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Here's an archive of the classic-movie related news items for
2000. All have been verified by reliable news sources, but if you have any
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5- Vic Schoen, musician and composer who arranged songs for such films as
THE ROAD TO MOROCCO (1942) and THE ROAD TO RIO (1947) with
Bing Crosby and
Bob Hope, as well as THE COURT JESTER (1956) with
Danny Kaye, dies of pneumonia at 83.
5- Bernhard Wicki, Swiss film director and one of the most acclaimed
German-language filmmakers in history, who also directed such
English-language films as THE LONGEST DAY (1962) and THE VISIT (1964), dies
at age 80.
6- Loretta Young, Oscar-winning
Best Actress for THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER (1947), celebrates her 87th birthday
with Jane Wyman and Carol
Channing, among others, in Rancho Mirage, California.
9- Warner Bros. announces
plans for a remake of OCEAN'S ELEVEN, Lewis Milestone's 1960 film starring
"Rat Pack"ers Frank Sinatra,
Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joe Bishop and Angie Dickinson.
The film will not begin shooting until the fall due to the difficulties of
putting together the necessary all-star cast, the only member of which
currently signed is George Clooney for the
9- Marguerite Churchill, who at the age of 20 was cast as
John Wayne's leading lady in his
first major film,
Raoul Walsh's THE BIG TRAIL
(1930), but retired from films only a few years later, dies at 90.
10- Sam Jaffe, the production manager who saved financially troubled
Paramount when he invented
"shooting night for day" after a 1929 fire destroyed the studio's new
soundstages, and whose continued involvement in the industry included the
production of such films as THE FIGHTING SULLIVANS (1944) and BORN FREE
(1966), dies at the age of 98.
10- Maxine Elliott Hicks, actress who began her career playing screen
juveniles in over 200 silent films, including a role as Mary Pickford's
nemesis in POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL (1917), and moved into talkies before
retiring in the 1930s to raise a family and returning to acting in the 1980s
sit-com "Just the Ten of Us," dies at 95.
11- Helena Carter, actress who appeared in over a dozen films from the late
1940s through early '50s, including roles as Margaret Dobson in KISS
TOMORROW GOODBYE (1950) and Dr. Pat Blake, MD in INVADERS FROM MARS (1953),
dies at age 76.
12- Marc Davis, one of a group of early
animators (nicknamed the "Nine Old Men") who animated such characters as
Snow White, Tinker Bell, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent and Cruella
de Vil, and who also helped create the "Pirates of Caribbean" and "Haunted
Mansion" attractions at Disneyland, dies at 86.
14- Billy Wilder, six-time
Oscar-winning writer/director, now 93 years old, is honored with two-hours
of film clips and three standing ovations by a crowd at the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The
well-wishers included Juliet Mills, Evelyn Keyes, Edie Adams and
16- James Card, one of the world's leading film preservationists and the
first curator of the Department of Film at the George Eastman House of
Photography in Rochester, dies at the age of 84.
17- Frances Drake, brunette beauty and leading lady of the 1930s and '40s
who appeared in almost two dozen films including LES MISERABLES (1935) with
Fredric March and Charles
as well as such early horror films as THE INVISIBLE RAY (1936) with Boris
Karloff, dies at 91.
18- Karl Malden, two-time
Oscar-winning classic actor, announces that he will appear as a priest named
Father Cavanaugh in an episode of "The West Wing" about the death penalty.
One of Malden's props will be the
Bible he used in ON THE WATERFRONT (1954).
18- Jester Hairston, veteran black actor who began his career in racially
stereotyped roles in several of the TARZAN films but also advanced a career
as a choral director specializing in negro spirituals (being best known for
his arrangement of "Amen," which he dubbed for
Sidney Poitier in LILIES OF THE FIELD (1963), dies at 98.
19- James Garner, star of such classic films as THE CHILDREN'S HOUR (1961)
and THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963), announces his return to series television for
the first time in nearly 20 years, signing up for a recurring role on the
CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope.''
19- Hedy Lamarr, Viennese beauty who created a sensation in the 1933
film ECSTASY before becoming one of Hollywood's most alluring sex symbols of
the 1930s and '40s in such films as ALGIERS (1938) and SAMSON AND DELILAH
(1949), dies at 86.
21- Tommy Gallagher, husband of classic actress Suzanne Pleshette for 31
23- Richard Krisher, film and stage actor who appeared in such films as TONY
ROME (1967) and THE BOSTON STRANGLER (1968), dies of a heart attack at 61.
24- Angela Lansbury, star
of stage, "Murder, She Wrote" and such classic films as GASLIGHT (1944) and
THE HARVEY GIRLS (1946), will be honored by the theatre community at the New
Dramatists 51st Annual luncheon tribute on May 16 when she will be presented
with their Lifetime Achievement Award.
Shirley Jones, classic musical star of OKLAHOMA! (1955) and THE MUSIC
MAN (1962) fame, and her husband, Marty Ingels, announce a six-month trial
27- Universal Pictures
announces its intention to remake the classic British comedy KIND HEARTS AND
CORONETS (1949) which starred Alec Guinness in eight different roles.
Robin Williams has expressed interest in the project which could go into
production before the end of the year.
31- Marlon Brando
announces he is negotiating to co-star with Robert De Niro and Edward Norton
in THE SCORE, a crime drama directed by Frank Oz and set to begin filming in
31- Liza Minnelli, daughter of screen legends
Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli and star of such films as CABARET
(1972), is honored by the Drama League at its 16th annual gala dinner.
1- Columbia Pictures
announces plans to remake the 1966 western THE PROFESSIONALS which starred
Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin and Jack Palance.
5- Todd Karns, actor who appeared in over 20 films from the mid-1940s
through mid-'50s but was best known for his role as Harry Bailey,
Jimmy Stewart's younger brother in
Frank Capra's IT'S A WONDERFUL
LIFE (1946), dies of cancer at age 79.
7- Sara Karloff, daughter of classic horror film icon Boris Karloff,
announces she is suing Universal Studios for more than $10 million, alleging
the company avoided paying her royalties for the use of some classic Karloff
9- German Ambassador to the United States, Juergen Chrobog, announces that
the Federal Republic of Germany will present 93-year-old classic film
director Billy Wilder
with the Knight Commander’s Cross at a ceremony on March 10.
will also be honored by the Producers Guild on March 2 when his classic
comedy SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) joins the list of the guild's Landmark Motion
11- Warner Bros.
announces it will re-release THE EXORCIST (1973) with 11 minutes of
additional footage that was cut from the original release. The
showings will begin on March 17 in the college towns of Ann Arbor, Michigan,
Austin, Texas and Athens, Georgia but could expand into wider markets if the
reception in these test markets is good.
12- Newt Arnold, assistant director on such films as THE BALLAD OF JOSIE
(1967), THE DEVIL'S BRIGADE (1968) and THE GREEN BERETS (1968) and
winner of the Directors Guild of America award for his work on THE
GODFATHER, PART II (1974), dies of leukemia at age 72.
16- Lila Kedrova, Russian-born actress who earned an Oscar for her role as
the aging French prostitute in ZORBA THE GREEK (1964), dies at approximately
the age of 82.
17- The City of Hollywood announces that Richard Chamberlain, actor and
movie star for over 40 years, will be receiving his star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame in a ceremony scheduled for February 29.
