On This Day in Film & TV for March 21

Events in Film & TV

  • 1921 Walter Kerr Theater (Ritz, CBS, NBC, ABC) opens at 223 W 48th St NYC

Film release premierFilm Premier

1940 "Rebecca" based on the book by Daphne du Maurier, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine premieres in Miami, Florida (Best Picture 1941)

  • 1948 "Stop the Music" with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio
  • 1949 WTVJ TV channel 4 in Miami, FL (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KFBB TV channel 5 in Great Falls, MT (ABC/CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1956 28th Academy Awards: "Marty", Anna Magnani & Ernest Borgnine win

  • 1970 Vinko Bogataj crashes during a ski-jumping championship in Germany; his image becomes that of the "agony of defeat guy" in the opening credits of ABC's Wide World of Sports.
  • 1970 1st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • 1971 WCPB TV channel 28 in Salisbury, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1980 On TV show "Dallas", J.R. is shot
  • 1982 Movie "Annie" directed by John Huston, starring Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney and Carol Burnett premieres
  • 1990 "Normal Life" starring Moon Unit & Dweezil Zappa premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1990 "Sydney" starring Valerie Bertinelli premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1991 Largest wrestling crowd in Japan (64,500) at Tokyo Dome

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1994 66th Academy Awards: "Schindler's List", Tom Hanks & Holly Hunter win

Actress Holly Hunter
Actress
Holly Hunter
Actor Tom Hanks
Actor
Tom Hanks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 English actor Dudley Moore arrested for hitting his girlfriend

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1999 71st Academy Awards: "Shakespeare in Love", Roberto Benigni & Gwyneth Paltrow win

  • 2018 English TV presenter Ant McPartlin charged with drink driving following an accident in London
  • 2018 China announces greater controls over the media, including merging state-run radio and television broadcasters into a single conglomerate called “Voice of China”

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1880 Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor and the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train, The Lucky Dog), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1971)
  • 1891 Jonathan Hale, actor (Saint's Double Trouble, Saint Strikes Back)
  • 1901 Carmelita Geraghty, American actress (My Best Girl, Texas Ranger), born in Rushville, Indiana (d. 1966)
  • 1902 Carl Jaffe, German actor (1st Man in Space, Escapement), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1974)
  • 1911 John Paxton, screenwriter (On The Beach, Kotch, Farewell My Lovely)
  • 1912 Peter Bull, British actor and author (The African Queen, Tom Jones, Dr Strangelove), born in London, England (d. 1984)
  • 1919 Lois Collier [Madelyn Earle Jones], American actress (A Night in Casablanca, Boston Blackie, Slave Girl), born in Salley, South Carolina (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Logan Ramsey, American actor (Head, Joy Sticks, Say Yes), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2000)
  • 1922 Russ Meyer, American film director (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), born in San Leandro, California (d. 2004)
  • 1924 Philip Abbott, American character actor (The FBI, Sweet Bird of Youth), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1998)
  • 1925 Peter Brook, director (1776)/TV writer, born in London, England
  • 1926 Andre Delvaux, Heverie Belgium, director/writer (Benvenuta)
  • 1926 Virginia Weidler, American child actress (Babes on Broadway, All This & Heaven Too), born in Hollywood, California (d. 1968)
  • 1929 Maurice Catarcio, wrestler
  • 1930 James Coco, American character actor and singer (Only When I Laugh, Man of La Mancha, Murder by Death), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1934 Al Freeman Jr, Tx, actor (One Life to Live, My Sweet Charlie), (d. 2012)
  • 1939 Kathleen Widdoes, actress (Without a Trace), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1944 Marie-Christine Barrault, actress (Stardust Memories), born in Paris, France
  • 1946 Timothy Dalton, Welsh actor (James Bond), born in Colwyn Bay, Wales
  • 1951 Helena Antonaccio, playmate (June, 1969)
  • 1953 Carl Wolfson, comedian (Thicke of the Night), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1955 Jean Marie Hon, actress (Jane-Man From Atlantis), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1957 Sabrina Le Beauf, actress (Sondra-Crosby Show), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1958 Brad Hall, comedian (SNL), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1958 Gary Oldman, English actor (Sid & Nancy, The Darkest Hour), born in London, England
  • 1961 Kassie Wesley, Ky, actress (Evil Dead 2, Blair-One Life to Live)

