On This Day in Film & TV for October 7

Events in Film & TV

  • 1926 Actress Theo Mann-Master resigns from stage
  • 1952 First "Bandstand" broadcast in Philadelphia on WFIL-TV (Dick Clark joins in 1955 as a substitute-host)
  • 1957 KOAC TV channel 7 in Corvallis, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 "Pillow Talk" film directed by Michael Gordon and starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson is first released
  • 1960 TV series "Route 66" premieres on CBS
  • 1961 Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' musical "Bye Bye Birdie", starring Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, and Dick Gautier, closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 607 performances and 4 Tony Awards
  • 1964 The Beatles appear on episode of "Shindig" (ABC-TV) in the US
  • 1969 WJMN TV channel 3 in Escanaba, MI (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1965 Actress and comedian Phyllis Diller (48) weds actor Warde Donovan
  • 1989 American radio and television talk show host Larry King (55) weds (for the 6th time) American businesswoman Julie Alexander; divorced in 1992
  • 1995 "Cheers" actor Ted Danson (47) weds Academy Award-winning actress Mary Steenbergen (42)

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 1988 Robin Givens files for divorce after 8-month marriage to Mike Tyson
  • 2004 Actress Andie MacDowell (46) divorces businessman Rhett Hartzog (45) after nearly three years of marriage

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1943 Eugeniusz Bodo [Bohdan Eugène Junod], Polish film director, producer and comedic actor, dies in the Gulag at 43
  • 1959 Mario Lanza [Alfredo Arnold Cocozza], Italian-American actor and singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), dies of a heart attack at 38
  • 1963 Grace Darmond, silent screen actress (Below the Surface), dies at 69
  • 1963 Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (M, Faust, A Glass of Water), dies from an internal hemorrhage at 63
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