On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for December 27

Events in Film & TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Actress Mae West
Mae West
  • 1947 1st "Howdy Doody Show" (Puppet Playhouse), telecast on NBC

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1964 The Supremes 1st appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show" singing "Come See About Me"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • 1974 Dear Abby show ends run on CBS radio after 11 years

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

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
  • 1986 2nd Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

Film release premierFilm Release

2002 "Chicago" (Best Picture 2003), based on John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical, directed by Rob Marshall, starring Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta-Jones released.

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)

Person of interestMarlene Dietrich

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
  • 1905 Esma Cannon, Australian-born actress (Sailor Beware!), born in Randwick, Australia (d. 1972)
  • 1906 Oscar Levant, American pianist, composer and actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1972)
  • 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, American actor (Tonka, Tharus), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Dave Marr, golfer, broadcaster, (PGA Championship 1965), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1935 Norma Rae Beatty Ashby, broadcaster/TV producer
  • 1936 Lee Grosscup, American football quarterback (NY Jets, NY Titans) and sportscaster (college football analyst ABC; Cal Berkeley), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2020)
  • 1939 John Amos, American actor (Good Times; Roots; Coming to America; The West Wing), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1941 Charlie Dog, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones and Bob Clampett (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Porky's Pooch"
  • 1942 Charmian Carr, American actress (The Sound of Music), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1943 Cokie Roberts, American pioneering newscaster (ABC, NPR), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 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 (Cougar Town), born in New York City

Person of interestSalman Khan

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, American actor (Jason-Knots Landing), born in Lusk, Wyoming
  • 1973 Wilson Cruz, actor (My So Called Life, Ally McBeal)
  • 1974 Masi Oka, Japanese-American actor
  • 1975 Heather O'Rourke, American 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
  • 1987 Lily Cole, English model and actress, born in Torquay, England
  • 1995 Timothée Chalamet, French American actor (Call Me By Your Name), born in New York City
  • 1998 Briar Nolet, Canadian actress and dancer (The Next Step, Blood Hunters), born in Toronto, Ontario

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1950 American actor Henry Fonda (45) weds socialite and third wife Susan Blanchard (22) in New York City; divorce in 1956

LoveWedding 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)
  • 2006 Marmaduke Hussey, Baron Hussey of North Bradley and Chairman of the Board of Governors of BBC (1986-96), dies at 83
  • 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
  • 2015 Haskell Wexler, American cinematographer and director, dies at 93

Person of interestCarrie Fisher

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
Carrie Fisher