On This Day in Film & TV for September 17

Events in Film & TV

  • 1948 KCOP TV channel 13 in Los Angeles/Hollywood, CA (IND) begins
  • 1948 WLS TV channel 7 in Chicago, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 WFAA TV channel 8 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 3rd Cannes Film Festival: "The Third Man" directed by Carol Reed wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1956 Television is first broadcast in Australia.
  • 1957 KETV TV channel 7 in Omaha, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 Two male attorneys "stand in" as actress Sophia Loren & producer Carlo Ponti wed by proxy in Juarez, Mexico

Actress Sophia Loren
Actress
Sophia Loren
  • 1963 "The Fugitive" starring David Janssen premieres on ABC TV
  • 1964 "Bewitched" premieres on ABC TV
  • 1965 WPHL TV channel 17 in Philadelphia, PA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 CBS premiere of WWII sitcom "Hogan's Heroes"
  • 1967 "Mission Impossible" premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1970 WSWP TV channel 9 in Grandview, WV (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1972 "M*A*S*H," premieres on NBC TV
  • 1978 30th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Ed Asner & Sada Thompson win

Film release premierFilm Premier

1980 "Divine Madness" starring Bette Midler, premieres

Actress/Singer Bette Midler
Actress/Singer
Bette Midler
  • 1983 Vanessa Williams (NY), 20, crowned 56th Miss America 1984, 1st black
  • 1989 41st Emmy Awards: LA Law, "Cheers", Dana Delany & Candice Bergen win
  • 1994 Heather Whitestone, 21, (Ala), crowned 68th Miss America 1995
  • 2010 The 54 year run of the soap opera As the World Turns ends as its final episode is broadcast.

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1885 George Cleveland, Canadian actor (Mystery Liner, Courage of Lassie), born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada (d. 1957)
  • 1891 Leslie Lincoln Henson, actor (Lady Luck, Funny Face, Harvey)
  • 1894 Fay Compton [Virginia Lillian Emeline Compton], British actress (The Haunting), born in West Kensington, London (d. 1978)
  • 1896 Denise Grey [Jeanne Marie Laurentine Edouardine Verthuy], Italian actress (Julietta), born in Chatillon, Valle d'Aosta, Italy (d. 1996)
  • 1902 Esther Ralston, American actress (Old Ironsides), born in Bar Harbor, Maine (d. 1994)
  • 1903 Dolores Costello, American actress (Little Lord Fauntleroy), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1979)
  • 1904 Jerry Colonna, American actor (Jerry Colonna Show, Alice in Wonderland, Road to Singapore), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1905 Hans Freudenthal, Dutch mathematician/director (OW&OC)
  • 1907 Helen Vinson, American actress (Transatlantic Tunnel, In Name Only), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1912 Irena Kwiatkowska, Polish actress and comedian
  • 1917 Peter Bennett, actor (Leonides-Adv of Sir Lancelot), born in London, England
  • 1920 Dinah Sheridan, actress (Genevieve, Railway Children), (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Ursula Howells, actress (Girly, Murder is Announced), born in London, England
  • 1925 Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Garry Moore Show, Annie), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1926 Reginald Marsh, actor (Sicilians, It Happened Here)
  • 1928 Roddy McDowall, actor (Planet of Apes, Lord Love a Duck), born in London, England
  • 1929 Pat Crowley, American actress
  • 1930 David Huddleston, actor (Big Lebowski), born in Vinton, Virginia (d. 2016)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1931 Anne Bancroft, actress (Graduate, Miracle Worker), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2005)

Actress Anne Bancroft
Actress
Anne Bancroft
  • 1933 Patricia Crowley, Olyphant Pa, actress (Please Don't Eat the Daisies)
  • 1938 Paul Benedict, Silver City NM, actor (Harry-Jeffersons)
  • 1939 Joseph Mosikili, South African actor/singer
  • 1940 Sotiris Moustakas, Greek actor (d. 2007)
  • 1942 Beverly Aadland, Errol Flynns last girlfriend, born in Hollywood, California
  • 1945 Bruce Spence, New Zealand actor
  • 1948 John Ritter, actor (Jack-3's Company, Hearts Afire), born in Burbank, California
  • 1951 Cassandra Peterson, [Elvira], American actress (Echo Park, Elvira), born in Manhattan, Kansas
  • 1955 Koralia Karanti, Greek actress
  • 1955 Charles Martinet, American actor
  • 1960 Terry Nihen, playmate (December, 1983), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1962 Dustin Nguyen, Saigon Vietnam, actor (Harry-21 Jump Street)
  • 1962 Baz Luhrmann, Australian film director
  • 1963 Masahiro Chono, wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1963 James Urbaniak, American actor
  • 1964 Christian Conrad, actor (Charley Hannah, High Mountain Rangers)
  • 1967 Malik Yoba, actor (NY Undercover-Det JC Williams)
  • 1968 Suzy Cote, actress (Samantha in Guiding Light), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1972 Bobby Lee, American comedian
  • 1973 Ada Choi, Hong Kong actress
  • 1975 Austin St. John, American actor
  • 1979 Billy Miller, actor (The Young and the Restless), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1984 Eugenia Volodina, Russian supermodel

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1954 Film and theater actress Shirley MacLaine (20) weds Steve Parker in New York City

HeartWedding of Interest

1957 Italian actress Sophia Loren (22) weds Carlo Ponti

Actress Sophia Loren
Actress
Sophia Loren
  • 1994 "L.A. Law" actor Blair Underwood (30) weds freelance talent coordinator Desiree DaCosta (29) at his outdoor Southern California
  • 2011 Actor and film producer David Clayton Rogers (34) weds actress Sally Pressman (31) at Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1948 Lillian Brainthwaite, British actress (Man About the House), dies at 75
  • 1972 Akim Tamiroff, Armenian-Russian actor (Touch of Evil, For Whom the Bell Tolls), dies at 72
  • 1984 Richard Basehart, American actor (Rage), dies following several strokes at 70
  • 1986 Patricia Phoenix, English actress (Coronation Street), dies at 62
  • 1987 Harry Locke, British character actor (b. 1913)
  • 1992 Feodor Chaliapin Jr, actor (King's Whore), dies after illness at 87
  • 1995 Grady Sutton, actor (Come Blow Your Horn, Flying Blind), dies at 87
  • 1997 Red Skelton, comedian (Red Skelton Show), dies at 84
  • 2000 Paula Yates, English TV personality (The Big Breakfast), dies of a drug overdose at 41
  • 2003 Erich Hallhuber, German actor (b. 1951)
  • 2016 Charmian Carr, American actress (The Sound of Music), dies at 73