Betty Kennedy, Veteran Canadian Broadcaster and 'Front Page Challenge' Panelist, Dies at 91

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Betty Kennedy

The broadcaster had a 33-year run on the CBC's current affairs quiz show that hosted guests like Malcolm X, Tony Bennett and Errol Flynn.

Betty Kennedy, a veteran Canadian TV broadcaster famed for her work on the CBC’s long-running current affairs quiz show Front Page Challenge, has died. She was 91.

Kennedy, who was born and raised in Ottawa, died Monday in Toronto, the CBC, Canada's public broadcaster, confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter. She joined Front Page Challenge as a panelist in 1962, and stayed with the TV show until its cancelation in 1995.

Similar to U.S. panel shows like To Tell the Truth and What's My Line?, castmembers on Front Page Challenge were first blindfolded as they quizzed guests to guess their identity and then followed up the challenge with an in-depth interview.

During her time on the show, Kennedy and fellow panelists interviewed such celebrity guests as Eleanor Roosevelt, Tony Bennett, Boris Karloff, Errol Flynn, Mary Pickford, Indira Ghandi and former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau.

In 1965, the Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X was quizzed and then interviewed on Front Page Challenge just weeks before his assassination. Kennedy also hosted The Betty Kennedy Show on Toronto radio station CFRB radio for 27 years.

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