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1959 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

Film & TV Awards in 1959

  • Mar 5 16th Golden Globes: "The Defiant Ones", David Niven, & Susan Hayward win
  • Mar 6 11th Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr win
  • Apr 6 31st Academy Awards: "Gigi", Susan Hayward & David Niven win
  • Apr 28 6th National Film Awards (India): "Sagar Sangamey" wins the Golden Lotus
  • May 15 12th Cannes Film Festival: "Black Orpheus" directed by Marcel Camus wins the Palme d'Or
  • Jun 26 9th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Cousins" wins Golden Bear
  • Aug 23 20th Venice Film Festival: "The Great War" directed by Mario Monicelli and "General della Rovere" directed by Roberto Rossellini jointly awarded Golden Lion

Weddings in Film & TV

  • May 8 Aspiring American actress Raquel Tejada (18) weds high school sweetheart James Welch; divorce in 1964 - she keeps his name (Raquel Welch)
  • May 12 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (27) marries for the 4th time to entertainer Eddie Fisher (30)
  • May 28 Muppeteer Jim Henson (22) weds Jane Nebel (24) in Salisbury, Maryland

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