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1922 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • Mar 4 1st vampire film "Nosferatu", an un-authorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, premieres at the Berlin Zoological Garden, Germany
  • Oct 18 British Broadcasting Company (BBC) founded, later called British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Nov 14 BBC begins daily radio broadcasts from the 2LO transmitter at Marconi House
  • Nov 26 1st successful Technicolor movie (The Toll of the Sea), premieres at the Rialto Theatre in NYC
  • Dec 24 BBC broadcasts first British radio play "The Truth about Father Christmas"
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • May 13 "Latin Lover" silent actor Rudolph Valentino (27) weds film costume and set designer Natacha Rambova (25) in Mexicali, Mexico
  • Sep 28 American stage and film actor, dancer, and singer James Cagney (23) weds American dancer Frances Vernon in NYC

Divorces in Film & TV

  • Aug 9 Actress Gloria Swanson (23) divorces businessman Herbert K. Somborn after almost 3 years of marriage

Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1922

  • Feb 1 William Desmond Taylor [Deane-Tanner], Irish director & actor (The Awakening, Broken Coin), murdered at 49
  • Mar 4 Bert Williams, African American comedian and entertainer, dies at 46
  • May 21 Sidney Ainsworth, British silent film actor (Not in the News, The Rajah's Tunic), dies at 49
  • Jun 6 Lillian Russell, American actress and operetta singer, dies at about 60
  • Nov 19 Frank Bacon, American playwright, actor and author (Lightnin'), dies from a heart attack at 58