On This Day in Film & TV for January 31

Events in Film & TV

  • 1949 1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 "Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1981 38th Golden Globes: Ordinary People, Robert De Niro, & Mary Tyler Moore win

  • 1984 Edwin Newman retires from NBC News after 35 years with the network

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1987 44th Golden Globes: Platoon, Bob Hoskins, & Marlee Matlin win

Deaf Actress Marlee Matlin
Deaf Actress
Marlee Matlin
  • 1993 9th Sundance Film Festival: "Ruby in Paradise" and "Public Access" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999 Seth MacFarlane's "Family Guy" first airs on Fox

  • 1999 15th Sundance Film Festival: "Three Seasons" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 2010 26th Sundance Film Festival: "Winter's Bone", directed by Debra Granik, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 US President Donald Trump fires Attorney General Sally Yates after she instructs Justice Department officials not to defend Trumps travel ban

Businessman, TV Personality and 45th US President Donald Trump
Businessman, TV Personality and 45th US President
Donald Trump

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1884 Nicholas Joy, actor (Boss Lady), born in Paris, France
  • 1892 Eddie Cantor, American comedian (Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater), born in NYC, New York
  • 1894 Percy Helton, NY, actor (Jail Busters, Harbor of Missing Men)
  • 1903 Tallulah Bankhead, Huntsville Ala, actress (Lifeboat, Die Die Darling)
  • 1911 Eddie Byrne, British actor (d. 1981)
  • 1914 Carey Lofton, Blountsville Fla, actor (Skinner-Troubleshooters)
  • 1921 Carol Channing, American actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), singer and comedian, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1921 John Agar, actor (Fort Apache, Sands of Iwo Jima), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1921 Mario Lanza, actor/singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1922 William Sylvester, actor (2001, Gorgo, Gemini Man), born in Oakland, California
  • 1923 Eddie Ryder, American actor (Slick Jones-General Hospital), born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Joanne Dru, Logan WV, actress (Guestwood Ho, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon)
  • 1924 Tengiz Abuladze, filmmaker
  • 1929 Jean Simmons, actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls), born in London, England
  • 1930 Lynn Carlin, actress (Joan Hunter-James at 15), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1934 James Franciscus, Clayton Mo, actor (Mr Novak, Longstreet, Hunter)
  • 1937 Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (Birds, Emily-Bob Newhart Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Regimantas Adomaitis, Lithuanian actor
  • 1940 Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)
  • 1941 Jessica Walter, American actress (Play Misty For Me, Arrested Development), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 Derek Jarman, actor/director (Angelic Conversation, Edward II)
  • 1942 Daniela Bianchi, Italian actress
  • 1946 Glynn Turman, American actor (Lew-Peyton Place, Manimal, Centennial), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Jonathan Banks, actor (Armed & Dangerous, Cold Steel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1949 Carol Hawkins, actress (Dialing for Dingbats)
  • 1959 Kelly Lynch, actress (Drugstore Cowboy)
  • 1959 Anthony LaPaglia, Australian actor (Criminal Justice, Without a Trace), born in Adelaide
  • 1963 John Dye, Amory Mass, actor (Andrew-Touched by an Angel)
  • 1967 Irene Wan, Hong Kong actress
  • 1967 Joey Wong, Taiwanese actress
  • 1970 Rachel Jean Marteen, playmate (Aug, 1995), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1970 Minnie Driver, British actress and singer-songwriter (Good Will Hunting, The Riches), born in London, England
  • 1971 Brandi Sherwood, Miss USA-Idaho (1997, 2nd)
  • 1971 Lee Young Ae, South Korean actress
  • 1971 Patrick Kielty, Northern Irish comedian
  • 1973 Portia de Rossi, Australian actress
  • 1975 Preity Zinta, Indian actress
  • 1977 Naomi Darrell, Miss Bermuda Universe (1997)
  • 1977 Shingo Katori, Japanese actor and singer (SMAP)
  • 1977 Kate Shindle, American actress
  • 1977 Kerry Washington, American actress (Scandal), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1980 James Adomian, American actor
  • 1980 Tiffany Limos, American actress
  • 1981 Sergio D. Acosta, Chicano Filmmaker
  • 1982 Bruno Nogueira, Portuguese actor, comedian and TV host
  • 1983 James Sutton, British television actor

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1960 Songwriter Adolph Green marries actress/singer Phyllis Newman in NYC
  • 1974 "The Outlaw" actress Jane Russell (52) weds real-estate broker John Calvin People (45) in Santa Barbara, California

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1957 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 2nd divorce from actor Michael Wilding


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1942 Rolf Wenkhaus, German actor (b. 1917)
  • 1949 Henri de Vries, [Hendricus Walterop], actor (Cleopatra), dies at 84
  • 1954 Florence Bates, actress (Kismet, I Remember Mama), dies at 65
  • 1960 Lowell Gilmore, actor (Calcutta, Roadblock), dies at 53
  • 1966 Elizabeth Patterson, actress (Tall Story), dies at 90
  • 1967 Chief Thundercloud, actor (Ambush, Colt 45, Typhoon), dies at 100
  • 1974 Glenn Morris, olympian/actor (Tarzan's Revenge), dies at 61
  • 1974 Harry Baum, actor (Crime & Punishment), dies at 58
  • 1974 Roger Pryor, actor (Lady by Choice), dies at 72
  • 1987 Yves All├ęgret, French film director (b. 1907)
  • 1989 Jack Douglas, humorist (My Brother Was an Only Child), dies at 80
  • 1995 George Abbott, playwright/actor/producer (Damn Yankees), dies at 105
  • 1997 Eve Lister, actress/singer (No Limit, Hyde Park), dies at 84
  • 1999 Shohei Baba, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 2006 Moira Shearer, Scottish actress (The Red Shoes) and ballerina (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Lee Bergere, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2009 Nagesh, Indian comedian actor in Kollywood (b. 1933)
  • 2014 Christopher Jones, American actor, dies from cancer at 72
  • 2015 Lizabeth Scott [Emma Matzo], American actress (Desert Fury), dies at 92
  • 2016 Terry Wogan, British broadcaster (Eurovision Song Contest, Blankety Blank), dies of cancer at 77