On This Day

December 1985 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Noraly Beyer becomes Neth's 1st black TV newscaster

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 TV mini series "Anne of Green Gables" based on the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, starring Megan Follows is first shown on CBS in Canada

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 3 7th ACE Cable Awards: Shelley Duvall wins the Golden CableACE for "Faerie Tale Theatre"

  • Dec 8 NBC premiere of thriller "Final Jeopardy", starring Richard Thomas and Mary Crosby

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 10 "Out of Africa", based on the book by Isak Dinesen, directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1986)

Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack
Actor Robert Redford
Actor
Robert Redford
  • Dec 11 General Electric acquires RCA Corp & its subsidiary, NBC

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 16 Film "The Color Purple" based on novel by Alice Walker, directed by Stephen Spielberg starring Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover premieres in New York

Actress Whoopi Goldberg
Actress
Whoopi Goldberg
Novelist Alice Walker
Novelist
Alice Walker
Actor and Activist Danny Glover
Actor and Activist
Danny Glover
  • Dec 20 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Janelle Monáe, American singer-songwriter and actress, born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Dec 3 Amanda Seyfried, American actress (Mamma Mia), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 5 Frankie Muniz, American actor (Malcolm in the Middle), born in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey
  • Dec 6 Dulce María, Mexican actress and singer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Dec 10 Raven-Symoné [Pearman], American actress and singer (The Cosby Show; That's So Raven), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 12 Joel Karekezi. Rwandan film director (The Mercy of the Jungle), born in Rubavu, Rwanda
  • Dec 14 Nonami Takizawa, Japanese gravure idol and actress, born in Saitama prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 14 Ren Yagami, Japanese actor and singer, born in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 18 Tara Conner, 2006 Miss USA
  • Dec 18 Hana Soukupová, Czech supermodel
  • Dec 23 Luke O'Loughlin, Australian actor, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Dec 25 Perdita Weeks, British actress, born in Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Dec 26 Steven Hartman, American actor (Rick Forrester in Bold & Beautiful), born in Westlake, California
  • Dec 26 Yuu Shirota, Japanese-Spanish actor & singer, born in Tokyo, Japan

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Dec 14 "The Cosby Show" actress Phylicia Rashad (37) weds former NFL wide receiver and sportscaster Ahmad Rashad (36)

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 15 Actor Sylvester Stallone (39) weds "Rocky IV" actress Brigitte Nielsen (22) in Beverly Hills, California

Actor and Director Sylvester Stallone
Actor and Director
Sylvester Stallone

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 2 Alex Courtney, actor (Sword of Justice), dies
  • Dec 3 Sam Gillman, actor (Sam-Shane), dies at 70
  • Dec 12 Anne Baxter, American actress, and singer (The Razor's Edge, All About Eve), dies of a stroke at 62
  • Dec 26 Harold P. Warren, American movie director (Manos: The Hands of Fate), dies at 62
  • Dec 26 Jackie Ormes, African-American cartoonist (Torchy Brown), dies at 74

Person of interestRicky Nelson

Dec 31 Ricky Nelson [Rick Nelson], American Rock Star (Hello Mary Lou, It's Late, Garden Party) and actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies in a plane crash at 45

Rock Star and Actor Ricky Nelson
Rock Star and Actor
Ricky Nelson
  • Dec 31 Sam Spiegel, American film producer (On the Waterfront, The Bridge on the River Kwai) dies at 84