On This Day in Film & TV for February 22

Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Release

1934 "It Happened One Night" directed by Frank Capra and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert opens at NY's Radio City Music Hall (Academy Awards Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay 1935)

Actor Clark Gable
Clark Gable
Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
Actress Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert

Film release premierFilm Premier

1935 "The Little Colonel" premieres starring Shirley Temple, Lionel Barrymore and Bill Robinson, featuring famous stair dance with Hollywood's first interracial dance couple

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
Tap Dancer and Actor Bill Robinson
Tap Dancer and Actor
Bill Robinson
Actor Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore
  • 1951 4th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "All About Eve" Best Film

Film ReleaseThe Bridge on the River Kwai

1958 15th Golden Globes: "The Bridge on the River Kwai", Alec Guinness, & Joanne Woodward win
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 UK physicist Stephen Hawking calls Star Wars a "deliberate fraud"

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking
  • 1989 1st Spanish commercial on network TV (Pepsi-Cola-CBS Grammy Award)
  • 1991 Kelli McCarty, 21, (Kansas), crowned 40th Miss USA
  • 2005 19th Soap Opera Digest Awards - "General Hospital" wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

2009 81st Academy Awards: "Slumdog Millionaire", Sean Penn & Kate Winslet win

Actress Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2009 Heath Ledger posthumously wins Academy Award, Best Supporting Actor, for his performance as the Joker in "The Dark Knight"

  • 2014 45th NAACP Image Awards: "12 Years a Slave" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

2015 87th Academy Awards: "Birdman" Best Film and Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore - Best Actor and Actress

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1883 Marguerite Clark, American silent film actress (Snow White), born in Avondale, Cincinnati (d. 1940)
  • 1896 Enid Markey, American actress, 1st to play Tarzan's Jane, born in Dillon, Colorado (d. 1981)
  • 1899 Dwight Frye, American actor (Black Camel, Dracula, Frankenstein), born in Salina, Kansas (d. 1943)
  • 1899 George O'Hara, American silent era screenwriter and actor (The Sea Beast, The Grapes of Wrath), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1900 Luis Buñuel, Calanda Spain, Spanish surrealist film director (Belle de Jour)
  • 1901 Mildred Davis, American actress (Grandma's Boy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1969)
  • 1901 Stefan Lorant, Hungarian-American writer, photojournalist, filmmaker, born in Budapest (d. 1997)
  • 1907 Robert Young, American actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby, M.D.), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1907 Sheldon Leonard, American actor, producer and director (Danny Thomas Show, Big Eddie), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Sir John Mills, British actor (Ryan's Daughter, Big Sleep, King Rat, War & Peace), born in North Elmham, Norfolk, England (d. 2005)
  • 1915 Dan Seymour [Daniel Seymour Katz], American actor (To Have and Have Not, We the People, Sing It Again), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1918 Don Pardo, Westfield Mass, TV announcer (Jeopardy, Saturday Night Live)
  • 1921 Giulietta Masina, Italian actress, (La Strada, Swindle, White Sheik) and wife of director Federico Fellini, born in San Giorgio di Piano, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Martin Engelman, Dutch cartoonist, painter and graphic artist, born in Hoenkoop, the Netherlands
  • 1926 Bud Yorkin, producer (All in the Family, 1959, 1960 Emmy), born in Washington, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Kenneth Williams, British actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On films), born in King's Cross, London (d. 1988)
  • 1927 Donald May, American actor (Adam-Edge of Night, Colt .45), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1928 Bruce Forsyth, comedian/TV host (Generation Game), born in London, England
  • 1928 Paul Dooley, American actor, writer and comedian(16 Candles, Strange Brew, Wedding), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • 1929 James Hong, American-Chinese actor (The New Adventures of Charlie Chan), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1929 Rebecca Schull [Wattenberg], American actress (Wings, United 93), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 Allison Hayes, American model and actress (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman), born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 1977)
  • 1940 Julian Chagrin, mime/actor (Golddiggers), born in London, England
  • 1942 Christine Keeler, British model and showgirl (Profumo affair), born in Uxbridge, England (d. 2017)
  • 1944 E J Peaker, actress (That's Life), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1944 Jonathan Demme, American film director (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), born in Baldwin, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1945 Leslie Charleson, actress (Monica-General Hospital), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1948 John Ashton, American actor
  • 1950 Ellen Greene, American vocalist/actress (Little Shoppe of Horrors), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1950 Julie Walters, English actress (Educating Rita, Prick Up Your Ears), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1950 Miou-Miou [Sylvette Herry], actress (Dog Day, My Other Husband), born in Paris, France
  • 1953 Nigel Planer, British actor
  • 1959 Kyle MacLachlan, American actor (Blue Velvet, Dune, Twin Peaks), born in Yakima, Washington
  • 1959 Susan Benjamin, actress (Tracy-Accidental Family)
  • 1961 Debbie Linden, actress (Kenny Everett Show), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Person of interestSteve Irwin

