On This Day

May 1946 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Film Release

May 2 "The Postman Always Rings Twice" film based on the novel by James M. Cain, directed by Tay Garnett and starring Lana Turner and John Garfield is released

  • May 9 1st hour long entertainment TV show, "NBC's Hour Glass" premieres

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 1 Bruce Robinson, actor (Story of Adele H)
  • May 1 Joanna Lumley, British actress (Absolutely Fabulous, OHM's Secret Service), born in Kashmir, India
  • May 2 David Suchet, English actor (The Way We Live Now), born in London
  • May 3 Greg Gumbel, American sportscaster (CBS TV, WFAN), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 4 Renee Powell, American golfer, broadcaster (first woman to compete in a men's golf tournament), born in East Canton, Ohio
  • May 6 Susan Brown, English actress (The Iron Lady, Game of Thrones), born in Bristol, England
  • May 9 Candice Bergen, Beverly Hills, actress (Carnal Knowledge, Murphy Brown)
  • May 10 Maureen Lipman, actress (Educating Rita, Wonderworks)
  • May 13 Tim Pigott-Smith, English actor (Jewel in Crown, King Charles III), born in Rugby (d. 2017)
  • May 18 Andreas Katsulas, American actor (Babylon 5), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • May 19 Diedre Lenihan, actress (Wendy-Needles & Pins), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 19 Michele Placido, Foggia Italy, actor (La Lupa, Poliziotti)

André the Giant

May 19 André the Giant, French pro wrestler (WWF World Heavyweight C'ship 1988; WWF World Tag Team C'ship [with Haku] 1989), born in Grenoble, France (d. 1993)

Cher

May 20 Cher [Cherilyn Sarkisian], American singer ("I Got You Babe"; "If I Could Turn Back Time"), and actress (Mask; Moonstruck), born in El Centro, California

  • May 23 Frederik de Groot, Dutch actor
  • May 27 Lewis Collins, English actor, (d. 2013)
  • May 28 Madeleine Le Roux, Wyoming, Broadway actress (Cry Uncle)
  • May 29 Robin Johnson, American actress (Times Square: Baby, It's You), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 31 Debbie Moore, British model and businesswoman (founder & CEO Pineapple Dance Studios & clothing), born in Urmston, Lancashire, England

Weddings in Film & TV

Joan Fontaine

May 2 "Rebecca" actress Joan Fontaine (28) weds producer and actor William Dozier (38)

Stan Laurel

May 6 Comedian Stan Laurel (55) marries for the 5th time actress Ida Kitaeva (47)