On This Day in Film & TV for November 8

Events in Film & TV

  • 1880 Sarah Bernhardt, French actress, makes her US debut at NY's Booth Theater
  • 1920 Actress Edna Lewis Thomas debuts at Putnam Theatre Brooklyn

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1935 "Mutiny on the Bounty" directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1936)

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1949 "All The King's Men" based on Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer winning novel, directed by Robert Rossen and starring Broderick Crawford premieres in New York (Best Picture 1950)

  • 1959 KJTV (now KGET) TV channel 17 in Bakersfield, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1964 KUPK TV channel 13 in Garden City, KS (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 "Days of Our Lives" premieres on TV

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1966 Movie actor Ronald Reagan elected Governor of California

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1979 Bernard Slade's "Romantic Comedy" premieres in NYC
  • 1979 ABC broadcasts "Iran Crisis: American Held Hostage" with Frank Reynolds (forerunner to "Nightline")
  • 1989 "Byker Grove" begins broadcasting on the BBC
  • 1990 Gina Marie Tolleson of USA, 21, crowned 40th Miss World
  • 1991 Carol Burnett Show premieres on CBS-TV

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1999 "The World is Not Enough" 19th James Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan, Robert Carlyle and Denise Richards premieres in Los Angeles


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1883 Ethel Clayton, American actress (Hotel Continental), born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 1966)
  • 1892 John Miljan, American actor (The Ten Commandments, Possessed, Final Extra, Susan Lenox), born in Lead City, South Dakota (d. 1960)
  • 1898 Marie Prevost, Canadian actress (The Marriage Circle, The Racket), born in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada (d. 1937)
  • 1912 June Havoc [Ellen Evangeline Hovick], Canadian-born American stage and screen actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2010)
  • 1913 Robert Strauss, American actor (Sgt Gruzewsky-Mona McCluskey), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 Norman Lloyd, actor (Auschlander-St Elsewhere), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1920 Esther Rolle, American actress (Good Times, Maude), born in Pompano Beach Florida (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Gene Saks, NY, actor and director (One & Only, Prisoner of 2nd Ave)
  • 1921 Jerome Hines, [Heinz], basso (I am The Way), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1924 Joe Flynn, actor (McHale's Navy), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1927 Ken Dodd, English comedian
  • 1930 Bob Harris, actor (Jim-Troubleshooters), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1931 Morley Safer, Canadian American TV newscaster (60 Minutes), born in Toronto, Canada (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Stephane Audran, Versailles France, actress (Just Before Nightfall)
  • 1935 Alain Delon, French actor (Honor Among Thieves, Return of Zorro)
  • 1938 Pleuni Touw, Dutch actress (Bride Flight, Dokter Deen), born in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
  • 1938 Pleuntje "Pleuni" Cordon, actress (Dear Guys)
  • 1951 Mary Hart, Sioux Falls SD, TV hostess (Entertainment Tonight)
  • 1952 Alfre Woodard, American actress (Primal Fear, Cross Creek), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1954 David Bret, Anglo-French biographer and broadcaster
  • 1956 Randi Brooks, American actress (Man With 2 Brains, Tightrope), born in NYC, New York
  • 1956 Richard Curtis, British screenwriter
  • 1960 Oleg Menshikov, Russian actor
  • 1960 Michael Nyqvist, Swedish actor (Girl with A Dragon Tattoo), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1961 Leif Garrett, singer/actor (Devil x 5, 3 for the Road), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1965 Craig Chester, American actor and screenwriter
  • 1966 Gordon Ramsay, British chef and reality television personality
  • 1967 Courtney Thorne-Smith, actress (Day by Day, Lucas, Summer School)
  • 1968 Parker Posey, actress (Tess Shelby-As the World Turns), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1968 Zara Whites, Dutch actress
  • 1969 Roxana Zal, American actress
  • 1971 Carlos Atanes, Spanish film director
  • 1972 Gretchen Mol, American actress
  • 1973 Tara Johnson, Miss USA-Wisconsin (1997)
  • 1973 Vanesa Littlecrow, Puerto Rican cartoonist, dancer, writer and model
  • 1975 Tara Reid, American actress
  • 1979 Dania Ramírez, Dominican actress
  • 1982 Sam Sparro, Australian producer, songwriter, performer, former child actor
  • 1983 Kat Shoob, British television presenter
  • 1985 Jack Osbourne, English television star
  • 1987 Samantha Droke, American actress
  • 1991 DanTDM [Daniel Middleton], British professional gamer and YouTube personality (The Diamond Minecraft), born in Aldershot, England

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2006 Malaysian actress Sazzy Falak (25) weds co-founder of LVG Consultants and LVG MoneySkool Nazril Idrus
  • 2009 "The Practice" actress Marla Sokoloff (29) weds composer Alec Puro (34) at Il Cielo restaurant

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 1970 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) divorces singer Michelle Phillips (26) only 8 days after getting married

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1885 Johannes Kneppelhout, [Klikspaan], Dutch humorist/author, dies at 71
  • 1928 Mauritz Stiller [Moshe Stiller], Swedish actor and director (The Saga of Gösta Berling, Erotikon), dies from an infective pleurisy at 45
  • 1968 Wendell Corey, actor (11th Hour, Peck's Bad Girl), dies at 54
  • 1969 Kam Tong, Chinese American actor (Have Gun Will Travel, Across the Pacific, Flower Drum Song), dies at 62
  • 1979 Sydney Tafler, actor (Too Many Crooks), dies at 63
  • 1986 Beatrice Kay, singer/actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & the Col), dies at 78
  • 1991 Frances Faye, singer/actress (Pretty Baby), dies after strokes
  • 1994 Michael O'Donoghue, American comedy writer (SNL), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 54
  • 1998 Jean Marais, French actor (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Bob Grant, English actor (b. 1932)
  • 2005 Alekos Alexandrakis, Greek actor (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer, dies at 61