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  • Johnny Carson, with sidekick Ed McMahon (left), reigned for nearly 30 years on late-night TV. His nightly viewership, averaging as much as 15 million, was more than the current audience of "Tonight" successor Jay Leno and CBS rival David Letterman combined. (Associated Press)

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  • **FILE** Kaye Stevens (left) performs Jan. 6, 1967, with Sammy Davis Jr., on a TV show. Stevens, a singer, actress and longtime South Florida resident who was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," has died at a central Florida hospital. She was 79. (Associated Press)

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