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Queen for a Day
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TV Series
    (January 3, 1956-October 2, 1964)
    Aired on NBC (1956-60) and ABC (1960-64)
    Hosted by Jack Bailey
    Premise: Four female contestants described their recent hardships, with the audience then choosing a winner with their applause
    The show was accused of exploiting human misery for ratings.
    Fashion commentary was interspersed between the contestants' sob stories.
    A revival attempt in 1969 lasted only one season.
    The show was sexist: surely there were men leading miserable lives who wanted to be 'King for a Day.'
    Before moving to TV, it was a successful radio show for eleven years (1945-56).
    Bailey's sign-off was 'Make every woman a queen, for every single day.'
    Today, when people let themselves be exploited on TV without even the payoff of fabulous prizes, the show seems quaint.

Credit: C. Fishel

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