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1994
May: Greta Garbo
June: Glenn Ford

July: Greer Garson
August: Edward G. Robinson
September: Barbara Stanwyck
October: Angela Lansbury
November John Garfield
December: Best of '94

1995
January: Esther Williams

February: Ronald Reagan
March: TCM Salutes the Oscars
April: Doris Day
May: Myrna Loy
June: Errol Flynn
July: Gene Kelly
August: Paul Muni
September: Jane Powell
October: Clark Gable
November: The Barrymores
December: Best of '95

1996
January: Deborah Kerr

February: Robert Young
March: 31 Days of Oscar
April: Irene Dunne
May: James Stewart
June: Rosalind Russell
July: Fred Astaire
August: Ann Sheridan
September: Van Johnson
October: Kathryn Grayson
November: Robert Mitchum
December: Best of '96

1997
January: Humphrey Bogart

February: Eleanor Parker
March: 31 Days of Oscar
April: Ava Gardner
May: George Brent
June: June Allyson
July: John and Walter Huston
August: Cary Grant

September: Ida Lupino
October: Walter Pidgeon
November: Katharine Hepburn
December: Best of '97

1998
January: Lana Turner

February: Charlton Heston
March: 31 Days of Oscar
April: Red Skelton
May: Olivia de Havilland
June: James Cagney
July: Lucille Ball
August: Joan Crawford
September: John Wayne
October: Cyd Charisse
November: Claude Rains
December: Best of '98

1999
January: Elizabeth Taylor

February: William Powell
March: 31 Days of Oscar
April: Dennis Morgan
May: Bette Davis
June: Mickey Rooney
July: Natalie Wood
August: **** Sellers
September: Norma Shearer
October: Gregory Peck
November: Ginger Rogers
December: Burt Lancaster

2000
January: Debbie Reynolds

February: Robert Ryan
March: 31 Days of Oscar
April: Spencer Tracy
May: Alexis Smith
June: Wallace Beery
July: Judy Garland
August: Film Debuts
September: Jane Wyman
October: **** Powell
November: Frank Sinatra
December: Lauren Bacall

2001
January: Elvis Presley

February: Jean Hagen
March: 31 Days of Oscar
April: Knighted Actors
May: Jean Harlow
June: W.C. Fields
July: Ann Sothern
August: James Garner
September: Robert Taylor
October: Lana Turner (repeat)
November: Glenn Ford
? (repeat)
December: The Marx Brothers

2002
January: Marlene Dietrich

February: Kirk Douglas
March: 31 Days of Oscar
April: Barbara Stanwyck (repeat)
May: Edward G. Robinson (repeat)
June: Greta Garbo (repeat)
July: Sidney Poitier
August: Joan Crawford (repeat)
September: Van Heflin
October: Final Films
November: Shelly Winters
December: Montgomery Clift

2003
January: Doris Day
 (repeat)
February: John Garfield (repeat)
March: 31 Days of Oscar
April: Harold Lloyd
May: Olivia de Havilland (repeat)
June: TV Actors in Films
July: Lee Marvin
August: Summer Under the Stars (see SUTS thread)

September: James Mason
October: Boris Karloff
November: Shirley MacLaine
December: David Niven

2004
January: Katharine Hepburn
 (repeat)
February: 31 Days of Oscar
March: Charles Chaplin
April: Judy Garland (repeat)
May: Greer Garson (repeat)
June: Cary Grant  (repeat)

July: Stars That Died Before Their Time
August: Summer Under the Stars (see SUTS thread)
September: Myrna Loy (repeat)
October: **** Lorre?
November: Clark Gable (repeat)
December: James Stewart (repeat)

2005
January: Canadian Actors

February: 31 Days of Oscar
March: Claudette Colbert
April: Errol Flynn (repeat)
May: Orson Welles
June: Ingrid Bergman
July: Audrey Hepburn
August: Summer Under the Stars (see SUTS thread)
September: Greta Garbo (another repeat)
October: Robert Mitchum  (repeat)
November: Joan Fontaine
December: Bing Crosby

2006
January: Robert Montgomery

February: 31 Days of Oscar
March: Nelson Eddy & Jeanette MacDonald
April: Deborah Kerr (repeat)
May: Bette Davis (repeat)
June: Anthony Quinn
July: Elizabeth Taylor (repeat)
August: Summer Under the Stars (see SUTS thread)
September: William Holden
October: Child Stars
November: Lucille Ball (repeat)
December: Gary Cooper

2007
January: Jean Arthur

February: 31 Days of Oscar
March: Gene Kelly (repeat)
April: Rita Hayworth
May: John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn (repeat for both)
June: Ida Lupino (repeat)
July: Randolph Scott
August: Summer Under the Stars (see SUTS thread)
September: A Star Is Born
October: Henry Fonda
November: Guest Programmers
December: Irene Dunne (repeat)

2008
January: James Cagney
 (repeat)
February: 31 Days of Oscar
March: Acting Dynasties
April: Hedy Lamarr
May: Frank Sinatra (repeat)
June: Sophia Loren
July: Rosalind Russell (repeat)
August: Summer Under the Stars (see SUTS thread)
September: Kay Francis
October: Carole Lombard
November: Charles Laughton
December: Joseph Cotten

2009
January: Jack Lemmon

February: 31 Days of Oscar
March: Ronald Reagan (repeat)
April: Funny Ladies
May: Sean Connery

June: Great Directors
July: Stewart Granger
August: Summer Under the Stars (see SUTS thread)
September: Claude Rains (repeat)
October: Leslie Caron
November: Grace Kelly
December: Humphrey Bogart (repeat)

2010
January: Method Acting
February: 31 Days of Oscar

March: Ginger Rogers (repeat)
April: Robert Taylor (repeat)
May: Donna Reed
June: Natalie Wood (repeat)
July: Gregory Peck (repeat)
August: Summer Under the Stars (see SUTS thread)
September: Vivien Leigh
October: Fredric March
November: Ava Gardner (repeat)
December: Mickey Rooney (repeat)

2011
January: **** Sellers
 (repeat)
February: 31 Days of Oscar
March: Jean Harlow (repeat)
April: Ray Milland
May: Esther Williams (repeat)
June: Jean Simmons
July: Singing Cowboys
August: Summer Under the Stars (see SUTS thread)
September: Kirk Douglas (repeat)
October: Buster Keaton
November: Battle of the Blondes
December William Powell (repeat)

2012
January: Angela Lansbury (repeat)
February: 31 Days of Oscar

March: Karl Malden
April: Doris Day
 (another repeat)
May: Joel McCrea
June: Teen Idols
July: Leslie Howard

August: Summer Under the Stars (see SUTS thread)
September: Lauren Bacall (repeat)
October: Spencer Tracy (repeat)
November: Constance Bennett
December: Barbara Stanwyck (repeat)

2013
January: Loretta Young
February: 31 Days of Oscar
March: Greer Garson (another repeat)
April: Laurence Olivier
May: Tough Guys
June: Eleanor Parker (repeat)
July: Paul Henreid

August: Summer Under the Stars (see SUTS thread)
September: Kim Novak
October: Vincent Price
November: Burt Lancaster (repeat)
December: Fred Astaire (repeat)

2014
January: Joan Crawford (another repeat)
February: 31 Days of Oscar
March: Mary Astor
April: John Wayne (another repeat)
May: June Allyson (repeat)
June: Rock Hudson
July: Maureen O'Hara
August: Summer Under the Stars (see SUTS thread)
September: Melvyn Douglas
October: Janet Leigh
November: Silent Stars

December: Cary Grant

 

2015:

January: Robert Redford

February: 31 Days of Oscar

March: Ann Sothern

April: Anthony Quinn

May: Sterling HaydenJ

June: Pin-Up Girls

July: Shirley Temple

August: Summer Under the Stars

September: Susan Hayward

October: David Niven
November: Norma Shearer

December: Frank Sinatra

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Thought I would add some information here, so people can see which SOTM honorees were "first-timers:"

 

2014

November: Silent Stars

December: Cary Grant (another repeat)

 

2015
January: Robert Redford
February: 31 Days of Oscar
March: Ann Sothern (repeat)
April: Anthony Quinn
May: Sterling Hayden
June: Pin-up Girls

July: Shirley Temple

August: Summer Under the Stars

September: Susan Hayward

October: David Niven (repeat)

November: Norma Shearer (repeat)

December: Frank Sinatra (another repeat)

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Thanks for this great thread.  :)

 

What is funny is that the first names of some actors ended up as ***** in the post by the moderator because the name is also used to represent a part of a man's body!

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What is funny is that the first names of some actors ended up as ***** in the post by the moderator because the name is also used to represent a part of a man's body!

Yes, much of those bleeped out comments occurred right after the upgrade when the new website's censor was doing its job too well. I think those words are allowed now, or at least some of them.

