On This Day in Film & TV for March 27

Events in Film & TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1931 Charlie Chaplin receives France's distinguished Legion of Honor

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin

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 Los Angeles (Best Picture 1941)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943 Blue Ribbon Town (with Groucho Marx) 1st heard on CBS Radio

Comedian Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx
  • 1950 WHAS TV channel 11 in Louisville, Kentucky (CBS) begins broadcasting

Music releaseMusic Recording

1951 Frank Sinatra records "I'm a Fool to Want You"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1952 "Singin' in the Rain", musical comedy directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1955 Steve McQueen makes his network TV debut (Goodyear Playhouse)

  • 1955 WPRI TV channel 12 in Providence, RI (ABC) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1957 29th Academy Awards: "Around World in 80 Days", Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner win

  • 1958 CBS Labs announce new stereophonic records

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1973 45th Academy Awards: "The Godfather", Marlon Brando & Liza Minnelli win Marlon Brando turns down Oscar for best actor in support of Indians

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Billy Dee Williams receives a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • 1989 1st African American soap opera, "Generations" premieres on NBC-TV

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1995 67th Academy Awards: "Forrest Gump", Jessica Lange & Tom Hanks win

Actor Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
Actress Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1888 Agnes Windeck, German actress (A Time to Love and a Time to Die), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1975)
  • 1894 William Harrigan, American actor, born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)

Person of interestGloria Swanson

1899 Gloria Swanson, American actress (Sunset Boulevard, Queen Kelly), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)

  • 1907 Mary Treen, American actress (It's a Wonderful Life), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1989)
  • 1914 Budd Schulberg, novelist and screenwriter (On the Waterfront), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 Richard Denning [Louis Denninger Jr.], American actor (An Affair to Remember, The Black Scorpion), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1919 Simon van Collem, Dutch journalist/TV host (Amsterdamned)
  • 1929 Anne Ramsey, American actress (Throw Mama from the Train), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1988)
  • 1930 David Janssen, [Meyer], actor (The Fugitive, Harry O), born in Naponee Nebraska (d. 1980)
  • 1935 Julian Glover, actor (QED, Heat & Dust, Mandela), born in London, England
  • 1936 Jerry Lacy, actor (Play it Again Sam), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1940 Austin Pendleton, Warren OH, actor (Short Circuit, Simon, Hello Again)
  • 1940 June Wilkinson, Eastbourne England, actress (Absolutely Glamarous)
  • 1942 Michael York, British actor (Cabaret, Logan's Run, 3 Musketeers), born in Fulmer, Buckinghamshire
  • 1944 Khosrow Shakibai, Iranian actor (d. 2008)
  • 1946 Carl Weintraub, actor (Harry-Executive Suite)
  • 1947 Tom Sullivan, blind actor (If You Could See What I Hear), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1952 Chick Vennera, Herkimer NY, actor (High Risk, Milagro Beanfield War)
  • 1952 Maria Schneider, French actress (Last Tango in Paris, Crime of Honor), born in Paris, France (d. 2011)
  • 1953 Pamela Roylance, actress (Sarah-Little House on Prairie), born in Seattle, Washington

Person of interestQuentin Tarantino

1963 Quentin Tarantino, American director and screenwriter (Pulp Fiction), born in Knoxville, Tennessee

Film Director & Screenwriter Quentin Tarantino
Film Director & Screenwriter
Quentin Tarantino
  • 1963 Xuxa, [Maria da Graca Meneghel], Brazil, actress (Xuxa Park)
  • 1967 Talisa Soto, [Miriam], actress (License to Kill), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969 Kevin Corrigan, American actor
  • 1969 Pauley Perrette, American actress, photographer, poet, writer
  • 1970 Corey Page, actor (Richard Wilkins-Loving/City)
  • 1970 Elizabeth Mitchell, American actress
  • 1971 Nathan Fillion, Canadian actor (Castle), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1972 Charlie Haas, professional wrestler
  • 1974 Russ Haas, wrestler (d. 2001)
  • 1975 Chakrit Yamnam, Thai film and television actor
  • 1982 Kurara Chibana, Japanese beauty queen, first runner-up Miss Universe 2006
  • 1984 Emily Ann Lloyd, actress (Apollo 13), born in Glendale, California
  • 1984 J P Steur, actor (Grace Under Fire)
  • 1985 Caroline Winberg, Swedish supermodel
  • 1986 Valerie "So Cal Val" Wyndham, American professional wrestling valet
  • 1988 Kerri Ann Darling, actress (Alli Fowler-Another World)
  • 1988 Brenda Song, American actress
  • 1995 Taylor Atelian, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

1916 Actress Gloria Swanson (17) weds actor Wallace Beery (30)

HeartWedding of Interest

1954 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (20) weds socialite Frederick Gallatin Cammann

Deaths in Film & TV

Person of interestSusan Blow

1916 Susan Blow, American educator who pioneered kindergarten education and was known as the "Mother of the Kindergarten", dies at 72

Educator and Kindergarten Director Susan Blow
Educator and Kindergarten Director
Susan Blow
  • 1959 Grant Withers, American actor (Rio Grande, Oklahoma, Annie), commits suicide with sleeping pills at 54
  • 1975 Gertrude Niesen, American actress, comedian, and songwriter (Start Cheering, Rookies on Parade), dies following a long illness at 63
  • 1977 Diana Hyland, actress (Peyton Place, 8 is Enough), dies at 41
  • 1977 Eve Meyer, X actress (Immoral Mr Teas), dies in a plane crash at 46
  • 1978 Wilfred Pickles, British actor (Billy Liar, Gay Dog), dies at 73
  • 1979 Ronald Adam, actor (Phantom Shot), dies at 82
  • 1983 James Hayter, actor (Pickwick Papers, Trio, Great Game), dies at 75
  • 1989 May Allison, actress (Youth for Salem Men of Steel), dies
  • 1991 Aldo Ray, western actor (Battle Cry), dies at 64 of cancer
  • 1991 Leueen McGrath, actress (Edward My Son, Saint's Vacation), dies at 77
  • 1991 Ralph Bates, British actor (Persecution, Graveyard), dies at 50
  • 1992 Anita Colby, American model, author and actress (Mary of Scotland, Cover Girl, Pepsi Cola Playhouse), dies of lung disease at 77
  • 1993 Kate Reid, British actress (Lil-Dallas), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1995 Rene Allio, film Director, dies at 70
  • 2000 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), dies at 57
  • 2002 Milton Berle, American actor and comedian (b. 1908)

Person of interestDudley Moore

2002 Dudley Moore, English actor and comedian (10, Arthur, Bedazzled), dies at 66

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

Person of interestBilly Wilder

2002 Billy Wilder, Austrian-born American film director (The Lost Weekend, Some Like it Hot), dies at 95

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
  • 2003 Daniel Ceccaldi, French actor (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Dan Curtis, American television producer and director (b. 1928)
  • 2009 Irving R. Levine, American journalist (NBC News), dies at 86
  • 2012 Warren Stevens, American actor (Richard Boone Show), dies from lung disease at 92