This Day in Pop Culture for December 17

"Tootsie" opens in theaters on December 17, 1982.

‘Tootsie’ Struts into Theaters

Tootsie, the second most profitable film of 1982, shared the story of an out-of-work actor who is do desperate to get a job that he adopts a new identity as a woman and in turn, finds out that living life as a woman is tougher than he thought. The movie was directed by Sydney Pollack and starred Dustin Hoffman, Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning and Geena Davis in her acting debut. Although nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture, it only won one for Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Lange).



The Simpsons debuted on December 17, 1989.

Debut of The Simpsons

Originally a part of The Tracey Ullman Show, The Simpsons got their own Christmas special which aired on this day in 1989. Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire also known as The Simpsons Christmas Special was created by Matt Groening and was written by Mimi Pond, who only wrote the one episode. The story tells how the family got their dog, Santa’s Little Helper, it was viewed by 13.4 million viewers, it was nominated for two Emmy Awards and the show hasn’t left the airwaves since.


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