On This Day in Film & TV for December 25

Events in Film & TV

  • 1917 Louis Hirsch and Otto Harbach's musical "Going Up" premieres in New York City
  • 1937 Arturo Toscanini conducts 1st Symphony of the Air over NBC Radio

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1938 George Cukor announces Vivien Leigh will play Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind"

Actress Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh
  • 1954 WSFA TV channel 12 in Montgomery, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting

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1962 "To Kill a Mockingbird", a film adaptation of the novel by Harper Lee, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck, is released (Gregory Peck - Best Actor Academy Awards 1963)

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1967 Singer Paul McCartney & actress Jane Asher get engaged

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

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1973 "The Sting" directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford premieres in Los Angeles and New York (Best Picture 1974)

Actor Robert Redford
Robert Redford
Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman

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1990 "The Godfather Part III" directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino, Diane Keaton and Andy Garcia premieres

  • 1994 "Comedy Tonight" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1997 For 1st time US movie box office receipts pass $6 billion

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1997 Jerry Seinfeld says this is the final season of his TV show

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld

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2013 "The Wolf of Wall Street", starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, is released

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1863 Charles Pathé, French pioneer of film and record industries (d. 1957)
  • 1868 Eugenie Besserer, American actress (Jazz Singer), born in Watertown, New York (d. 1934)
  • 1884 [Florence] Evelyn Nesbit, American actress, born in Tarentum, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1887 John Davidson, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc, Charlie Chan-Chinese Cat), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1891 Earle Foxe, actor (Dance Fools Dance), born in Oxford, Ohio
  • 1893 Bert Bertram, Australian actor (How to Steal a Million, Shamus), born in Peterborough, Australia (d. 1991)
  • 1893 Fred Hillebrand, American actor (Martin Kane, Moon Over Manhattan), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1899 Frank Fergusson, American character actor (My Friend Flicka, Peyton Place), born in Ferndale, California (d. 1978)

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1899 Humphrey Bogart, American actor (Casablanca - "Here's looking at you, kid"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1957)

  • 1902 Barton Maclane, American actor (The Quaterback, I Dream of Jeannie), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Corry Lievens [Isabella MJ Adriaens], Flemish actress (Blue Bird), born in Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1968)
  • 1903 J Edward Bromberg, Hungarian actor (The Mark of Zorro, Under 2 Flags), born in Temesvár, Austria-Hungary (d. 1951)
  • 1906 Lew Grade, British TV mogul (ATV)/movie producer (Boys from Brazil)
  • 1907 Mike Mazurki, Ukrainian-born actor (d. 1990)
  • 1908 Frank Ferguson, California, actor (Wagons West, Dynamite, My Gal Sal)
  • 1908 Helen Twelvetrees, American actress (State's Attorney, Painted Desert), born in in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1958)
  • 1909 Mike Mazurki, Tarnopal Austria, actor/wrestler (Centerfold Girls)
  • 1910 Marguerite Churchill, American actress (Dracula's Daughter, Big Trail), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2000)
  • 1911 Burne Hogarth, strip-cartoon artist
  • 1913 Candy Candido, American actor and radio performer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1915 Nora Dunfee, American actress (Forrest Gump, Lorenzo's Oil), born in Belmont, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Noele Gordon, British actress (Crossroads), born in East Ham, London, (d. 1985)
  • 1920 Artur Agostinho, Lisbon Port, actor (Capas Negras, Leao da Estrela)
  • 1928 Earl Brown, Salt Lake City Ut, actor (Stovall-Operation Petticoat)
  • 1929 Irish McCalla, Pawnee City Neb, actress (Sheena Queen of Jungle)
  • 1929 Stuart Hall, British radio and television presenter
  • 1929 China Machado, Chinese-born model, 1st non-Caucasian super model, born in Shanghai (d. 2016)
  • 1934 John Ashley, actor (Clipper-Straightaway), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1938 Wibo van de Linde, Dutch TV host/director (Avro)
  • 1943 Hanna Schygulla, Katowice Silesia, actress (Love is Colder than Death)
  • 1944 Kenny Everett [Maurice James Christopher Cole], Seaforth Lancashire, British DJ and TV personality (Kenny Everett Show)
  • 1945 Rick Berman, [Richard], televison producer (Star Trek Generations), born in New York
  • 1945 Gary Sandy, actor (Andy-WKRP in Cincinnati), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1948 Barbara Mandrell, singer/TV host (Mandrell Sisters), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1948 Merry Clayton, American soul and gospel singer and actress, born in New Orleans, Louisiana

