On This Day in Film & TV for December 27

Events in Film & TV

  • 1927 Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Show Boat" premieres in New York City

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1937 Mae West performs Adam & Eve skit that gets her banned from NBC radio

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West
  • 1947 1st "Howdy Doody Show" (Puppet Playhouse), telecast on NBC
  • 1974 Dear Abby show ends run on CBS radio after 11 years

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1978 CBS Television's premiere of its version of "Les Miserables", starring Richard Jordan and Anthony Perkins

  • 1979 Soap Opera "Knots Landing" premieres on CBS-TV

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1985 Terrorists kill 20 and wound 110 attacking El Al at Rome and Vienna airports. President Reagan blames Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1986 2nd Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • 1991 "Carol Burnett Show" last airs on CBS-TV

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2002 "Chicago", based on the musical, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta Jones, is released (Best Picture 2003)


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1879 Robert Greig, Australian actor (Sullivan's Travels, Horse Feathers), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (d. 1958)
  • 1879 Sydney Greenstreet, British actor (Casablanca, Maltese Falcon), born in Sandwich, Kent, England (d. 1954)
  • 1888 Thea von Harbou, German author and actress (Metropolis), born in Tauperlitz, Döhlau, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1895 Sig Arno [Siegfried Aron], German-Jewish actor (Holiday in Havana, My Friend Irma), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1975)
  • 1901 Irene Handl, British actress (Riding High, Morgan), born in London, England (d. 1987)

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1901 Marlene Dietrich, German American actress and singer (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1992)

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich
  • 1906 Oscar Levant, American actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1972)
  • 1909 Johan[nes B] Schmitz, Dutch actor/reciter (Lucifer, MacBeth)
  • 1915 Mary Kornman, American actress (Desert Trail, Queen of the Jungle, Swing it Professor), born in Idaho Falls, Idaho (d. 1973)
  • 1925 Michel Piccoli, actor (Topaz, Peril, May Fools), born in Paris, France
  • 1926 Jerome Courtland, actor (Tonka, Tharus), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1927 Agnes Nixon, American television producer, director, and writer (All My Children), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Norma Rae Beatty Ashby, broadcaster/TV producer
  • 1936 Lee Salk, doctor (CBS TV)
  • 1939 John Amos, actor (Good Times, Coming to America), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1942 Charmian Carr, American actress (The Sound of Music), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1943 Cokie Roberts, newscaster (ABC-TV)
  • 1946 Janet Street-Porter, British TV personality (Youth)
  • 1947 Bill Eadie, professional wrestler known as "Ax" of Demolition
  • 1948 Gérard Depardieu, French actor
  • 1950 Jack van Gelder, Dutch TV host
  • 1952 Tovah Feldshuh, American actress (Idolmaker, Terror out of the Sky), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953 Arthur Kent [The Scud Stud], American newscaster (prominent Gulf War coverage for NBC), born in Alberta, Canada
  • 1960 Maryam D'Abo, actress (Living Daylights, Xtro, Until Sept), born in London, England
  • 1964 Ian Gomez, American actor
  • 1965 Salman Khan, Indian actor (Bajrangi Bhaijaan), born in Indore, India
  • 1966 Eva LaRue, American actress
  • 1966 Bill Goldberg, American football player and professional wrestler
  • 1969 Chyna [Joanie Laurer], American professional wrestler and reality TV star, born in Rochester, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1972 Thomas Wilson Brown, actor (Jason-Knots Landing)
  • 1973 Wilson Cruz, actor (My So Called Life, Ally McBeal)
  • 1974 Masi Oka, Japanese-American actor
  • 1975 Heather O'Rourke, actress (Happy Days, Poltergeist), born in San Diego, California
  • 1976 Aaron Stanford, American actor
  • 1977 Jacqueline Pillon, Canadian actress
  • 1980 Claudio Castagnoli, Swiss wrestler
  • 1981 Emilie de Ravin, Australian actress
  • 1998 Briar Nolet, Canadian actress and dancer (The Next Step, Blood Hunters), born in Toronto, Canada

Weddings in Film & TV


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1950 Actor Henry Fonda (45) weds socialite and third wife Susan Blanchard (22) in New York City

HeartWedding of Interest

1972 Actor Billy Dee Williams (35) weds Teruko Nakagami

  • 2006 Supermodel Niki Taylor (31) weds NASCAR driver Burney Lamar (26) at The Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, California

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2011 "New Girl" actress Zooey Deschanel (31) divorces "Death Cab for Cutie" singer Ben Gibbard (35) due to irreconcilable differences


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1930 William Courtleigh, Canadian actor (The Birth of Character, Ashes, The Nightingale), dies at 63
  • 1957 Alan Bridge, actor (Hail the Conquering Hero), dies at 66
  • 1974 Raymond Glenn, American actor (Raisin in the Sun, Carmen Jones), dies at 76
  • 1978 Bob de Lange [Jacob Bernard de Lange], Dutch actor and director (Daniel), dies at 62
  • 1981 Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael, American composer, singer and actor (In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening), dies at 82
  • 1987 Priscilla Dean, actress (Outside the Law), dies of injuries at 91
  • 1988 Fox Harris, actor (Alienator, Warlords, Sid & Nancy), dies
  • 1991 John Morgan Evans, actor, dies after lengthy illness at 49
  • 1992 Cardew "the Cad" [Douglas] Robinson, English comedian (Alfie), dies at 75
  • 1995 Jeremy John Beadle, British critic, writer and broadcaster, dies of AIDS at 39
  • 1995 Peter Refn, Danish journalist/director (Violets are Blue), dies at 54
  • 2002 George Roy Hill, American film director (b. 1922)
  • 2003 Alan Bates, English actor (b. 1934)
  • 2007 Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Polish film director (b. 1922)
  • 2012 Harry Carey Jr, American actor (Back to the Future Part III, Gremlins), dies from natural causes at 91

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2016 Carrie Fisher, American actress (Princess Leia in Star Wars, When Harry Met Sally...) and writer (Postcards from the Edge), dies at 60 four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles

Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher