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- 31- Paula Raymond, leading lady and supporting player at
MGM in the early 1950s who appeared in CRISIS (1950), DEVIL'S DOORWAY
(1950), DUCHESS OF IDAHO (1950) and later THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS
(1953) before moving into television, dies at the age of 79.
- 30- Francis Thompson, prolific documentary producer and director who
won an Oscar in 1965 for the short film TO BE ALIVE, dies of pneumonia at
- 30- The U.S. Postal Service unveils a new series of first class stamps
featuring Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Bambi and Thumper, Donald
Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Simba and Pinocchio set to go on sale in the summer
- 30- Patricia Roc, one of Britain's top 10 box-office stars for ten
consecutive years during the 1940s and '50s best known for her work in
films like MILLIONS LIKE US (1943), THE WICKED LADY (1945), THE BROTHERS
(1947) and WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS (1947), dies at the age of 88.
- 28- Lou Jacobi, portly, balding character actor whose film work has
included roles in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (1959), IRMA LA DOUCE (1963),
and ROSELAND (1977), celebrates his 90th birthday.
- 27- Alan Bates, British stage and screen actor whose film work
included THE ENTERTAINER (1960), ZORBA THE GREEK (1964), GEORGY GIRL
(1966) and FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD (1967), dies of pancreatic cancer
- 25- Tony Martin, husband of actress
Cyd Charisse and pop
music vocalist of the 1940s and '50s whose film appearances have included
roles in CABASH (1948), HERE COME THE GIRLS (1953) and HIT THE DECK
(1955), celebrates his 90th birthday.
- 25- Dick Miller, short, craggy-faced actor best known for his roles in
B-movies of the 1950s and '60s including IT CONQUERED THE WORLD (1956), A
BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959) and THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960), celebrates
his 75th birthday.
- 22- Wah Ming Chang, Academy Award-winning animator, costume designer
and special effects artist whose seven decades of work in Hollywood
included animation work for
Disney, costumes for THE
KING AND I (1956) and CLEOPATRA (1963), and special effects for THE TIME
MACHINE (1960) and THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM (1962), dies
- 19- Les Tremayne, legendary voice of the Golden Age of Radio in the
1930s and '40s whose film appearances included roles in THE WAR OF THE
WORLDS (1953) and NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1963), dies at 90.
- 19- Hope Lange, Oscar- and Emmy-nominated film and television actress
whose movie appearances included roles in PEYTON PLACE (1957), THE YOUNG
LIONS (1958) and WILD IN THE COUNTRY (1961), dies of an intestinal
inflammation at the age of 70.
- 17- Bob Hope,
late legendary entertainer whose best-known film work included the series
of "ROAD" films with
Bing Crosby, is memorialized with
the renaming of Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport to Bob Hope Airport.
- 16- Broadway producers Richard Kaye and Chandler Warren announce plans
for a new show entitled "Garbo ... the Musical" written by Mort Garson and
Buddy Kaye and based on the life of legendary actress
- 16- The National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress
announces 25 films slated to be preserved in 2004 by the National Film
Registry, including such classics as THE SON OF THE SHEIK (1926), THE
WEDDING MARCH (1928), GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 (1933), TARZAN ANDHIS MATE
(1934), NAUGHTY MARIETTA (1935), YOUNG MR. LINCOLN (1939), NATIONAL VELVET
(1944), WHITE HEAT (1949), BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969), and
- 16- Madlyn Rhue, veteran television character actress whose film
appearances of the 1960s included roles in OPERATION PETTICOAT (1959) and
IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963), dies of complications from
multiple sclerosis at 68.
- 14- Jeanne Crain, petite
brunette leading actress of the 1940s and '50s best known for her roles in
STATE FAIR (1945), CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN (1950), PEOPLE WILL TALK (1951)
and PINKY (1949) for which she earned an Oscar nomination, dies of a heart
attack at 78.
