On This Day in Film & TV for March 2

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Premier

1933 "King Kong" film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1942 14th Academy Awards: "How Green was My Valley", Gary Cooper & Joan Fontaine win

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1944 16th Academy Awards: "Casablanca", Jennifer Jones & Paul Lukas win

Film release premierFilm Release

1965 One of the most popular musical films of all time, "The Sound of Music", starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1966)

Actor Christopher Plummer
Actor
Christopher Plummer
Actress/Singer Julie Andrews
Actress/Singer
Julie Andrews

Music awardsMusic Awards

1967 9th Grammy Awards: "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra wins best record, "Michele" by The Beatles best song

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1976 Walt Disney World logs its 50 millionth guest

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Bette Davis is 1st woman to receive American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Future Tonight Show host Jay Leno debuts with host Johnny Carson

TV Host and Comedian Jay Leno
TV Host and Comedian
Jay Leno
Comedian and TV Host Johnny Carson
Comedian and TV Host
Johnny Carson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Actress Claudette Colbert suffers a stroke at 89

  • 2007 38th NAACP Image Awards: "The Pursuit of Happyness" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

2014 86th Academy Awards: "12 Years a Slave," Matthew McConaughey & Cate Blanchett win


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1882 Wallis Clark, British actress (Penny Serenade, Great Guy, Postal Inspector), born in Essex, England (d. 1961)
  • 1886 Willis O'Brien, American animator (d. 1962)
  • 1892 Felix Bressart, German actor (Ninotchka, Escape, Crossroads), born in Eydtkuhnen, East Prussia, Germany (d. 1949)
  • 1911 William Hansen, American actor (1776, Pinky, Side Street, Homebodies), born in Washington, District of Columbia (d. 1975)
  • 1913 Godfried [Jan Arnold] Bomans, Dutch humorist/writer (Pieter Bas)
  • 1913 Marjorie Weaver, American actress (Michael Shayne: Private Detective, Young Mr Lincoln), born in Crossville, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Lona Andre [Launa Anderson], American actress (Death in the Air, Case of Baby Sitter), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1992)

Person of interestDesi Arnaz

1917 Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American actor (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy), born in Santiago de Cuba (d. 1986)

Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz
  • 1919 Eddie Lawrence, comedian

Person of interestJennifer Jones

1919 Jennifer Jones [Phyllis Isley], American actress (Farewell to Arms), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2009)

  • 1921 Norman T. Hatch, American oscar-winning marine cinematographer during WWII (With the Marines at Tarawa), born in Boston (d. 2017)
  • 1930 John Cullum, American singer and actor (Hamlet, Hawaii, Northern Exposure), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1930 Emma Penella, Spanish actress, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Al Waxman, actor (Cagney & Lacey, Meatballs 3, Spasms), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1935 Porky Pig, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Friz Freleng and Frank Tashlin (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "I Haven't Got a Hat"
  • 1936 Henny Boskamp, [Hoelscher], actor (Troeleke)
  • 1939 Barbara Luna, American actress (5 Weeks in a Balloon, Gentle Savage), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Katherine Crawford, actress (Captains & Kings, Gemini Man)
  • 1944 Uschi Glas, German actress
  • 1945 Gordon Thompson, Canadian actor (Adam Carrington in Dynasty), born in Ottawa
  • 1945 Joy Garrett, actress (Jo-Days of Our Lives)
  • 1949 Gates McFadden, American actress (Beverly Crusher-Star Trek Next Generation), born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  • 1950 Matthew Laurance, actor (Duet)
  • 1950 Mitchel Laurance, actor (LA Law, Not Necessarily the News)
  • 1951 Cassie Yates, Macon Ga, actress (Osterman Weekend, Dynasty)
  • 1952 Laraine Newman, comedienne/actress (Saturday Night Live), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955 Dale Bosworth, TV host (America's Most Wanted)
  • 1963 Suzette Charles, NJ, replaced Vanessa Williams as Miss America (1983)
  • 1968 Daniel Craig, English actor (James Bond films), born in Chester
  • 1971 Amber Smith, actress (Faithful, Funeral, Mirror Has 2 Faces), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1971 Donna Perry, playmate (Nov, 1994), born in Glendale, California
  • 1971 Dave Gorman, English documentary comedian
  • 1971 Elizabeth Lackey, American actress
  • 1972 Richard Ruccolo, American actor
  • 1973 Paul Popowich, actor (Tommy Tricker & Stamp Traveler)
  • 1975 Arleen McDonald, Miss USA-Mississippi (1997)
  • 1977 Heather McComb, American actress (Ray Donovan, Prison Break), born in Lakewood Township, New Jersey
  • 1979 Amanda Ireton, Cast member of MTV's A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila
  • 1980 Lance Cade, American professional wrestler
  • 1980 Rebel Wilson, Australian actress and producer (Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1981 Bryce Dallas Howard, American actress
  • 1984 Elizabeth Jagger, English model and actress
  • 1985 Robert Iler, American actor
  • 1988 Keith Jack, British singer and actor
  • 1988 Nadine Samonte, Filipino actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1937 Film director D. W. Griffith (61) weds actress Evelyn Baldwin (26)

Film Director D. W. Griffith
Film Director
D. W. Griffith

HeartWedding of Interest

1984 Tennis player Yannick Noah (23) weds beauty queen Cecilia Rodhe (22) in Cameroon

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Yannick Noah
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Yannick Noah

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1920 Actress Mary Pickford (27) divorces actor Owen Moore (33) after 9 years of marriage

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1936 Film director D. W. Griffith (61) divorces Linda Arvidson (50) after 30 years of marriage

Film Director D. W. Griffith
Film Director
D. W. Griffith

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1959 Eric Blore, British actor (Great Gatsby, Bowery to Baghdad, Abie's Irish Rose, Love Happy), dies at 70
  • 1967 Gordon Harker, British actor (Facts of Love, Champagne, Inspector Hornleigh), dies at 81
  • 1972 Bill Lawrence, news anchor (ABC), dies at 56
  • 1974 Barbara Ruick, American actress and singer (Jerry Colonna Show), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 43
  • 1979 Edith Craig, actress (Harmony Lane, Smashing Rackets), dies at 71
  • 1981 Janear Hines, actress (Roberta-Julia), dies at 30
  • 1984 Louis Basile, actor (Louie-The Super), dies at 48
  • 1987 Randolph Scott, American actor (Ride the High Country, Last of the Mohicans, Western Union), dies at 89
  • 1993 Paul D Zimmerman, US screenwriter (King of Comedy), dies at 54
  • 1994 Tengiz Abuladze, filmmaker, dies at 70
  • 2004 Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (All the King's Men, The Exorcist, Giant), dies at 87
  • 2006 Jack Wild, British actor (b. 1952)
  • 2012 Nydia Ecury, celebrated Afro-Dutch writer, translator and actress (Kantika pa Mama Tera), dies at 86
  • 2015 Bettina Graziani [Simone Bodin] French model, one of the first supermodels, Givenchy muse, dies at 89