On This Day in Film & TV for November 11

Events in Film & TV

  • 1947 "Gentlemen's Agreement" directed by Elia Karan and starring Gregory Peck and Dorothy McGuire premieres in New York (Best Picture 1948)
  • 1949 WTTV TV channel 4 in Bloomington-Indianapol, IN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1954 Publication of "Two Towers", 2nd volume of "Lord of the Rings", by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London
  • 1959 1st episode of Jay Ward's cartoon series "Rocky & His Friends", featuring Rocket J. ("Rocky") Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose. airs on NBC
  • 1963 Brian Epstein and Ed Sullivan sign a 3 show contract for appearances by The Beatles
  • 1971 Neil Simon's "Prisoner of Second Avenue" premieres in NYC
  • 1982 Susan Cooper and Hume Cronyn's stage drama with songs "Foxfire", strring Jesica Tandy, Keith Carradine, and Cronyn, opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC; runs for 213 performances and wins a Tony Award for Tandy
  • 1985 1st AIDS theme TV movie - "An Early Frost" screens in US on NBC
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1971 Swedish director and writer Ingmar Bergman (53) weds actress Ingrid von Rosen (41)
  • 1977 "Three's Company" actress Suzanne Somers (30) weds host Alan Hamel (40)
  • 2005 Millionaire Nasir Khan weds "Footballers' Wives" actress Laila Rouass (34) in London

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1942 Hector Abbas, Flemish actor and director (Rosa Lynd Company), dies at 58
  • 1962 Joseph Allen Jr, American actor (The Night Before the Divorce, Motor Madness), dies at 44
  • 1965 Gaston Glass, French American actor (Opening Your Eyes), dies after long illness at 65
  • 1967 (Robert Jordan) "Smoki" Whitfield, American actor (Bomba the Jungle Boy; Lord of the Jungle; Swamp Fox), dies of a heart attack at 49
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