1907 – 2001
Broadway actress Arlene Francis became the first woman to host a television show. Blind Date originated as a radio game show which eventually was retooled for television. She went on to host Home, which was the first television show aimed at homemakers. Later she became a regular on the highly popular What’s My Line?
Watch and read more: Arlene Francis, The Delightful Star tells Francis’ story in 4 minutes…not nearly enough. Also, you can learn more about her on the website for The Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art and Politics.