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December 1956 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 3 KFSA (now KFSM) TV channel 5 in Ft Smith, AR (CBS) 1st broadcast

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Dec 13 "Anastasia" comeback film for Ingrid Bergman is released in the US, role wins Bergman Academy Award for Best Actress.

  • Dec 15 KGW TV channel 8 in Portland, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 15 WRAL TV channel 5 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 18 "To Tell the Truth" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Dec 18 Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankee radio-TV announcer
  • Dec 28 Miss Frances [Horwich], last Ding Dong School on NBC-TV

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Julee Cruise, American singer and actress
  • Dec 2 Steven Bauer, Cuban-American actor (Scarface, Thief of Hearts), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Dec 3 Hart Bochner, actor and director (Rich & Famous), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 5 Brian Backer, American actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 11 Lani Brockman, American actress and theatre director, born in Seattle
  • Dec 12 Ana Alicia Ortiz, Mexican-American actress (Melissa-Falcon Crest), born in Mexico City
  • Dec 17 Peter Farrelly, American film director
  • Dec 18 T. K. Carter, American actor (Mike-Punky Brewster, Just our Luck), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 18 Ron White, American comedian
  • Dec 19 Alice Barrett, American actress (Frankie Frame-Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 20 Blanche Baker, American actress, Carroll Baker's Daughter (French Postcard), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 24 Stephanie Hodge, American actress & comedian (I Madman, Happily Ever After), born in Wilmington, Ohio
  • Dec 29 Fred MacAulay, Scottish comedian, born in Perth, United Kingdom
  • Dec 30 Patricia Kalember, actress (Sisters)
  • Dec 30 Sheryl Lee Ralph, actress (Moesia, Designing Women)

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 28 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (23) weds actor Gig Young (43)


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 7 Huntley Gordon, Canadian actor, dies at 77
  • Dec 17 Eddie Acuff, actor (Guns of Pecos), dies at 48
  • Dec 26 Holmes Herbert, British actor (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Kiss), dies at 74
  • Dec 30 Ruth Draper, American actress, dies at 72
  • Dec 30 Ruth Draper, American actress and dramatist (The Italian Lesson), dies at 72