Prior to his two long-running sitcoms, Bob Newhart headlined his own self-titled variety hour. It ran for one season beginning on this day in 1961..PBS favorite “Upstairs, Downstairs,” starring Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins, made its debut on British network ITV in 1971. It ran for four seasons. CBS tried to copy the format in the fall of 1975 care of drama “Beacon Hill,“ but that only lasted 13 episodes. And a revival of “Upstairs, Downstairs” concluded on BBC One after nine episodes in 2012…Sitcom “The Geena Davis Show,” which only lasted one season, debuted on ABC in 2000. Davis recently appeared on Fox’s two-season revival of “The Exorcist”…In 1965, musical group The Supremes made their first appearance on CBS’ “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
“Giant”, directed by George Stevens, and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean in his last role opened in New York City in 1956. “Giant” earned Dean his second Academy Award nomination. He was killed in an automobile accident before the film was released, and Nick Adams was called in to do some voice dubbing for Dean’s role.
Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen’s 8th studio album “Tunnel of Love”, in 1987.
Singer David Lee Roth is 67; “The Goldbergs” star Wendi McLendon-Covey is 52; football great Brett Favre is also 52; “Extra” host Mario Lopez is 48.
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Geena Davis made her initial mark in the sitcom genre with a co-starring role on NBC sitcom “Buffalo Bill,” with Dabney Coleman, from 1983 to 1984. Next came “Sara,” also on NBC, in 1985 with Alfre Woodard, Bronson Pinchot and Bill Maher. And an Oscar came calling in 1985 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in 1985 for “The Accidental Tourist.”