On This Day in Film & TV for February 14

Events in Film & TV

  • 1900 Date of events in Australian movie "Picnic at Hanging Rock"

Film release premierFilm Release

1931 The original "Dracula" film starring Bela Lugosi as the titular vampire, is released

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939 Victor Fleming replaces George Cukor as director of film "Gone With the Wind"

Director Victor Fleming
Victor Fleming
  • 1954 WTOC TV channel 11 in Savannah, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 WFLA (now WXFL) TV channel 8 in Tampa-St Petersburg, Florida (NBC) begins

Film release premierFilm Release

1963 "8½" film directed by Federico Fellini, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Claudia Cardinale, is released (Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 1964)

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • 1968 WHKY TV channel 14 in Hickory, NC (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 Movie "Ben Hur" 1st shown on television
  • 1972 CBS "Late Movie" premieres
  • 1985 Hostage CNN reporter Jeremy Levin is released in Beirut

Music releaseAlbum Release

1985 "Whitney Houston" debut album by Whitney Houston is released (Grammy Award Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female 1986, Billboard Album of Year 1986)

Singer and Actress Whitney Houston
Singer and Actress
Whitney Houston

Film release premierFilm Release

1991 "The Silence of the Lambs" film based on the book by Thomas Harris, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, is released (Best Picture 1992)

  • 1998 29th NAACP Image Awards: "Soul Food" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 1999 30th NAACP Image Awards: "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 2008 39th NAACP Image Awards: "The Great Debaters" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Conference meetingConference of Interest

2014 Actress Ellen Page comes out as gay in a speech at the Human Rights Campaign's "Time to Thrive" conference

Actress Ellen Page
Ellen Page
  • 2016 69th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Revenant" Best Film, Alejandro González Iñárritu Best Director

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1871 Gerda Lundequist, Swedish actress (The Saga of Gösta Berling), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1959)
  • 1894 Jack Benny [Benjamin Kubelski], American comedian (The Jack Benny Program), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1902 Fred Scott, American vocalist and actor (Melody of the Plains, Vincent Lopez), born in Fresno, California (d. 1991)
  • 1902 Ray "Crash" Corrigan, American actor (Crash Corrigan's Ranch), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1976)
  • 1902 Thelma Ritter, American actress (Miracle on 34th Street), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Stuart "Stu" Erwin, American actor (The Stu Erwin Show), born in Squaw Valley, California (d. 1967)
  • 1907 Florence Rice, American actress (Fast Company, Double Wedding, Riding on Air), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1974)
  • 1916 Edward Platt, actor (Chief-Get Smart), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1921 Hugh Downs, TV journalist (20/20, Concentration), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1927 Lois Maxwell [Hooker], Canadian actress (Goldfinger, Dr. No, Miss Moneypenny), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Vic Morrow, American actor (Combat, Roots, Twilight Zone the Movie), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1931 Brian Kelly, American actor (Flipper, Straightaway), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • 1932 Alexander Kluge, German author and film director (Yesterday Girl), born in Halberstadt, Province of Saxony
  • 1933 Madhubala [Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi], Indian actress regarded as "The Venus of Indian Cinema", born in Delhi, India (d. 1969)
  • 1934 Florence Henderson, actress and singer (Carol in The Brady Bunch), born in Dale, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Christine CT "Christel" Adelaar, Dutch actress (Pipo the Clown)
  • 1936 Andrew Prine, American actor (V, W.E.B., Wide Country), born in Jennings, Florida
  • 1938 Lee Chamberlin, American actor (Once Upon a Family, Rupture Fatale), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939 Michael Rudman, English theater director and producer (Donkeys' Years)
  • 1942 Andrew Robinson, American actor
  • 1943 Aaron Russo, American political activist, movie producer and director (Trading Places, Wise Guys, The Rose), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1944 Alan Parker, English actor (Bugsy Malone, Evita)
  • 1945 Gregory Hines, American actor/dancer (White Nights, Taps), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Tina Aumont, actress (Master of Love, Casanova), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1948 Jackie Martling, "Jackie the Jokeman", comedian (Howard Stern Show)
  • 1948 Pat O'Brien, reporter (Entertainment Tonight)
  • 1950 Raymond van het Groenewoud, Belgian vocalist/actor (Brussels by Night)
  • 1955 James Eckhouse, American actor
  • 1955 Rip Rogers, American professional wrestler
  • 1957 Alan Hunter, one of the original MTV VJs
  • 1958 Perry Stephens, Frankfurt Germany, actor (Loving, All My Children)
  • 1960 Meg Tilly, Canadian–American actress (Big Chill, Impulse), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Michael Higgs, English actor
  • 1962 Sakina Jaffrey, Indian actress
  • 1963 Zach Galligan, American actor (Gremlins), born in NYC, New York
  • 1963 Enrico Colantoni, Canadian actor
  • 1968 Jules Asner, American television personality
  • 1969 Shana Zadrick, model (Guess Jeans), born in Grand Junction, Colorado

