March 1970 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Mar 5 "Airport" based on the book by Arthur Hailey, directed by George Seaton and starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin is released

  • Mar 7 WXOW TV channel 19 in La Crosse, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 8 WTCI TV channel 45 in Chattanooga, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting

The Singer

Mar 10 Barbra Streisand records "The Singer" and "I Can Do It"

Grammy Awards

Mar 11 12th Grammy Awards: Aquarius; Crosby Stills & Nash; Peggy Lee win

  • Mar 16 WNIN TV channel 9 in Evansville, Indiana (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 18 KAEC TV channel 19 in Lufkin, Texas (ABC) suspends broadcasting
  • Mar 21 1st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • Mar 21 Vinko Bogataj crashes during a ski-jumping championship in Germany; his image becomes that of the "agony of defeat guy" in the opening credits of ABC's Wide World of Sports.

Music Premiere

Mar 26 Musical "Minnie's Boys", starring Shelley Winters as the mother of the Marx Brothers, and Drama Desk Award winner Lewis J. Stadlen as Groucho, opens at the Imperial Theater, New York City; runs for 80 performances

Sentimental Journey

Mar 27 Ringo Starr releases his 1st solo album "Sentimental Journey", a collection of pre-rock standards

Music Premiere

Mar 29 Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn's musical "Look to the Lilies", based on the novel and film "Lilies of the Field", starring Shirley Booth and Al Freeman, opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 25 performances

  • Mar 30 American television soap opera "Another World in Somerset" premieres on NBC, runs until 1976

Music Premiere

Mar 30 Strouse, Adams, Comden & Green's musical "Applause", an adaptation of the 1950 film "All About Eve", starring Lauren Bacall, opens at the Palace Theatre, NYC; runs for 896 performances, and wins 4 Tony and 3 Drama Desk Awards

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Mar 2 Alexander Armstrong, British comedian, TV presenter and baritone singer (Armstrong and Miller, Pointless), born in Rothbury, Northumberland

Julie Bowen (53 years old)

Mar 3 American actress (Claire Dunphy - Modern Family), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • Mar 5 Lisa Robin Kelly, American actress, (d. 2013)
  • Mar 6 Amy Pietz, actress (Annie-Caroline In the City), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Rachel Weisz (53 years old)

Mar 7 English actress (The Mummy, The Constant Gardener), born in London, England

  • Mar 13 Tim Story, American film director and producer (The Story Company), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 14 Meredith Salenger, American actress (Dream a Little Dream, The Kiss), born in Malibu, California
  • Mar 18 Michael Rapaport, actor (Zak-Zebrahead)

Queen Latifah (53 years old)

Mar 18 American Grammy and Emmy Award-winning rapper ("Ladies First"; "Unity"), actress (Chicago; Bessie: Beauty Shop), and TV personality (THe Queen Latifah Show), born in Newark, New Jersey

  • Mar 24 Lara Flynn Boyle, Davenport Iowa, actress (Donna Hayward-Twin Peaks)
  • Mar 26 Evan Richards, American actor (Frankie-Mama Malone), born in Los Angeles, California

Martin McDonagh (53 years old)

Mar 26 Irish playwright and filmmaker (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths), born in London, England

  • Mar 27 Corey Page, Australian actor (Richard Wilkins-Loving/City), born in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
  • Mar 27 Elizabeth Mitchell, American actress (Lost), born in Los Angeles, California

Vince Vaughn (53 years old)

Mar 28 American actor (Swingers, Wedding Crashers), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Mar 30 Mark Consuelos, American actor (All My Children, 1996-2001 & 2010 - "Mateo Santos"), and husband of Kelly Ripa, born in Zaragosa, Spain

Weddings in Film & TV

Phil Hartman

Mar 12 Actor Phil Hartman (21) weds first wife Gretchen Lewis

David Bowie

Mar 20 British snger David Bowie (23) weds British model Angie Barnett, (20) at Bromley Register Office in Beckenham Lane, London; divorce in 1980

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Mar 6 William Hopper, American actor (Perry Mason, The Bad Seed, Rebel Without a Cause), dies of pneumonia following a stroke at 55
  • Mar 10 Vasilis Avlonitis, Greek actor (b. 1904)
  • Mar 13 Rick Besoyan, American singer, actor, playwright, composer and director (Little Mary Sunshine), dies of internal hemorrhages at 45
  • Mar 15 Josef Martin Bauer, German writer and director (As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me), dies at 68
  • Mar 29 Lev Kuleshov, Russian filmmaker and film theorist (Po Zakonu, founder of Moscow film school), dies at 71