On This Day in Film & TV for January 25

Events in Film & TV

  • 1937 1st broadcast of "Guiding Light" on NBC radio
  • 1949 1st Emmy Awards: Shirley Dinsdale & Pantomime Quiz (KTLA) win
  • 1953 WABI TV channel 5 in Bangor, ME (CBS) begins broadcasting

Conference meetingConference of Interest

1961 1st live, nationally televised presidential news conference with JFK

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

Film release premierFilm Release

1961 Walt Disney's animated film "101 Dalmatians", based on the novel by Dodie Smith and directed by Clyde Geronimi and Hamilton Luske is released in the US

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • 1966 WCMC (now WMGM) TV channel 40 in Wildwood, NJ (NBC) 1st broadcast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 "M*A*S*H", directed by Robert Altman, starring Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould, is released (Palme d'Or 1970)

Film Director Robert Altman
Film Director
Robert Altman
Actor Harry Morgan
Harry Morgan
  • 1971 WHMB TV channel 40 in Indianapolis, IN (IND) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1975 32nd Golden Globes: "Chinatown", Jack Nicholson, & Gena Rowlands win

Actor Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans
  • 1987 3rd Sundance Film Festival: "Waiting for the Moon" and "The Trouble with Dick" (tie) win Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music awardsMusic Awards

1988 15th American Music Awards: Anita Baker, Paul Simon & Whitney Houston

Singer and Actress Whitney Houston
Singer and Actress
Whitney Houston

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 US VP George H. W. Bush & Dan Rather clash on "CBS Evening News" as Rather attempts to question Bush about his role in Iran-Contra affair

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1991 Soap opera "Generation's" last episode after a 2½ year run
  • 1998 14th Sundance Film Festival: "Slam" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2004 61st Golden Globes: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King", Sean Penn, and Charlize Theron win

Actress Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn
Actress Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler
  • 2004 20th Sundance Film Festival: "Primer", directed by Shane Carruth, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 2009 25th Sundance Film Festival: "Precious" based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 2015 Miss Colombia Paulina Vega is crowned Miss Universe 2014

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1885 Else Mauhs [Alwine Julie Else Mauhs], German-Dutch actress (Eline Vere, L'aiglon), born in Mülheim an der Ruhr (d. 1959)
  • 1891 Dame Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, British actress (The Devil Rides Out), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1900 Mildred Dunnock, American actress (Baby Doll, Nun's Story), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1991)
  • 1908 Howard Wendell, American actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Murder Your Wife), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • 1919 Edwin Newman, American newscaster/journalist/author (NBC-TV, Comment), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922 Raymond Baxter, British TV host/author (Fast Lady)
  • 1927 Gregg Palmer [Palmer Edvind Lee], American actor (Scream, To Hell & Back), born in San Francisco (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Dean Jones, American actor (Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, The Love Bug), born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Harold Lloyd Jr, American actor, singer and son of famous silent film actor Harold Lloyd sr (Frankenstein's Daughter), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 1971)
  • 1931 "Stikkan" Stig Anderson, Swedish actor, music entrepreneur and co-founder of Polar Music (ABBA), born in Hova, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • 1934 Elizabeth Allen, actress (Laura-Bracken's World), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1936 Diana Hyland, Cleve Hgts Ohio, actress (Peyton Place, 8 is Enough)
  • 1941 Gregory Sierra, American actor
  • 1943 Tobe Hooper, American film director
  • 1945 Leigh Taylor-Young, actress (Peyton Place, Alice B Toklas), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953 The Honky Tonk Man, American professional wrestler
  • 1957 Jenifer Lewis, actress (Girl 6, Meteor Man, Sister Act)
  • 1957 Martha Elizabeth Thomsen, Moses Lake Wash, playmate (May, 1980)
  • 1958 Dinah Manoff, American actress (Elaine-Soap, Carol Weston-Empty Nest), born in NYC, New York
  • 1961 Michele Tobin, actress (Fitzpatricks), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Chip Foster, actor (Chip & Pepper's Surf's Up Saturday)
  • 1964 Pepper Foster, actress (Chip & Pepper's Surf's Up Saturday)
  • 1968 Heinrich "Haini" Wolfgramm, Polynesian-American actor and musician (The Jets), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1971 China Kantner, American actress and daughter of Grace Slick, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1971 Ana Ortiz, American actress and singer
  • 1973 Chris Guy, American professional wrestler
  • 1974 Robert Budreau, Canadian film director, born in London, Canada
  • 1975 Dat Phan, Vietnamese-born US stand-up comedian, born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • 1975 Mia Kirshner, Canadian actress, born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1979 Christine Lakin, US actress (Step by Step), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1980 Michelle McCool, US professional wrestler, born in Palatka, Florida
  • 1982 Sho Sakurai, Japanese singer and actor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1982 Shawna Waldron, US actress, born in Glendale, California

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1964 Comedian and actor Bill Cosby marries Camille Olivia Hanks

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby

HeartWedding of Interest

1981 Actor Bill Murray (30) weds Margaret Kelly on Super Bowl Sunday in Las Vegas

Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Bill Murray

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1943 Spencer Charters, American actor (3 Faces West, Big Town Girl, St Louis Kid), dies at 67
  • 1960 Diana Barrymore, American actress (Nightmare, Lady Courageous, Fired Wife), dies of an alcohol and drug overdose at 38
  • 1968 Virginia Maskell, actress (Only Two Can Play), dies at 31
  • 1970 Marie Benavente, actress (Paradise), dies at 84
  • 1970 Eiji Tsuburaya, Japanese television writer and producer (Ultraman) (b. 1901)
  • 1975 Vivien Kellems, American industrialist, who battled the Federal tax system as discriminatory against single people, dies at 78
  • 1977 Donald Kerr, actor (Devil Bat, Killer Bats), dies at 85
  • 1979 J Robertson Hare, actor (Fighting Stock), dies at 87
  • 1980 David Newell, American actor (Runaway Bride, White Heat, Dangerous Curves), dies at 75
  • 1980 Queenie Watts [Mary Spenton], British singer and actress (Up the Junction, Holiday on the Buses), dies at 56
  • 1981 Richard Talmadge, actor (Speed Reporter), dies
  • 1988 Colleen Moore, actress (These Girls Won't Talk), dies at 87
  • 1990 Alexander Lockwood, actor (Duel), dies

Person of interestAva Gardner

1990 Ava Gardner, American actress (Barefoot Contessa, On the Beach), dies of pneumonia at 67

Actress Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner
  • 1991 Stanley Brock, American actor (UHF, Hard to Kill, Ivan-He's the Mayor), dies of heart attack at 59
  • 1992 John Touchstone, American actor (Across Five Aprils), dies of cirrhosis at 59
  • 1995 Peter Black, TV critic, dies at 82
  • 1995 William Sylvester, American actor (2001: A Space Odyssey, Gemini Man), dies at 72
  • 1995 John Smith, American actor (Cimarron City, Laramie, 7 Angry Men), dies at 63
  • 1996 Ruth Berghaus, choreographer/director, dies at 68
  • 1999 Ted Mallie, American radio and television announcer (b. 1924)
  • 2008 Christopher Allport, American actor (b. 1947)
  • 2009 Kim Manners, American television producer and director (b. 1951)

Person of interestMary Tyler Moore

2017 Mary Tyler Moore, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ordinary People), dies at 80

  • 2017 John Hurt, English actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express), dies at 77
  • 2018 John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Gibson and Gene Wilder, dies of a respiratory infection at 91