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1927 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 11 Louis B. Mayer head of film studio MGM announces creation of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • May 18 Grauman's Chinese Theater opens in Hollywood, California
  • Aug 12 "Wings", one of only two silent films - the other being The Artist in 2011 - to win an Oscar for best picture, opens starring Clara Bow (Outstanding Picture 1929)
  • Oct 6 "The Jazz Singer", directed by Alan Crosland, starring Al Jolson and May McAvoy, released, 1st film with a soundtrack (Honorary Academy Award 1928)
  • Oct 8 "The Second Hundred Years" silent short film released starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - 1st Laurel and Hardy film with them appearing as a team
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Weddings in Film & TV

Divorces in Film & TV

  • Aug 22 Actor Charlie Chaplin divorces his 2nd wife Lita Grey after 3 years of marriage in the largest divorce settlement at the time (US$600,000, plus trusts for children)

Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1927

  • Jun 14 Johanna Barbiers, Dutch actress (Voddenraper of Paris), dies at 79
  • Jul 9 John Drew Jr., American Shakespearean actor (The Big Bonanza), dies at 73
  • Sep 20 George Nichols, American director and actor (His Favorite Pastime, Star Boarder), dies at 62 or 63
  • Nov 1 Florence Mills [Winfrey], American cabaret singer, dancer and comedian, known as 'the Queen of Happiness', dies of tuberculosis at 31