Tomorrow is 11/11/11. Many moms-to-be have strategically hoped and prayed these past nine months that they would give birth to their little ones on the magical date. On “Good Morning America” Friday, our Cameron Mathison will go inside a maternity ward to introduce you to some of the brand new 11/11/11 babies.
In the mean time, join us as we take a look back at big births on television over the years. In 1953, Lucille Ball gave birth to Little Ricky on “I Love Lucy,” ushering in the era of births on TV. An astounding 44 million viewers tuned in to watch. That’s more than watched Eisenhower’s inauguration.
Fifty years later, “GMA” became the first show in morning television to take cameras live into delivery rooms around the nation, to see real-life moms giving birth. Five babies were born live on “GMA” in 2001. The next year, six babies were born. The babies may have been the ones crying in the delivery rooms, but they weren’t the only ones to shed tears. Anchor Charlie Gibson cried on the air — and so many of you cried at home.
Where are those “GMA” babies now? They’re growing up! Now 9 and 10 years old, our original “GMA” babies — all 11 of them — are top scholars, budding musicians, aspiring athletes. The original babies, born in Boston, Dallas, Virginia, and Cleveland, may be a bit self-conscious about the fact that millions of viewers saw them in their birthday suits. But all of them say they’re proud to have made their national television debut on “GMA,” at the ripe old age of 15 seconds.
Join us as we look back at those “GMA” babies … and see what they’re up to today!