Ed Sullivan Show:
Entertainer of the Year Awards

Aired on CBS: September 20, 1970

Newspaper ad for Ed Sullivan AGVA show

Television Titan Ed Sullivan opened the new season of his variety show on CBS with The American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA) Entertainer of the Year Awards — or the “Georgie Awards” (made in the likeness of the late entertainer George M. Cohan). The show was taped at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

That year, Barbra Streisand was the winner of top female entertainer of the year. Ed Sullivan introduced a pre-taped video clip of Barbra singing “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” from the International Hotel in Las Vegas.

Ed Sullivan and Barbra Streisand

After the song, Sullivan introduced Mayor John B. Lindsay who, in New York, presented Barbra with the award — after making a joke about the smog and her new film, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever.

Barbra gave a short, humorous speech: “As George M. Cohan used to say, ‘I don't care what they say about me as long as they spell my name right.’ As for me, I don't care what they say about me as long as they spell my name wrong.”

Streisand holding Georgie Award

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