Arts & Entertainment '63
Below are some of the popular BOOKS, MUSIC, TV & FILMS of 1963...
The January 1963 first edition of poet Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar" (published initially under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas). Tragically, Plath took her own life just one month after it's publication.
ON THE BOOKSHELF:
"The Spy Who Came in from the Cold"
by John LeCarre
"Cat's Cradle" by Kurt Vonnegut
"The Collector" by John Fowles
"The Guns of August" by Barbara
"The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath
"The Feminine Mystique" by Betty
1963 Literature Prizes:
1963 Nobel Laureate for Literature:
Giorgos Seferis (Greece)
Pulitzer for Fiction: "The Reivers"
by William Faulkner
National (U.S.) Book Award: "Morte D'Urban" by J.F. Powers
Newberry: "A Wrinkle in Time" by
Caldecott: "The Snowy Day" by Ezra
1963 Tony Winner (play): "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" by Edward Albee
1963 Tony Winner (musical): "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" by Stephen Sondheim
On The Radio:
The top 20 U.S. singles from 1963...
The Beatles debut album, "Please Please Me"
The Beatles already had two hit songs on the radio in the UK when they stepped into Abbey Road studio to record their first album. It was captured in a marathon one day, 14-hour recording session on February 11th, 1963. The Fab Four's debut album, "Please Please Me", was released a month later on March 22nd, 1963. It took 7 weeks to hit #1 in the UK but remained there for the next 29. Beatlemania had just begun overseas but the USA (at the time enjoying the "surf music" craze) wouldn't catch on to the lads from Liverpool until 1964...
Henry Mancini's "Days of Wine & Roses" wins Grammy for "Record of the Year"
"The Barbra Streisand Album" wins the Grammy for "Album of the Year"
||"He's So Fine"
|Jimmy Gilmer and
||The Singing Nun
|"Walk Right In"
||The Rooftop Singers
||Paul & Paula
|"Walk Like A Man"
||"Our Day Will Come"
||"I Will Follow Him"
|The 4 Seasons
||Ruby & The
|Little Peggy March
|"If You Wanna
|"It's My Party"
||Jan & Dean
||"I'm Leaving It|
Up To You"
|Nino Tempo &
||Dale & Grace
NEW ON TV IN '63
"The Defenders" was voted Best Drama and "The Dick van Dyke Show was named Best Comedy of 1963
|East Side, West Side
Miss America 1963:
Jacquelyn Mayer (Miss Ohio), crowned September 8th, 1962 to reign as Miss America 1963. At the time, Miss Mayer was a 20 year-old student at Northwestern University.
At The Cinema:
Popular Films of 1963 included:
||Bye Bye Birdie
|The Great Escape
||It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
|From Russia With Love
||Jason and the Argonauts
||The Nutty Professor
THE ACADEMY AWARD winners from 1963
Winners are in Bold Type...
How the West Was Won
Lilies of the Field
Federico Fellini for "8½"
Elia Kazan for "America, America"
Otto Preminger for "The Cardinal"
TONY RICHARDSON for "Tom Jones"
Martin Ritt for "Hud"
Albert Finney in "Tom Jones"
Richard Harris in "This Sporting Life"
Rex Harrison in "Cleopatra"
Paul Newman in "Hud"
SIDNEY POITIER in "Lilies of the Field"
Leslie Caron in "The L-Shaped Room"
Shirley MacLaine in "Irma La Douce"
PATRICIA NEAL in "Hud"
Rachel Roberts in "This Sporting Life"
Natalie Wood in "Love With the Proper Stranger"
Best Supporting Actor
Nick Adams in "Twilight of Honor"
Bobby Darin in "Captain Newman, M.D."
MELVIN DOUGLAS in "Hud"
Hugh Griffith in "Tom Jones"
John Huston in "The Cardinal"
Best Supporting Actress
Diane Cilento in "Tom Jones"
Edith Evans in "Tom Jones"
Joyce Richardson in "Tom Jones"
MARGARET RUTHERFORD in "The V.I.P's"
Lilia Skala in "Lilies of the Field"
Best Foreign Film:
"Knife in the Water" (Poland-Roman Polanski)
"The Red Lanterns"
"Twin Sisters of Kyoto"
FEDERICO FELLINI'S "8½" (Italy)
Captain Newman, M.D.
Lilies of the Field
Sundays and Cybele
TOM JONES(adapted by John Osborne)
The Four Days of Naples
HOW THE WEST WAS WON(by James R. Webb)
Love With The Proper Stranger
JAMES WONG HOWE for "Hud"
LEON SHAMROYfor "Cleopatra"
Note: The preceeding nominees & winners were judged among the best of films released in 1963 and honored at the Academy Awards Ceremony on April 13th, 1964
Women of 1963
Men of 1963
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