1962 Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist and TV personality (The Crocodile Hunter), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2006)

Naturalist and TV Star Steve Irwin
Naturalist and TV Star
Steve Irwin
  • 1964 Jim Wicek, American actor (Ben-Ryan's Hope), born in NYC, New York
  • 1966 Thorsten Kaye, soap actor (Patrick-One Life to Live, Silencers)
  • 1966 Rachel Dratch, American actress and comedienne
  • 1967 Alf Poier, Austrian comedian
  • 1968 Jeri Ryan, actress (7 of 9-Star Trek Voyager)
  • 1969 Thomas Jane, American actor
  • 1969 Clinton Kelly, American television personality
  • 1971 Lea Salonga, Philippines, singer/actress (Miss Siagon)
  • 1972 Christin Didier, Miss USA-Montana (1997)
  • 1973 Kimberly Davies, Australian actress (Baywatch), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Person of interestDrew Barrymore

1975 Drew Barrymore, American actress (ET, Firestarter, Poison Ivy), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1977 Timo Rose, German filmmaker
  • 1979 David Lopez, actor (and God Created Women, Ghostwriter), born in Queens, New York
  • 1979 Lee Na-young, South Korean actress
  • 1986 Miko Hughes, American actor

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1949 Future Portuguese President Mário Soares (24) weds actress Maria de Jesus Barroso (24) at the 3rd Conservatory of the Civil Register of Lisbon

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares

HeartWedding of Interest

1991 Actor Bill Bixby (57) weds Laura Michael (32)

Actor Bill Bixby
Bill Bixby

HeartWedding of Interest

1997 Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez (27) weds Ojani Noa on the grounds of a friend's Miami home

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1996 Actress Halle Berry files for divorce from David Justice

Actress Halle Berry
Halle Berry
MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice
  • 2008 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (40) divorces Rick Salomon (39) due to irreconcilable differences only 2 months after getting married

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1949 Russell Porter, actor (Betsy, Hanna's War, British Empire), dies
  • 1957 Harry Sothern, British actor (Blind Wives, Buck Rogers), dies at 72
  • 1959 Helen Parrish, American actress (Hour Glass, Three Smart Girls Grow Up), dies of cancer at 35
  • 1964 Edie Martin, actor (Titfield Thunderbolt), dies at 84
  • 1967 Joe Forte, actor (Horwitz-Life With Luigi), dies at 70
  • 1971 Barry Macollum, actor (On the Waterfront), dies at 81
  • 1971 Matt McHugh, American actor (Taxi, Freaks, Barbary Coast, Innocent Affair), dies at 77
  • 1973 Katina Paxinou, actress (For Whom the Bell Tolls, Zita), dies at 72
  • 1976 Angela Baddeley, English actress (Speckled Band), dies at 71
  • 1977 Edith Barrett, actress (Molly & Me, Ghost Ship), dies at 64
  • 1978 Ilka Chase, actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien), dies at 74
  • 1980 Dick Kallman, American actor (Born to Be Loved, Verboten!), murdered in his New York apartment at 46
  • 1985 Alexander Scourby, American actor (Victory at Sea, Ransom), dies at 71

Person of interestAndy Warhol

1987 Andy Warhol, American pop artist and film producer (Frankenstein, Bad), dies of a heart attack at 58

Pop Artist Andy Warhol
Pop Artist
Andy Warhol
  • 1987 David Susskind, TV host (Open End, David Susskind Show), dies at 66
  • 1989 Joan Woodbury, American actress (Super Sleuth, Northwest Trail), dies at 73
  • 1990 Stephen Burns, American actor (Casey's Shadow), dies from AIDS complications at 35
  • 1995 Ed Flanders, actor (Dr Westphall-St Elsewhere), commits suicide at 60
  • 1997 Frank Launder, director/scriptwriter, dies at 91
  • 2003 Daniel Taradash, American screenwriter (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Simone Simon, French actress (All Money Can Buy, Ladies in Love), dies from natural causes at 94
  • 2005 Lee Eun Ju, Korean actress (b. 1980)
  • 2011 Nicholas Courtney, British actor (Doctor Who, Incendiary), dies at 81
  • 2016 Yolande Betbeze Fox, Miss America 1951, first to refuse to parade in a swimsuit, dies at 87