On This Day in Film & TV for October 10

Events in Film & TV

  • 1954 1st National Film Awards (India): "Shyamchi Aai" wins the Golden Lotus

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1956 "Giant", directed by George Stevens, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean, premieres in NYC

  • 1960 WGTE TV channel 30 in Toledo, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting

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1963 "From Russia With Love" 2nd James Bond film based on a novel by Ian Fleming, starring Sean Connery and Daniela Bianchi, premieres in London

  • 1979 Fleetwood Mac gets a star in Hollywood
  • 1983 NBC premiere of true life drama "Adam", based on John Walsh's son's murder
  • 1988 NBC premieres tele-biopic, "Winnie", starring Meredith Baxter and based on life of [Gwyanna] Winefred Sprockett
  • 1994 MPAA chief Jack Valenti holds meeting to determine new movie ratings
  • 2016 Actress Shailene Woodley arrested for trespassing while protesting against proposed Dakota Access Pipeline

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2017 "Thor: Ragnarok" directed by Taika Waititi, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Cate Blanchett premieres in Los Angeles, California

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1863 Helen Dunbar, American actress (Fine Manners, Beyond the Rocks), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1933)
  • 1895 Fridolf Rhudin, Swedish actor and comedian (The Wrong Millionaire, Secret Svensson), born in Munkfors, Värmland, Sweden (d. 1935)

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1900 Helen Hayes, American actress (Caesar & Cleopatra, Happy Birthday), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1993)

Actress Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
  • 1905 Jane Winton, American actress (Hell's Angel, Patsy, Don Juan), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1909 Florida Friebus, American actress (Dobie Gillis' mom, Bob Newhart Show), born in Auburndale, Massachusetts (d. 1988)
  • 1909 Robert F. Boyle, American production designer and art director
  • 1913 Johnny Downs, American actor (The Mad Monster, Coronado, Manhattan Showcase), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1916 Benson Fong, actor (Charlie Chan, Purple Heart), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1987)
  • 1917 Ilona Ference, actress (Quatermass II, Star of My Night)
  • 1923 Nicholas Parsons, English actor
  • 1924 Ed Wood, American filmmaker and director (Plan 9 from Outer Space), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1924 Ludmilla Tcherina, French actress/ballet dancer (Sins of Rome)
  • 1926 Richard Jaeckel, NY, actor (3:10 to Yuma, Sands of Iwo Jima)
  • 1927 Dana Elcar, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1933 Daniel Massey, actress (Vault of Horror), born in London, England
  • 1936 Judith Chalmers, English TV hostess (Wish You Were Here)
  • 1941 Peter Coyote [Rachmil Pinchus Ben Mosha Cohon], American actor (ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Ben Vereen, actor/dancer (Pippin, Roots, Webster), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1946 Charles Dance, Redditch, Worcestershire, English actor and director (Alien 3, Jewel in the Crown)
  • 1946 Chris Tarrant, English TV presenter
  • 1947 Alan Rachins, actor (Douglas-LA Law), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1947 Martin Ruane, English professional wrestler (d. 1998)
  • 1949 Jessica Harper, actress (Inserts, Stardust Memories), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950 Dennis Holmes, actor (Mike-Laramie)
  • 1950 Peter Jan Rens, Dutch actor and director (Mister Cactus, Passion)
  • 1954 Rekha, Bollywood actress
  • 1954 Mohamed Mounir, Egyptian singer and actor
  • 1956 Mark Gordon, American film producer
  • 1958 J Eddie Peck, Joplin Missouri, actor (Bold & Beautiful-Cole Howard)
  • 1958 Tanya Tucker, Seminole Tx, country singer/actress (Follow that Car)
  • 1959 Bradley Whitford, American actor
  • 1961 Jodi Benson, American voice actress
  • 1964 Quinton Flynn, American voice actor
  • 1965 Chris Penn, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1965 Rebecca Pidgeon, British-American actress and singer-songwriter. born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1966 Bai Ling, Chinese-born American actress (The Crow, Red Corner)
  • 1970 Helen Louise Goldsby, Miss America (NY-Top 10-1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1972 Jun Lana, Filipino playwright and screenwriter
  • 1973 Jessica Shahriari, Miss USA-Arizona (1997)
  • 1973 Mario Lopez, actor (A C Slater-Saved by the Bell), born in San Diego, California
  • 1974 Naike Rivelli, German model/daughter of Ornella Muti
  • 1974 Assi Cohen, Israeli comedian and actor
  • 1978 Autumn Waterbury, Miss Illinois Teen USA (2nd-1997)
  • 1978 Jodi Lynn O'Keefe, Cliffwood Beach NJ, actress (Cassidy-Nash Bridges)
  • 1979 Wu Chun, Brunei born Taiwanese actor
  • 1981 Michael Oliver, American actor
  • 1982 Eddie J Peck, Lynchburg Pa, actor (Sutton-Wildside)
  • 1984 Chiaki Kuriyama, Japanese actress
  • 1985 Aaron Himelstein, American actor
  • 1991 Mariana Espósito, Argentine actress, singer and model