- 12- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced that
filmmaker Blake Edwards,
director of such films as
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
(1961), THE GREAT RACE (1965) and VICTOR/VICTORIA (1982) starring his
wife Julie Andrews,
will receive an Honorary Award at the 2004 Academy Awards ceremony "in
recognition of his writing, directing and producing an extraordinary body
of work for the screen."
- 10- Sean McClory, Irish-born actor whose dozens of films and
television appearances in the United States included roles in
THE QUIET MAN (1952), RING OF FEAR (1954) and THE LONG GRAY LINE
(1955), dies at age 79.
- 8- Lewis M. Allen, film and theatrical producer responsible for movies
like THE CONNECTION (1962), Francois Truffaut's FARENHEIT 451 (1966) and
LORD OF THE FLIES (1963), dies of pancreatic cancer at age 81.
- 5- Sol Leon, an executive vice president of the William Morris agency
whose 60-year career representing major entertainment and literary figures
included relationships with the likes of
Loretta Young and
Dick Van Dyke, dies at the age of
- 3- Ellen Drew, contract actress at
Paramount during the
1940s whose film work included roles in such films as
CHRISTMAS IN JULY (1940), THE REMARKABLE ANDREW (1942) and MAN IN THE
SADDLE (1951), dies at age 89.
- 3- David Hemmings, British actor who began his career as a teen singer
and was later best known for his roles in BLOWUP (1966), CAMELOT (1967)
and BARBARELLA (1968), dies on the set of a film in Romania at age 62.
- 30- Efrem Zimbalist Jr., stage, film and television actor best known
for TV's "77 Sunset Strip" in the 1960s as well as movies like HOUSE OF
STRANGERS (1949) and WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967), celebrates his 85th birthday.
- 28- Edmund L. Hartmann, veteran Hollywood screenwriter who wrote zany
Bob Hope, Dean Martin & Jerry
Lewis, and the Three Stooges, including THE PALEFACE (1948), dies at 92.
- 24- The U.S. Postal Service announces its 2004 roster of new stamps
including commemoratives honoring actor Paul Robeson, composer
Henry Mancini and dramatist/screenwriter Moss Hart.
- 22- David Stern III, former newspaper publisher and author of the
novel Francis, the Talking Mule which inspired a series of movies
in the 1950s starring
Donald O'Connor and the
voice of Chill Wills, dies at age 94.
- 22- David Holt, former child actor and later jazz songwriter whose
youthful film roles included playing
Elizabeth Taylor's older
brother in THE COURAGE OF LASSIE (1946), Sidney Sawyer in THE ADVENTURES
OF TOM SAWYER (1938) and the crippled boy for whom the Lou Gehrig hit a
home run in THE PRIDE OF THE
YANKEES (1942), dies at 76.
- 22- Arthur Hiller, Canadian-born film and television director whose
movie credits include THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY (1964), LOVE STORY
(1970) and MAN OF LA MANCHA (1972), celebrates his 80th birthday.
- 20- Henry Fonda, late
Oscar-winning star of such films as THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940), TWELVE
ANGRY MEN (1957) and ON GOLDEN POND (1981) who began his career at the
Omaha Community Playhouse in Nebraska, is honored with the renaming of a
street in Omaha as Henry Fonda Drive.
- 18- The American Film Institute announces plans for the seventh
installment of its "AFI's 100" series of lists, dubbed "AFI's 100 Years
... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies," which will rank
the 100 best songs in U.S. cinema. A three-hour program announcing
the results of the poll will air on CBS in June.
- 18- Mickey Mouse, legendary cartoon character created by
Walt Disney who made his screen debut in the animated short film
STEAMBOAT WILLIE which premiered on November 18, 1928, celebrates his 75th
year in entertainment.
- 16- Albert Nozaki, Oscar-nominated art director whose nearly
four-decade career at
included work on THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953) and THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
(1956), dies of pneumonia at 91.
- 15- Boris Karloff's original contract for FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
($12,925) and a model of a dinosaur used in KING KONG (1933) ($41,125) are
among hundreds of items from classic Hollywood horror films auctioned off
by Julien Entertainment.
