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she milked her answers. To stay on, when she knew that she had a yes, instead of asking the question and getting the answer, she asked about three or four questions, all leading up to the absolute yes so it would keep her on camera. Especially Arlene used to burn at this because, as a professional actress, she knew the old trick of this staying on camera. It's called upstaging. Another thing that infuriated us with Dorothy Kilgallen were the mystery guests. Sometimes they would have a very famous person on. Well, the audience wanted to see that mystery guest and him or her play the game for a bit with us. So we had established sort of an unwritten law that we'd let the questioning go around at least once before we picked off the mystery guest, even though we knew the minute he opened his mouth who it was-- just so people would have a little chance to see him. Not Dorothy Kilgallen; Arlene and I would purposely ask some silly question, knowing who it was. Dorothy would immediately identify the guest with some seemingly innocent question, often having seen the person at a restaurant the night before. She'd say, “Did I see you at 21 last night having dinner at the next table to me?" or something like that. Then she would get a yes and the audience would say “How brilliant.” Arlene and I could have named the guest before and we got angrier and angrier, as she kept showing off this way.

Well, on the mystery guest spot, anyway, it wasn't as hard as it looked because we always knew most of the

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