17- Miles White, costume designer who earned Oscar nominations for his work
on THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (1952), THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS
(1954) and AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (1956), dies of congestive heart
failure at 85.
18- Veronica Blafe Cooper Converse, wife of classic actor
Gary Cooper from 1933 until his
death from cancer in 1961 and mother of his only child Maria, dies at age
19- Bob Hope and his
wife Dolores celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary today.
21- 20th Century Fox
announces that its planned remake of the 1968 sci-fi classic PLANET OF THE
APES, which starred Charlton Heston,
Roddy McDowall and
Kim Hunter and was followed by four sequels, is inching closer to
production with director Tim Burton in negotiations to direct. The
remake has been in the works since 1993 and if all goes according to plan,
could be released in the summer 2001.
26- Bill Lewis Downer, head of Decca Records' northern music division in the
1940s and later an executive with MCA Music after Decca's merger with
Universal Pictures, who published and promoted such classic songs as Jay
Livingston and Ray Evans' "Tammy" as well as compositions by
and recordings by Rosemary Clooney, Sammy Davis Jr.,
Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Jo Stafford and
Doris Day, dies of congestive heart failure at age 86.
27- George Duning, five-time Oscar nominated composer who scored such films
as JOLSON SINGS AGAIN (1949) and FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) during his
fifteen years at Columbia
Pictures, dies at 92.
1- The Professional Dancers Society announces it will honor classic movie
Astaire at its annual Gypsy Awards on March 12.
Cyd Charisse will host a few minutes of film clips and present
Fred's Award to Robyn Astaire,
Fred's widow. Buddy Ebsen (92) and Marge Champion (77) will be
honored with the PDS's annual awards, presented to them by
Dick Van Dyke and Carol Channing respectively.
2- David Berman, who ran the Hollywood division of his family's costume
company, Max Berman & Sons, which created the costumes for such films as
CLEOPATRA (1963) and LAWRENCE OF
ARABIA (1962) based on the drawings of such designers as
Cecil Beaton, Phyllis Dalton and Irene Sharaff, dies at 90.
5- Mary Elliott Cummings, third wife of the late actor Robert Cummings
(1945-1970) who, while under contract to
in the 1940s, appeared in such films as GIRL CRAZY (1943), THOUSANDS CHEER
(1943) and A GUY NAMED JOE (1943), dies of cancer at age 82.
6- The Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reports that 55 intimate letters
written by silver screen icon
Greta Garbo to Swedish poet and playwright Mercedes de Acosta in the
1930s will be made available to the public sometime after April 15 by the
Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. De Acosta,
who died in 1968, donated the letters to the museum upon the condition that
they not be read until at least ten years after the death of both women.
died in 1990.
7- MARLENE, a new German-language biopic of classic screen legend
Marlene Dietrich, directed by Joseph Vilsmaier and starring German
TV-movie actress Katja Flint in the title role, opens to lackluster reviews
7- Charles Gray, British character actor best known for his roles as
Blofeld, the villain with the white cat, in the 1971 James Bond film
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, and as the narrator of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
(1975), dies at 71.
8- Gertrude Sanford Legendre, socialite, big game hunter, prisoner of war
and inspiration for Katharine
Hepburn's character Linda Seton in HOLIDAY (1938), based on the 1929
play by Philip Barry, dies at 97.
15- Fred Kelly, three-time Tony Award winner and dance instructor who taught
his older brother,
Gene Kelly, how to tap dance and who
choreographed and appeared with Gene
in the "I Love to Go Swimmin' With Women" number in DEEP IN MY HEART (1955),
dies of cancer at 83.
16- Lothrop Worth, veteran Hollywood cameraman who pioneered a 3-D film
technique in the 1950s called "natural vision" which he used to shoot such
films as THE HOUSE OF WAX (1953) with
Vincent Price, dies at 96.
21- Turner Broadcasting announces plans for a made-for-TV remake of
Fred Zinnemann's 1952 classic western HIGH NOON. The new film,
which will star Tom Skerritt in the lead role played by
Gary Cooper in the original, begins shooting in late April.
21- Jean Howard, former Ziegfeld Girl, Goldwyn Girl and
contract player who had bit parts in a number of films in the 1930s before
marrying Hollywood agent Charles K. Feldman and establishing herself as a
legendary hostess and photographer, publishing the well-received
behind-the-scenes photography books "Jean Howard's Hollywood" in 1989 and
"Travels With Cole Porter" in 1991, dies at 89.
23- Marlon Brando,
classic actor, Oscar-winner and Hollywood legend, announces he has signed
with Paramount/Mandalay to
appear with Robert De Niro and Edward Norton in THE SCORE, set to begin
shooting in May.
30- Coors Brewing Company announces that a fourth beer commercial featuring
the digitally resuscitated image of classic film icon
John Wayne will debut on American television at the end of the current
TV season. The ad features an image of
extracted from TROUBLE ALONG THE WAY (1953), while previous ads have used
scenes from CAST A GIANT SHADOW (1966), THE COMANCHEROS (1961) and EL DORADO
4- Sy Weintraub, motion picture executive and a former owner of Panavision
who produced a highly-regarded series of Tarzan films in the 1960s including
TARZAN'S GREATEST ADVENTURE (1959) and TARZAN THE MAGNIFICENT (1960), dies
5- Sony Pictures Family Entertainment and producer Denise Di Novi announce
plans to remake the 1966 Ida
Lupino comedy THE TROUBLE WITH ANGELS which starred Rosalind Russell as
the Mother Superior at a Catholic girls' school and
Hayley Mills as a rebellious student.
5- The British Library announces it has paid $1.59 million for the personal
archive of celebrated British actor and director
Laurence Olivier. The archive, purchased from
Olivier's family, covers a wide range of facets from his personal and
professional life including his Old Vic Theater productions, his films and
his personal correspondence.
7- Joel Ashley, classic actor whose prolific work in television, movie and
on stage included appearances in such classic 1950s films as THE TEN
COMMANDMENTS (1956) and TENSION AT TABLE ROCK (1956), dies at 81.
8- Claire Trevor
Bren, classic star of over 60 films who frequently played women with
tarnished reputations, as in such films as DEAD END (1937) with
Humphrey Bogart, John Ford's
STAGECOACH (1939) with John Wayne,
and KEY LARGO (1948) for which she earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar,
dies at age 90.
10- Palomar Pictures announces plans for a new film called COLOR OF LOVE
based on a Vanity Fair article by Sam Kashner about classic
entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. and his controversial interracial love affair
with silver screen goddess Kim Novak. The film has not yet been cast.
12- Blake Edwards, director
of such classic films as BREAKFAST
AT TIFFANY'S (1961) and THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (1962), is honored
with France’s Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres at the residence
of France’s Consul General in Los Angeles.
12- Carmen Dillon, the first female art director in the British film
industry, who won an Oscar for her work on
Laurence Olivier's HAMLET (1948), dies at 91.
Ann Miller, 77-year old classic musical star, is injured in a freak
automobile accident but receives an injection in her spine and is able to
participate in the filming of Turner Classic Movies' round table discussion
on "The Art of Choreography," also featuring
Cyd Charisse, Donald O'Connor,
Marge Champion and choreographer Marguertie Derricks. The segment is
scheduled to air in June.
