January 1957 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 "Blondie" situation comedy premieres on NBC TV (later on CBS)

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Jan 10 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in the Det Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

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Jan 13 "All that Fall", first radio play by Samuel Beckett, aired on BBC Third Programme

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Jan 21 KSAT TV channel 12 in San Antonio, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 28 "Tonight! America After Dark" premieres, with Jack Lescoulie & Al (Jazzbo) Collins on NBC (between Steve Allen & Jack Paar)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Ewa Kasprzyk, Polish actress
  • Jan 2 Joanna Pacula, Tomszowaubelski Poland, actress (Gorky Park, Kiss)
  • Jan 3 Frank Dicopoulos, actor (Frank Cooper-Guiding Light), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jan 7 Kristen Meadows, actress (Santa Barbara)
  • Jan 7 Reena Roy, Indian actress
  • Jan 12 John Lasseter, American animation director (Pixar), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jan 14 Suzanne Danielle, English actress
  • Jan 15 Mario Van Peebles, Mexican actor (Posse, South Bronx Heroes)
  • Jan 17 Steve Harvey, American actor, comedian and radio personality
  • Jan 22 Rene Requiestas, Filipino comedian (d. 1993)
  • Jan 24 Adrian Edmondson, British comedian
  • Jan 25 Jenifer Lewis, actress (Girl 6, Meteor Man, Sister Act)
  • Jan 25 Martha Elizabeth Thomsen, Moses Lake Wash, playmate (May, 1980)
  • Jan 27 Frank Miller, American comicbook writer (Batman-The Dark Knight Returns)
  • Jan 28 Harley Jane Kozak, actress (Arachnophobia, Necessary Roughness)
  • Jan 28 Frank Skinner English comedian

Weddings in Film & TV


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Jan 12 Aviator Howard Hughes marries 2nd wife actress Jean Peters

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 31 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 2nd divorce from actor Michael Wilding


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 7 Al White, choreographer (NBC Comedy Hour), dies

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Jan 14 Humphrey Bogart, American actor (Casablanca, Caine Mutiny), dies of cancer of the esophagus at 57

  • Jan 16 Arturo Toscanini, Italian US conductor (NBC), dies in NYC at 89