September 1981 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Sep 2 38th Venice Film Festival: "Die bleierne Zeit" directed by Margarethe von Trotta wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 4 Newscaster David Brinkley is released by NBC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 7 Jerry Lewis' 16th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $31,500,000

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 8 British TV comedy "Only Fools and Horses created by John Sullivan, starring David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Lennard Pearce premieres on BBC One
  • Sep 12 Elizabeth Ward (Arkansas), 20, crowned 54th Miss America 1982

Television DebutThe Smurfs TV Debut

Sep 12 "The Smurfs" animated cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera first broadcasts in North America
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  • Sep 13 33rd Emmy Awards: Taxi, Hill St Blue, Judd Hirsh & Isabel Sanford win
  • Sep 14 Entertainment Tonight premieres on TV
  • Sep 27 "Day in Hollywood, A Night.." closes at John Golden NY after 588 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Sep 28 “Physical” single released by Olivia Newton-John (Billboard Song of the Year 1982)

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Sep 2 Fariborz Kamkari, Iranian film director and producer
  • Sep 2 Bracha van Doesburgh, Dutch actress
  • Sep 3 Fearne Cotton, British television presenter
  • Sep 8 Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Bethlehem PA, actor (Randy-Home Improvement)
  • Sep 9 Julie Gonzalo, Argentinian actress

Person of interestJennifer Hudson

Sep 12 Jennifer Hudson, American actress and singer (Dreamgirls), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actress and Singer Jennifer Hudson
Actress and Singer
Jennifer Hudson
  • Sep 13 Angel Williams, Canadian professional wrestler, born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Sep 14 Miyavi, Japanese singer and actor
  • Sep 16 Fan Bingbing, Chinese actress and singer (My Fair Princess), born in Qingdao, Shandong
  • Sep 16 Alexis Bledel, American actress (Gilmore Girls)
  • Sep 18 Jennifer Tisdale, American actress and model
  • Sep 21 Nicole Richie, American socialite, author and TV personality (The Simple Life), born in Berkeley, California
  • Sep 21 Rimi Sen, Indian actress
  • Sep 21 Meilinda Soerjoko, Indonesian-Australian actress
  • Sep 22 Ashley Drane, American actress
  • Sep 22 Subaru Shibutani, Japanese singer, dancer, actor (Kanjani8)
  • Sep 23 Misti Traya, American actress
  • Sep 24 BenDeLaCreme [Benjamin Putnam], American drag queen, burlesque performer and actor (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 25 Van Hansis, American actor
  • Sep 26 Collien Fernandes, German TV host and actress
  • Sep 26 Christina Milian, American actress and singer
  • Sep 28 Gül Gölge, Turkish model and actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 13 Television producer Lorne Michaels (36) weds model Susan Forristal

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Sep 1 Ann Harding, actress (When Ladies Meet, Devotion), dies
  • Sep 4 Verne Rowe, actor (Verne-Fernwood 2 Night), dies at 59
  • Sep 6 Maria Palmer, actress (Days of Glory, Web), dies
  • Sep 11 Frank McHugh, american actor (Going My Way, Front Page, Gold Diggers 1935, Mighty Joe Young), dies at 83
  • Sep 15 Sara Haden, American actress (A Family Affair), dies at 83
  • Sep 15 Harold Bennett, English actor (b. 1899)
  • Sep 21 Nigel Patrick, actor and director (Sapphire, Prize of Gold), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • Sep 23 Chief Dan George [Tes-wah-no], Canadian Indian author, poet and actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man, Smith!), dies from heart failure at 82
  • Sep 24 Patsy Kelly, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, North Ave Irregulars), dies at 71
  • Sep 27 Robert Montgomery, American actor and director (Robert Montgomery Presents, Earl of Chicago, Yellow Jack), dies at 77