12- Paul Newman, 75-year-old,
blue-eyed classic film icon, announces during his appearance on "Late Show
with David Letterman" that he intends to make one more film and then retire
from movies. Newman
did not know what that last film would be yet.
13- Vic Damone, 71-year-old classic crooner who appeared in a dozen films in
the 1950s and '60s and whose rendition of "Our Love Affair" (),
the title song of the 1958 romance AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, earned an Oscar
nomination as Best Song, announces plans to retire after 53 years in show
business. Damone will set off on a final national tour, "A Farewell To
Remember," starting May 27 and finishing at Carnegie Hall on May 18, 2001.
13- Sidney Poitier, 72-year-old
Oscar-winner for his performance in LILIES OF THE FIELD (1963), celebrates
the publication of his new book, The Measure of a Man, a spiritual
autobiography, at a party in Hollywood.
15- Arthur Morton, composer and orchestrator of background music for
numerous films and television shows, including TURNABOUT (1940), FROM HERE
TO ETERNITY (1953) and THE MAN FROM LARAMIE (1955), orchestrating almost
every movie score composed by long time friend Jerry Goldsmith during
Morton's 65-year career in Hollywood, dies at 91.
15- Letters written by silver screen icon
Greta Garbo to Swedish poet and playwright Mercedes de Acosta are
unsealed and made public on the tenth anniversary of
Garbo's death. According to her grandniece, Gray Reisfield Horan,
who was present at the unsealing, speculators who predicted the letters
would reveal evidence of a lesbian relationship between
and Acosta were disappointed, as preliminary readings gave no explicit
evidence for such claims as Acosta made in her memoirs in the 1960s.
and Miramax announce plans for a remake of Zoltan Korda's THE FOUR FEATHERS
(1939) which originally starred John Clements and Ralph Richardson.
The co-production is scheduled to shoot in Morocco this spring and has not
yet been cast.
17- Christie's auction house announces its next movie memorabilia auction,
"A Century of Hollywood," will include a pair of Ruby Slippers worn by
in THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) as well
as Bert Lahr's The Cowardly Lion costume from the film, and a Rolls Royce
from the classic James Bond film GOLDFINGER (1964). The auction will
be held May 24 at Christie's East in New York.
17- Roger Moore, 72-year-old British actor and former James Bond, announces
plans to star in a new thriller about biological warfare called THE ENEMY.
Heston, epic classic actor, and his wife Lydia Clarke Heston announce
they will perform "Love Letters, " a two-person play, on June 24 at
Pocatello, Idaho's Colonial Theater, replacing
Robert Wagner and Jill St. John who canceled due to other commitments.
26- Daily Variety reports that classic actor
Walter Matthau and Oscar-winning director
Billy Wilder are both in the hospital suffering from unspecified (but
26- Helen Eileen Beardsley, mother of 20 whose unusual family story was made
into the film YOURS, MINE AND OURS (1968) starring
Lucille Ball and
Henry Fonda, dies at age 70.
and RKO Pictures announce plans for a
remake of Alfred Hitchcock's
1941 thriller SUSPICION which originally starred
Cary Grant as well as Joan
Fontaine in an Oscar-winning role. The film is scheduled for
production next year.
28- Jim Rogers, California horse rancher and the last surviving child of
Western humorist and classic movie star Will Rogers, who appeared in three
silent films with his father as well as three Hopalong Cassidy movies, dies
of cancer at age 84.
Teresa Wright, 81-year-old Oscar-winning star of such films as
MRS. MINIVER (1942),
SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943) and
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
(1946), attends a special public screening of the Lou Gehrig biopic
THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES
(1942) (in which she played Mrs. Lou Gehrig) at the Baseball Hall of Fame
in Cooperstown, New York.
1- Steve Reeves, former Mr. Universe and hulky star of 19 films (mostly
Italian) during the 1950s and '60s including the title role in HERCULES
(1957), dies of lymphoma at 74.
3- Lewis Allen, British director of almost 20 films both in the U.K. and in
Hollywood during the 1940s and '50s including THE UNINVITED (1944), OUR
HEARTS WERE YOUNG AND GAY (1944), THE PERFECT MARRIAGE (1946), and SUDDENLY
(1954), dies at 94.
4- Liza Minnelli, classic musical star of such films as CABARET (1972),
announces to CBS's "Sunday Morning" program that she is thinking about
working with underprivileged children in Peru when her life as a celebrity
is over. The segment will air May 7.
5- For the first time in 50 years, after being lost in a studio fire, THE
POWER AND THE GLORY (1933), a precursor to CITIZEN KANE (1941) starring
Spencer Tracy and Colleen Moore, debuts at the British Film Institute's
National Film Theatre in London. The film was originally scripted by
Preston Sturges and his son Tom aided in the reconstruction efforts.
5- The estate and widow of Sammy Davis Jr. files a breach-of-contract, fraud
and failure-to-pay-royalties suit against Universal Music Group (UMG) and
its Polygram Records unit alleging that Davis wasn't paid royalties from the
licensing of 35 individual songs to MGM-Verve (later acquired by Polygram)
for 23 years and that these royalties were recalculated at reduced rates
without Davis' permission.
7- Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., son of silent screen icon Douglas Fairbanks and
himself star of almost 80 films between 1921 and 1981 including LITTLE
CAESAR (1930) with Edward G.
Robinson, MORNING GLORY (1933) with
Katharine Hepburn, GUNGA DIN (1939) with
Cary Grant, and SINBAD THE SAILOR (1947) with
Maureen O'Hara, dies at age 90.
9- Bob Hope,
96-year-old classic entertainer, and his wife Delores attend the opening of
the permanent Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment in the Library of
Congress which includes 88,000 pages of jokes as well as countless letters,
photos, videos and other mementos described by some as a history of American
9- Family members of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. announce that the late film star
will be entombed alongside the remains of his father, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
(who died in 1939), in a sarcophagus which sits at the top of a large
reflecting pool at Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles.
10- Producer Joel Silver and director Robert Zemeckis announce plans to
remake the 1958 classic thriller MACABRE, originally directed by William
10- Craig Stevens, widower of classic film actress Alexis Smith and a
classic second lead in his own right, of almost 50 films during the 1940s
and '50s including GOD IS MY CO-PILOT (1945) and WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS
(1950), but who was best known for his role as TV private eye "Peter Gunn,"
dies of cancer at 81.
11- David Bretherton, editor of more than 50 major motion pictures including
AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1954), THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (1959), and ON A CLEAR
DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER (1970), winning an Academy Award in 1972 his work on
CABARET, dies of pneumonia at 76.
15- Miracle Entertainment announces plans for a sequel to EASY RIDER (1969),
originally starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper. Filming is
scheduled to begin in the fall, using many of the locations from the
16- British-born, Oscar-winning classic actresses
Elizabeth Taylor, 68, and
Julie Andrews, 64, are made Dame Commanders of the Order of the British
Empire, the female equivalent of a knight, by Queen Elizabeth II at
20- Edward Bernds, early Hollywood sound man who also wrote and directed
almost 100 films including a number of Blondie, Bowery Boys and Three
Stooges films throughout the 1940s, '50s and '60s, dies at 94.
21- Sir John Gielgud, icon of the British stage and Shakespearean legend who
also appeared sporadically in films beginning in 1924, notable performances
including Benjamin Disraeli in THE PRIME MINISTER (1941), Clarence in
RICHARD III (1954) with Laurence
Olivier, King Louis VII in BECKET (1964) as well as smaller roles in
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (1974) and CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981), and who won
a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in ARTHUR (1981), dies at
the age of 96.
