On This Day in Film & TV for December 21

Events in Film & TV

  • 1914 1st feature-length silent film comedy "Tillie's Punctured Romance" released starring Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand and Charlie Chaplin
  • 1925 "Battleship Potemkin", Soviet silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein, starring Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barksy and Grigori Aleksandrov, premieres in Moscow
  • 1933 Fox Films signs Shirley Temple aged 5, to a studio contract
  • 1934 French film "Zouzou" premieres in Paris, starring Josephine Baker; 1st black woman to star in a major motion picture
  • 1937 "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", the first full-length animated feature film and the earliest in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre, Los Angeles
  • 1949 "Samson and Delilah", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature, premieres in New York
  • 1952 WSBT TV channel 22 in South Bend, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KOMU TV channel 8 in Columbia, MO (NBC/PBS) begins broadcasting
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Weddings in Film & TV

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2010 "The Lord of The Rings" actor Sean Bean (51) divorces actress Georgina Sutcliffe (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 years of marriage

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1937 Ted Healy [Ernest Nash], American vaudeville, stage, and screen actor, comedian (Mad Love, San Francisco, Soup to Nuts), and developer of the Three Stooges, dies from complications of alcoholism at 41
  • 1955 Dorothy Bernard, actress (Margaret-Life With Father), dies at 65
  • 1958 H. B. Warner, British actor (Sunset Boulevard, The King of Kings), dies at 83
  • 1967 Stuart "Stu" Erwin, American actor (The Stu Erwin Show), dies of a heart attack at 64
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