The logistics for the original "Person to Person" were staggering, involving heavy cables and massive cameras. Robert F. Kennedy and his wife, Ethel take a peek though one of the cameras that invaded their MacLean, Va., home.
At the Connecticut home of photographer Milton Green, Marilyn Monroe talked about being a model. She lamented the fact that, although she graced the covers of plenty of mens magazines, she never made the cover of "Ladies Home Journal."
Senator John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, were interviewed in their Boston apartment one month after they were married. When Murrow asked Jacqueline, "Which required more diplomacy -- her old job as a reporter or being married?" the young bride hesitated to say. So her husband broke the silence: "Being married, I guess."
Just two nights after 31-year-old Marlon Brando won the Best Actor Oscar for "On the Waterfront," Murrow spoke to him about acting. But when he played the bongos, it turned out to be the highlight of the show.
Sophia Loren had only been in the United States for a year and was still learning the language when Murrow interviewed the 23-year-old actress in 1958. She didn't hesitate to consult her Italian/English dictionary and accept a few kind corrections from the host.
Tony Curtis helped his wife, Janet Leigh, put on her microphone for their 1954 interview, but there were technical difficulties and the couple couldn't hear Murrow's questions. Fortunately, the actors knew how to play Murrow's part, and the show went on more or less as planned.
When Murrow interviewed Dick Clark, host of "American Bandstand," in 1958, the teen dance program had only been on for a year. During a tour of his modest house in Drexel, Pa., Clark showed Murrow his record collection, including this rare antique from his grandmother: A metal record.
In 1954, Lauren Bacall showed off her charm bracelet with a whistle, a gift from Humphrey Bogart to remember her famous movie line: "If you want anything just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you? Just put your lips together and blow."
Married less than a year and expecting their first child, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward had just moved into a Greenwich Village, N.Y., apartment when Murrow's cameras came for a visit in 1958. The Oscar winning actress showed him what she called her "favorite child... until I have this one."
Just about every detail in the luxurious house Liberace designed for himself and his mother had a musical theme. The pool side featured piano keys, while the pool itself was shaped like the top of a grand piano.
The world's most famous evangelist, the Rev. Billy Graham, invited the crew to his retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1956. Here in the study, he was surrounded by notebooks of his sermons. He always wrote them down, Graham said, so he wouldn't ramble.
President Harry S. Truman and his wife, Bess, were interviewed for "Person to Person" in 1955, but not by Murrow. Their daughter, Margaret, hosted the visit to their unpretentious Independence, Mo., home.