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1978 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

Film & TV Awards in 1978

  • Jan 28 35th Golden Globes: "The Turning Point", Richard Burton, & Jane Fonda win
  • Feb 20 4th People's Choice Awards: John Wayne and Barbra Streisand (Motion Picture), and James Garner and Mary Tyler Moore (TV) win
  • Feb 22 28th Berlin International Film Festival: "Las truchas" and "What Max Said" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Apr 3 50th Academy Awards: "Annie Hall", Richard Dreyfuss & Diane Keaton win
  • May 30 31st Cannes Film Festival: "The Tree of Wooden Clogs" directed by Ermanno Olmi wins the Palme d'Or
  • Jun 7 Emmy 5th Daytime Award presentation
  • Jul 26 11th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Sep 17 30th Emmy Awards: "All in the Family"; Ed Asner & Sada Thompson win
  • Sep 21 3rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Girlfriends" directed by Claudia Weill wins the People's Choice Award

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Mar 28 Actor Jeremy Irons (29) weds actress SinĂ©ad Cusack (30)
  • Apr 11 Singer Aretha Franklin marries second husband actor Glynn Turman (divorced 1984)
  • May 5 "Happy Days" actor Anson Williams (28) weds Lorrie Maheffey

Divorces in Film & TV

  • May 1 Actress and model Bianca Jagger files for divorce from Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger after 7 years of marriage on the grounds of his adultery with model Jerry Hall

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Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1978

  • Jan 6 Francine York, American actress (Slattery's People), dies at 80
  • Jan 11 Michael Bates, English actor (Clockwork Orange, Salt & Pepper), dies at 57
  • Jan 11 Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humorist and Urdu poet (b. 1927)
  • Jan 14 Blossom Rock [Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald], American actress (Grandmamma-The Addams Family), dies at 81
  • Jan 14 Harold Abrahams, British athlete (Olympic gold 100m, silver 4x100m 1924; depicted in film "Chariots of Fire"), dies at 78

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