On This Day

December 1997 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Westinghouse formally changes its name to CBS

Film Premier

Dec 9 "Tomorrow Never Dies", 18th James Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh, premieres in London

Film & TV History

Dec 12 Fed judge sentences Autumn Jackson, who claims to be Bill Cosby's daughter, to 26 months for trying to extort $40 million from him

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby

Film Premier

Dec 15 "Spice World" movie directed by Bob Spiers and starring girl group the Spice Girls premieres in the UK

Singer-Songwriter Mel C
Singer-Songwriter
Mel C
Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton
Singer Geri Horner
Singer
Geri Horner

Music History

Dec 19 MTV drops video "Smack My Bitch Up" by Prodigy

Singer and Dancer Keith Flint
Singer and Dancer
Keith Flint
  • Dec 22 Hunter Tylo awarded $4 million in Melrose Place breach of contract

Film Release

Dec 23 "As Good as It Gets" film released written and directed by James L. Brooks, starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt

  • Dec 25 For 1st time US movie box office receipts pass $6 billion

Television Finale

Dec 25 Jerry Seinfeld announces the final season of his TV show "Seinfeld" will air the following year

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian
Jerry Seinfeld

Weddings in Film & TV

Peter Jennings

Dec 6 ABC's World News Tonight news anchor Peter Jennings (59) weds Kayce Freed in Bridgehampton, New York

Journalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter Jennings
Journalist and T.V. News Anchor
Peter Jennings

Milla Jovovich

Dec 14 Director Luc Besson (38) marries actress Milla Jovovich (22)

Woody Allen

Dec 23 Woody Allen, 62 weds Soon-Yi Previn 27, adopted daughter of Mia Farrow

Actor, Screenwriter and Director Woody Allen
Actor, Screenwriter and Director
Woody Allen
  • Dec 25 Actress Rue McClanahan (64) weds actor-producer Morrow Wilson (58) at Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria

Robert Carlyle

Dec 28 Actor Robert Carlyle (36) weds makeup artist Anastasia Shirley in Scotland

Cate Blanchett

Dec 29 Actress Cate Blanchett (28) weds screenwriter Andrew Upton (31) at Blue Mountains National Park in New South Wales, Australia

Wedding of Interest

Dec 31 American rapper and actor "The Fresh Prince" Will Smith (43) weds actress Jada Pinkett (40) in Baltimore, Maryland

Helen Mirren

Dec 31 Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren (52) weds The Devil's Advocate director Taylor Hackford (53) at the Ardersier Parish Church near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands

Actress Helen Mirren
Actress
Helen Mirren

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 2 Shirley Crabtree Jr. [Big Daddy], English pro wrestler (record-breaking 64-inch chest), dies from a stroke at 67
  • Dec 3 Violet Carlson, American Broadway actress (The Student Prince), dies at 97
  • Dec 4 Richard Vernon, British actor (Gandhi, Hard Days Night), dies at 72
  • Dec 6 Alan Mouncer, film director and producer, dies at 68
  • Dec 9 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, dies at 91
  • Dec 10 Jake Carey, American actor (Rock Rock Rock!, Go, Johnny, Go!), dies at 71
  • Dec 14 Stubby Kaye [Bernard Solomon Kotzin], American actor (Guys & Dolls, Lil' Abner, Cat Ballou), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • Dec 16 Lillian Disney, widow of animator Walt Disney, dies of a stroke at 98
  • Dec 16 Richard Warwick, English actor (Johnny Dangerously, Sebastine, If), dies of AIDS complications at 52
  • Dec 18 Chris Farley, American actor (SNL, Wayne's World, Coneheads), dies of a drug overdose at 33
  • Dec 20 Dawn Steel, American filmmaker, 1st woman to head Hollywood studio, dies of cancer at 51
  • Dec 21 Juzo Itami, film director/actor (Lord Jim, Yuuguremade), dies at 64
  • Dec 23 Hrvoje Horvatic, Croatian video artist, dies at 39
  • Dec 23 Stanley Cortez, American cinematographer (Magnificent Ambersons), dies at 89
  • Dec 24 James Komack, American writer, director and actor (Courtship of Eddie's Father), dies at 67

Toshiro Mifune

Dec 24 Toshiro Mifune, Japanese writer and actor (Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Shogun), dies at 77

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
  • Dec 25 Denver Pyle, American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, The Andy Griffith Show), dies of lung cancer at 77
  • Dec 28 Ronald Clive Williams, Welsh actor and comedian (Twin Town), dies at 68
  • Dec 31 Billie Dove [Lilian Bohny], American actress (Black Pirate, Stolen Bride), dies at 96