Deaths in Film & Television in August 1981

  • Aug 1 Paddy Chayefsky, screenwriter (Network, Hospital) dies of cancer at 58
  • Aug 4 Melvyn Douglas [Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg, American actor (Hud, Being There, Ghost Story), dies at 80
  • Aug 19 Jessie Matthews, English actress (Gangway, First a Girl), dies at 74
  • Aug 21 Eddie Byrne, British actor (Star Wars, Island of Terror), dies from a stroke at 70
  • Aug 29 Lowell Thomas, newscaster (High Adventure), dies in Pawling NY at 89

Person of interestVera-Ellen

Aug 30 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (Big Leaguer, On the Town), dies of cancer at 60

Actress Vera-Ellen