroll and American model Karen Graham in the mid-seventies. He married and divorced Peter Sellers's widow, Lynne Frederick.

In 1983, David Frost married Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard.

He was knighted in 1993.

Sir David Frost has also hosted programmes such as "Through the Keyhole" created by his own production company, Paradine Productions.

In 2005, Sir David Frost was awarded the Bafta Academy Fellowship. Frost's last Bafta, the Richard Dimbleby Award, had been awarded as far back as 1967.

On May 29, 2005 Sir David Frost presented his final Breakfast with Frost after 500 editions.

Margaret Thatcher described David Frost as a "giant in his profession."

Tony Blair said of Frost, "Although his questioning was always courteous, he always managed to get reams of information out of you."

After he left the BBC, Sir David Frost began presenting Frost Tonight on ITV.

In 2005, it was announced that David Frost was to join Arabic-language TV station al-Jazeera International.

In 2010 Sir David Frost hosted Frost on Satire, a documentary on BBC Four.

Sir David Frost died on 31 August 2013, at the age of 74 after a suspected heart attack while on board a cruise ship, the Queen Elizabeth.

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