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By the Numbers: Turner Classic Movies Turns 25

Annie Cohen  | May 22, 2019 | Lifestyle

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Celebrity cruises, wine clubs, a film festival and a very active group of fan clubs: Such is the world of Atlanta-born Turner Classic Movies. The network—beloved by movie buffs the world over—celebrates a quarter-century this year. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the noteworthy network.

2009


Year TCM won its first Peabody Award for the network’s contributions

17


Number of books TCM has published, including A Star Is Born: Judy Garland and the Film That Got Away and Sophia Loren: Movie Star Italian Style in conjunction with Running Press

TEN


Number of years TCM Classic Film Festival has been in existence; this year’s 129 events include an impressive 79 feature films.

Four Million +


Amount, in dollars, paid for the statuette of the Maltese Falcon from the classic 1941 film by the same name, sold by Bonhams in partnership with TCM

46


Number of local chapters of Backlot, TCM’s official fan club

1994


Year veteran Hollywood Reporter columnist, author and film expert Robert Osborne joined as host and anchor

40+


Number of collectible movie-themed wines created by the TCM Wine Club since its inception in 2015

245


Number of guest programmers—which includes famous composers, directors, actors, musicians, designers, film critics, athletes, fans, TCM employees and, perhaps most notably, a Muppet—that have appeared on the network

1939


Year Gone With the Wind, Turner Classic Movies’ first film to ever air, was made. The reason? It’s Ted Turner’s favorite film and has since aired more than 60 times.

150


Number of times Casablanca has aired on TCM. Here’s lookin’ at you, kid!



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