Johnny Carson Estate Gives $156M to Charity
Money will be distributed by his foundation
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2010 5:23 PM CDT
Johnny Carson laughs during the final taping of the "Tonight Show" in Burbank, Ca., in this May 22, 1992, file photo.   (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac,File)

(Newser) – Johnny Carson has rewritten the book on celebrity philanthropy. The late entertainer's charitable foundation has received $156 million from a trust that Carson set up years before his death in 2005, reports the Smoking Gun. The bequest means that Carson's foundation is now by far the biggest of Hollywood charities.

The trust previously made regular donations to the foundation, but usually in increments of $1 million and $2 million. The money goes to various organizations, including the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, the city's free clinic, and Planned Parenthood. Carson was extremely private about his personal finances, so it's unclear how big a percentage $156 million represents.

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Aug 11, 2010 1:46 AM CDT
Let's all do this. Amount doesn't matter. Just bequeath something to your city's free clinic. Once-off. I die, someone benefits.
Aug 10, 2010 11:04 PM CDT
This is more redistribution of wealth I can support.
Aug 10, 2010 6:10 PM CDT
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