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The life and times of Orson Bean

By Laurie Bennett

November 11, 2013 at 10:01am

Yesterday we described Gore Vidal’s role on a circuitous route from Jackie Kennedy to Barbra Streisand.

A reader points out that Vidal and Streisand crossed paths more directly. The author was a guest on the 1961 segment of “The Jack Paar Show,” when Streisand made her television debut.

Which brings us to Orson Bean, the guest host of that show.

Bean, the pleasant TV personality best known as a regular panelist on “To Tell the Truth,” has his own interesting Muckety map.

His father, George F. Burrows, was a co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union.

His son-in-law, Andrew Breitbart, was at the other end of the political spectrum. Breitbart, who died last year at 43, was a conservative columnist and founder of Breitbart.com.

Bean is a graduate of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, most recently in the headlines for another alumnus, accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Bean is married to actress Alley Mills, who played Kevin’s mom in “The Wonder Years.”

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