24- Dr. Petter Lindstrom, Swedish neurosurgeon and first husband of silver
screen luminary Ingrid Bergman
whom the actress abandoned (along with their daughter Pia) in 1948,
beginning a scandalous affair with Italian director Roberto Rossellini, dies
in California at 93.
25- A pair of Dorothy's Ruby Slippers worn by
Judy Garland in THE WIZARD OF OZ
(1939) sells for $666,000 at a Hollywood memorabilia auction in New York.
25- Francis Lederer, Czech-born actor who played suave, Continental
characters in films from the silent era through the 1950s including
PANDORA'S BOX (1929) with Louise Brooks, CONFESSIONS OF A NAZI SPY (1939),
Billy Wilder's MIDNIGHT (1939) and Jean Renoir's DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID
(1946), dies at the age of 100.
26- Samuel Taylor, Broadway playwright whose works "Sabrina Fair" and "The
Pleasure of His Company" inspired the classic films SABRINA (1954) with
Audrey Hepburn and THE PLEASURE OF HIS COMPANY (1961) with
Debbie Reynolds and Fred Astaire,
and who also contributed to screenplays for such films as VERTIGO (1958),
TOPAZ (1969) and GOODBYE AGAIN (1961), dies at 87.
28- Robert Fryer, theatrical producer who also oversaw production of a
half-dozen films including THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE (1969) and MAME
(1974) starring Lucille Ball, dies
of complications from Parkinson's disease at the age of 79.
30- Tex Beneke, saxophonist and singer with the Glenn Miller Orchestra noted
for singing "Chattanooga Choo Choo" in SUN VALLEY SERENADE (1941) and "I've
Got a Gal in Kalamazoo" in ORCHESTRA WIVES (1942), dies at 86.
30- Bill Thomas, costume designer for over 100 films during the 1950s and
'60s including MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION (1954), PILLOW TALK (1959) and
BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICK (1971), who earned an Academy Award for his work on
costumes in SPARTACUS (1960), dies at 79.
1- Bill Colleran, one-time husband of actress
Lee Remick whose credits as an assistant film director whose include 13
RUE MADELEINE (1946) and BOOMERANG! (1947), dies of a stroke at age 77.
2- Bob Hope
reportedly has good vital signs after a bout of gastrointestinal bleeding
that hospitalized him in critical but stable condition. The
97-year-old entertainer received blood transfusions but no surgery was
necessary. Hope was taken to Eisenhower Regional Medical Center in
Rancho Mirage, California on June 1 and is expected to remain hospitalized
for a week because of his age.
5- Sybil Trent, veteran radio star of the Saturday-morning children's show
"Let's Pretend" from 1935-1954 who also appeared as a child star in such
films as KEEP 'EM ROLLING (1934), THE PEOPLE'S ENEMY (1935) and a series of
short films at Warner Bros.,
dies at 73.
7- Bob Hope is
released a day early from the hospital after being treated for intestinal
9- Aida Mulieri-Dagort, harpist under contract to
from 1942 to 1948 and for
Paramount from 1949 to 1968 whose music graced the soundtracks of such
classic films as THE MALTESE FALCON,
CASABLANCA (1942), BAMBI (1942), DUEL IN THE SUN (1946), VERTIGO (1958),
and BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
(1961), dies of a brain tumor at 82.
10- J. Watson Webb Jr., veteran film editor who rose to head the editing
department at 20th Century-Fox
and whose credits include work on A LETTER TO THREE WIVES (1949) with
Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell and Ann Sothern and DON'T BOTHER TO KNOCK
(1952) with Marilyn Monroe,
Richard Widmark and Anne Bancroft, dies at the age of 84.
11- Leo Gallo, actor who appeared in such films as PORK CHOP HILL (1959) and
PT 109 (1963) before becoming a television producer, dies of complications
from an aortic aneurysm at 71.
12- Carl Leon Nugent, longtime property master who began his career at
MGM, holding the Cowardly Lion's tail from the soundstage rafters with a
fishing pole as Dorothy and her trio skipped down the Yellow Brick Road in
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939), dies at 88.
13- The American Film Institute's list of the 100 funniest American movies
names Billy Wilder's SOME LIKE
IT HOT (1959) as America's funniest movie, followed by TOOTSIE (1982), DR.
STRANGELOVE (1964), ANNIE HALL (1977) and The Marx Brothers' DUCK SOUP
14- Liza Minnelli, classic musical star of such films as CABARET (1972),
continues to recover from a bout with pneumonia, according to a report by
16- Peter O'Toole,
seven-time Oscar nominee, begins shooting his newest film, THE FINAL
CURTAIN, in London, directed by Patrick Harkins and scheduled for release
sometime next year.
22- The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announces that classic actors Gloria
Stuart and Robert Wagner
will be among 23 entertainment celebrities who will get stars on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame next year.
24- David Tomlinson, British actor who appeared in over 50 films including
SO LONG AT THE FAIR (1950) and TOM JONES (1963), but was best known to
American audiences for his roles in such
classics as MARY POPPINS
(1964), THE LOVE BUG (1969) and BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS (1971), dies at 83.
29- Vittorio Gassman, handsome Italian actor whose long international career
included such American films as SOMBRERO (1953), RHAPSODY (1954) opposite
Elizabeth Taylor, and WAR AND PEACE (1956) with
Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda,
and who was also married to actress Shelley Winters during the 1950s, dies
of a heart attack at age 77.
30- Vic Damone, 72-year-old classic crooner who announced his impending
retirement in April, postpones the his farewell tour until the fall after
being hospitalized earlier in the week, suffering from severe exhaustion and
1- Walter Matthau, Oscar-winning
character actor who appeared in over seventy films including CHARADE (1963),
THE FORTUNE COOKIE (1966), THE ODD COUPLE (1968) with frequent co-star
Jack Lemmon, and HELLO, DOLLY! (1969), as well as two Best Actor
nominated performances during the 1970s, dies of a heart attack at age 79.
3- Harold Nicholas, younger member of the tap-dancing Nicholas Brothers who,
with his brother Fayard, appeared in more than 50 films between 1932 and
1989 including THE BIG BROADCAST OF 1936 (1935), DOWN ARGENTINE WAY (1940),
SUN VALLEY SERENADE (1941) and STORMY WEATHER (1943) which featured their
most famous screen number, "Jumpin' Jive," dies of heart failure following
surgery at the age of 79.
4- Sean Connery, veteran of six James Bond films and an Oscar nominee actor
for his performance in THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987), is knighted by Britain's
Queen Elizabeth II.
7- Alfonso Arau commits to direct the remake of
Orson Welles' 1942 film THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, which will be shot
using the original script embellished with scenes from the 1918 Pulitzer
Prize-winning Booth Tarkington novel which
adapted for his film. The movie will be filmed in two versions, a
theatrical feature for the international market as well as a four-hour
miniseries that will debut in the U.S. on A&E sometime next year.
14- Meredith MacRae, daughter of classic musical star
Gordon MacRae and an award-winning television talk show host who also
appeared in a handful of films during the 1950s and 1960s including BY THE
LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON (1953) and BEACH PARTY (1963) but was best known
for her role in TV's "Petticoat Junction," dies of brain cancer at 56.
