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Dick Cavett

Dick Cavett dishes on showbiz greats

Dick Cavett dishes on showbiz greats

In his new book, "Brief Encounters," a collection of his New York Times columns, professional raconteur Dick Cavett shares stories about his brushes with showbiz greats, including a surprise phone call from Marlene Dietrich and meeting with John Lennon and Yoko Ono during one of their bed-ins for peace. Rubbing elbows with luminaries is but one of the perks of the job for the erudite talk-show host, perhaps best known for "The Dick Cavett Show" which ran for five years. Cavett, who spends most of his time in Montauk, Long Island, recently spoke over a bowl of gazpacho on the Upper West Side.

The recent PBS documentary "Dick Cavett's Watergate"...