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This is Your Life


Everybody has a story.  We tell it.

This Is Your Life has lived many lives in many formats, from radio to TV to DVD.  The show premiered on television in 1952 and has been on the air in some incarnation, somewhere in the world, every year since. During the 1950s and '60s, millions of viewers tuned in to see whose life story Edwards would tell. Syndicated series, network specials and international broadcasts kept TIYL throughout the 1970s, '80s, '90s and into the next millennium, as America's "surprise" hit continued to touch a chord with new generations of viewers.


More than 500 people have been surprised with the immortal words, “This Is Your Life!”  ABC is slated to re-launch the award-winning franchise as a series of primetime specials. 

In 1955, Ralph Edwards launched a BBC version of This Is Your Life, with Eammon Andrews hosting the show in Britain.  Muhammad Ali, Bob Hope, William Shatner, Dudley Moore, David Frost and Joan Collins were all honored during TIYL’s 48-year run on the BBC and ITV (1955-2003).  Michael Aspell took over as host after Andrews’ death in 1998.  The TIYL format has been licensed in many other countries worldwide including New Zealand and The Netherlands since 2008.

This Is Your Life Australia made its debut in September 1975 on the Seven Network, where it enjoyed a five-year run.  Returning in 1995, the show currently airs on Channel 9 Network, hosted by Mike Monro.  Celebrities profiled Down Under include Peter Allen, Olivia Newton-John, Julian McMahon, Helen Reddy and Greg Norman, among others.

Eighteen of This Is Your Life‘s best-loved episodes were made available in home video format for the first time in 2005.  The digitally remastered three-DVD “Ultimate Collection” spans the years from 1953 to 1987, highlighting some of the show’s most memorable moments with comedy greats, Hollywood celebrities, music legends, Olympians and other American heroes.  To purchase this classic collection for yourself, visit

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