On This Day in Film & TV for December 23

Events in Film & TV

  • 1928 NBC sets up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network

AgreementContract of Interest

1930 Bette Davis arrives in Hollywood under contract to Universal Studios

Actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938 Margaret Hamilton's costume catches fire in filming of "The Wizard of Oz"

Film release premierFilm Release

1951 "The African Queen", directed by John Huston and based on the 1935 novel of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, is released (Academy Awards Best Actor 1952)

  • 1961 KICU TV channel 43 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 Britain's rock TV show "Ready Steady Go" last program

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1795 Philippe Vandermaelen, Flemish cartographer (Atlas Universel)
  • 1887 Eric Blore, British actor (Great Gatsby, Bowery to Baghdad, Abie's Irish Rose, Love Happy), born in London, England (d. 1959)
  • 1887 John Cromwell, American actor and director (Spitfire, Of Human Bondage), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1979)
  • 1893 Ann O'Neal [Patsy Ann Epperson], American actress (Professional Father), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1971)
  • 1897 Julien Carette, French actor (Sylvia & the Phantom), born in Paris, France (d. 1966)
  • 1903 Fredericka "Fredi" Washington, American actress (Black & Tan), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Maurice Denham, actor (Mr Love, Damn the Defiant), born in Beckenham England (d. 2002)
  • 1911 James Gregory, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Barney Miller), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1916 Dino Risi, Italian film director and screenwriter
  • 1918 Kumar Pallana, Indian-born American actor
  • 1921 Gerald S O'Loughlin, American actor (Storefront Lawyer, Rookies, Wheels), born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Kenneth Henry Lowry Lamb, broadcaster
  • 1923 Leonard Stern, American producer/TV writer (Phil Silvers Show, Get Smart), born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Ruth Roman, actress (Sylvia-Knots Landing, Dallas), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1924 Floyd Kalber, newscaster (NBC Weekend News Anchor-1973), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1925 Harry Guardino, American actor (Monty Nash, Perry Mason, Hill St Blues), born in NYC, New York
  • 1926 James Dewar, journalist/documentary filmmaker
  • 1931 Ronnie Schell, comedian (Gomer Pyle, Good Morning World), born in Richmond, California
  • 1936 Frederic Forrest, ,American actor (The Rose, Lonesone Dove), born in Waxahachie, Texas
  • 1936 James Stacy [ Maurice William Elias], American actor (Lancer), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Elizabeth Hartman, actress (Walking Tall, Beguilled), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1943 Harry Shearer, actor (SNL, Simpsons, Pure Luck), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Roelof den Ambtman, Dutch actor and director (One Evening at Eva)
  • 1943 Elizabeth Hartman, American actress (d. 1987)
  • 1946 Tony Craig, [Kulasa], actor (That Boy Next Door), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1946 Susan Lucci, Scarsdale, New York, American actress (All My Children, Mafia Princess)
  • 1953 John Callahan, actor (Craig-Santa Barbara, Falcon Crest), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1953 Tatsumi Fujinami, wrestler (WWF/NWA)
  • 1957 Trisha Goddard, English television presenter
  • 1958 Denise McConnell, Weisbaden Germany, playmate (March, 1979)
  • 1958 Joan Severance, actress (Hear No Evil, See No Evil), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1961 Carol Smillie, British television personality
  • 1962 Kang Je-gyu, South Korean film director
  • 1963 Keiji Muto, wrestler (NWA/WWC/NJPW)
  • 1967 Carla Bruni, Italian-French model and singer
  • 1969 Martha Byrne, actress (Lily-As the World Turns), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 1970 Kimberly Ann Cooley, Miss America-ND (1996), born in Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • 1971 Corey Haim, actor (Silver Bullet, Lucas, License to Drive), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1975 Sky Lopez, American actress
  • 1976 Jamie Noble, American professional wrestler
  • 1978 Jodie Marsh, British glamour model
  • 1978 Estella Warren, Canadian model and actress
  • 1979 Summer Altice, American model and actress
  • 1979 Holly Madison, American model
  • 1981 Beth [Elisabeth Rodergas Cols], Spanish singer and actress, born in Súria, Catalonia
  • 1985 Luke O'Loughlin, Australian actor
  • 1990 Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, American actress, model, and singer

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1961 Actor Martin Sheen (21) weds Janet Templeton

HeartWedding of Interest

1997 Woody Allen, 62 weds Soon-Yi Previn 27, adopted daughter of Mia Farrow

Actor, Screenwriter & Director Woody Allen
Actor, Screenwriter & Director
Woody Allen
  • 2004 CBS executive Les Moonves (55) weds CBS' "Early Show" co-host Julie Chen (34) on a private estate in Acapulco
  • 2005 "Are You Being Served?" actor John Inman (70) weds Ron Lynch at Westminster Register Office
  • 2005 "Jurassic Park" actress Laura Dern (38) weds musician Ben Harper (36) in Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

2007 "Dr. Izzie Stevens" actress Katherine Heigl (29) weds singer-songwriter Josh Kelley (27) at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah

  • 2015 TV Host Carson Daly (42) weds Siri Pinter in a church ceremony
  • 2015 Musician Richard Marx (53) weds TV host and model Daisy Fuentes (50) in Aspen, Colorado

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1959 Lester Lonergan Jr, actor (Growing Paynes), dies at 65
  • 1962 Luis Alberni, Spanish character actor (The Lady Eve, Topaze), dies at 76
  • 1966 Robert Keith [Rolland Keith Richey], American actor (Guys and Dolls, The Wild One, Battle Circus, Branded, Wild One), dies at 68
  • 1967 Karen Verne, actress (Ships of Fools, Underground), dies at 49
  • 1969 Donald Foster, American actor (Hazel, Lord Love A Duck), dies after long illness at 80
  • 1970 Charlie Ruggles, American actor (Bringing Up Baby, The Patchwork Girl of Oz), dies at 84
  • 1976 Frank Forest, actor (Big Broadcast of 1937, Champagne Waltz), dies
  • 1982 Jack Webb, actor (Joe Friday-Dragnet), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1991 Byron Q Griffith, producer/actor, dies at 73
  • 1993 Gertrude "Trudi" Duby Blom, actress, shot to death at about 92
  • 1994 Nora Dunfree, US actress (Grass Harp), dies at 78
  • 1994 Sebastian Shaw, British actor, director, playwright and poet (High Season, Ace of Spades, Caste), dies of natural causes at 89
  • 1994 Nora Dunfee, American actress (Forrest Gump, Lorenzo's Oil), dies at 78
  • 1995 Patric Reginald Lawrence Knowles, actor (Chisum, Mutiny), dies at 84
  • 1997 Hrvoje Horvatic, video artist, dies at 39
  • 2000 Billy Barty, American actor (Under the Rainbow, Foul Play), dies at 76
  • 2000 Victor Borge, Danish-born comedian and pianist (b. 1909)
  • 2000 Noor Jehan, Indian singer and actress (b. 1926)
  • 2006 Charlie Drake, English comedian (b. 1925)
  • 2007 Michael Kidd, American film and stage choreographer (b. 1915)
  • 2011 Denise Darcel, French actress (Dangerous When Wet), dies of complications from a ruptured aneurysm at 87