- 15- Officials in Timisoara, Romania, birthplace of Johnny Weissmuller,
the late Olympic swimmer-turned-actor best known for playing Tarzan in a
series of films during the 1930s and '40s, announce plans to commemorate
Weissmuller's 100th birthday in June.
- 14- Pat Boone, actor, singer and occasional songwriter whose best
known movies of the 1950s include APRIL LOVE (1957), JOURNEY TO THE CENTER
OF THE EARTH (1959) and STATE FAIR (1962), celebrates his 50th wedding
anniversary with his wife Shirley.
- 14- Kathleen Hughes, buxom blonde B-movie actress whose film
appearances included MR. BELVEDERE GOES TO COLLEGE (1949), THE GLASS WEB
(1953) and IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953), celebrates her 75th birthday.
- 12- Penny Singleton, actress best known for playing the comic strip
character Blondie in 28 films between 1938 and 1950, and who was also the
voice of the mother on the television cartoon "The Jetsons," dies of
complications from a stroke at age 95.
- 9- Fred J. Brown, Oscar-nominated film and television sound editor
whose movie credits included ELMER GANTRY (1960) and THE EXORCIST (1973),
dies at age 68.
- 9- The Lancaster, California childhood home of
Judy Garland, star of such
classic MGM musicals as
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) and
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS
(1944), catches fire and burns, causing $175,000 worth of damage.
Garland's family lived in the
house in the early 1930s.
- 8- Henry 'Phace' Roberts, tap dancer who performed with the Copasetics
on television and in such films as CABIN IN THE SKY (1943), STORMY WEATHER
(1943) and THE COTTON CLUB (1984), dies at 92.
Debbie Reynolds, 71-year-old star of such films as
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952)
and TAMMY AND THE BACHELOR (1957), announces plans for a December 6
auction of 300 movie costumes and props from her collection in an effort
to raise money for the Hollywood Motion Picture Museum which she hopes
will be a permanent home for the rest of her Hollywood collection.
- 5- Dorothy Fay Ritter, actress best known for playing opposite such
western stars of the 1930s and '40s as Buck Jones, William "Wild Bill"
Elliott and Tex Ritter, whom she later married, and who was also the
mother of TV sitcom star John Ritter, dies at 88.
- 3- "Singular Sensations," a new series of Broadway evenings with stars
of the musical stage and screen, opens with a week of performances by
Carol Channing, Oscar-nominated star of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (1967)
but best known for Broadway's "Hello, Dolly!" Other stars scheduled
for "Singular Sensations" runs include Kitty Carlisle Hart,
Shirley Jones, Mickey Rooney,
Jane Powell and
Sally Ann Howes.
- 3- John Barry, five-time
Oscar-winning composer of scores for such films as BORN FREE (1966), THE
LION IN WINTER (1968), SOMEWHERE IN TIME (1980) and OUT OF AFRICA (1985),
celebrates his 70th birthday.
- 30- Gregory Peck,
late Oscar-winning star of such films as TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH (1950) and TO
KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962), is remembered by contemporaries
Lauren Bacall, George
Stevens Jr., Elmer
Bernstein, Angie Dickinson and Jane Fonda at a special tribute hosted
by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
- 30- Daily Variety reports that
Lee, 90-year-old actress whose film work has included
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (1941) and FLYING TIGERS (1942), has been
unceremoniously dismissed from TV's "General Hospital," the soap opera on
which she has played Lila Quartermaine for 25 years, the last five of
which she has spent in a wheel chair due after an auto accident.
- 27- Teresa Wright,
Oscar-winning stage and screen actress best know for her roles in such
films as THE LITTLE FOXES (1941),
MRS. MINIVER (1942), THE PRIDE
OF THE YANKEES (1942), SHADOW OF
A DOUBT (1943) and THE
BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946), celebrates her 85th birthday.
