On This Day in Film & TV for September 8

Events in Film & TV

  • 1921 1st Miss America crowned in Atlantic City - Margaret Gorman (16) of Washington, D.C.

Film release premierFilm Release

1960 Nationwide release (US) of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 "Star Trek" premieres on NBC-TV

  • 1966 "That Girl" starring Marlo Thomas premieres on ABC-TV

Film release premierFilm Premier

1968 "Funny Girl" biopic film based on life of Fanny Brice premieres, directed by William Wyler, starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1973 Rebecca Ann King (Colo), 23, crowned 46th Miss America 1974
  • 1973 "Star Trek - Animated Series" premieres on TV
  • 1977 Interpol sends a resolution concerning video piracy
  • 1979 Cheryl Prewitt (Miss), 22, crowned 52nd Miss America 1980
  • 1996 48th Emmy Awards: ER, Dennis Franz & Kathy Baker win
  • 1999 US Attorney General Janet Reno names former Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation of the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian church near Waco, Texas in response to revelations in the film "Waco The Rules of Engagement"

Film release premierFilm Premier

1999 "American Beauty", directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, and Thora Birch, premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 2000)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Comedian Stephen Colbert debuts as the new host of CBS's "The Late Show"

Comedian and TV Host Stephen Colbert
Comedian and TV Host
Stephen Colbert

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1895 Sara García, Mexican actress, born in Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico (d. 1980)
  • 1898 Queenie Smith, American actress and dancer (Funny Side), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1900 Gavin Muir, American actor (Mary of Scotland, Johnny Trouble), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1905 Henry Wilcoxon, British actor (Cleopatra, Jericho, The Ten Commandments), born in Dominica, British West Indies (d. 1984)
  • 1907 Leon Askin, Austrian actor (One, Two, Three, Charlie Farrell Show), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 2005)
  • 1907 Sid Tomack, American actor (The Life of Riley, Adventures of Superman), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1910 Gella Allaert, Flemish actress (La Round), born in Oostende, Belgium (d. 2002)
  • 1910 Jean-Louis Barrault, French stage actor, director and producer (Les Enfants du Paradis), born in Le Vésinet, Seine-et-Oise, France (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Frank Cady, American actor (Rear Window, Green Acres), born in Susanville, California (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor, comedian, singer and goon (The Goon Show, Oliver!), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2001)
  • 1922 Sid Caesar, comedian (Your Show of Shows), born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1923 Francois Chaumette, French actor (Le Bossu, They Never Slept, Christine), born in Paris, France (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Denise Darcel, French actress (Dangerous When Wet), born in Paris (d. 2011)

Person of interestPeter Sellers

1925 Peter Sellers, English actor and comedian (The Goon Show, Bobo, Pink Panther), (d. 1980), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire (d. 1980)

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
  • 1930 Mario Adorf, German actor (The Tin Drum, Bachelor, Abyssinia), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1937 Virna Lisi, Italian actress (Assault on a Queen, Bluebeard)
  • 1940 Willie Tyler, Red Level Ala, ventriloquist (Lester)
  • 1941 Alan Feinstein, American actor (Max-Berrengers, Family Tree), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 Great Kabuki, [Akihisa Yone Yoshi Mera], wrestler (NWA/NJPW/WAR/SWS)
  • 1950 Will Lee, bassist (Late Show with David Letterman)
  • 1954 Clayton Norcross, actor (Bold & Beautiful, Colbys, Santa Barbara)
  • 1957 Heather Thomas, actress (Jody-Fall Guy, Coed Fever), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1958 Mitsuru Miyamoto, Japanese voice actor
  • 1959 Daler Nazarov, Tajik composer and actor
  • 1961 Franny Michel, American actress (Patricia-Apple's Way), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1962 Thomas Kretschmann, German actor
  • 1963 Brad Silberling, American television and film director
  • 1963 Hitoshi Matsumoto, Japanese comedian
  • 1964 Scott Levy, American professional wrestler
  • 1967 Kimberly Peirce, American film director
  • 1971 Cristy Thom, playmate (Feb, 1991), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971 David Arquette, American actor, director and producer (Scream, Kiss & Tell), born in Winchester, Virginia
  • 1971 Brooke Burke, American model
  • 1971 Martin Freeman, English actor (The Hobbit, Sherlock), born in Aldershot, Hampshire
  • 1972 Cari Shayne, American actress (Karen Cates-General Hospital), born in Sellersville, Tennessee
  • 1972 Giovanni Frezza, Italian actor
  • 1972 Lisa Kennedy, American television personality
  • 1972 Tomokazu Seki, Japanese voice actor
  • 1973 Jason Downs, actor (Bobby-Hairspray)
  • 1975 Larenz Tate, American Actor
  • 1976 Sarah Kucserka, American screenwriter
  • 1981 Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Bethlehem PA, actor (Randy-Home Improvement)
  • 1985 Yendi Phillips, Jamaican beauty pageant contestant
  • 1988 Chantal Jones, American fashion model
  • 1996 Krystal Reyes, Filipina actress
  • 1997 Kimberlea Berg, English actress
  • 2002 Gaten Matarazzo, American actor (Stranger Things), born in Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1953 Actress Lana Turner (32) weds "Tarzan of the Apes" actor Lex Barker (34)

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner

HeartWedding of Interest

1963 Academy Award-winning actress Geraldine Page (38) weds actor Rip Torn (32) in Pinal, Arizona

  • 2012 "How I Met Your Mother" actress Cobie Smulders (30) weds "Saturday Night Live" actor Taran Killam (30) at the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in Solvang, California
  • 2012 "Big Brother" TV personality winner Rachel Reilly (27) weds fellow Big Brother player Brendon Villegas (32) at the top of AT&T Center in downtown Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

2014 Actress Ashley Tisdale (29) weds singer Christopher French at a private ceremony in Santa Barbara, California

Actress and Singer Ashley Tisdale
Actress and Singer
Ashley Tisdale

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2009 90s pop sensation singer Peter Andre (36) divorces glamour model Katie Price (31) due to unreasonable behaviour after 3 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1965 Dorothy Dandridge, American actress (Island in the Sun), dies of accidental overdose at 42
  • 1975 John Mylong, Austrian actor (Robot Monsters), dies at 82
  • 1977 Samuel Joel "Zero" Mostel, American comedian and actor (Fiddler on the Roof, The Producers), dies of an aortic aneurysm at 62
  • 1991 Brad Davis, American actor (Midnight Express, Chariots of Fire), dies at 41
  • 1994 Rex Alston, cricketer (distinguished BBC commentator), dies
  • 2003 Jaclyn Linetsky, Canadian voice actress (b. 1986)

Person of interestLeni Riefenstahl

2003 Leni Riefenstahl [Helene Bertha Amalie], German film director (Triumph of the Will) and actress (Tiefland), dies in her sleep at 101

Film director Leni Riefenstahl
Film director
Leni Riefenstahl
  • 2004 Frank Thomas, American animator, dies at 92
  • 2006 Frank Middlemass, British actor (Heart Beat, As Time Goes By, Oliver Twist), dies at 87
  • 2009 Raymond "Ray" Barrett, Australian actor (The Troubleshooters, Gillette Summer Sports Reel), dies at 82
  • 2009 Mike Bongiorno, Italian television host (b. 1924)