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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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 4 Newscaster David Brinkley is released by NBC

NBC News Anchor and Journalist David Brinkley
NBC News Anchor and Journalist
David Brinkley

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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The Smurfs title card from the 1981 TV series
The Smurfs title card from the 1981 TV series
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  • Sep 13 33rd Emmy Awards: "Taxi", "Hill Street Blues", Judd Hirsch and Isabel Sanford win
  • Sep 14 Entertainment Tonight premieres on TV
  • Sep 19 6th Toronto International Film Festival: "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson wins the People's Choice Award
  • 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 (Top of the Pops, Radio 1), born in London, England

Person of interestBeyoncé Knowles

Sep 4 Beyoncé Knowles, American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, producer and actress (Destiny's Child), born in Houston, Texas

  • Sep 8 Jonathan Taylor Thomas, American actor (Home Improvement), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 9 Julie Gonzalo, Argentinian actress, born in Lanús Oeste, Argentina

Person of interestJennifer Hudson

Sep 12 Jennifer Hudson, American Academy and Grammy Award winning actress (Dreamgirls; Respect) and singer ("And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"), 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
  • Sep 14 Miyavi, Japanese singer and actor, born in Konohana-ku ward, Osaka, Japan
  • Sep 16 Fan Bingbing, Chinese actress and singer (My Fair Princess), born in Qingdao, Shandong
  • Sep 16 Alexis Bledel, American actress (Gilmore Girls), born in Houston, Texas
  • Sep 18 Jennifer Tisdale, American actress and model, born in Neptune, New Jersey
  • 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 Eckstein, American actress (voice of Ahsoka Tan in Star Wars), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Sep 22 Subaru Shibutani, Japanese singer, dancer, actor (Kanjani8)
  • Sep 23 Misti Traya, American actress
  • Sep 24 Drew Gooden, National Basketball Association player and broadcaster, born in Oakland, California
  • 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, born in North Adams, Massachusetts
  • Sep 26 Collien Fernandes, German TV host and actress, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Sep 26 Christina Milian, American actress and singer, born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Sep 28 Gül Gölge, Turkish model and actress

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding 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