December 1997 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Westinghouse formally changes its name to CBS

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 release premierFilm 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
  • Dec 19 MTV drops video "Smack My Bitch Up" by Prodigy
  • Dec 22 Hunter Tylo awarded $4 million in Melrose Place breach of contract
  • Dec 25 For 1st time US movie box office receipts pass $6 billion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 25 Jerry Seinfeld says this is the final season of his TV show

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian
Jerry Seinfeld

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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, British professional wrestler (b. 1930)
  • 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, actor (Guys & Dolls, Sweet Charity), dies at 79
  • Dec 16 Richard Warwick, actor (Johnny Dangerously, Sebastine, If), dies at 52
  • Dec 18 Chris Farley, comedian (SNL, Tommy Boy), dies 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, video artist, dies at 39

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Dec 24 Toshiro Mifune, Japanese actor (Shogun), dies at 77

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
  • Dec 25 Denver Pyle, actor (Dukes of Hazzard), dies at 77
  • Dec 28 Ronald Clive Williams, actor/comedian, dies at 68
  • Dec 31 Billie Dove [Lilian Bohny], American actress (Black Pirate, Stolen Bride), dies at 96