1943 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • Mar 25 Jimmy Durante & Garry Moore premiere on radio
  • Mar 27 Blue Ribbon Town (with Groucho Marx) 1st heard on CBS Radio
  • Apr 29 Noël Coward's comic play "Present Laughter" premieres in London
  • Apr 30 Noël Coward's play "This Happy Breed" premieres in London
  • May 25 Agnes Moorehead appears in "Sorry, Wrong Number" on the radio program "Suspense", her most successful appearance
  • Jun 1 Germany shoots down a civilian flight from Lisbon to London, 13 passengers, included actor Leslie Howard, and 4 crew die
  • Jul 21 Musical film "Stormy Weather", directed by Andrew L. Stone, starring Bill Robinson, Lena Horne and Fats Waller (singing "Ain't Misbehavin'") premieres in the US
  • Oct 19 Theater Guild presentation of Shakespeare's "Othello", starring Paul Robeson, opens at the Shubert Theater, NYC; runs for 296 performances
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Film & TV Awards in 1943

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Feb 15 Model Bettie Page (19) weds high school sweetheart Billy Neal in Gallatin, Tennessee
  • Mar 14 American movie actress Lana Turner (22) and American actor and restaurateur Steve Crane remarry in Tijuana, Mexico; divorce in 1944
  • Apr 10 Actor Peter Cushing (29) weds actress Violet Helene Beck in London, England

Divorces in Film & TV

  • Jun 29 Actor Jackie Coogan (28) divorces actress Flower Parry after almost 2 years of marriage

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Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1943

  • Jan 23 Alexander Woollcott, American drama critic (The New Yorker), dies of a heart attack on radio, at 56
  • Jan 25 Spencer Charters, American actor (3 Faces West, Big Town Girl, St Louis Kid), dies at 67
  • Feb 14 Dora Gerson, German-Jewish actress, cabaret singer, and Holocaust victim (Caravan of Death), dies in Auschwitz concentration camp at 43
  • Feb 19 Lynne Overman, American actor (Reap the Wild Wind), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • Mar 10 Tully Marshall, American actor (Let's Go, Red Dust), dies at 78

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