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1949 Sissy Spacek, American Actress (Carrie, Badlands, Coal Miner's Daughter), born in Quitman, Texas

Actress Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
  • 1952 CCH Pounder, Guyana-born actress
  • 1955 William Andrews, actor (Sealed Cargo)
  • 1957 Jillie Mack, Mrs Tom Selleck/actress (Magnum PI)
  • 1959 Missy Cleveland, playmate (April, 1979), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1960 Ron Bottitta, British actor
  • 1962 Dean Cameron, Morrison Ill, actor (Herbie-Spencer)
  • 1964 Peter Hanson, English/Sierra Leone/Dutch actor (Darling How Could You)
  • 1966 Sandy Corn, model/Penthouse Pet (March, 1991)
  • 1968 Helena Christensen, Copenhagen Denmark, model/actress (Inferno)
  • 1972 Fantasia, [Tonya Manley], dancer/actress (Pump it Up), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1973 Chris Harris, American professional wrestler
  • 1974 Nagma [Nandita Arvind Morarji], Indian actress, born in Mumbai
  • 1977 Uhm Ji-won, South Korean actress
  • 1980 Reika Hashimoto, Japanese actress
  • 1980 Laura Sadler, British actress (d. 2003)
  • 1981 Katie Wright, American actress
  • 1984 Georgia Moffett, British actress
  • 1985 Perdita Weeks, British actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1949 British actor Cary Grant (45) weds actress Betsy Drake (26)
  • 1997 Actress Rue McClanahan (64) weds actor-producer Morrow Wilson (58) at Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria

HeartWedding of Interest

1999 Comedian Jerry Seinfeld (45) marries PR executive Jessica Sklar (28)

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld
  • 2012 "Arrow" actor Stephen Amell (31) weds America's Next Top Model Cassandra Jean (27) in the Caribbean

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1945 Actor John Wayne (38) divorces Josephine Saenz (37) after 12 years of marriage

Actor John Wayne
John Wayne

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1940 Agnes Ayres, actress (Johnny Belinda, Sheik), dies at 42
  • 1946 W C Fields, writer/comedian (Bank Dick, It's A Gift), dies at 67
  • 1964 Cheerio Meredith, actress (One Happy Family), dies at 74
  • 1976 Frankie Darro, actor (Radio Ranch, Valley of Wanted Men), dies at 58

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1977 Charlie Chaplin, British actor and comedian (Modern Times, The Kid), dies in Switzerland at 88

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1979 Joan Blondell, American actress (Real McCoys), dies of leukemia at 73
  • 1979 Lee Bowman, actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover), dies at 64
  • 1980 Fred Emney, British actor (Let the People Sing, Adventures of a Private Eye, Lilac Domino), dies at 80
  • 1991 Curt Bois, actor (Great Waltz, Boat is Full), dies at 90
  • 1991 Orane Demazis, French actress (Marius, Fanny et Caesar), dies at 87
  • 1995 Dean Martin [Dino Paul Crocetti], American singer and actor (Martin and Lewis, The Dean Martin Show), dies at 78
  • 1996 Derek Prouse, writer actor and director (Le Scandale), dies at 74
  • 1996 Jon Benet Ramsey, Colo child beauty queen, murdered at 6
  • 1997 Denver Pyle, actor (Dukes of Hazzard), dies at 77
  • 1999 Peter Jeffrey, English actor (b. 1929)
  • 2002 William T. Orr, American television producer (b. 1917)
  • 2008 Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (Santa Baby), dies at 81