On This Day in Film & TV for August 26

Events in Film & TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1873 First free kindergarten in the U.S. started by Susan Blow in Carondelet, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri

Educator and Kindergarten Director Susan Blow
Educator and Kindergarten Director
Susan Blow
  • 1951 "An American in Paris" with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnell and starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (Academy Awards Best Picture 1952)
  • 1955 1st color telecast (NBC) of a tennis match (Davis Cup)
  • 1955 "Pather Panchali", Indian film directed by Satyajit Ray, starring Subir Banerjee, Kanu Banerjee and Karuna Banerjee, is released
  • 1956 KREY TV channel 10 in Montrose, CO (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 28th Venice Film Festival: "Belle de Jour" directed by Luis Bunuel wins Golden Lion
  • 1985 42nd Venice Film Festival: "Sans toit ni loi" directed by Agnes Varda wins Golden Lion

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1996 "7th Heaven", starring Jessica Biel, debuts on The WB

Actress Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1880 Guillaume Apollinaire, French poet/movie critic (Alcoola)
  • 1909 Jim Davis, American actor (Dallas), born in Edgerton, Missouri (d. 1981)
  • 1917 Jan Clayton, Tularosa NM, actress (Ellen Miller-Lassie)
  • 1919 Ronny Graham, actor (Bob Crane Show, Chico & the Man), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1921 David Begelman, film producer
  • 1921 William Preston, Columbia Penn, actor (Fisher King, Waterworld)
  • 1936 Yvette Vickers, KC, playmate (Jul 1959)/actress (Attack of 50' Woman)
  • 1938 Francine York, Aurora Minn, actress (Slattery's People)
  • 1940 Don LaFontaine, American voice actor (d. 2008)
  • 1941 Akiko Wakabayashi, Japanese actress
  • 1944 Cornelia J "Corry" Arends, Dutch actress (Fool's Hat)
  • 1944 Stephen Greif, English actor
  • 1946 Alison Steadman, actress (Life is Sweet), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1946 Chantal Renaud, Quebec singer and actress
  • 1947 Candy Moore, American actress (Lunch Wagon, Tomboy & Champ), born in Maplewood, New Jersey
  • 1947 Emiliano Díez, Cuban actor
  • 1950 Benjamin Hendrickson, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1952 Michael Jeter, actor (The Fisher King), born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • 1954 Steve Wright, Britain's wacky DJ/actor (Funny Man)
  • 1959 Joanne Gail Abbott, executive (MTV)
  • 1960 Ola Ray, playmate (Jun, 1980)/actress (Thriller), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1965 Chris Burke, actor with down syndrome (Corky-Life Goes On)
  • 1965 Jon Hensley, Doylestown PA, actor (Holden Snyder-As the World Turns)
  • 1965 Bobby Duncum, Jr., wrestler (d. 2000)
  • 1968 Byron Lawson, Canadian actor
  • 1969 Elaine Irwin, American model (Almay Cosmetics, Ralph Lauren) and former wife of John Mellencamp, born in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Melissa McCarthy, comedian and actress (Mike and Molly, Spy), born in Plainfield, Illinois

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1980 Macaulay Culkin, American actor (Home Alone, My Girl, Richie Rich), born in NYC, New York

  • 1980 Chris Pine, American actor (Star Trek), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 Petey Williams, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1988 Danielle Savre, American actress
  • 1988 Evan Ross, American actor
  • 1993 Keke Palmer, American actress (True Jackson, VP), born in Harvey, Illinois

Weddings in Film & TV

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1946 "Gone with the Wind" actress Olivia de Havilland weds screenwriter and novelist Marcus Goodrich

  • 2006 "Days of our Lives" actor Billy Warlock (45) weds actress Julie Pinson in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2012 "The Campaign" actress Kate Lang Johnson (28) weds musician Justin Miner at La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes, California
  • 2012 "Bridesmaids" actor Chris O'Dowd (32) weds British TV presenter Dawn Porter (33) at an intimate ceremony with family and friends in London

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1915 John Bunny American comedian (b. 1863)
  • 1930 Lon Chaney, American actor (Thunder, Big City, Unholy 3), dies at 47
  • 1946 Jeanie MacPherson, American actress and screenwriter (b. 1887)
  • 1963 Larry Keating, actor (George Burns Show, Roger-Mr Ed), dies at 67
  • 1966 Art Baker, TV host (You Asked For It), dies at 67
  • 1968 Kay Francis, American actress (Charley's Aunt, False Madonna), dies of cancer at 63
  • 1975 Cullen Landis, American actor (Soul of the Beast), dies at 80
  • 1976 Warner Anderson, actor (Doctor, Lineup, Peyton Place), dies at 65
  • 1977 Willis Bouchey, actor (Battle Cry, From Here to Eternity), dies at 34
  • 1978 Charles Boyer, French actor (Gaslight, Rogues), dies at 78
  • 1980 Miliza Korjus, actress (Great Waltz), dies at 71
  • 1980 Rosa Albach-Retty, German actress (b. 1874)
  • 1983 Mike Kellin, actor (Honestly Celeste), dies at 61 of cancer
  • 1984 Julie Stevens, actress (Lorelei-Big Town), dies at 67
  • 1986 Ted Knight [Tadeus Konopka], American actor (Mary Tyler Moore), dies at 62
  • 1994 Tariq Yunus, Indian actor (Ashanti, Deceivers), dies at 54
  • 2005 Ed White, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1949)
  • 2007 Ramon Zamora, Filipino martial arts actor (b. 1935)
  • 2015 P J [Patrick Joeseph] Kavanagh, English poet, actor and journalist (The Perfect Stranger), dies at 84