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Garrison Keillor is an award-winning American writer and radio personality

InformationDetail
BirthdayAugust 7, 1942
NationalityAmerican
FamousUniversity Of Minnesota, Writers
City/StateMinnesota
SpousesJenny Lind Nilsson (1995–present), Mary Guntzel (1965–1976), Ulla Skaerved (1985–1990)
Known asGary Edward Keillor
Universities
  • University Of Minnesota
Notable Alumnis
  • University Of Minnesota
Birth PlaceAnoka, Minnesota
Height193cm
GenderMale
FatherJohn Philip Keillor
MotherGrace Ruth
Net Worth$5 Million as of Jul 3,2016
Sun SignLeo
Born inAnoka, Minnesota

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Who is Garrison Keillor?

Garrison Keillor is the legendary radio host of the well-known live radio variety show ‘A Prairie Home Companion’. Also an acclaimed author, Keillor has published more than 15 books and is a regular columnist for ‘Time Magazine’ and ‘Atlantic Monthly’ and has also published his stories in ‘The New Yorker’. He continues to write for a variety of publications and some of his bestselling books include ‘Lake Wobegon Days’, ‘Homegrown Democrat’ and ‘WLT: A Radio Romance’. He has received numerous awards such as the Peabody Award, Grammy Award and finds a place in the Radio Hall of Fame. Widely admired and regarded as ‘a modern day Mark Twain’, Garrison Keillor has established himself as one of the most popular personalities in the American entertainment industry. Known for his keen perspective, witty remarks and good sense of humor, Garrison Keillor seldom reads a monologue or follows a typical scriptural format. He also wrote the screenplay for the 2006 movie ‘A Prairie Home Companion’.

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Childhood & Early Life

Gary Edward Garrison Keillor was born in Anoka, Minnesota to John Philip Keillor, a postal worker and carpenter, and Grace Ruth. His family followed the conservative Evangelical Christian movement.

In 1966, he received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota. At the university, he was part of Radio K, a radio station operated by the student community.

Career

In 1969, he began his career as a radio professional and hosted the morning radio show with the Minnesota Educational Radio, presently called the Minnesota Public Radio.

On September 19, 1970, his story titled ‘Local Family Keeps Son Happy’ was published in ‘The New Yorker’.

In 1971, he resigned from the Minnesota Educational Radio as he was not happy with the interference in his musical programming but later re-joined in October that year when the radio was re-named ‘A Prairie Home Companion’.

On July 6, 1974, ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ hosted its first one of its kind variety show to live audiences. The show also consisted of live musicians, live sound effects and a team of dancers.

In 1985, his novel ‘Lake Wobegon Days’, which was a humorous fictional story about life in Lake Wobegon was published. The book became an international bestseller.

In 1987, he ended the programme ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ and went on to pursue other radio projects, including the ‘The American Radio Company of the Air’.

In 1991, his book titled ‘WLT: A Radio Romance’ was published. The book was on ‘The New York Times’ bestseller list and received positive critical reviews.

In 1993, he re-opened and produced the radio show ‘A Prairie Home Companion’. It followed the similar pattern of the original show with minor alterations.

In 2000, he travelled to Edinburgh, Scotland, where he performed twice on the re-opened radio show ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ in Queens Hall. These shows were aired on the BBC radio.

In 2004, his collection of political essays titled ‘Homegrown Democrat’ was published. The following year, he started writing a column called ‘The Old Scout’, which was published in salon.com.

He wrote the screenplay for the 2006 movie ‘A Prairie Home Companion’, an ensemble comedy that was directed by Robert Atman.

In 2008, he delivered a broadcast performance at The Oregon Bach Festival, an annual festival hosted in honour of musician, Johann Sebastian Bach.

Major Works

He authored the internationally acclaimed bestselling book ‘Lake Wobegon Days’. The recorded version of the novel received the Grammy Award in the category, ‘Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album’.

Awards & Achievements

In 1980, he received the Peabody Award for the radio show, ‘A Prairie Home Companion’.

In 1990, he was awarded a medal by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for ‘Spoken Language’.

In 1994, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.

In 1999, he received the National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In 2007, he received the John Steinbeck Award. It was bestowed upon him for ‘the spirit of Steinbeck's empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of the common man’.

Personal Life & Legacy

From 1965 to 1976, he was married to Mary Guntzel and the couple had a son, Jason.

After his divorce, he was romantically involved with Margaret Moos, a producer.

In 1985, he married Ulla Skaerved, whom he met at a high school reunion. The marriage ended in 1990.

In 1995, he married Jenny Lind Nilsson, a violinist and the couple live in Anoka along with their daughter, Maia.

