On This Day in Film & TV for February 26

Events in Film & TV

  • 1916 Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract
  • 1920 German silent horror film classic "The Cabinet of Dr Caligari" starring Werner Krauss is released
  • 1947 4th Golden Globes: "The Best Years of Our Lives", Gregory Peck, & Rosalind Russell win
  • 1953 10th Golden Globes: "The Greatest Show on Earth", Gary Cooper, & Shirley Booth win
  • 1955 Leigh, Charlap, Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard, closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 152 performances
  • 1960 Vera Miles stars in"Mirror Image" episode of CBS anthology series "The Twilight Zone"
  • 1966 KBIM TV channel 10 in Roswell, NM (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1975 1st televised kidney transplant (Today Show)
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Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1875 Emma Dunn, British-American stage, silent and sound film actress (Dr. Monica; Dr. Kildare (films); Hideaway), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire (d. 1966)
  • 1891 Alan Bridge, American actor (North of Arizona, Badmen of the Hills), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1957)
  • 1893 William Frawley, American vaudeville, silent and sound screen actor (I Love Lucy - "Fred"; My Three Sons - "Bub"; Miracle on 34th Street), born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 1966)
  • 1900 Jean Negulesco, Romanian-American film director (How to Marry a Millionaire), born in Craiova, Dolj (d. 1993)
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1928 Actress Mary Astor (21) weds director Kenneth Hawks (30) at her family home in Moorcrest
  • 1994 Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren (34) weds Anette Qviberg (25) at Church of St. Eleanore, Stockholm; divorce in 2011
  • 2004 Comedian Rosie O'Donnell (41) weds marketing executive Kelli O'Donnell (36) in San Francisco, California

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 1979 Actor Max Von Sydow (49) divorces actress Christina Olin after 28 years of marriage

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1823 John Philip Kemble, British actor and director (Drury Lane, Covent Garden), dies at 66
  • 1947 Ben Webster, British actor (Old Curiosity Shop), dies at 82
  • 1950 Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer ("Roamin' in the Gloamin'"), dies at about 75
  • 1966 Minerva Urecal [Dunnock], American stage, radio, and screen character actress (Accent on Love; The Adventures of Tugboat Annie; Peter Gunn; The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao), dies of a heart attack at 71
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