On This Day in Film & TV for July 25

Events in Film & TV

  • 1922 AT&T begins broadcasting on WBAY (NYC-later WEAF, WNBC, WRCA & WFAN)

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1946 At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • 1987 Sherri Martel beats Fabulous Moolah for WWF Woman's Championship Belt
  • 1988 Mindy Duncan, 16, of Oregon, crowned 6th Miss Teen USA
  • 1989 Brandi Sherwood of Idaho crowned 7th Miss Teen USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Roseanne Barr sings the National Anthem at Cincinnati Reds-San Diego Padres game

Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Autumn Jackson, found guilty of trying to extort $40M from Bill Cosby

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1890 Julian Rivero, US actor (Son of Oklahoma, Via Pony Express), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1890 Tom O'Brien, US actor (Physical Evidence), born in San Diego, California
  • 1893 Dorothy Dickson, American actress and dancer (Paying the Piper, Danny Boy), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1894 Walter Brennan, American actor (Real McCoys, At Gun Point), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 1974)
  • 1895 Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz, Voyage to America), born in Ermont, France (d. 1977)
  • 1896 Jack Perrin, American actor, born in Three Rivers, Michigan (d. 1967)
  • 1899 Arthur Lubin, American film director and producer (Francis The Talking Mule, Mr Ed), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)
  • 1899 Ralph Dumke, American actor (Movieland Quiz), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1964)
  • 1901 Lila Lee, American actress (Midnight Girl, Blood & Sand), born in Union Hill, New Jersey (d. 1973)
  • 1908 Jack Gilford, American actor (Save the Tiger, Cocoon, Arthur 2), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)

Person of interestWoody Strode

1914 Woody Strode, African American football player and actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante, Scream), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1994)

Actor and Sportsman Woody Strode
Actor and Sportsman
Woody Strode
  • 1917 Whipper Billy Watson, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 1990)
  • 1918 Nan Grey [Eschal Miller], American actress (Three Smart Girls, Dracula's Daughters), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1993)

Person of interestEstelle Getty

1923 Estelle Getty, American actress (The Golden Girls, The Golden Palace), born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)

Actress Estelle Getty
Estelle Getty
  • 1925 Jerry Paris, director/actor (Jerry-Dick Van Dyke Show), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1927 Daniel Ceccaldi, French actor (Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board), born in Meaux, Seine-et-Marne, France (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Mario Montenegro, Filipino actor (The Rites of May), born in Pagsanjan, Philippines (d. 1988)
  • 1934 Claude Zidi, French film director and screenwriter
  • 1935 Barbara Harris, [Sandra Mankwitz], actress (Plaza Suite, Family Plot)
  • 1941 Raul Ruiz, Puerto Mott Chile, actor (Lexot, Capitolo 66)
  • 1943 Janet Margolin, American actress (Take the Money & Run, David & Lisa), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1944 Helga I "Mijanou" van Baarzel, Dutch actress (Klaverweide-Alicia)
  • 1945 Donna Theodore, Broadway singer (Hollywood Talent Scouts)
  • 1951 Vanessa, [Conny Witteman], Dutch model/singer
  • 1952 "Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin, [Williams], NWA/WCW/AWA wrestler
  • 1954 Lynn Frederick, actress (Schizophrenia), born in Middlesex, England
  • 1955 Iman, [Abdulmajid], Mogadishu Somalia, model/actress (Star Trek 6)
  • 1961 Katherine Kelly Lang, actress (Brooke-Bold & Beautiful), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Bobbie Eakes, American actress
  • 1965 Illeana Douglas, Mass, actress (Picture Perfect, To Die For, Hacks)
  • 1966 Elke Jeinsen, playmate (May, 1993), born in Hanover, Germany

Person of interestMatt LeBlanc

1967 Matt LeBlanc, American actor (Joey Tribbiani-Friends), born in Newton, Massachusetts

  • 1967 Wendy Raquel Robinson, American actress
  • 1969 Angela Melini, Saigon, Vietnam, playmate (Jun, 1992)
  • 1971 Stacy Dawn Cenedese, Miss USA-Wyoming (1997)
  • 1973 David Denman, American actor
  • 1974 Jay R Ferguson, American actor (Evening Shade, Mad Men), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1974 Kenzo Suzuki, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1982 Brad Renfro, American actor (d. 2008)
  • 1985 James Lafferty, American actor
  • 1985 Jasmine Lennard, British model and reallity TV star (Big Brother), born in Belgravia, Westminster, England
  • 1987 Michael Welch, American actor
  • 1988 Heather Marks, Canadian model
  • 1989 Noel Callahan, Canadian actor

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1993 Designer Claude Montana (44) weds his model Wallis Franken (44)
  • 2009 "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" actor Marc Blucas (37) weds journalist Ryan Haddon (38) in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 2015 TV personality Beatrice Borromeo (30) weds Pierre Casiraghi (28) in the gardens of the Prince's Palace of Monaco in Monte Carlo

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2012 Actress Sunny Mabrey (36) divorces "Brotherhood" actor Ethan Embry (34) due to irreconcilable differences after almost 7 years marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1814 Charles Dibdin, British composer, author (Sea Songs), and actor, dies at 69
  • 1955 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta and film composer, dies at 55
  • 1980 Vladimir Vysotsky, Russian poet, singer, and actor (b. 1938)
  • 1981 Ian Martin, actor (Uncle Bill-O'Neills), dies at 69
  • 1991 Brian Haines, actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood, It), dies at 70
  • 1991 Toni Gerry, actress (Bullet for Joey, Lust for Life), dies at 61
  • 1992 Alfred Drake [Capurro], American singer and actor (Trading Places, Hamlet, Kiss Me Kate), dies of heart failure at 78
  • 1992 Hope Miller, actress (Bwana Devil), dies of breast cancer at 63
  • 1993 Nan Grey [Eschal Miller], American actress (Three Smart Girls, Dracula's Daughters), dies of heart failure on her 75th birthday
  • 1997 Dora Maar, Picasso model/companion, dies at 89
  • 2003 John Schlesinger, British film director (b. 1926)
  • 2009 Alexis Cohen, American Idol contestant (unsuccessful), viral phenomenon (b. 1984)
  • 2009 Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysian film director, writer and scriptwriter (b. 1958)
  • 2010 Redford White, Filipino comedian (b. 1955)
  • 2011 Mihalis Kakogiannis, Cypriot filmmaker (b. 1922)
  • 2011 Michael Cacoyannis, Greek film director (Zorba the Greek, Trojan Women), dies at 90
  • 2013 Bernadette Lafont, French actress (Perils of Gwendoline), dies from cardiac arrest at 74
  • 2017 Barbara Sinatra, American model and philanthropist, dies at 90