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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 Tuchman

"The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath

"The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan



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 Madeline L'Engle

Caldecott: "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats



ON BROADWAY:

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...

"Sugar Shack" "He's So Fine" "Dominique"
Jimmy Gilmer and
the Fireballs
The Chiffons The Singing Nun
"Go Away
Little Girl"
"Walk Right In" "Hey Paula"
Steve Lawrence The Rooftop Singers Paul & Paula
"Walk Like A Man" "Our Day Will Come" "I Will Follow Him"
The 4 Seasons Ruby & The
Romantics
Little Peggy March
"If You Wanna
Be Happy"
"It's My Party" "Sukiyaki"
Jimmy Soul Lesley Gore Kyu Sakamoto
"Easier Said
Than Done"
"Surf City" "So Much
In Love"
The Essex Jan & Dean The Tymes
"Fingertips
Pt. 2"
"My Boyfriend's
Back"
"Blue Velvet"
Little Stevie
Wonder
The Angels Bobby Vinton
"Deep Purple"
"I'm Leaving It
Up To You"
Nino Tempo &
April Stevens

Dale & Grace

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"



NEW ON TV IN '63

Doctor Who The Fugitive General Hospital Wild Kingdom
My Favorite
Martian
The Outer
Limits
Petticoat
Junction
East Side, West Side

Emmy Winners:

"The Defenders" was voted Best Drama and "The Dick van Dyke Show was named Best Comedy of 1963



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:

The Birds Bye Bye Birdie Cleopatra
The Great Escape The Haunting 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...



Best Picture

America, America

Cleopatra

How the West Was Won

Lilies of the Field

TOM JONES



Best Director

Federico Fellini for "8"

Elia Kazan for "America, America"

Otto Preminger for "The Cardinal"

TONY RICHARDSON for "Tom Jones"

Martin Ritt for "Hud"



Best Actor

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"



Best Actress

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"

"Los Tarantos"

"Twin Sisters of Kyoto"

FEDERICO FELLINI'S "8" (Italy)



Best Screenplay-Adapted:

Captain Newman, M.D.

Hud

Lilies of the Field

Sundays and Cybele

TOM JONES(adapted by John Osborne)

Best Screenplay-Original

America, America

8

The Four Days of Naples

HOW THE WEST WAS WON(by James R. Webb)

Love With The Proper Stranger



Best Cinematography-B&W:

JAMES WONG HOWE for "Hud"



Best Cinematography-Color

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



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