On This Day

August 1959 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Aug 1 WAAY TV channel 31 in Huntsville, AL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 23 20th Venice Film Festival: "The Great War" directed by Mario Monicelli and "General della Rovere" directed by Roberto Rossellini jointly awarded Golden Lion

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Aug 2 Britt Helfer, American actress (Lily-Loving, Alley Cat), born in Clearfield, Utah
  • Aug 2 Victoria Jackson, comedian and actress (Casual Sex, Saturday Night Live), born in Miami, Florida
  • Aug 6 Grant Aleksander, actor (Guiding Light, All My Children), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Person of interestRosanna Arquette

Aug 10 Rosanna Arquette, actress (Desperately Seeking Susan, After Hours), born in NYC, New York

  • Aug 13 Danny Bonaduce, American actor (Danny-Partridge Family), born in Broomall, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 14 Marcia Gay Harden, American actress, born in La Jolla, California
  • Aug 18 Tom Prichard, American wrestler, born in Pasadena, Texas
  • Aug 26 Joanne Gail Abbott, executive (MTV)
  • Aug 29 Akkineni Nagarjuna, Indian Telugu actor and producer (Ninne Pelladata), born in Madras, India
  • Aug 29 Rebecca De Mornay, American actress (Hand that Rocks Cradle), born in Santa Rosa, California
  • Aug 30 Mark Jackson, Australian rules footballer and actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Aug 31 Rachel Dennison, actress (Doralee Rhodes-9 to 5), born in Knoxville, Tennessee

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Aug 6 Preston Sturges [Edmund Biden], American director and screenwriter (Sullivan's Travels), dies at 60
  • Aug 13 Henri Garat, French actor and singer (Les dieux s'amusent, Congress Dances), dies at 57
  • Aug 31 Charles Delaney, American actor (Air Police, Lonesome Trail), dies at 67