This Was Television On December 19

1978: Christmas with The Carpenters

On the heels of a recently released Christmas album, Richard and Karen Carpenter held a holiday party full of genial soft rock and special celebrity guests. The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait aired on ABC and featured the pop duo performing seasonal standards while welcoming guests such as Gene Kelly and Georgia Engel. -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Jennifer Beals, gallery owner (49); Mike Lookinland, Brady brother (52); Ken Marino, Statesman (44); Tim Reid, DJ (68); Marla Sokoloff, receptionist (32); Jessica Steen, horse racer (47); Herb Stempel, quiz show contestant (86); David Susskind, producer (d. 1987); Cicely Tyson, Kinte kin (79); Robert Urich, investigator (d. 2002).

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