On This Day in Film & TV for August 14

Events in Film & TV

  • 1908 The first beauty contest is held in Folkestone, England.
  • 1938 BBC's 1st feature film on TV (Student of Prague)
  • 1951 "A Place in the Sun", film adptation of Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy", directed by George Stevens, starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters premieres in Los Angeles, California; wins 6 Academy Awards, including Best Director, 1952
  • 1953 KXLF TV channel 4 in Butte, MT (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WGR TV (now WGRZ) TV channel 2 in Buffalo, NY (NBC) begins
  • 1965 Beatles tape an appearance for "The Ed Sullivan Show"
  • 1967 Celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon cuts actress Mia Farrow's hair into the famous pixie cut, costing $5,000. In reality, just a publicity stunt, Farrow had previously cut her own hair.
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1939 "A Star Is Born" actress Janet Gaynor (32) weds MGM costume designer Adrian (36)
  • 1965 Former fashion model and fitness guru Jane Fonda (27) weds director and producer Roger Vadim (37) in Las Vegas
  • 1991 Comedian Jackie Mason marries his manager Jyll Rosenfeld (37)

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 1979 Actors Peter O'Toole and Sian Phillips divorce after nearly twenty years of marriage
  • 2012 "Basketball Wives" TV personality Evelyn Lozada divorces NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (34) due to irretrievably broken marriage only 41 days after getting married

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1788 Thomas Sheridan, Irish actor, biographer and lexicographer (Intelligencer), dies at approximately 69
  • 1969 Sigrid Gurie, Norwegian American actress (Algiers, Sofia, Refugee), dies from a blood clot at 58
  • 1972 Oscar Levant, American actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), dies at 65
  • 1972 Pierre Brasseur [Espinasse], French actor (Eyes Without a Face, Children of Paradise), dies from a heart attack at 66
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