On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for February 3

Events in Film & TV

Film release premierFilm Premier

1932 "Shanghai Express" directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook and Anna Mae Wong premieres in Los Angeles

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich
  • 1945 Walt Disney's "3 Caballeros" released

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1951 "Victor Borge Show" debuts on NBC TV

Comedian and Pianist Victor Borge
Comedian and Pianist
Victor Borge
  • 1953 J Fred Muggs, a chimpanzee, becomes a regular on NBC's Today Show

Film release premierFilm Premier

1960 "La Dolce Vita" directed by Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg has its film premiere in Italy

Actress Anita Ekberg
Anita Ekberg
Film Director and Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film Director and Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • 1971 KTSC TV channel 8 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (PBS) 1st broadcast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Pixar Animation Studios (Toy Story; The Incredibles) headed by Edwin Catmull and Alvy Ray Smith, is spun off from Lucasfilm, Ltd as an independent film production company, with backing of Steve Jobs

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • 1989 Baseball's National League announces Yanks' broadcaster Bill White will its 1st African American President

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 Actress Lana Clarkson is shot and killed by Phil Spector at Spector's house in Alhambra, California

Music Producer Phil Spector
Music Producer
Phil Spector
  • 2005 51st National Film Awards (India): "Shwaas" wins the Golden Lotus

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1870 Franklin Dyall, British actor (Easy Virtue, Atlantic), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1950)
  • 1876 William Tedmarsh, British silent movie actor (Two Beds and No Sleep), born in London, England (d. 1937)
  • 1890 Charles [Andy] Correll, US radio comedian
  • 1891 Peter H "Paul" Huf, actor and director (Great Neth Stage)
  • 1899 Doris Speed, British actress dubbed 'The Queen Mother of Soap' (Coronation Street), born in Manchester, England (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Andre Cayatte, French filmmaker, born in Carcassonne (d. 1989)
  • 1910 Nelson Case, TV host (Trash or Treasure), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1910 Robert Earl Jones, American actor (The Sting, Witness, Sleepaway Camp), born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • 1914 Edward Sinclair, English actor (Dad's Army), born in Lancashire, England (d. 1977)
  • 1920 Margaret "Bibi" Osterwald, American actress (As Good as It Gets, Bridget Loves Bernie), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 2002)
  • 1925 John Fiedler, American actor (Mr Peterson-Newhart), born in Platteville, Wisconsin
  • 1926 Shelley Berman, comedian (Son of Blob, Love American Style), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927 Kenneth Anger, American Underground Filmmaker
  • 1930 Joan Rice, British actress (His Majesty O'Keefe, The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men), born in Derby, England (d. 1997)
  • 1932 Peggy Ann Garner, American actress (Little Women, Daisy Kenyon), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1984)
  • 1938 Victor Buono, actor (Man from Atlantis, Untouchables), born in San Diego, California
  • 1940 Jim Hartz, newscaster (NBC-TV, Innovations)
  • 1941 Bridget Hanley, American actress (Here Come the Brides), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1943 Blythe Danner, actress (Butterflies are Free), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1944 Trisha Noble, Australian singer and actress
  • 1945 Willeke Alberti [Verbruggen], Dutch vocalist/actress (Small Truth)
  • 1947 Paul Auster, American author/poet/director (Mr Vertigo, Smoke)
  • 1947 Stephen McHattie [Smith], Canadian actor (300, Watchmen, The Fountain), born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia
  • 1950 Morgan Fairchild [Patsy McClenny], actress (Falcon Crest), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1956 Nathan Lane, actor (One of the Boys, Frankie & Johnnie), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1956 Pamela Cossey, England, model/sister of transsexual Tula
  • 1957 Michele Greene, actress (Abby Perkins-LA Law), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1958 Lizzie Borden, director/writer (Love Crimes, Working Girls)
  • 1959 Thomas Calabro, American actor (Michael Mancini-Melrose Place), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1960 B J Jefferson, American actress (Ronnie Laurance-Another World), born in Dallas Texas
  • 1960 Kerry Von Erich, American wrestler (d. 1993)
  • 1960 Marty Jannetty, American Wrestler
  • 1961 Keith Gordon, American actor (Dressed to Kill, Legend of Billie Jean), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 Kathleen Kimont, actress (Fraternity Vacation, Renegade), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Maura Tierney, actress (Lisa-Newsradio), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1966 Danny Morrison, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (48 Tests, 160 wickets; 96 ODIs, 126 wickets) and broadcaster (TVNZ, Sky Sports, Radio Sport), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1966 Frank Coraci, American film director
  • 1967 Dave Benson-Phillips, Children's TV Presenter
  • 1970 Warwick Davis, British actor
  • 1971 Elisa Donovan, American actress
  • 1971 Hong Seok-cheon, South Korean actor