In 2001, he underwent mitral valve operation for his heart.

In 2009, he suffered a minor stroke due to which he had to be hospitalised for a few days.

Trivia

In 2008, this prominent Grammy Award winning American radio personality filed a law suit against his neighbours as they were planning to expand their house.

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Garrison Keillor biography timelines

  • // 7th Aug 1942
    Gary Edward Garrison Keillor was born in Anoka, Minnesota to John Philip Keillor, a postal worker and carpenter, and Grace Ruth. His family followed the conservative Evangelical Christian movement.
  • // 1965 To 1976
    From 1965 to 1976, he was married to Mary Guntzel and the couple had a son, Jason.
  • // 1966
    In 1966, he received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota. At the university, he was part of Radio K, a radio station operated by the student community.
  • // 1969
    In 1969, he began his career as a radio professional and hosted the morning radio show with the Minnesota Educational Radio, presently called the Minnesota Public Radio.
  • // 9th Sep 1970
    On September 19, 1970, his story titled ‘Local Family Keeps Son Happy’ was published in ‘The New Yorker’.
  • // 1971
    In 1971, he resigned from the Minnesota Educational Radio as he was not happy with the interference in his musical programming but later re-joined in October that year when the radio was re-named ‘A Prairie Home Companion’.
  • // 6th Jul 1974
    On July 6, 1974, ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ hosted its first one of its kind variety show to live audiences. The show also consisted of live musicians, live sound effects and a team of dancers.
  • // 1980
    In 1980, he received the Peabody Award for the radio show, ‘A Prairie Home Companion’.
  • // 1985
    In 1985, his novel ‘Lake Wobegon Days’, which was a humorous fictional story about life in Lake Wobegon was published. The book became an international bestseller.
  • // 1985 To 1990
    In 1985, he married Ulla Skaerved, whom he met at a high school reunion. The marriage ended in 1990.
  • // 1987
    In 1987, he ended the programme ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ and went on to pursue other radio projects, including the ‘The American Radio Company of the Air’.
  • // 1990
    In 1990, he was awarded a medal by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for ‘Spoken Language’.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, his book titled ‘WLT: A Radio Romance’ was published. The book was on ‘The New York Times’ bestseller list and received positive critical reviews.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, he re-opened and produced the radio show ‘A Prairie Home Companion’. It followed the similar pattern of the original show with minor alterations.
  • // 1994
    In 1994, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
  • // 1995
    In 1995, he married Jenny Lind Nilsson, a violinist and the couple live in Anoka along with their daughter, Maia.
  • // 1999
    In 1999, he received the National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, he travelled to Edinburgh, Scotland, where he performed twice on the re-opened radio show ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ in Queens Hall. These shows were aired on the BBC radio.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, he underwent mitral valve operation for his heart.
  • // 2004
    In 2004, his collection of political essays titled ‘Homegrown Democrat’ was published. The following year, he started writing a column called ‘The Old Scout’, which was published in salon.com.
  • // 2006
    He wrote the screenplay for the 2006 movie ‘A Prairie Home Companion’, an ensemble comedy that was directed by Robert Atman.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, he received the John Steinbeck Award. It was bestowed upon him for ‘the spirit of Steinbeck's empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of the common man’.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, he delivered a broadcast performance at The Oregon Bach Festival, an annual festival hosted in honour of musician, Johann Sebastian Bach.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, this prominent Grammy Award winning American radio personality filed a law suit against his neighbours as they were planning to expand their house.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, he suffered a minor stroke due to which he had to be hospitalised for a few days.

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Garrison Keillor's FAQ

  • What is Garrison Keillor birthday?

    Garrison Keillor was born at 1942-08-07

  • Where is Garrison Keillor's birth place?

    Garrison Keillor was born in Anoka, Minnesota

  • What is Garrison Keillor nationalities?

    Garrison Keillor's nationalities is American

  • Who is Garrison Keillor spouses?

    Garrison Keillor's spouses is Jenny Lind Nilsson (1995–present), Mary Guntzel (1965–1976), Ulla Skaerved (1985–1990)

  • What was Garrison Keillor universities?

    Garrison Keillor studied at University Of Minnesota

  • What was Garrison Keillor notable alumnis?

    Garrison Keillor's notable alumnis is University Of Minnesota

  • How tall is Garrison Keillor?

    Garrison Keillor's height is 193

  • Who is Garrison Keillor's father?

    Garrison Keillor's father is John Philip Keillor

  • Who is Garrison Keillor's mother?

    Garrison Keillor's mother is Grace Ruth

  • What is Garrison Keillor's sun sign?

    Garrison Keillor is Leo