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)

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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
  • 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 (d. 1984)
  • 1920 Nehemiah Persoff, Jerusalem Palestine, actor (Al Capone, Yentl)
  • 1925 Russell Baker, Loudoun County, Va, columnist/humorist (NY Times)
  • 1926 Alice Ghostley, Eve Montana, actress (Bewitched, Designing Women)

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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, filmmaker
  • 1928 Lina Wertmueller, [Arcanguela von Elgg], actress (7 Beauties), born in Rome, Italy
  • 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, actress (Lee-Days of Our Lives, Beach Ball), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1945 Cheryl Waltz, author/film producer

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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, actor (Bill, Blue Money) [or 1932]
  • 1946 Antonio Fargas, actor (Huggy Bear-Starsky & Hutch), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1946 Susan Saint James, [Miller], actress (Kate & Allie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947 Peter Christian, English actor
  • 1949 Bob Backlund, American wrestler
  • 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 Jackee [Harry], actress (Sandra-227), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1957 Gino Hernandez, American wrestler (d. 1986)
  • 1958 "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton, wrestler (SMW/ECW/NJPW/WCW, Midnight Express)
  • 1959 Marcia Gay Harden, American actress
  • 1960 Sarah Brightman, actress/singer (Phantom of the Opera)
  • 1961 Susan Olson, American actress (Cindy-Brady Bunch), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1961 "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler (d. 1995)
  • 1965 Emmanuelle Seigner, actress (The Smile), born in Paris, France
  • 1966 David Hallyday, Boulougne France, actor (He's My Girl)

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

Actress Halle Berry
Halle Berry
  • 1968 Adrian Lester, English actor
  • 1971 Raoul Bova, Italian actor
  • 1973 Romane Bohringer, Pont-Sainte-Maxene France, actress (Savage Nights)
  • 1974 Christopher Gorham, American actor
  • 1976 Alex Albrecht, American actor
  • 1976 Maya Nasri, Lebanese actress and singer
  • 1976 Steve Braun, Canadian actor
  • 1978 Kate Ritchie, Australian actress
  • 1979 Yoichiro Morikawa, Japanese film director
  • 1983 Mila Kunis, Ukrainian-American actress (Friends with Benefits), born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine
  • 1984 Nick Grimshaw, English DJ/Television presenter

Weddings in Film & TV

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

Actress Janet Gaynor
Janet Gaynor

HeartWedding 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
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

HeartWedding 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/Singer Hilary Duff
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, actor (3 Faces West, Algiers), dies 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, Playmate, murdered by boyfriend Paul Snider
  • 1982 Patrick Magee, Northern Irish actor (Clockwork Orange, King Lear), dies 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
  • 1996 Camilla Horn, actress (Rebus, Vertigine, Matinee Idol), dies at 93
  • 2006 Bruno Kirby, American actor (b. 1949)
  • 2011 Shammi Kapoor, Indian actor and director (b. 1931)
  • 2012 Ron Palillo, American actor, dies from a heart attack at 63
  • 2012 Phyllis Thaxter, American actress, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92
  • 2013 Lisa Robin Kelly, American actress, dies at 43
  • 2016 Fyvush Finkel, American Jewish actor (Middle Ages, Picket Fences), dies at 93