1956  Entertainment


Academy Awards


Best Movie:           "Around the World in 80 Days"

Best Actor:            Yul Brynner        ("The King and I")

Best Actress:         Ingrid Bergman ("Anastasia")



TV Ratings

1.  "I Love Lucy"      

2.  "Ed Sullivan Show"

3.  "GE Theater"

4.  "$64,000 Question

5.  "December Bride"

6.  "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"

7.  "I've Got a Secret"

8.  "Gunsmoke"

9.  "Perry Como Show"

10."Jack Benny Show"





Billboard Ratings                  [Hits]


1. "Heartbreak Hotel"              Elvis Presley

2. "Don't be Cruel"                 Elvis Presley

3. "Lisbon Antigua"                Nelson Riddle

  (note: The above links are audio clips that may require considerable transfer time)



1. Calypso                               Harry Belafonte

2. My Fair Lady                      Original Cast

3. Elvis Presley                       Elvis Presley

4. Belafonte                             Harry Belafonte

5. Elvis                                    Elvis Presley


Top Vocal Artists


Female:            Ella Fitzgerald

Male:              Frank Sinatra

Group:             Four Freshmen




1. Don't Go Near the Water                William Brinkley

2. The Last Hurrah                             Edwin O'Connor

3. Peyton Place                                    Grace Metalious

4. Auntie Mame                                   Patrick Dennis

5. Eloise                                              Kay Thompson

6. Andersonville                                  MacKinlay Kantor

7. A Certain Smile                               Françoise Sagan

8. The Tribe That Lost Its Head         Nicholas Monsarrat

9. The Mandarins                               Simone de Beauvoir

10. Boon Island                                   Kenneth Roberts



1. Arthritis and Common Sense;   rev. ed. Dan Dale Alexander

2. Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language, concise ed.;   David B. Guralnik

3. Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book, 2nd. ed.

4. Etiquette;  Frances Benton

5. Better Homes and Gardens Barbecue Book

6. The Search for Bridey Murphy;  Morey Bernstein

7. Love or Perish;  Smiley Blanton, M.D.

8. Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book

9. How To Live 365 Days a Year;  John A. Schindler

10. The Nun's Story;  Kathryn Hulme



Pulitzer Prize

Biography:  Profiles in Courage          by John F. Kennedy



Popular Singles

"Blue Suede Shoes"

"Friendly Persuasion"

"Hound Dog"

"Love me Tender"

"Mack the Knive"



Other Movies from 1956

"Anastasia"                            Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner

"Baby Doll"                            Carroll Baker, Eli Wallach

"Bus Stop"                             Marilyn Monroe

"Giant"                                   Rock Hudson, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor

"High Society"                       Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly

"Love Me Tender"                 Elvis Presley

"Ten Commandments"        Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter

"War and Peace"                   Audrey Hepburn, Mel Ferrer, Henry Fonda.



Fashion in 1956

Girl's Fashion:                         Guy's Fashion:

Chignon and pompador           Crew cut and ducktail

Sac dress                                 t-shirts with rolled up sleeves

Rose Marie Reid's swimsuit    Black leather jackets




Miss America:  Sharon Ritchie   (Miss Colorado)