On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for August 15

Events in Film & TV

  • 1918 1st full length cartoon (Sinking of Lusitania)

Film PremierThe Wizard of Oz

1939 "The Wizard of Oz", American musical fantasy film directed by Victor Fleming and King Vidor, premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, starring Judy Garland (Dorothy), Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin Man), Bert Lahr (Cowardly Lion), Frank Morgan (Wizard), Billie Burke (Glinda), and Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch)
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Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
  • 1949 WOTV TV channel 8 in Grand Rapids, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WCHS TV channel 8 in Charleston-Huntington, WV (ABC) begins
  • 1955 WXEX TV channel 8 in Richmond-Petersburg, VA (ABC) begins

Film release premierFilm Release

1975 Indian action-adventure film "Sholay" directed by Ramesh Sippy, starring Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan is released, highest-grossing Indian film ever

Film release premierFilm Release

1979 "Apocalypse Now", directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen, is released (Palme d'Or 1979)

  • 1995 Keylee Sue Sanders, 18, of Kansas, crowned 13th Miss Teen USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Daniel Craig confirms he will play James Bond one more time

  • 2019 Disney Studios is the first studio to have five films earn over $1 billion each in one year with "Toy Story 4", "Avengers: Engame", "Captain Marvel", "Aladdin" and "The Lion King"

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1845 Walter Crane, English painter, cartoonist and illustrator (The Lady of Shalott), born in Liverpool (d. 1915)
  • 1851 Helena Amelung [Georgette A], Dutch actress (Scapegoat), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1906)
  • 1879 Ethel Barrymore [Blythe], American classic film & stage actress (Constant Wife, Corn is Green), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1885 Mary Nash, American actress (The Philadelphia Story, Till the Clouds Roll By), born in Troy, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1900 Estelle Brody, American actress (Safari, Kitty, Plaything), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1904 Bill Baird, American puppeteer (Kukla Fran & Ollie, Muppet Show), born in Grand Island, Nebraska (d. 1987)
  • 1910 Signe Hasso, Swedish actress (Johnny Angel, A Double Life), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2002)
  • 1912 Julia Child, American chef, author and television personality (The French Chef), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2004)
  • 1912 Wendy Hiller, English actress (Major Barbara, David Copperfield), born in Bramhall, Cheshire, England (d. 2003)
  • 1918 Florian Zabach, American musician and TV personality (Hot Canary, Club Embassy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1919 Henry "Huntz" Hall, American actor (Cyclone, Gas Pump Girls, The Rating Game), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Benedict Kiely, Irish author and broadcaster, born in Dromore, County Tyrone, Ireland (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Rose Marie [Mazzetta], American actress, comedienne and singer (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Doris Day Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Mike Connors, [Krekor Ohanian], American actor (Mannix), born in Fresno, California (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Georgann Johnson, American actress (Marge-Mr Peepers, Star Trek, Midnight Cowboy), born in Decorah, Iowa (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Nicolas Roeg, English cinematographer and director (Aria, Eureka), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1931 Janice Rule, American actress (Alvarez Kelly, Doctor's Wife), born in Norwood, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • 1933 Lori Nelson, American actress (Greta-How to Marry a Millionaire), Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1935 Abby Dalton, American actress (Joey Bishop Show), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1935 Jim Dale, English actor, director and singer (Barnum, My One & Only), born in Rothwell, England
  • 1943 Barbara Bouchet, German-American actress (Casino Royale), born in Liberec, Czech Republic
  • 1943 María Rojo, Mexican actress and politician, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1944 Linda Ellerbee, American journalist (Weekend, NBC Overnight), born in Bryan, Texas
  • 1946 Tony Robinson, English actor, comedian and author, born in Homerton, London
  • 1947 Brian Hulls, British TV news cameraman, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1947 Raakhee Gulzar, Indian actress (Shubho Mahurat), born in Ranaghat, Bengal, India
  • 1949 Ann Ryerson, American actress (Pvt Carol Winter-Pvt Benjamin), born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
  • 1950 Tess Harper, American actress (Amityville 3D, Tender Mercies), born in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas
  • 1951 Ann Biderman, American film and television writer (Ray Donovan)
  • 1955 Larry Mathews, actor (Ritchie-Dick Van Dyke Show), born in Burbank, California
  • 1957 Zeljko Ivanek, Lujubljana Yugoslavia, actor (Mass Appeal)
  • 1958 Rondell Sheridan, American actor and comedian
  • 1963 Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexican film director (Birdman, Babel), born in Mexico City
  • 1964 Debi Mazar, actress (Civil Wars, Little Man Tate, LA Law), born in Queens, New York
  • 1967 Peter Hermann, American actor (Beautiful People), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Indian spiritual leader and filmmaker, born in Sri Gurusar Modia
  • 1968 Debra Messing, American actress (Will & Grace), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969 Cris Judd, American actor/choreographer
  • 1970 Anthony Anderson, American comedian and actor
  • 1970 Maddie Corman, American actress

Person of interestBen Affleck

1972 Ben Affleck, American actor (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor), born in Berkeley, California

  • 1972 Chris Morrissey, American film director/actor
  • 1972 Matthew Wood, American actor and sound editor
  • 1974 Natasha Henstridge, Canadian actress
  • 1977 Nicole Paggi, American actress (Hope and Faith), born in Travis County, Texas
  • 1980 Nathalie Press, English actress
  • 1981 Song Ji-hyo, South Korean actress
  • 1989 Belinda [Belinda Peregrín Schüll], Mexican singer, songwriter and actress, born in Madrid, Spain

Person of interestJennifer Lawrence

1990 Jennifer Lawrence, American actress (Winter's Bone, Silver Linings Playbook), born in Louisville, Kentucky


Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1992 Actress Susan Anton marries actor Jeff Lester

LoveWedding of Interest

2009 Charmed actress Alyssa Milano (39) weds CAA agent David Bugliari in Bernardsville, New Jersey

Actress and Activist Alyssa Milano
Actress and Activist
Alyssa Milano

LoveWedding of Interest

2009 Actor Joseph Fiennes (39) weds model María Dolores Diéguez in Tuscany, Italy


Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1880 Adelaide Neilson, English stage actress (Julia-The Hunchback), dies while horse riding at 32

Person of interestWill Rogers

1935 Will Rogers, American humorist and actor (Judge Priest), dies in a plane crash in Alaska at 55

Humorist Will Rogers
Humorist
Will Rogers
  • 1936 Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (The Mikado), dies at 71
  • 1966 Jan Kiepura, Polish vocalist and actor (Her Wonderful Lie, Give Us this Night), dies of heart attack at 64
  • 1966 Seena Owen, actress/writer (Queen Kelly), dies at 71

Person of interestPaul Lukas

1971 Paul Lukas, Hungarian actor (Kim, Berlin Express), dies of heart failure at 76

Actor Paul Lukas
Actor
Paul Lukas
  • 1974 Edmund Cobb, Mexican western actor (Motorcycle Gang, Comanche Territory), dies at 82
  • 1983 Anthony Costello, actor (Blue), dies at 42
  • 1989 F de Jong Edz, Dutch historian/director (IISG), dies
  • 1990 Nina Bara [Frances Bauer], Argentinian actress (Missile to the Moon, Space Patrol), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1992 Marie Paxton, English actress, dies at 82
  • 2010 James J. Kilpatrick, American newspaper journalist and columnist (60 Minutes), dies at 89