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1975 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (43) 6th marriage and remarriage to actor Richard Burton (49)
  • 1992 Actress Ally Sheedy weds actor David Lansbury
  • 1992 Actress Heather Thomas weds entertainment lawyer Skip Brittenham

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2000 Actor Rod Steiger (75) weds actress and fifth wife Joan Benedict (73) in Malibu, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2009 Ice hockey right winger Pavel Bure (38) weds model Alina Khasanova (23) in Moscow, Russia

Ice Hockey Great Pavel Bure
Ice Hockey Great
Pavel Bure
  • 2010 Actress and singer Alexa Vega (22) weds film producer Sean Covel (34) at the historical Homestake Opera House in South Dakota
  • 2010 Actor Dave Annable (31) weds actress Odette Yustman (25) at Twin Peaks Ranch in Ojai, California
  • 2010 American Idol Season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox (25) weds musician Brian Walker at the Uncommon Ground Cafe in Chicago
  • 2010 "Blossom" actress Jenna von Oy (33) weds Dell computer data consultant Brad Bratcher (39) in Newtown, Connecticut
  • 2015 Supermodel Hilary Rhoda (28) weds former pro hockey player Sean Avery (33) at the Parrish Art Museum in Long Island
  • 2015 Actor Victor Garber (66) weds artist and model Rainer Andreesen in Tofino, Canada
  • 2015 "True Detective" actress Leven Rambin (25) weds True Blood star Jim Parrack (35) in Austin, Texas
  • 2016 Actor and director Shia LaBeouf (30) weds "Nymphomaniac" co-star Mia Goth (23) at Viva Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Divorces in Film & TV

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1974 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (41) divorces director-producer William Asher (53) after 11 years of marriage

  • 2008 Actor and comedian Chris Kattan (37) divorces model Sunshine Tutt (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 months of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1940 Berton Churchill, Canadian-American actor (I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now), dies at 63
  • 1964 Eddie Cantor, comedian (Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater), dies at 72
  • 1968 Wilhelmina J "Willy" Haak, Dutch actress (Abandoned Child), dies at 71
  • 1977 Angelo Muscat, Maltese actor (b. 1930)
  • 1980 William "Billie" Thomas, American actor (Our Gang), dies of a heart attack at 49

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1983 Sir Ralph Richardson, English actor (Richard III), dies at 80

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1985 Orson Welles, American actor and director (Citizen Kane, War of the Worlds), dies of a heart attack at 70

Actor and Director Orson Welles
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Orson Welles

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1985 Yul Brynner, Russian-Swiss actor (The King and I, The Ten Commandments), dies of cancer at 65

  • 1990 Carlos Thompson, actor (Mistress of the World), dies at 67
  • 1991 Redd Foxx, comedian (Sanford & Sons), dies of heart attack at 68
  • 1992 James Seay, actor (Amazing Colossal Man), dies at 78
  • 1996 Peter Aldersley, actor/disc jockey, dies at 72
  • 2002 Teresa Graves, American actress and singer (b. 1948)

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2004 Christopher Reeve, American actor (Superman, Somewhere in Time), dies of an adverse reaction to an antibiotic at 52