Person of interestSimon Pegg

1970 Simon Pegg [Buckingham], English comedian and actor (Shaun of the Dead, Mission: Impossible), born in Brockworth

Actor and Comedian Simon Pegg
Actor and Comedian
Simon Pegg
  • 1971 Kris Aquino, Filipino Actress and TV Host
  • 1971 Tommy Dreamer, American professional wrestler
  • 1972 Erika Rachael Schwarz, Folsom La, Miss America (Louisiana-2nd-1997)
  • 1972 Big Daddy V, American professional wrestler
  • 1972 Hiroshi, Japanese comedian
  • 1972 Najwa Nimri, Spanish actress
  • 1975 Jennifer Michelle Roberts, Miss America-NC (1997), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1978 Dean Gaffney, British actor
  • 1978 Danai Gurira, American actress and playwright (The Walking Dead, Black Panther), born in Grinnell, Iowa
  • 1980 Michelle Ye, Hong Kong actress
  • 1980 Josh Senter, American screenwriter
  • 1985 Jacob Parker, actor (Evening Shade)
  • 1985 Karima Adebibe, Moroccan-English actress and model
  • 1985 Heart Evangelista, Filipina singer, TV and movie actress
  • 1985 Miki Yeung, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1986 Roxanne Guinoo, Filipina actress
  • 1987 Joseph Pichler, American actor
  • 1988 Eliska Sursova, American actress
  • 1992 Freddie Highmore, English actor
  • 1992 Richard "Dick" Yarmy, American actor (Get Smart, Arnie, Bone), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1994 Paul Butcher, American actor
  • 1998 Arpad Flynn Busson, son of model Elle MacPherson, born in NYC, New York

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1952 Comedian Joey Adams marries gossip columnist Cindy Heller

HeartWedding of Interest

1953 Actress Agnes Moorehead (52) weds actor and film director Robert Gist (35)

HeartWedding of Interest

1967 Actress Raquel Welch (26) weds director Patrick Curtis in Paris

Actress Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch

HeartWedding of Interest

1967 Model Bettie Page (43) weds lineman Harry Lear

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page
  • 1988 General hospital TV star Jackie Zeman marries Glenn Gorden

HeartWedding of Interest

1991 Actress Meg Ryan (29) weds actor Dennis Quaid (37)

Actress Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan

HeartWedding of Interest

1995 Actress-comedienne Roseanne Barr (42) weds bodyguard Ben Thomas (28) at Caesars Tahoe, Nevada

Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr
  • 1996 Secretary of Defense and former US Senator William Cohen of Maine (56) weds Black Entertainment Television host Janet Langhart (54) at United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • 1998 Golden Globe Award-winning actress Sharon Stone (40) weds San Francisco Examiner executive editor Phil Bronstein (47) in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2007 Former Felicity actress Keri Russell (30) weds longtime boyfriend Shane Deary (30) in NYC, New York

HeartWedding of Interest

2009 Actress Salma Hayek (42) weds French billionaire and PPR CEO Francois-Henri Pinault (46) in Paris

Actress Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek
  • 2009 Victoria's Secret Angel model Adriana Lima (31) weds NBA player Marko Jaric (33) in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

HeartWedding of Interest

2009 Cricketer Martin Crowe (46) weds former Miss Universe Lorraine Downes (44) in an intimate ceremony

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Martin Crowe
  • 2015 Actor Benedict Cumberbatch (38) weds opera director Sophie Hunter (36) at the 12th century Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Mottistone, England
  • 2016 Model and actress Liberty Ross (37) weds producer Jimmy Iovine (62) in Malibu, California
  • 2017 Fast and the Furious star Tyrese Gibson (38) weds Samantha Lee in a secret ceremony

HeartWedding of Interest

2018 Comedian Amy Schumer weds chef Chris Fischer in Malibu

Comedian Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1943 Dora Gerson, German-Jewish actress, cabaret singer, and Holocaust victim (Caravan of Death), dies in Auschwitz concentration camp at 43
  • 1961 Wallis Clark, actress (Easy Money), dies at 78
  • 1967 James Schneider, American actor (The Key to Yesterday, Keystone Kops), dies at 85
  • 1967 Sig Ruman [Siegfried Albon Rumann], German-American actor (Schultz-Life With Luigi), dies at 82
  • 1969 Wolfe Barzell, actor (Blue Angel), dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1980 Luitkonwar Rudra Baruah, Assamese composer and actor
  • 1982 Henk Schaer [Hendricus Schaareman], Dutch actor and conductor (Majoor Barbara, Lijmen), dies at 79
  • 1990 Jean Wallace, [Walasek], actress (Big Combo), dies of hemorrhage at 66
  • 1992 Angelique Pettyjohn, actress (Biohazard), dies of cancer at 48
  • 1995 Michael Vincent Gazzo, US actor/playwright (The Godfather Part II), dies at 71
  • 1995 Nigel Finch, English TV director and film-maker, dies at 45
  • 1995 Michael V Gazzo, American playwright and actor (The Godfather Part II, Fear City), dies of complications from a stroke at 71
  • 2006 Shoshana Damari, Israeli singer and actress (b. 1923)
  • 2006 Darry Cowl, French musician and actor, dies at 80
  • 2007 Ryan Larkin, Canadian animated filmmaker. (b. 1943)
  • 2007 Lee Patterson, Canadian actor (Dave-Surfside Six, Another World), dies of congestive heart failure at 77
  • 2008 Perry Lopez, American actor (Chinatown, Death Wish 4), dies at 78
  • 2015 Alan Howard, British actor (Royal Shakespeare Company), dies at 77