16- Maureen Reagan, daughter of classic actor and former president
Ronald Reagan, now 89, reports to the Associated Press that her father's
Alzheimer's disease continues to worsen and he is no longer capable of
holding coherent conversations or working simple jigsaw puzzles.
- 16- Fay Alexander, trapeze artist and daredevil who doubled circus
stunts for a number of film stars including Cornel Wilde in
Cecil B. DeMille's THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (1951), Tony Curtis in
TRAPEZE (1955), Gilbert Roland in THE BIG CIRCUS (1959) and Martha Rae and
Doris Day in JUMBO (1962),
dies of lung cancer at 75.
19- James B. Clark, Oscar-nominated editor of such films as
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
(1941), ROXIE HART (1942), I WAS A MALE WAR BRIDE (1948) and AN AFFAIR TO
REMEMBER (1957), dies at 92.
21- The Doyle Auction House of New York announces an auction of properties
from the estates of James
Cagney and his wife Frances on September 26 which will include such
items as the 1942 Oscar
won for his portrayal of George M. Cohan in YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, his 1961
Bentley S2 four-door Saloon, paintings by the actor, and a diamond
engagement ring. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Frances and
21- Angela Lansbury, film,
television and stage star for over 50 years, withdraws from a new Broadway
musical, "The Visit," scheduled to open next spring, saying she needs to be
with her husband, Peter Shaw, as he recovers from heart surgery.
21- Lucille Ball, classic film and
TV comedienne, is honored with a stamp to be released by the U.S. Postal
Service in 2001 as part of its "Legends of Hollywood" series which has
already included Humphrey Bogart,
James Dean, Marilyn Monroe,
and James Cagney.
21- Bess Taffel, openly Communist screenwriter whose career included credits
for the films BADMAN'S TERRITORY (1946), A LIKELY STORY (1947) and ELOPEMENT
(1951) until she was blacklisted in Hollywood for refusing to answer to the
House Un-American Activities Committee, dies at 85.
22- James Lamarr Loder, 61-year-old estranged adopted son of actress
Lamarr who died in January, files a protest against his mother's will,
written three months before her death and in which she left him nothing,
claiming the actress was of unsound mind at the time.
25- Kim Novak, blonde beauty and star of such classic films as
Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO (1958), watches her one-story wood-frame
house in Eagle Point, Oregon go up in flames. The electrical fire
destroyed many of her personal effects, including the computer on which she
had been writing her autobiography. Novak reportedly has taken the
fire to be a sign that her story should not be told and will not complete
the book she has been writing for over a decade.
26- Don Weis, award-winning film and television director whose long career
included contributions to such MGM
films as THE AFFAIRS OF DOBIE GILLIS (1953) and TV series like "Alfred
Hitchcock Presents," "Perry Mason," "The Love Boat," and "M*A*S*H," dies at
30- Max Showalter, prolific character actor in movies and theater whose film
appearances (for which he was often credited as "Casey Adams") included WHAT
PRICE GLORY (1952), NIAGARA (1953), THE MUSIC MAN (1962) and SEX AND
THE SINGLE GIRL (1964), dies at 83.
Heston's publicist announces that the 76-year-old Oscar-winning actor
spent three weeks in an alcohol rehabilitation program last spring after his
social drinking got out of hand.
Heston checked himself into a facility in Utah from late May to
mid-June, but is now back a work, speaking, promoting the National Rifle
Association and completing work on a new film, TOWN AND COUNTRY.
4- The Writers Guild of America West corrects the credits for eight
blacklisted writers on 14 films released between 1951 and 1964. The
late Oscar-winning writer Dalton Trumbo received credit for seven films:
TERROR IN A TEXAS TOWN (1958), THE BOSS (1956), THE GREEN-EYED BLONDE
(1957), HE RAN ALL THE WAY (1951), THE BRAVE ONE (1956) and THE PROWLER
(1951). Other revisions included: Bernard Gordon, story credit
for 1964's CIRCUS WORLD; Carl Foreman, credit for BORN FOR TROUBLE; Ben
Barzman, credit for IT HAPPENED IN PARIS (1953) and STRANGER ON THE PROWL
(1951); Cyril Endfield, credit for THE MASTER PLAN (1955); Hugo Butler,
credit with Trumbo for THE PROWLER (1951) and HE RAN ALL THE WAY (1951);
Butler and Ring Lardner Jr., credit for THE BIG NIGHT; Paul Jarrico, credit
for THE MAN WHO WATCHED TRAINS GO BY (1953).
4- Ann-Margret, 1960s sex-kitten and teen musical star, announces her plans
to star in "The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas" which will debut in
February 2001 and tour the U.S. for a year.
Taylor, 68-year-old Oscar-winning actress, is admitted to Cedar Sinai
Medical Center with a mild case of pneumonia.
5- Sir Alec Guinness, versatile British character actor and leading man who
won two Academy Awards and a whose 65 year career included roles in such
films as GREAT EXPECTATIONS (1946), KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS (1949), THE
BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957),
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962), DR. ZHIVAGO (1965) and STAR WARS (1977), dies
6- Don Ettlinger, screenwriter during the 1930s and '40s whose credits
include such Shirley Temple
vehicles as REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM (1938) and YOUNG PEOPLE (1940), dies
from complications following chemotherapy at 86.
Taylor is released from the hospital after being treated for a mild case
10- Joan Marsh, child actress in Mary Pickford's silent films who returned
to the screen as a blond bombshell in light romantic comedies of the 1930s
and 1940s, dies at 86.
12- Loretta Young, elegant
classic star of over 90 films including THE BISHOP'S WIFE (1946) and THE
FARMER'S DAUGHTER (1947) for which she won an Academy Award for Best
Actress, dies of ovarian cancer at 87.
15- Robert E. Swink, editor who frequently worked with director
and garnered three Oscar nominations during his 50-year career for his work
on ROMAN HOLIDAY
(1953), FUNNY GIRL (1968) and THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (1978), dies at 82.
- 19- Ann-Margret, 1960s teen musical star, suffers four cracked ribs
and a broken arm during a motorcycle accident outside a racetrack in
Brainerd, Minnesota, but will be able to begin rehearsals in December for
the U.S. tour of "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."
22- Jacques Wellington Rupp, retired Disney designer who designed the
settings for the 1955 animated feature LADY AND THE TRAMP, dies of cancer at
25- Carl Barks, the Disney illustrator credited with giving Donald Duck his
distinctive feisty and comical personality as well as creating Duckburg and
Donald's nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, dies of leukemia at the age of 99.
25- Wathel Rogers, Disney "Imagineer" whose animation credits include such
films as PINOCCHIO (1940), BAMBI (1942), CINDERELLA (1950), PETER PAN
(1953), and SLEEPING BEAUTY (1959), and who later went on to design rides
and attractions for the studio's theme parks, dies at age 80.
- 25- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences files suit against
L.A. memorabilia shop Star Wares to prevent the sale of
Judy Garland's 1939 juvenile Oscar which was consigned to the shop by
Garland's ex-husband Sidney Luft. The Academy argues that an
agreement the late actress signed in 1958 gives it the right to buy the
statuette for just $10 before it is offered anywhere else.