- 27- Hollywood dance legends
Charisse, Fayard Nicholas, the late
Donald O'Connor and the late Gregory Hines, are among the honorees at
"Gotta Dance! A Dance Tribute to Hollywood," the 9th annual gala of Career
Transition for Dancers. Other classic dancers in attendance included
Arlene Dahl, Jane Powell,
Marge Champion and swimming star
- 27- "Never Gonna Dance," a new Broadway musical based on the
SWING TIME (1936)
begins preview performances at New York's Broadhurst Theatre with an
official opening scheduled for December 4.
- 25- Anthony Franciosa, Oscar-nominated film and television actor whose
movies have included A FACE IN THE CROWD (1957), A HATFUL OF RAIN (1957)
and THE LONG, HOT SUMMER (1958), celebrates his 75th birthday.
- 25- Jeanne Cooper, film and television actress whose movie appearances
have included roles in THE MAN FROM THE ALAMO (1953), TONY ROME (1967) and
THE BOSTON STRANGLER (1968) but who is best known for TV's "The Young and
the Restless," celebrates her 75th birthday.
- 21- 20th Century-Fox announces
plans to remake THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (1965) which originally starred
Jimmy Stewart, Richard Attenborough and Peter Finch. Actors Dennis
Quaid and Tony Curran as well as director John Moore have signed on to the
- 20- Jack Elam, character actor best known for his villainous roles in
such westerns as THE GUNFIGHTER (1950), RAWHIDE (1951), HIGH NOON (1952),
and ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968), dies at age 84.
- 20- The Walt Disney Company
announces plans for a stage musical version of
(1964) featuring plot revisions to bring it more in line with P.L.
Travers' original books as well as several new songs to supplement the
original Sherman Brothers score. The show is schedule to open in
London in December 2004.
- 20- Tony Curtis, 78-year-old star of such films as SWEET SMELL OF
SUCCESS (1957) and SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959), volunteers to film a series of
commercials promoting tourism to Hungary, from which his parents emigrated
in the early in the 20th century.
- 17- Janice Rule, film and stage actress whose movie work included
roles in GOODBYE, MY FANCY (1951), BELL BOOK AND CANDLE (1958) and THE
SWIMMER (1968) and who later became a psychoanalyst, dies at 72.
- 17- The Carnforth railway station in northwest England immortalized in
David Lean's classic British romance BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1945), starring
Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, reopens as a visitors' center complete
with its famous tea room.
- 17- Veteran actors James Garner and Suzanne Pleshette whose film work
has included roles in THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963) and THE BIRDS (1963)
respectively, as well as MISTER BUDDWING (1966) in which they appeared
together, announce plans to join the cast of the ABC sitcom "8 Simple
Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" after the death of its star John
- 10- Victoria Horne Oakie, widow of film comedian Jack Oakie and a
former character actress herself who appeared in more than 40 films
including THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR (1947), FOREVER AMBER (1947) and HARVEY
(1950) and who wrote four books about Oakie after his death in 1976, dies
- 15- The Screen Actors Guild announces that
Karl Malden, 91-year-old
Academy Award-winning star of such films as A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
(1951), ON THE WATERFRONT (1954) and POLLYANNA (1960), will receive a
lifetime achievement award for his career accomplishments and humanitarian
efforts at the guild's annual acting honors on February 22.
- 13- British Pathé, a cinema news service whose newsreels covered
historical events for most of the 20th century, publishes a collection of
more than 12 million historic photographs captured from frames of its
archived newsreel footage. The pictures are available at
- 13- MGM
announces plans to remake THE PINK PANTHER (1964),
Blake Edwards' crime
comedy which originally starred Peter Sellers as Inspector Jacques
Clouseau. Steve Martin is in negotiations to appear in the remake.
- 9- Patricia Neal, 77-year-old Oscar-winning star of A FACE IN THE
CROWD (1957) and HUD (1963), and Vanessa Redgrave, 76-year-old
Oscar-winning star of such films as CAMELOT (1967) and JULIA (1977), are
announced to be among the newest inductees to the Theater Hall of Fame
with an official induction ceremony set to take place January 26, 2004.
