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Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show "The Dating Game," has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy told The Associated Press Wednesday.
Patterned after the Major Bowes Amateur Hour show that was a radio hit in the 1930s, the program featured performers who had peculiar talents and, often, no talent at all.
The gimmick: a young female questions three males, hidden from her view, to determine which would be the best date.
Sometimes the process was switched, with a male questioning three females.
But in all cases, the questions were designed by the show's writers to elicit sexy answers.
Celebrities and future celebrities who appeared as contestants included Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Martin and a pre-"Charlie's Angels" Farrah Fawcett, introduced as "an accomplished artist and sculptress" with a dream to open her own gallery.
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The questions were designed by the show's writers to elicit sexy answers. "They wanted a boy and a girl," he said in a 1992 interview with the Bay Area Radio Digest.