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Thought I'd go ahead and provide an update:

2016:

January: Fred MacMurray

February: 31 Days of Oscar

March: Merle Oberon

April: Judy Garland (repeat)

May: Robert Ryan (repeat)

June: Marie Dressler

July: Olivia de Havilland (repeat)

August: Summer Under the Stars

September: Gene Hackman

October: Christopher Lee
November: Natalie Wood (repeat)

December: Myrna Loy (repeat...chosen by the TCM Backlot members)

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Time for another update:

2017:

January: Jane Wyman (repeat)

February: 31 Days of Oscar

March: Richard Burton

April: Character actors

May: Clark Gable (repeat)

June: Audrey Hepburn (repeat)

July: Ronald Colman

August: Summer Under the Stars

September: Jennifer Jones

October: Anthony Perkins

November: James Stewart (repeat)

December: Lana Turner (repeat)

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Update time:

2018:

January: Charles Boyer

February: 31 Days of Oscar

March: Elizabeth Taylor (repeat)

April: William Holden (repeat)

May: Marlene Dietrich (repeat)

June: Leslie Howard (repeat)

July: Steve McQueen

August: Summer Under the Stars

September: Dean Martin

October: Rita Hayworth (repeat)

November: Glenda Farrell

December: Dick Powell or Warren William

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8 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

Update time:

2018:

January: Charles Boyer

February: 31 Days of Oscar

March: Elizabeth Taylor (repeat)

April: William Holden (repeat)

May: Marlene Dietrich (repeat)

June: Leslie Howard (repeat)

July: Steve McQueen

August: Summer Under the Stars

September: Dean Martin

October: Rita Hayworth (repeat)

November: 

December: Dick Powell or Warren William

TCM hasn't said who will be SOTM in November 2018, or are they not having one?

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14 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

TCM hasn't said who will be SOTM in November 2018, or are they not having one?

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I imagine the November schedule will be available soon. I will edit my earlier post and add in the name of the Star honored that month, when we find out. I will also delete the name of the person who did not get chosen by the Backlot folks for December.

I did an update because we hadn't listed the 2018 stars yet in this thread.

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1 minute ago, TopBilled said:

I imagine the November schedule will be available soon. I will edit my earlier post and add in the name of the Star honored that month, when we find out. I will also delete the name of the person who did not get chosen by the Backlot folks for December.

I did an update because we hadn't listed the 2018 stars yet in this thread.

Thanks.    Funny but reviewing this list I don't recall watching one film with McQueen while he was SOTM in July. 

It isn't that I don't like McQueen.   I guess I just spaced-out during July.

 

 

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5 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

Thanks.    Funny but reviewing this list I don't recall watching one film with McQueen while he was SOTM in July. 

It isn't that I don't like McQueen.   I guess I just spaced-out during July.

Boyer, McQueen and Martin have been the only "new" ones. There were a lot of repeats this year. 

I felt that Leslie Howard being repeated so quickly was not right (only six years had passed and there are still other deserving stars who should be honored). But I get that was because they wanted to show off the new documentary about Howard's life and career. Still it didn't seem right. And they aired less of his films than they did back in 2012.

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As I've said before I believe November's SOTM will be a woman and based on the other choices this year I have a hunch it will be a woman from the 1950s or later ... so, Jane Fonda, Shelley Winters, Debora Kerr, Jean Seberg, Carroll Baker.

Joanne Woodward is another name to consider. Others too, I'm sure.

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If Doris Day had not earned SUTS status this year she'd be in consideration - though, perhaps they're aware that DD deserves a 24 hour tribute in the foreseeable future. (Same for Kirk Douglas, who had virtually no recognition when he turned 100 last year.)

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23 hours ago, Brrrcold said:

If Doris Day had not earned SUTS status this year she'd be in consideration - though, perhaps they're aware that DD deserves a 24 hour tribute in the foreseeable future. (Same for Kirk Douglas, who had virtually no recognition when he turned 100 last year.)

I'd say Doris will be Star of the Month again on her 100th birthday. That seems highly likely. They love to build tributes around her.

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Paulette Goddard is another actress worth consideration. Her work is earlier than the period I suggested above, but there is a lot of it. And it's all in the TCM archive, I believe.

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4 hours ago, Brrrcold said:

Paulette Goddard is another actress worth consideration. Her work is earlier than the period I suggested above, but there is a lot of it. And it's all in the TCM archive, I believe.