- 29- Jackie Gleason, robust classic actor who appeared in such films as
THE HUSTLER (1961) but was best known for his role as Ralph Kramden, the
bus driver, in the 1950s sitcom "The Honeymooners," is immortalized with
an 8-foot bronze statue unveiled in front of New York's Port Authority Bus
- 29- Rose Hobart, actress of the 1930s and 1940s who appeared in such
films as CONFLICT (1945) with Humphrey
Bogart but was blacklisted in 1949, dies at the age of 94.
- 30- Sy Gomberg, composer who wrote the
film SUMMER STOCK (1950) with George Wells, has adapted the musical
for the stage with seven added songs by Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen.
The show debuts September 1 at the Western Stage in Salinas, California
before moving to Broadway.
- 30- Joseph H. Lewis, director of B movies for Republic Pictures during
Hollywood's Golden Era whose most lauded work included MY NAME IS JULIA
ROSS (1945), GUN CRAZY (1950), THE BIG COMBO (1955) and TERROR IN A TEXAS
TOWN (1958), dies at about age 93.
- 31- Lucille Fletcher, radio writer whose dramas including "Sorry,
Wrong Number" (1948 with Burt
Lancaster), "Once Upon a Time" (1944 with
Cary Grant) and "Blindfold" (1965 with
Rock Hudson) all became noted Hollywood films, dies at 88.
2- Curt Siodmak, writer who created the classic monster THE WOLF MAN
(1941) and subsequent series of films starring Lon Chaney Jr., and
shaped the horror and science fiction genre through his films and
novels in the 1940s and '50s, dies at 98.
3- Edward Anhalt, screenwriter who won Academy Awards for his work
on BECKET (1964) and PANIC IN THE STREETS (1950), dies of cancer at
the age of 86.
- 6- ABC announces plans for a 2-hour television version of
Shirley Temple's first autobiography, "Child Star," which will follow
Temple's career through age 15. Producer Paula Hart also
announces plans for a remake of
Temple's 1947 comedy THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBYSOXER which originally
starred Myrna Loy and
- 6- Simon & Schuster announces they will push up the publication of "My
Father's Daughter" by Tina Sinatra, about her father,
Frank Sinatra, to October 10.
- 7- Elia Kazan,
Oscar-winning director of such classic films as
A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN (1945), A
STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951) and ON THE WATERFRONT (1954), celebrates his
- 14- Beah Richards, veteran stage performer and character actresses
whose film work included an Oscar-nominated performance as
Sidney Poitier's mother
in GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER? (1967) and a noted performance as the
abortionist in IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967), dies of emphysema at 74.
- 15- Sotheby's auction house announces plans for an auction of hundreds
of props and memorabilia personally collected by actor Clayton Moore, who
besides film appearances, was most famous for his 1950s television role as
the Lone Ranger. Sotheby's intends to conduct the auction via the
Internet between October 20 and 31.
- 15- Producer Robert Halmi announces intentions to remake the classic
tale "Thief of Baghdad,'' of which two film versions under the title THE
THIEF OF BAGDAD (one from 1924 starring Douglas Fairbanks and one from
1940 starring Sabu) already exist. Shooting an at an undetermined
overseas locale is set to start February 1.
- 17- Ruth Lewis, actress in the 1940s who had bit parts in a number of
films, including THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO (1944), THE LADY TAKES A SAILOR
(1949) and WHERE DANGER LIVES (1950), before becoming a Hollywood gossip
columnist in the 1950s for the Los Angeles Daily News, dies of cancer at
- 19- Ann Doran, veteran character actress who appeared in approximately
500 motion pictures over the course of her 8-decade career, including
roles as James Dean's mother in
REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955), a panic-stricken wife in THE HIGH AND THE
MIGHTY (1954), and Betty Hutton's twin in HERE COME THE WAVES (1944), dies
at age 89.
- 21- Robert W. Campbell (also know as R. Wright Campbell), author and
screenwriter whose 23-year Hollywood career included work on such films as
FIVE GUNS WEST (1955), MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES (1957), MACHINE GUN KELLY
(1958) and THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964), dies at 73.
- 23- Mickey
Rooney, four-time Oscar nominee and veteran screen actor who has
appeared in over 350 films, celebrates his 80th birthday.
- 26- Carmen Robertson, former child actress who began appearing in
movies as an infant under the name Carmencita Johnson and whose credits
include appearances in THE WIND (1928) and QUALITY STREET (1937), and
later, as a teenager, parts in
water ballets and an uncredited role in A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951), dies
after a car accident at 77.
- 27- Chicago officials shut down the city's historic Biograph theater,
where, in 1934 federal agents gunned down gangster John Dillinger after a
showing of MANHATTAN MELODRAMA.
6- Peter Turgeon, noted stage actor, writer and director whose dozen
film appearances included roles in such films as MUSCLE BEACH PARTY
(1964) and AIRPORT (1970), dies at age 80.
- 8- Liza Minnelli, daughter of actress
Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli, who won a Best Actress
Oscar for CABARET (1972), is hospitalized in Florida, apparently suffering
from the brain disease encephalitis.
10- Emile Kuri, Oscar-winning set decorator for
William Wyler's THE HEIRESS (1949) as well as for
Disney's 1954 classic 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA who also
influenced the look of many attractions at Disneyland, dies at 93.
10- Rod Steiger, Oscar-winning star of IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
(1967) and ON THE WATERFRONT (1954), marries actress Joan Benedict
in Reno, Nevada.
- 11- Sam O'Steen, thrice Oscar-nominated film editor best known for his
work with director Mike Nichols on such films as WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA
WOOLF? (1966), THE GRADUATE (1967) and CATCH-22 (1970), dies of a heart
attack at 76.
Debbie Reynolds, Shirley MacLaine and Joan Collins finish
shooting a new two-hour singing and dancing TV-movie called "These
Old Broads'' scheduled to air on ABC next February.
13- Jean Peters, 20th Century-Fox
contract player whose played leading roles in such films as IT
HAPPENS EVERY SPRING (1949), VIVA ZAPATA! (1952), PICKUP ON SOUTH
STREET (1953), NIAGARA (1953), BROKEN LANCE (1954) and THREE COINS
IN THE FOUNTAIN (1954) before abandoning her career after a
secretive marriage to billionaire Howard Hughes in 1957, dies of
leukemia at 73.
15- Vincent Canby, movie critic for the New York Times for 28
years who was known for his sophisticated, often wryly humorous
reviews, dies of cancer at 76.
16- Liza Minnelli, 54-year-old stage and screen actress, is
discharged from the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Fort Lauderdale
after eight days of treatment for stroke-like symptoms.
17- Walter Shenson, film producer whose most famous credits included
the Beatles' films A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (1964) and HELP! (1965), dies
18- Julie London, sultry singer and movie actress whose film
appearances, after several bit roles in the 1940s, included starring
roles in THE GREAT MAN (1956), MAN OF THE WEST (1958), THE THIRD
VOICE (1960) and THE GEORGE RAFT STORY (1961), dies at 74.
- 18- Gwen Verdon, four-time Tony-winning Broadway musical legend who
appeared as a specialty dancer in a number of films during the 1950s
before recreating her Broadway role of "Lola" in the film version of DAMN
YANKEES! (1958), dies at 75.
- 18- Richard Hepburn, playwright and the younger brother of
who lived with his sister at the family's Connecticut home
overlooking the Long Island Sound, dies at age 89.
