1970 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 27 Movie rating system modifies "M" rating to "PG"
  • Feb 4 "Patton" directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring George C. Scott premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1971)

Film & TV Awards in 1970

  • Feb 2 27th Golden Globes: Anne of the Thousand Days, John Wayne, & Genevieve Bujold
  • Feb 13 16th National Film Awards (India): "Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Mar 21 1st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • Apr 7 42nd Academy Awards: "Midnight Cowboy" - Best Picture, John Wayne (True Grit), and Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jane Brody) win
  • May 16 23rd Cannes Film Festival: "M*A*S*H" film, directed by Robert Altman wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • Jun 7 22nd Emmy Awards: Marcus Welby, Robert Young & Susan Hampshire win
  • Jul 5 20th Berlin International Film Festival cancelled due to controversy surrounding the participation of Michael Verhoeven's anti-war film "o.k."
  • Aug 1 2nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • Aug 19 31st Venice Film Festival opens
  • Nov 21 17th National Film Awards (India): "Bhuvan Shome" wins the Golden Lotus

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Mar 12 Actor Phil Hartman (21) weds first wife Gretchen Lewis
  • Mar 20 British snger David Bowie (23) weds British model Angie Barnett, (20) at Bromley Register Office in Beckenham Lane, London; divorce in 1980
  • May 11 American entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. (44) weds American entertainer Altovise Gore (26) in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania courthouse by the Rev. Jesse Jackson

Divorces in Film & TV

  • Nov 8 American "The Mamas & the Papas" singer Michelle Phillips (26) divorces American "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) after only 8 days of marriage

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Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1970

  • Jan 7 Robert [Harriot] Barrat, American actor (Bad Lands, Go West, Distant Drums), dies at 80
  • Jan 19 Hal March [Harold Mendelson], American comedian, actor and TV host ($64,000 Question, Outrage), dies of lung cancer at 49
  • Jan 25 Eiji Tsuburaya, Japanese television writer and producer (Ultraman) (b. 1901)
  • Jan 25 Marie Benavente, actress (Paradise), dies at 84
  • Jan 30 Malcolm Keen, British actor (The Lodger, The Manxman, The Murder Party), dies at 82

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