Person of interestMatthew Broderick

1962 Matthew Broderick, American actor (WarGames, Biloxi Blues), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestRosie O'Donnell

1962 Rosie O'Donnell, comedienne, actress and TV host (League of Their Own, Flintstones, Rosie, born in Commack, New York

Comedienne Rosie O'Donnell
Comedienne
Rosie O'Donnell
  • 1968 Samantha Leah Dorman, playmate (Sept, 1991), born in Lakeland, Florida
  • 1969 Jennifer Lyn Jackson, playmate (April, 1989), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1972 Chris Candido, professional wrestler (d. 2005)
  • 1973 Ananda Lewis, American model and television personality
  • 1973 Jerry Supiran, American actor
  • 1974 Laura Allen, American actress
  • 1978 Rani Mukherjee, Indian actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1941 Actress Hattie McDaniel (45) weds real estate salesman James Lloyd Crawford

HeartWedding of Interest

1945 Actor Humphrey Bogart (44) marries actress Lauren Bacall (20)

HeartWedding of Interest

1962 Academy award-winning actor Rex Harrison (54) weds actress and third wife Rachel Roberts (34) in Genoa, Italy

HeartWedding of Interest

1963 Singer and actress Barbra Streisand (20) marries actor Elliott Gould (24)

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

HeartWedding of Interest

2009 Star of Die Hard film Bruce Willis (52) weds model and actress Emma Heming (29) in Turks and Caicos Islands

  • 2015 Country music singer Jason Aldean (38) weds former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr (27) in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2008 Second wife Marsha Garces divorces comedian Robin Williams (56) after nearly 19 years of marriage due to irreconcilable differences

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1934 Lilyan Tashman, American actress (Millie, Bulldog Drummond), dies following cancer surgery at 34
  • 1938 Oscar Apfel, American actor (The Squaw Man, Inspiration, Before Dawn), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1955 Muriel Aked, British actress, dies at 67
  • 1974 Candy Darling [James Slattery], American transgender actress (Flesh, Women in Revolt), dies at 29
  • 1982 Harry H Corbett, British actor (Steptoe & Son, Jabberwacky), dies at 57
  • 1984 Shauna Grant, American actress (suicide) (b. 1963)
  • 1985 Michael Redgrave, British actor (Goodbye Mr Chips), dies at 77 of Parkinson's Disease
  • 1987 Dean Paul Martin, American actor (Misfits of Science), dies in a plane crash at 35
  • 1987 Robert Preston [Meservey], American actor (Music Man, Mame, Last Starfighter), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • 1989 Milton Frome, actor (Family Jewels), dies
  • 1992 John Ireland, Canadian actor (All the King's Men, Rawhide, Gunfight at OK Corral), dies of leukaemia at 78
  • 1994 Dack Rambo, American actor (Jack Ewing-Dallas), dies from AIDs at 52
  • 1994 Lili Damita [Liliane Carré], French actress and wife of Errol Flynn (Bridge of San Luis Rey), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • 1994 Macdonald Carey, American actor (Days of Our Lives, Lock Up), dies of cancer at 81
  • 1995 Robert Urquhart, Scottish actor (Dunkirk, Bulldog Breed), dies at 72
  • 1999 Ernie Wise, British comedian (b. 1925)
  • 2001 Anthony Steel, British actor and singer (Malta Story, The Wooden Horse), dies from lung cancer at 80
  • 2004 Ludmilla Tchérina, French prima ballerina, artist, actress, choreographer and author (Sins of Rome), dies at 79
  • 2005 Barney Martin, American actor, comedy writer and NYPD detective (Seinfeld), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • 2015 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, dies at 74
  • 2016 Peter Brown [Pierre Lind de Lappe], American actor (Lawman, Laredo, Bold & Beautiful), dies at 80