- 18- Sidney Salkow, director of more than 50 motion pictures between
1935 and 1965 including a number of early Three Stooges and
Bing Crosby films for
in the early '30s, dies at 89.
- 19- Liza Minnelli, Oscar-winning screen actress, is readmitted to the
Cleveland Clinic Florida for further treatment of complications resulting
from her viral encephalitis.
19- Actress-producer Ellia English announces plans to produce a film
based on the life of
Hattie McDaniel, classic supporting character in such films as
GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) and SINCE YOU WENT AWAY (1944) and the
first black performer to win an Academy Award. English
obtained film rights from Carlton Jackson, who wrote
Hattie: The Life of Hattie McDaniel (1989).
- 20- Arthur Roland Tovey, longtime Hollywood extra and bit actor who
doubled for Leslie Howard in
GONE WITH THE WIND
(1939), dies at 95.
- 21- Maureen O'Hara,
classic Hollywood leading lady of the 1940s and '50s, is honored with a
career achievement award at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis as
a filmmaker "whose work explores the human journey by artistically
expressing hope and respect for the positive value of life."
O'Hara's latest TV movie, "The Last Dance", is scheduled to air
October 29 on CBS.
- 23- Liza Minnelli, stage and screen actress, is "recovering well and
we expect to release her in a few days" according to a statement made by a
spokesperson for the Cleveland Clinic Florida where she is being treated
for viral encephalitis, a potentially deadly brain inflammation.
- 23- Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, former stars of the 1960s
beach party movies, sue Macy's and its parent company, Federated
Department Store, for using their photos in a brochure without their
permission. The actors claim they have suffered embarrassment and
humiliation from the unauthorized display of their photos from the beach
party movies and are demanding reparations.
- 23- Edward G. Robinson,
classic star of such films as LITTLE CAESAR (1930), DOUBLE INDEMNITY
(1944) and KEY LARGO (1948), is honored by the United States Postal
Service with a commemorative stamp at a ceremony attended by
Charlton Heston, Karl Malden,
Nanette Fabray and Florence Henderson among others.
- 23- ABC announces plans for a made-for-TV version of Meredith
Willson's 1957 Tony-winning musical "The Music Man", set to air next year
and star Matthew Broderick with Sarah Jessica Parker.
Robert Preston and
Shirley Jones starred in the 1962
Warner Bros. film version.
- 25- Shelley Fabares, actress who played
Donna Reed's teenage
daughter on "The Donna Reed Show" before beginning a film career which
included three movies with Elvis Presley, undergoes liver transplant
surgery in the Los Angeles area. Fabares suffered a deterioration of
her liver as the result of an "auto-immune'' disorder and is expected to
make a full recovery.
- 26- Muriel Evans, blonde Hollywood film actress who appeared in over
40 films during the 1930s and '40s but was best known for her roles
opposite such western stars as Hopalong Cassidy, Buck Jones and Tom Mix,
dies of colon cancer at age 90.
- 30- Steve Allen, well-known TV comedian who also portrayed legendary
jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman opposite
Donna Reed in the 1955 motion picture THE BENNY GOODMAN STORY, dies at
- 30- Suzanne Lloyd Hayes, granddaughter of silent film comic Harold
Lloyd, files a $50 million lawsuit against the Walt Disney Co., alleging
that it copied its 1998 hit THE WATERBOY from Lloyd's 1924 classic THE
FRESHMAN, violating federal copyright law.
- 31- Ring Lardner Jr., screenwriter who won an Oscar for best original
screenplay in 1942 for WOMAN OF THE YEAR starring
Katharine Hepburn and Spencer
Tracy, and another in 1970 for his work on the movie M*A*S*H*, and who
was also the last surviving member of the Hollywood Ten, dies of cancer at
3- Leonardo Benvenuti, Italian screenwriter whose 200 film scripts
included such classics as Sergio Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA
(1984) and Vittorio De Sica's MARRIAGE, ITALIAN STYLE (1964), dies
at age 77 of complications after heart bypass surgery.
4- Mary Sinclair, noted performer on such live television drama
programs in the 1950s as "Playhouse 90," "Studio One" and "The U.S.
Steel Hour" who also appeared in ARROWHEAD (1953) starring
Charlton Heston, dies at
4- Frances Mercer, raven-haired model and
RKO ingénue of the 1930s who
appeared in such films as VIVACIOUS LADY (1938) and
THE STORY OF VERNON AND IRENE CASTLE (1939) before moving on to
appear in Broadway musicals and on television, dies of heart failure
7- The Theatre Hall of Fame announces plans to induct several new
honorees including classic films stars actress Liza Minnelli and
actress- playwright June Havoc at a ceremony on January 29.
8- Edgar "Eddie" Bethune Ward, husband for 65 years of actress Jane
Wyatt who appeared in numerous films during the 1940s and gained
popularity during the 1950s as co-star with Robert Young of TV's
"Father Knows Best", dies at 93.
14- Roberta Weiner, costume designer for stars such as
Bette Davis who began
her career as an assistant to Edith Head and whose costume design
film credits include 1981's THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WOMAN, dies at
14- Warner Bros.
Pictures announces plans to remake the 1941 romantic comedy LOVE
CRAZY which originally starred
William Powell and
Myrna Loy. Jon Lucas and
Scott Moore have been signed to rewrite.
14- Burr Smidt, art director for television, Broadway and motion
pictures who earned Academy Award nominations for his work on
REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT (1962) and A THOUSAND CLOWNS (1965), dies
- 19- Lauren Bacall,
76-year-old sultry classic actress of the 1940s and '50s, is honored with
a lifetime achievement award at Stockholm, Sweden's 11th annual film
Teresa Wright, Oscar-winning star of such films as
MRS. MINIVER (1942) and
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946), is honored by the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at a special tribute at Lincoln Center.
- 22- Christian Marquand, French actor and director whose 50 film
appearances included Jean Cocteau's LA BELLE ET LA BETE (1945) (a.k.a.
Beauty and the Beast), QUAI DES ORFEVRES (1947), AND GOD CREATED WOMAN
(1956) and APOCALYPSE NOW (1979), dies at age 73.
- 23- Bernard Vorhaus, B-movie director at Republic Studios from the
late 1930s through the 1950s when his career was cut short by
anti-Communist blacklisting, dies at approximately age 95.
- 27- Anne Barton, motion picture, television and theater actress from
the 1950s through the 1970s who appeared in supporting roles in such films
as THE LEFT-HANDED GUN (1958), WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962) and
THE WAY WEST (1967), dies at age 72.
- 28- Jack
Lemmon, 75-year-old Oscar-winning star of such films as SOME LIKE IT
HOT (1959), THE APARTMENT (1960) and DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (1962),
receives the 12th annual Spencer Tracy Award for dramatic achievement.
- 28- Paul Robeson, pioneering black singer and entertainer who
immortalized "Old Man River" in
SHOW BOAT (1936), is celebrated at a gala
tribute in New Jersey by such celebrities as Whitney Houston, James Earl
Jones and Ossie Davis.
- 29- George Wells, screenwriter who won an Oscar for his work on
DESIGNING WOMEN (1957) and also wrote, co-wrote and produced more than two
dozen musicals and comedies for MGM
between 1943 and 1970 including TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME (1949), dies
- 29- Liane Haid, Austria's first film star, whose most films included
silents like LADY HAMILTON (1921) and DAS LIED IST AUS (1930) (a.k.a.
