On This Day in Film & TV for May 20

Events in Film & TV

  • 1895 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)

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1926 Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison

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1960 13th Cannes Film Festival: "The Sweet Life" directed by Federico Fellini wins the Palme d'Or

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • 1966 19th Cannes Film Festival: "A Man and a Woman" directed by Claude Lelouch and "The Birds, the Bees and the Italians" directed by Pietro Germi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1967 BBC bans the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" because of drug references
  • 1970 Beatles' "Let it Be" movie premieres in UK

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

1973 25th Emmy Awards: Waltons, All in the Family & Mary Tyler Moore win

  • 1985 38th Cannes Film Festival: "When Father Was Away on Business" directed by Emir Kusturica wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1986 Christy Fichtner, 23, (Texas), crowned 35th Miss USA
  • 1986 Flintstones 25th Anniversary Celebration airs on CBS-tv
  • 1987 Wrestler Jerry Lawler sues WWF & Harley Race for trademark name "king"

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1989 Toonces The Cat takes the wheel on "Saturday Night Live"

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 1991 44th Cannes Film Festival: "Barton Fink" directed by Ethan and Joel Coen wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1993 274th & final "Cheers" episode on NBC
  • 1994 Sushmita Sen from India is crowned the 43rd Miss Universe at 18 years old
  • 1994 Sony Theaters & Cineplex (NYC) hike movie ticket prices to $8.00
  • 1995 CBS News fires co-anchor Connie Chung
  • 1996 49th Cannes Film Festival: "Secrets & Lies" directed by Mike Leigh wins the Palme d'Or

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

2003 The reality series "America's Next Top Model", created by Tyra Banks, debuts on UPN

Supwemodel & Actress Tyra Banks
Supwemodel & Actress
Tyra Banks
  • 2007 53rd British Academy Television Awards: "That Mitchell and Webb Look" Best Comedy, "The Street" Best Drama

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2015 David Letterman, after 33 years, hosts the "Late Show with David Letterman" for the last time

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1899 Estelle Taylor, American actress (The Ten Commandments), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1958)
  • 1901 Otto Waldis, Austrian actor (Port of Hell, Unknown World), born n Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1974)
  • 1904 Russell Hardie, American actor (Sequoia, In Old Kentucky), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1905 John Emery, American actor (Ship Ahoy, Kronos), born in NYC, New York (d. 1964)

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1908 Jimmy Stewart, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life), born in Indiana, Pennsylvania (d. 1997)

  • 1909 John Arkell, director of administration (BBC)
  • 1915 Peter Copley, actor (Victim, King & Country)
  • 1919 George Gobel, comedian/TV personality (I Love My Wife), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1920 Betty Driver, actress (Penny Paradise)
  • 1923 Edith Fellows, actress (Pennies From Heaven, City Streets), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1924 Betty Driver, actress (Coronation St, Pardon the Expression)
  • 1927 David Hedison, Americann actor (Colbys, Voyage to Bottom of Sea), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1930 James McEachin, Pennert NC, actor (Harry-Tenafly)
  • 1933 Constance Towers, actress (Capitol, Shock Corrider, Naked Kiss)
  • 1936 Anthony Zerbe, Cal, actor (Harry-O, Centennial, They Call Me Mr Tibbs)
  • 1938 Marinella, Greek singer and actress
  • 1941 John Strasberg, American actor

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1946 Cher [Cherilyn Sarkisian], American singer and actress (I Got You Babe, Jack Lalane, Mask), born in El Centro, California

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • 1948 Dave Thomas, St Catherines Ontario, comedian (SCTV, Grace Under Fire)
  • 1951 William Cullen Bryant, actor (Hell Squad)
  • 1955 Zbigniew Preisner, Polish film composer
  • 1956 Dean Butler, American actor
  • 1958 Ronald Prescot Reagan Jr, LA, TV host (Ron Reagon Show) and son of Ronald and Nancy Reagon
  • 1959 Bronson Pinchot, American actor (Perfect Strangers, Beverly Hills Cop), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Tony Goldwyn, actor (Ghost, Kuffs, Traces of Red), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 John Billingsley, American actor
  • 1962 Sylvie Rauch, Munich German FR, nude model/actress
  • 1963 Brian Nash, actor (Joel-Please Don't Eat Daisies), born in Glendale, California
  • 1965 Fia Porter, Mexia Tx, actress (Audrey Ames-One Life to Live)
  • 1965 Ted Allen, American television host
  • 1966 Mindy Cohn, LA, actress (Facts of Life)
  • 1966 Paolo Seganti, actor (Damian-As the World Turns)
  • 1966 Gina Ravera, American actress
  • 1967 Gabriele Muccino, Italian film director
  • 1969 Brian Gerard James, American professional wrestler

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1970 Louis Theroux, English television broadcaster (Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends, When Louis Met....), born in Singapore

Broadcaster Louis Theroux
Broadcaster
Louis Theroux
  • 1973 Elsa Lunghini, French singer and actress
  • 1977 Angela Goethals, American actress (VI Warshawski, Heartbreak Hotel), born in NYC, New York
  • 1977 Matt Czuchry, American actor
  • 1977 Miriam Parrish, American television actress
  • 1981 Calico Cooper, American actress and dancer
  • 1983 Jr. NTR, Indian film actor
  • 1988 Carla Humphries, Filipina actress
  • 1992 Jack Gleeson, Irish actor (Game of Thrones), born in Cork

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1995 "Eagles" singer Don Henley (47) weds model Sharon Summerall (33) in Malibu

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1995 "Broadcast News" actress Holly Hunter (37) weds cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (35)

Actress Holly Hunter
Actress
Holly Hunter
  • 2000 "Benny and Joon" actress Mary Stuart Masterson (33) weds film director Damon Santostefano
  • 2000 "Stone Temple Pilots" front man Scott Weiland (32) weds model Mary Forsberg (25)
  • 2006 "Dog the Bounty Hunter" TV personality Duane Dog Chapman (53) weds Beth Smith at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii
  • 2006 Comedian-actress Mo'Nique (38) weds actor Sidney Hicks in an idyllic island ceremony
  • 2011 Actor Doug Hutchison (51) weds country singer Courtney Stodden (16) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1909 Ernest Hogan, blackface comedian and musician (b. 1859)
  • 1956 Andre Eugene Maurice Charlot, actor (Summer Storm), dies
  • 1969 Fred Sherman, actor (Chain Lightning), dies after a stroke at 64
  • 1969 Royal Beal, American actor (Death of a Salesman), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1984 Peter Bull, British actor (Dr Doolittle), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 1985 George Memmoli, actor (Earl-Hello Larry), dies at 46
  • 1989 Anton Diffring, actor (Zeppelin, Fahrenheit 451), dies at 70
  • 1994 Ronald Russell, actor/manager (We Are Angels), dies at 83
  • 1996 Eric Davidson, comedy scriptwriter, dies at 65
  • 1996 John Pertwee, English actor and entertainer (third Doctor in Dr Who), dies at 76
  • 2009 Lucy Gordon, British model and actress (b. 1980)
  • 2011 Randy Savage, American Pro-Wrestler (b. 1952)