On This Day

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)

Film release premierFilm Release

1951 "A Place in the Sun", directed by George Stevens, starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters, is released (Academy Awards 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

Music ConcertThe Beatles on Ed Sullivan

1965 Beatles tape an appearance for Ed Sullivan Show
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The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Hairdresser
Vidal Sassoon
  • 1978 French TV announced a rating of "0" for a program about an Armenian's woman's 40th birthday, (comp: Napoleanic drama-67%, Knockout-33%)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1850 Earnest [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, Dutch actor (Inkwartiering, Kloris & Roses), born in Dordrecht, Zuid-Holland, Nederland (d. 1921)
  • 1881 Francis Ford, American actor (The Quiet Man), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1953)
  • 1887 Marija Leiko, Latvian film actress (Falscher Start), born in Riga, Russian Empire (d. 1937)
  • 1893 Carl Benton Reid, American actor (Pressure Point, In a Lonely Place), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 1973)
  • 1903 Millard Mitchell, Cuban actor (12 O'Clock High, Gunfighter), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1963)
  • 1908 Manos Katrakis, Greek actor (Antigone, Marinos Kontaras), born in Kastelli Kissamou, Crete (d. 1984)
  • 1923 Alice Ghostley, American singer and actress (Bewitched, Designing Women), born in Eve, Vernon County, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1925 Russell Baker, American columnist, author and humorist (NY Times), born in Loudoun County, Virginia (d. 2019)

Person of interestRené Goscinny

1926 René Goscinny, French cartoonist (Asterix), born in Paris, France (d. 1977)

Author and Cartoonist René Goscinny
Author and Cartoonist
René Goscinny
  • 1927 Frank Cvitanovich, Canadian filmmaker, born in Vancouver (d. 1995)
  • 1928 Lina Wertmüller [Arcangela Braueich], Italian screenwriter, film director, and 1st woman nominated for an Academy Award for Directing (Seven Beauties), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1932 Barry Frank, American television sports impresario (CBS, ABC and IMG), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • 1936 Trevor Bannister, British actor (Are You Being Served?), born in Durrington, Wiltshire (d. 2011)
  • 1942 Sandy Gilmour, newscaster (Prime Time Sunday), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1945 Brenda Benet, American actress (Lee-Days of Our Lives, Beach Ball), born in Hollywood, California

Person of interestSteve Martin

1945 Steve Martin, American comedian, musician, author and actor (Parenthood, Jerk, Roxanne), born in Waco, Texas

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin
  • 1945 Tony Scannel, Irish actor (Bill, Blue Money), born in Kinsale, Ireland
  • 1945 Wim Wenders, German filmmaker (American Friend, Hammett), born in Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1946 Antonio Fargas, American actor (Huggy Bear-Starsky & Hutch), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1946 Susan Saint James, American actress (Kate & Allie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947 Peter Christian, English actor, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1948 Joseph Marcell, British actor (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ), born in Castries, Saint Lucia
  • 1949 Bob Backlund, American wrestler, born in Princeton, Minnesota
  • 1951 Carl Lumbly, American actor (Cagney & Lacey, Alias), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1953 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic, Apollo 13, Casper), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1957 Jackée Harry, American actress (Sandra-227), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1958 Bobby Eaton, American wrestler (SMW/ECW/NJPW/WCW, Midnight Express), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1959 Marcia Gay Harden, American actress, born in La Jolla, California
  • 1960 Sarah Brightman, English actress and singer (Phantom of the Opera), born in Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
  • 1961 Susan Olson, American actress (Cindy-Brady Bunch), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1961 Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler, born in Lexington, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • 1965 Emmanuelle Seigner, French actress (The Smile), born in Paris, France
  • 1966 David Hallyday, French singer-songwriter and actor (He's My Girl), born in Boulougne, France

Person of interestHalle Berry

1966 Halle Berry, American actress (X-Men: The Last Stand, Monsters Ball), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Actress Halle Berry
Actress
Halle Berry
  • 1968 Adrian Lester, English actor, born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 1971 Raoul Bova, Italian actor, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1973 Romane Bohringer, French actress (Savage Nights), born in Pont-Sainte-Maxence, France
  • 1974 Christopher Gorham, American actor, born in Fresno, California
  • 1976 Alex Albrecht, American actor, born in Vienna, Virginia
  • 1976 Maya Nasri, Lebanese actress and singer, born in Minyara, Lebanon
  • 1976 Steve Braun, Canadian actor, born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1978 Kate Ritchie, Australian actress, born in Goulburn, Australia
  • 1979 Yoichiro Morikawa, Japanese film director, born in Fukui, Japan
  • 1983 Mila Kunis, Ukrainian-American actress (Friends with Benefits), born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine
  • 1984 Nick Grimshaw, English DJ and television presenter, born in England, United Kingdom
  • 1985 Charlotte Kate Fox, American actress (Asadora, Massan), born in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1939 "A Star Is Born" actress Janet Gaynor (32) weds MGM costume designer Adrian (36)

Actress Janet Gaynor
Actress
Janet Gaynor

LoveWedding of Interest

1965 Former fashion model and fitness guru Jane Fonda (27) weds director and producer Roger Vadim (37) in Las Vegas

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
  • 1991 Comedian Jackie Mason marries his manager Jyll Rosenfeld (37)
  • 2004 Actor Josh Brolin (36) weds actress Diane Lane (39) at his ninety-seven acre spread in San Luis Obispo, California
  • 2004 "Dancing With The Stars" contestant and "Seinfeld" actor John O'Hurley (49) weds Lisa Mesloh at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2010 Actress and singer Hilary Duff (24) weds retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre Mike Comrie (31) at La Quinta Estate in Montecito, California

Actress and Singer Hilary Duff
Actress and Singer
Hilary Duff

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 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

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
  • 1980 Dorothy Stratten [Hoogstraten], Canadian playmate (August, 1979), model and actress (Galixina), murdered by estranged husband and manager Paul Snider at 20
  • 1982 Patrick Magee [McGee], Northern Irish actor and director (A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1985 Gale Sondergaard, actress (Letter), dies of cerebral thrombosis at 86
  • 1991 Douglas Kiker, newscaster (NBC-TV), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1994 Joan Harrison, English screenwriter and producer who often worked with Alfred Hitchcock (Rebecca, They Won't Believe Me), dies at 83
  • 1996 Camilla Horn, actress (Rebus, Vertigine, Matinee Idol), dies at 93
  • 2000 John Milford, American actor (Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Homefront), dies at 72
  • 2006 Bruno Kirby, American actor (b. 1949)
  • 2010 Abbey Lincoln [Anna Wooldridge], African-American civil rights activist, jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress (Nothing But a Man), dies at 80
  • 2011 Shammi Kapoor, Indian actor and director known as the "Elvis Presley of India" (Amaran, Brahmachari, Vidhaata), dies of chronic renal failure at 79
  • 2012 Ron Palillo, American actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • 2012 Phyllis Thaxter, American actress (Nora, Fort Worth), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92
  • 2013 Lisa Robin Kelly, American actress, dies at 43
  • 2016 Philip "Fyvush" Finkel, American actor (Boston Public, Picket Fences), dies at 93