The Song is Ended), dies at her home in Switzerland at the age of
1- Jonathan Demme announces plans to direct THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE, a
retitled remake of Stanley Donen's
1963 thriller CHARADE which starred
Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant,
which should go into production for Universal in the spring of 2001.
3- Anne Pearce Kramer, writer, film executive and former wife of
Kramer who served as creative consultant, associate producer, story
editor, casting director and dialogue director on many of his films,
including HIGH NOON (1952), THE CAINE MUTINY (1954), THE PRIDE AND THE
PASSION (1957) and ON THE BEACH (1959), dies at age 74.
3- Angela Lansbury,
75-year-old Tony award winner for her performances in "Mame" and "Gypsy"
on Broadway and two-time Oscar nominee for her movie roles in GASLIGHT
(1944) and THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962), is honored alongside Mikhail
Baryshnikov, Placido Domingo, Clint Eastwood and Chuck Berry at the
Kennedy Center Honors in Washington D.C.
6- Werner Klemperer, actor whose film credits included THE GODDESS
(1958), JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG (1961) and SHIP OF FOOLS (1965), but who
was best known for his role as Klink in TV's "Hogan's Heroes" which
aired on CBS from 1965 to 1971, dies at 80.
7- Writer/director Steve Brill announces that he is in final
negotiations to write and direct Adam Sandler's upcoming picture "Deeds"
-- a "homage" to Frank Capra's
1936 classic MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN. According to Brill, although
the new film draws from the Capra
film as inspiration, the script bears little relation to the original
film so the new picture will bear an original title and not be
considered a remake.
- 9- Marina Koshetz, opera and movie star whose screen appearances
throughout the 1940s, '50s and '60s included roles in such films as PEOPLE
WILL TALK (1935), NO LOVE, NO LEAVE (1946), ON THE RIVIERA (1951) and THE
SINGING NUN (1965), dies at 88.
- 10- Marie Windsor, actress best known for playing strong, independent
women in such film noir classics as FORCE OF EVIL (1948), THE NARROW
MARGIN (1952) and THE KILLING (1956) and was eventually dubbed "Queen of
the B's" for her notable performances in many second-rate films, dies a
day short of her 81st birthday.
- 11- Gloria Somborn Daly, daughter of legendary actress Gloria Swanson
and restaurateur Herbert Somborn, who inherited and ran her father's
historic hat-shaped Brown Derby restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard in
Hollywood, dies of brain cancer at 80.
- 11- N. Richard Nash, playwright and screenwriter best known for his
three-act play and subsequent movie THE RAINMAKER (1956) which starred
and Katharine Hepburn,
dies at age 87.
- 12- George Montgomery, a brawny leading man best remembered for
playing rough-riding cowboys in Westerns like THE CISCO KID AND THE LADY
(1940), but who later starred in musicals and romantic comedies and was
married to the late singer Dinah Shore for 19 years, dies at age 84.
12- Libertad Lamarque, legendary Latin American actress and tango singer
who began her career in silent films in Argentina and later became part
of the Mexican cinema's Golden Age of the 1940s, dies of respiratory
failure at 92.
15- Director Oliver Stone announces plans for a Showtime movie about the
1981 assassination attempt against U.S. President and former Hollywood
Reagan entitled "The Day Reagan Got Shot." The film is slated to
start filming next month.
16- Pauline Curley (Peach), silent movie siren whose forty films during
the 1910s and '20s included appearances opposite Douglas Fairbanks in
BOUND IN MOROCCO (1918) and THE TURN IN THE ROAD (1919) as well as THE
FALL OF THE ROMANOFFS (1917), dies at the age of 97.
Debbie Reynolds, 68-year-old classic star of such musicals as
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952),
purchases a hacienda-style Hollywood home once owned by screenwriter
Charles Bennett who wrote
Alfred Hitchcock's FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT (1940) as well as
Cecil B. DeMille's REAP THE WILD WIND (1942) in the three-bedroom
- 17- Gerard Blain, French actor and filmmaker who first appeared in LES
ENFANTS DU PARADIS (1945) and later made his mark in such New Wave films
as LE BEAU SERGE (1958) and LES COUSINS (1959) before turning to
directing, dies at 70.
- 17- Barney McNulty, brother of "Blondie" actress Penny Singleton who
made a name for himself in Hollywood as "the king of the cue cards,"
having created and flipped cards for such comic luminaries as
Ed Wynn, Bob Hope, George Burns,
Jimmy Durante and Dorothy Lamour, dies at the age of 77.
- 18- Nick Stewart, comic actor who voiced of Br'er Bear in
Disney's animated SONG OF THE
SOUTH (1946) and later played "Lightnin'" on TV's "Amos 'n' Andy" in the
early 1950s before founding Los Angeles' Ebony Showcase Theater, dies at
- 20- Mickey
Rooney, 80-year-old former MGM
child star, undergoes multiple bypass heart surgery to clear a blockage
and is expected to be released from the hospital on Christmas Day.
- 23- Billy Barty, 3-foot, 9-inch entertainer whose 7-decade career
encompassed vaudeville, radio, television, videos, nightclubs, and such
films as Busby Berkeley's FOOTLIGHT PARADE (1933) and GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933
(1933), NOTHING SACRED (1937) (when he bit
Frederic March on the leg) and on through WILLOW (1988), dies of heart
failure at 76.
- 23- Victor Borge, comical musician whose American film appearances
included a bit part in THE STORY OF DR. WASSELL (1944) and HIGHER AND
HIGHER (1944), dies at 91.
- 25- Mickey
Rooney is released from the hospital following bypass surgery and
promises to be back on the road in February with his wife, Jan, in their
"One Man - One Wife'' stage show.
- 26- Leo Gordon, tough-guy actor famous for playing villains in
numerous westerns including HONDO (1953) and RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11 (1954)
as well as several western TV shows in the 1950s and '60s, dies at the age
- 26- Jason Robards, two-time Academy Award winning actor whose
distinguished career included work on stage, television and in such films
as LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (1962), A THOUSAND CLOWNS (1965), DIVORCE
AMERICAN STYLE (1967), ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968), ALL THE
PRESIDENT'S MEN (1976) and JULIA (1977), dies of cancer at 78.
- 27- The National Film Registry, an effort by the National Film
Preservation Board to save from extinction American movies that are
"culturally, historically or aesthetically significant", announces 25 new
titles to be restored in the coming year, including
Universal's DRACULA (1931), Mervyn LeRoy's LITTLE CAESAR (1930) with
Edward G. Robinson, MGM's LOVE
FINDS ANDY HARDY (1930), George
Cukor's A STAR IS BORN (1954) with
Judy Garland and
James Mason, and
Frank Capra's series of World War II public service announcements "Why
We Fight'' (1943-45).
- 29- Ingmar Bergman, 82-year-old Swedish director of such classics as
THE SEVENTH SEAL (1957) and AUTUMN SONATA (1978), tells the tabloid
Expressen that he is finished making films. Bergman's last film
was FANNY AND ALEXANDER (1982).
- 30- Julius Epstein, prolific Oscar-winning screenwriter whose
approximately 50 produced screenplays over his 60 year career included
Warner Bros. classics as THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE (1941),
(1942), THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER (1942), ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (1944)
and MR. SKEFFINGTON (1944), many written with his brother Philip, dies at
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