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Griffin, Merv (1925-2007)  
 
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The lawsuit was eventually dismissed by Los Angeles Federal Court in June 1992.

In his later years, Griffin retreated from public scrutiny and concentrated on his varied and successful business ventures. He nevertheless continued to be the subject of gossip and speculation.

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Griffin died on August 12, 2007 of prostate cancer. He was 82 years old.

His tombstone, at his request, is engraved, "I will not be right back after this message."

Craig Kaczorowski

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    Bibliography
   

Severo, Richard, and Edward Wyatt. "Merv Griffin, Television Innovator, Dies at 82." The New York Times (August 13, 2007): B5.

Signorile, Michelangelo. Queer in America: Sex, the Media, and the Closets of Power. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 2003. 263-65.

Zoglin, Richard. "Why We Loved Merv Griffin." Time (August 12, 2007): www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1652260,00.html.

 

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    Author: Kaczorowski, Craig  
    Entry Title: Griffin, Merv  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2012  
    Date Last Updated February 25, 2012  
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