Events in Film & Television in 1997

  • Jan 3 Bryant Gumbel co-hosted his final "Today" show on NBC-TV

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Jan 9 Heart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Jan 10 4,000th episode of "Entertainment Tonight"

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 12 23rd People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Sandra Bullock win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV)

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
Actress Sandra Bullock
Actress
Sandra Bullock
Actor Tim Allen
Actor
Tim Allen

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 19 54th Golden Globes: The English Patient, Geoffrey Rush, & Brenda Blethyn win

  • Jan 20 2nd Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Fargo wins Best Film
  • Jan 26 13th Sundance Film Festival: "Sunday" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Feb 5 Brook Lee from Hawaii, crowned 46th Miss USA (en route to Miss Universe)
  • Feb 8 28th NAACP Image Awards: "A Time to Kill" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 9 11th American Comedy Award: Debbie Reynolds
  • Feb 9 Fox cartoon series "Simpsons" airs 167th episode the longest-running animated series in cartoon history
  • Feb 10 13th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
  • Feb 23 NBC TV shows "Schindler's List" completely uncensored, 65M watch
  • Feb 28 The North Hollywood shootout takes place.

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Mar 10 "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" created by Joss Whedon and starring Sarah Michelle Geller premieres on WB Television Network

  • Mar 11 Ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry are launched into space
  • Mar 13 Phoenix lights seen at night over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television. Now a hotly debated controversy.
  • Mar 17 CNN begin Spanish broadcasts
  • Mar 23 17th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Striptease" wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 24 69th Academy Awards: "The English Patient", Geoffrey Rush and Frances McDormand win

  • Mar 28 "City" soap opera's final episode on ABC-TV
  • Mar 31 "Daytime to Remember" a series showing old soaps premieres on ABC-TV

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Apr 5 Steve Irwin's "The Crocodile Hunter" debuts

Naturalist and TV Star Steve Irwin
Naturalist and TV Star
Steve Irwin

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Apr 15 The disaster film "Volcano" directed by Mick Jackson starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche premieres in South Korea

Actress Anne Heche
Actress
Anne Heche
  • Apr 29 50th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The English Patient" Best Film, Joel & Ethan Coen Best Director
  • Apr 29 43rd British Academy Television Awards: "Only Fools and Horses" Best Comedy, "EastEnders" Best Drama

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Apr 30 42 million watch Ellen DeGeneres publicly declare she is gay

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian and TV Star
Ellen DeGeneres

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May 2 Police arrest transsexual prostitute Atisone Seiuli with Eddie Murphy

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May 2 "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery", starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley, is released

  • May 3 ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jason Queen
  • May 5 "Married With Children" final episode on Fox TV
  • May 15 ABC News & Starwave Corp launch ABCNEWS.com
  • May 16 Brandi Sherwood (Idaho) replaces Brook Lee (Miss Universe) as Miss USA
  • May 16 Brook Mehealani Lee, 26, of US crowned 46th Miss Universe
  • May 18 50th Cannes Film Festival: "Taste of Cherry" directed by Abbas Kiarostami and "Unagi" directed by Shohei Imamura jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

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May 19 "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore, premieres in the US

  • May 23 Mel Karmazin replaces Peter Lund as CEO of CBS TV

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May 24 Actor Tim Allen arrested for drunk driving in Michigan

Actor Tim Allen
Actor
Tim Allen

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Jun 12 "Batman and Robin" directed by Joel Schumacher, starring George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chris O'Donnell premieres in Los Angeles

Actor George Clooney
Actor
George Clooney
Actor Chris O'Donnell
Actor
Chris O'Donnell
Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Jun 15 British model Naomi Campbell hospitalized due to drug overdose

Supermodel & Actress Naomi Campbell
Supermodel & Actress
Naomi Campbell
  • Jul 15 Jerold Mackenzie awarded $26.6M (later reduced to $625,000) for being fired from Miller Brewing for sexual harassment for relaying a Seinfeld episode to a co worker
  • Jul 17 30th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

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Jul 25 Autumn Jackson, found guilty of trying to extort $40M from Bill Cosby

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby

Music concertMusic Concert

Aug 3 Garth Brooks performs a free concert in NYC's Central Park for HBO

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • Aug 4 "Keenan Ivory Wayan Show" premieres on Fox TV

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Aug 4 William Ryan Holt and Michael Mischler are arrested for breaking into Elle MacPherson’s Los Angeles home

Supermodel Elle MacPherson
Supermodel
Elle MacPherson
  • Aug 20 Shelly Moore, 18, of Tenn, crowned 15th Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 27 54th Venice Film Festival: "Hana-bi" directed by Takeshi Kitano wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 1 Cartoon Channel premieres in Japan

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Sep 1 Jerry Lewis' 32nd Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $50,500,000

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 13 Katherine Shindle (Ill), 24, crowned 71st Miss America 1998
  • Sep 14 49th Emmy Awards: Law & Order, Frasier, Dennis Franz & Gillian Anderson win
  • Sep 28 Newscaster David Brinkley, 74, retires after 54 years in broadcasting

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Nov 1 "Titanic" directed by James Cameron, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet premieres at the Tokyo International Film Festival (Academy Awards Best Picture 1998)

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio
Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio
Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
Actress Kate Winslet
Actress
Kate Winslet

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Nov 7 "Bean" directed by Mel Smith and starring Rowan Atkinson as Mr Bean opens in US

Actor and Comedian Rowan Atkinson
Actor and Comedian
Rowan Atkinson
  • Nov 11 CBS News anchor Dan Rather renews his contract to 2002
  • Nov 12 Dick Vitale signs with ESPN through year 2004
  • Nov 18 "Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture" album is released by Sony Music Soundtrax
  • Nov 28 Final episode of "Beavis & Butt-head" on MTV
  • Dec 1 Westinghouse formally changes its name to CBS

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Dec 9 "Tomorrow Never Dies", 18th James Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh, premieres in London

  • Dec 12 Fed judge sentences Autumn Jackson, who claims to be Bill Cosby's daughter, to 26 months for trying to extort $40 million from him

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Dec 15 "Spice World" movie directed by Bob Spiers and starring girl group the Spice Girls premieres in the UK

Singer-Songwriter Mel C
Singer-Songwriter
Mel C
Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton
Singer Geri Horner
Singer
Geri Horner
  • Dec 19 MTV drops video "Smack My Bitch Up" by Prodigy
  • Dec 22 Hunter Tylo awarded $4 million in Melrose Place breach of contract
  • Dec 25 For 1st time US movie box office receipts pass $6 billion

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Dec 25 Jerry Seinfeld announces the final season of his TV show "Seinfeld" will air the following year

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian
Jerry Seinfeld