On This Day in Film & TV for February 28

Events in Film & TV

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1951 8th Golden Globes: "Sunset Boulevard", Jose Ferrer, & Gloria Swanson win

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1957 14th Golden Globes: The King and I, Kirk Douglas, & Ingrid Bergman win

  • 1966 23rd Golden Globes: "Doctor Zhivago", Omar Sharif, & Samantha Eggar win
  • 1970 KIIN (now KUN) TV channel 12 in Iowa City, IA (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1970 WUTR TV channel 20 in Utica-Rome, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 WDRB TV channel 41 in Louisville, Kentucky (IND) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Final TV episode of "M*A*S*M*A*S*H" airs (CBS); record 125 million watch in the US

  • 1989 Gretchen Polhemus, 23, (Texas), crowned 38th Miss USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 7th American Comedy Award: Jerry Seinfeld

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld
  • 1997 The North Hollywood shootout takes place.
  • 2004 24th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Gigli" wins
  • 2016 36th Razzies Awards: "Fifty Shades of Grey" wins worst film, worst actor and actress

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

2016 88th Academy Awards: Best Picture "Spotlight", Best Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Best Actor/Actress Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1874 Soledad Jiménez, Spanish actress (Kid Galahad, The Phantom of the Range), born in Santander, Spain (d. 1966)
  • 1882 Geraldine Farrar, American soprano and actress (Story of American Singer), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1889 Victor Sutherland, American actor (Captive City), born in Paducah, Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • 1893 Ben Hecht, American novelist/playwright/screenwriter (Front Page), born in NYC, New York
  • 1895 Marcel Pagnol, French playwright/director (Marchands de Gloire)
  • 1898 Molly Picon, Yiddish actress (Milk & Honey), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1908 Billie Bird, American actress (Jury Duty), born in Pocatello, Idaho (d. 2002)
  • 1909 Olan Soule, La Harpe Ill, actor (My 3 Sons, Arnie)
  • 1912 Helmut Coing, German lawyer/director (Max-Planck-institute)
  • 1914 Jim Boles, actor (Joe-One Man's Family), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1915 Zero "Samuel" Mostel, actor (Fiddler on the Roof), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1918 Alfred Burke, actor (Backfire), born in London, England
  • 1921 John Bouber, [Blom], actor/author (Fool of Heideloo)
  • 1923 Charles Durning, American actor (Fury, Sting, Tootsie), born in Highland Falls, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Harry H Corbett, Rangoon Burma, actor (Steptoe & Son, Jabberwacky)
  • 1928 Bettye Ackerman, Cottageville SC, actress (Maggie Graham-Ben Casey)
  • 1928 Tom Aldredge, actor (What About Bob, Nurse, Mind Snatchers), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1931 Gavin MacLeod, American actor (Murray-Mary Tyler Moore, Love Boat), born in Mt Kisco, New York
  • 1932 Don Francks, actor (Terminal Choice, Finian's Rainbow), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1942 Frank Bonner, actor (WKRP, Hoax, You Can't Hurry Love), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1944 Colin Nutley, director/writer (Such is Life, Black Jack)
  • 1944 Kelly Bishop, CO, actress (Unmarried Woman, Advice to Lovelorn)
  • 1945 Charles "Bubba" Smith, Tx, NFLer (Balt Colts)/actor (Police Academy)
  • 1945 Mimsy Farmer, actress (Devil's Angel, Road to Salina), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948 Bernadette Peters, [Lazzara], actress (Jerk), born in Queens, New York
  • 1948 Mercedes Ruehl, actress (Lost in Yonkers, Crazy People), born in Queens, New York
  • 1950 Ilene Graff, American actress (Marsha-Mr Belvedere), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1952 Cristina Raines, [Tina Herazo], actress (Sentinel), born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1952 Jennie Lynn, actress (Love & Marriage), born in San Diego, California
  • 1953 Ricky "Dragon" Steamboat, [Richard Blood], wrestler (NWA/WWF/WCW/AWA)
  • 1955 Gilbert Gottfried, comedian (Beverly Hills Cop)
  • 1956 Mike Tenay, American wrestling commentator
  • 1957 John Turturro, actor (Brain Donor, Color of Money, Jungle Fever), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1958 Jeanne Mas, French singer and actress
  • 1960 Dorothy Stratten, playmate (August, 1979) (Galixina), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1962 Rae Dawn Chong, actress (Quest for Fire), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1969 Robert Sean Leonard, NJ, actor (Dead Poets Society, Mr & Mrs Bridge)
  • 1971 John Buchanan, actor (Sidekicks, Black Stallion, Family Man)
  • 1971 Peter Stebbings, Canadian actor
  • 1972 Rory Cochrane, American actor
  • 1974 Michael Manasseri, actor (License to Drive)
  • 1976 Ali Larter, American actress and model
  • 1976 Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Canadian actor
  • 1982 Natalia Vodianova, Russian supermodel

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1984 Karolína Kurková, Czech supermodel, born in Děčín, Czechoslovakia

Supermodel Karolína Kurková
Karolína Kurková
  • 1988 Markéta Irglová, Czech songwriter and actress
  • 1991 Sarah Bolger, Irish actress

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1952 Actress Gene Tierney (31) divorces fashion designer Oleg Cassini (39) after almost 11 years of marriage

Actress Gene Tierney
Gene Tierney
  • 1998 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (31) divorces Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee (35) after 3 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1960 Jonathan Hale, actor (Blondie), shoots himself at 68
  • 1962 Harold Ogden "Chic" Johnson, comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70
  • 1963 Theodore Newton, American actor (Voltaire, Ace of Aces), dies at 58
  • 1968 Doretta Morrow, actress (Because You're Mine), dies at 41
  • 1968 Juanita Hall, actress (Capt Billy), dies at 66
  • 1973 Cecil Kellaway, South African-born American actor (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies at 78
  • 1973 Hope Landin, American actress (I Remember Mama, Sugarfoot), dies at 79
  • 1977 Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, American comedian and actor (The Jack Benny Program), dies at 71
  • 1978 Philip Ahn, American actor (Kung Fu, Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies from pneumonia at 66
  • 1979 Jane Hylton, English actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot), dies at 52
  • 1985 Charita Bauer, actress (Mary-Aldrich Family), dies at 62 in NYC
  • 1987 Anny Ondra, actress (Blackmail), dies at 83
  • 1990 Fabia Drake, actress (Nice Girl Like Me), dies at 86
  • 1992 Angelique Pettyjohn, actress (Body Talk, Star Trek), dies at 49
  • 1993 Ishiro Honda, Japanese director and producer (Godzilla), dies at 81
  • 1993 Joyce Carey, British actress (Brief Encounter, The Cedar Tree), dies at 94
  • 1993 Ruby Keeler, Canadian actress, singer, and dancer (42nd Street, Dames), dies of cancer at 82
  • 1998 Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (Father Ted Crilly-Father Ted), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 2002 Mary Stuart, American actress (Jo-Search for Tomorrow), dies at 75
  • 2011 Annie Girardot, French actress (b. 1931)
  • 2016 Frank Kelly, Irish stage and screen actor (Father Ted), dies at 77