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

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
  • 1970 Robert Altman's film M*A*S*H premieres
  • 1970 "MASH", directed by Robert Altman, starring Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould, is released (Palme d'Or 1970)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 1918 Ken Mayers, actor (Robbie Robertson-Space Patrol)
  • 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, actor (Scream, To Hell & Back), born in San Francisco
  • 1931 Dean Jones, actor (Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, The Love Bug), born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Harold Lloyd Jr, actor (Frankenstein's Daughter)
  • 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
  • 1944 Anita Pallenberg, Italian model
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1975 Dat Phan, Vietnamese stand-up comedian
  • 1975 Mia Kirshner, Canadian actress
  • 1979 Christine Lakin, American actress (Step by Step), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1980 Michelle McCool, American professional wrestler
  • 1982 Sho Sakurai, Japanese singer and actor
  • 1982 Shawna Waldron, American actress

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, actress (Ladies Courageous), dies 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, TV hostess (The Power of Women), 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, English actress (b. 1926)
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

1990 Ava Gardner, actress (Barefoot Contessa), dies of pneumonia at 67

Actress Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner
  • 1991 Stanley Brock, actor (Tin Men), 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, actor (2001, Devil Doll, Blind Corner), dies at 72
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

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