Full Name: Orson Welles [George Orson Welles]
Why Famous: best remembered for his innovative work in all three media: in theatre, most notably "Caesar" (1937), a groundbreaking Broadway adaptation of Julius Caesar; in radio, the debut of the Mercury Theatre, whose "The War of the Worlds" (1938), is one of the most famous broadcasts in the history of radio; and in film, "Citizen Kane" (1941), consistently ranked as one of the all-time greatest films.
- 1943-09-07 "Gilda" actress Rita Hayworth (24) weds actor-director Orson Welles (28)
- 1938-10-30 A radio broadcast of H. G. Wells "The War of the Worlds", narrated by Orson Welles, allegedly causes a mass panic
- 1941-05-01 "Citizen Kane", directed & starring Orson Welles, premieres in NY
- 1952-05-10 5th Cannes Film Festival: "The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice" directed by Orson Welles and "Two Cents Worth of Hope" directed by Renato Castellani jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film