Person of interestIsla Fisher

1976 Isla Fisher, Australian actress (Arrested Development, The Great Gatsby), born in Muscat, Oman

Actress Isla Fisher
Isla Fisher
  • 1977 Maitland Ward, American actress (Jessica-Bold & Beautiful), born in Torrance, California
  • 1978 Adrian R'Mante, American actor (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1978 Eliza Schneider, American actress and singer
  • 1981 Alisa Reyes, American actress and singer
  • 1983 Silambarasan Rajendar, famous south Indian actor
  • 1989 Ryne Sanborn, American actor
  • 1995 Aimee Lou Wood, English actress (Sex Education), born in Stockport, England

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1994 Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme (32) weds Darcy Lapier (28) in Bangkok

LoveWedding of Interest

2006 Academy Award-winning actress Glenn Close (58) weds David Evans Shaw in Maine

Actress Glenn Close
Glenn Close
  • 2007 Winner of "Strictly Come Dancing and "Eastenders" actress Jill Halfpenny (31) weds actor Craig Conway (32) at St. Andrew's Church in Newcastle

LoveWedding of Interest

2015 Golden Globe Award actor Johnny Depp (51) weds model Amber Heard (28) at their home in Los Angeles

  • 2018 Actor John Stamos (Full House) weds model Caitlin Mchugh at the Little Brown Church in Studio City, California

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1999 Actress Angelina Jolie (23) divorces actor Jonny Lee Miller (26) after 3 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1937 Marija Leiko, Latvian film actress (b. 1887)
  • 1947 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director, dies at 74
  • 1960 Ferdinando "Fred" Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor, dies in an automobile accident at 38
  • 1961 Anna May Wong, American actress, 1st Chinese American movie star (Gallery of Mme Lui-Tsang), dies at 56
  • 1966 June Walker, actress (War Nurses), dies at 65
  • 1967 Winifred Kingston, British silent screen actress (The Squaw Man, Davy Crockett), dies at 72
  • 1971 Jay C Flippen, American actor (Jet Pilot, The Killing, Thunder Bay), dies at 71
  • 1972 John Litel, American actor (Jezebel, Virginia City, My Hero), dies at 79
  • 1975 Umm Kulthum [Ibrahim], Egyptian singer and actress, dies at 76
  • 1977 Pauline Starke, actress (Dante's Inferno, Viking, Sun Up), dies at 76
  • 1979 Jody Gilbert, American actress (Willard, Shaggy, Blonde Dynamite), dies at 62
  • 1989 John Cassavetes, Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter (Dirty Dozen, Rosemary's Baby), dies at 59
  • 1991 Nancy Kulp, American actress (The Beverly Hillbillies, The Aristocats, Shane), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1996 Audrey Meadows [Cotter], American actress (The Honeymooners; The Jackie Gleason Show), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • 2003 Lana Clarkson, American actress, shot and killed by Phil Spector at 40
  • 2004 Jason Raize, American musical theatre actor (b. 1975)
  • 2006 Al Lewis [Alexander Meister], American actor (The Munsters, Used Cars), dies at 82
  • 2010 Frances Reid, American actress (Days of Our Lives, The Andromeda Strain), dies at 95
  • 2011 Maria Schneider, French actress (Last Tango in Paris, Crime of Honor), dies at 58
  • 2012 Ben Gazzara, American actor, dies from pancreatic cancer at 81
  • 2012 Zalman King, American actor and director, dies from cancer at 69
  • 2015 Norman Yemm, Australian actor (Oklahoma!), dies at 81
  • 2016 Joseph Francis "Joe" Alaskey, American stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, and impressionist (Buggs Bunny, Daffy Duck), dies from cancer at 63
  • 2016 Mary Healy, American actress (The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, He Married his Wife), dies of natural causes at 96