She did have a Summer Under the Stars day several years ago. Much of her film work was done at Paramount, which reduces her chances of being chosen as a Star of the Month. But it's still possible.

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In re to actresses from 1950 and later, Julie Andrews would make a good SOTM - but her two most memorable roles are probably not available to TCM. Plenty of other good stuff, but it would seem a bit hollow without Mary P. and Fraulein M.

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I don't know if TCM has ever done something like this, but for Star of the Month in October, maybe films could be featured with actresses who fought and/or beat breast cancer, since October is designated as breast cancer awareness month.  By the same token, November is designated as prostate cancer awareness month.  For several years now, men have been encouraged to grow facial hair during that month to raise awareness about the disease (it's called "Movember").  During that month, maybe TCM could show movies of guys who sported moustaches during their careers?  There would be lots of candidates available for such a tribute, in my opinion.  Just something different to explore, I guess.

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5 minutes ago, midwestan said:

I don't know if TCM has ever done something like this, but for Star of the Month in October, maybe films could be featured with actresses who fought and/or beat breast cancer, since October is designated as breast cancer awareness month.  By the same token, November is designated as prostate cancer awareness month.  For several years now, men have been encouraged to grow facial hair during that month to raise awareness about the disease (it's called "Movember").  During that month, maybe TCM could show movies of guys who sported moustaches during their careers?  There would be lots of candidates available for such a tribute, in my opinion.  Just something different to explore, I guess.

Are you saying TCM's programming should have a Disease of the Month theme? I can see people asking why one syndrome has been overlooked compared to another syndrome that's already been featured three times!

I say stick to the movies. This is no medical show.

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32 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

Are you saying TCM's programming should have a Disease of the Month theme? I can see people asking why one syndrome has been overlooked compared to another syndrome that's already been featured three times!

I say stick to the movies. This is no medical show.

Not at all.  I don't think you need to mention the reason 'why' something is being showcased, in this instance.  Heck, you could do a 'Star of the Month' tribute to something like costume dramas, movies that generated controversy in their day due to dialog content or subject matter, or a tribute to various stars where their first and last big screen picture appearances are shown.

I liked your comprehensive list of people that could be considered for future Summer Under The Stars tributes.  I think many people on that list would be enjoyable to see as Star of the Month too.  Many of them have plenty of movies available for TCM to show.

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I wish TCM would return to highlighting the careers of directors, which has been done in the past. I dimly recall a month when they programmed whole evenings with a primary focus on a single director. I don't suggest "director of the month", but maybe some months could have 3-4 days of some directors' characteristic works. Certainly there are fewer directors than stars to choose among for such handling, but frankly some directors are more interesting in long perspective than most stars: Wyler, Ford, Lubitsch, Capra, Wilder, McCarey, Huston, Preminger, ...more, I'm sure.

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2 minutes ago, Brrrcold said:

I wish TCM would return to highlighting the careers of directors, which has been done in the past. I dimly recall a month when they programmed whole evenings with a primary focus on a single director. I don't suggest "director of the month", but maybe some months could have 3-4 days of some directors' characteristic works. Certainly there are fewer directors than stars to choose among for such handling, but frankly some directors are more interesting in long perspective than most stars: Wyler, Ford, Lubitsch, Capra, Wilder, McCarey, Huston, Preminger, ...more, I'm sure.

I like the idea of resurrecting spotlights on the various directors. Though some of them have been over-analyzed to death, maybe a few new insights can be offered. I'd suggest they focus on some of the prolific poverty row directors like Edgar G. Ulmer and William Beaudine, whose long and varied career behind the camera stretched from silent film to television.

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1 hour ago, Brrrcold said:

I wish TCM would return to highlighting the careers of directors, which has been done in the past.

Yes! It seems the directors get a biography, followed by 4 or 5 of their films (usually.)

The first time I saw the Michael Curtiz biography, I thought about all the good and bad stories various actors had related about him over the years, and thought if he was SOTM, all those stories would make good wrap arounds for the showing of his films.

1 hour ago, TopBilled said:

I'd suggest they focus on some of the prolific poverty row directors like Edgar G. Ulmer and William Beaudine, whose long and varied career behind the camera stretched from silent film to television.

Yes again! I think it was last month that TCM had a daytime salute to Val Lewton? Again, when I was watching the biography, I was thinking this was enough material to stretch into a month long salute, and the wrap arounds would be very interesting.

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