On This Day in Film & TV for March 17

Events in Film & TV

  • 1953 WBAY TV channel 2 in Green Bay, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 WWLP TV channel 22 in Springfield, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 8th Emmy Awards: "Ed Sullivan Show", Phil Silvers Show & Lucy Ball win
  • 1960 WSLA (now WAKA) TV channel 8 in Selma, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 One of the first French New Wave films, "Breathless", directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg is released in France

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1991 44th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Goodfellas" Best Film, Martin Scorsese Best Director

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1992 18th People's Choice Awards: Kevin Costner & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Candice Bergen win (TV)

Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts
Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
Actor Kevin Costner
Actor
Kevin Costner

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1993 19th People's Choice Awards: Kevin Costner & Demi Moore win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Candice Bergen win (TV)

  • 1997 CNN begin Spanish broadcasts

Music releaseMusic Single

2014 Sia releases her single "Chandelier" with a music video featuring Maddie Ziegler

Dancer, Actress and Model Maddie Ziegler
Dancer, Actress and Model
Maddie Ziegler

Film release premierFilm Release

2017 Live-action remake "Beauty and the Beast" directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson opens

Actress Emma Watson
Actress
Emma Watson

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1789 Edmund Kean, British Shakespearean tragic actor (Shylock), born in London, England (d. 1833)
  • 1888 Frank Buck, American actor (Africa Screams, Tiger Queen, Tiger Fangs), born in Gainesville, Texas (d. 1950)
  • 1895 Shemp Howard [Samuel Horwitz], American actor and comedian (3 Stooges), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1955)
  • 1906 Michael O'Shea, American actor (It's a Great Life, Lady of Burlesque), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1973)
  • 1906 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, born in St. Petersburg (d. 1997)
  • 1918 Mercedes McCambridge, actress (All the King's Men), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1925 Gabriele Ferzetti, Italian film and stage actor
  • 1927 Patrick Allen, Malawi, actor (Roman Holiday, Dial "M" for Murder)
  • 1931 Eunice Gayson, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love), born in London, England
  • 1937 Adam Wade, actor (Kiss Me Goodbye, Crazy Joe)
  • 1942 Dimitris Poulikakos, Greek composer, singer and actor
  • 1943 Don Mitchell, actor (Mark-Ironside), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1949 Patrick Duffy, Townsend Mont, actor (Bobby-Dallas, Man from Atlantis)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1951 Kurt Russell, actor (Thing, Overboard, Mean Seasons), born in Springfield, Massachusetts

  • 1954 Lesley-Anne Down, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker), born in London, England
  • 1955 Bill Beyers, actor (Wally McCandless-Capitol)
  • 1955 Gary Sinise, American actor (Apollo 13, CSI: NY, Forrest Gump), born in Blue Island Illinois
  • 1958 Pat Bolland, Canadian Broadcaster
  • 1959 Christian Clemenson, American actor
  • 1960 Lee Ann Michelle, Surrey England, playmate (Feb, 1979)
  • 1960 Vicki Lewis, actress (Beth-Newsradio), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1960 Arye Gross, American actor
  • 1961 Casey Siemaszko, actor (Biloxi Blues, 3 O'Clock High), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1961 Andrew Paul, English actor
  • 1961 Dana Reeve, American actress and wife of Christopher Reeve, born in Teaneck, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • 1962 Patrick Thomas Burke, Hollywood FL, PGA golfer (1992 BellSouth-6th)
  • 1963 Rebeca Arthur, actress (Mary Anne-Perf Strangers, Opposites Attract)
  • 1963 Alex Fong Chung-Sun, Chinese actor
  • 1964 Rob Lowe, actor (St Elmo's Fire, Hotel NH, Class), born in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 1966 Jeremy Sheffield, English actor
  • 1973 Amelia Weatherly, actress (Stephanie Brewster-Loving/The City)
  • 1974 Marisa Coughlan, American actress
  • 1975 Andrew "Test" Martin, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1975 Natalie Zea, American actress
  • 1976 Brittany Daniel, American actress
  • 1976 Cynthia Daniel, American actress and photographer
  • 1978 Adam Jennings, British actor, producer and film director
  • 1979 Nicole "Coco" Austin, American glamor model
  • 1979 Samoa Joe, Samoan professional wrestler
  • 1986 Olesya Rulin, American actress
  • 1992 John Boyaga, English actor (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), born in London

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1944 Actor Charlton Heston weds Lydia Clarke

  • 1955 Erotic writer Ana├»s Nin marries actor Rupert Pole at Quartzsite, Arizona, while still married to her first husband

HeartWedding of Interest

1961 Actor Christopher Lee (38) weds actress Gitte Lee (25)

HeartWedding of Interest

1966 The Who drummer Keith Moon (19) weds model Kim Kerrigan (18) at Brent Registry Office

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon

HeartWedding of Interest

1979 Actor Kurt Russell (28) weds actress Season Hubley (28)


Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2008 Musician Paul McCartney (65) divorces former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (40) on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1933 Ferdinand Von Alten, German-Russian actor (Champagne), dies at 48
  • 1941 Marguerite Nichols, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1949 Felix Bressart, German actor (Ninotchka, Escape, Crossroads), dies from Leukemia at 57
  • 1956 Fred Allen, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), dies at 61
  • 1962 Frank Orth, American actor (Boston Blackie, Brothers), dies at 82
  • 1965 Quentin Reynolds, newscaster (Its News to Me)/author (FBI), dies at 62
  • 1967 Richard Reeves, actor (Murph-Date With an Angel), dies at 54
  • 1973 Geertruida M W "Truus" Bakker, Dutch actress (2 Orphans), dies at 81
  • 1982 Koos Koster, Dutch newscaster (IKON), murdered in El Salvador
  • 1986 Hal Buckley, actor (John Quincy-OK Crackerby), dies at 49
  • 1989 Merritt Butrick, actor (Shy People, Wired to Kill), dies of AIDS at 29
  • 1990 Capucine, French actress and fashion model (The Pink Panther), dies of suicide at 62
  • 1992 Charles Rea, British actor (Ipcress File), dies at 69
  • 1992 Grace Stafford Lantz, cartoon voice (Woody Woodpecker), dies at 87
  • 1992 Jack Arnold, actor/dir (Sid Caeser Special, Emmy 1967), dies at 75

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1993 Helen Hayes, American actress (Airport, Caesar & Cleopatra), dies of congestive heart failure at 92

Actress Helen Hayes
Actress
Helen Hayes
  • 1993 Skip Young, actor (Smokey & Hotwire Gang), dies at 62
  • 1994 Harold Myers, film journalist, dies at 81
  • 1994 Mai Zetterling, actress (Night is My Future), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1995 Donald Baverstock, television Producer, dies at 71
  • 1995 Rick Aviles, US comic/actor (Ghost), dies of AIDS
  • 1996 Rene Clement, film director, dies at 83
  • 1999 Ernest Gold, Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), dies at 77
  • 1999 Rod Hull, British comedian (Emu), dies after falling off a roof at 63
  • 2002 Rosetta LeNoire, American actress (b. 1911)
  • 2004 J. J. Jackson, American television personality (b. 1941)
  • 2006 Bob Papenbrook, American voice actor (b. 1955)
  • 2009 Clodovil Hernandes, Brazilian politician and TV host (b. 1937)
  • 2011 Michael Gough, English actor (Hammer Horror Films, Search for the Nile), dies at 94