- 9- Roger Moore, 75-year-old actor best known for playing secret agent
James Bond from LIVE AND LET DIE (1973) until A VIEW TO A KILL (1985), is
knighted by Queen Elizabeth of England for his work as a goodwill
ambassador for the United Nation Children's Fund (UNICEF).
- 8- NBC, the media arm of American corporate giant General Electric,
announces it has finalized a deal to purchase several entertainment assets
from French media giant Vivendi Universal, including the
movie production company.
- 5- Glynis Johns, South
African-born English actress whose many film appearances have included
MIRANDA (1948), MAD ABOUT MEN (1954), THE COURT JESTER (1956), THE
SUNDOWNERS (1960) and
(1964), celebrates her 80th birthday.
- 4- Charlton
Heston, Oscar-winning star of such films as THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
BEN-HUR (1959) and PLANET OF
THE APES (1968), celebrates his 80th birthday.
- 1- Julie Parrish, stage and screen actress of the 1960s whose film
appearances included roles in THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1963) with Jerry Lewis
and PARADISE, HAWAIIAN STYLE (1966) with Elvis Presley, dies of ovarian
cancer at 62.
- 1- Warner Bros.
announces plans for a feature length movie modernization of Columbia
Pictures' popular two-reelers from 1930s and '40s starring The Three
Stooges. Screenwriters Peter and Bobby Farrelly are developing the
project which is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2005.
- 1- Officials of the 2003 AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival
announce plans to honor Omar Sharif, Egyptian-born Oscar-winning star of
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
(1962) and DR. ZHIVAGO (1965), at the organization's annual AFI Fest
Tribute on November 11 in Hollywood.
- 29- Wesley Tuttle, western singer of the 1940s and '50s who appeared
on radio and television and in such films as LAW OF THE NORTHWEST (1943),
OKLAHOMA RAIDERS (1944) and NIGHT RIDER (1964), dies at 85.
- 28- Elia
Kazan, influential stage and screen director whose films included
A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN (1945),
GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT (1947), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951), ON THE
WATERFRONT (1954), EAST OF EDEN (1955) and SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS (1961),
dies at age 94.
- 27- Donald O'Connor,
juvenile lead at
during the 1940s who played Peter Stirling opposite the talking mule
in the studio's series of FRANCIS movies during the 1950s but was best
known for his acrobatic dancing opposite
Gene Kelly in
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
(1952), dies at 78.
- 24- Lyle Bettger, supporting actor best known for his "heavy" roles in
such films of the 1950s as UNION STATION (1950), THE GREATEST SHOW ON
EARTH (1952) and GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL (1957), dies at age 88.
- 24- Kirk Douglas, 86-year-old
honorary Oscar winner and star of such films as CHAMPION (1949), LUST FOR
LIFE (1956) and SPARTACUS (1960), returns home after a one-day hospital
stay for gall bladder surgery.
- 24- Herb Gardner, playwright whose comedic plays-to-films included A
THOUSAND CLOWNS (1965) and I'M NOT RAPPAPORT (1996), dies of lung disease
Charlton Heston, Oscar-winning star of such films as THE TEN
COMMANDMENTS (1956) and BEN-HUR
(1959), receives the American Film Institute's first Charlton Heston
Award, a new award named in his honor and given to acknowledge people who
have made distinguished contributions to movies and television and the AFI
- 20- Gordon Mitchell, bodybuilder whose extensive A- and B-movie film
career included roles in PRISONER OF WAR (1954), THE MAN WITH THE
GOLDEN ARM (1955) and THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956), dies at age 80.
- 18- Robert Blake, former child star of the 1940s who appeared in
several "Our Gang" comedies and other films before starring in the
"Baretta" TV show of the 1970s, turns 70.
- 18- Officials with the Jewish Film Archives in Jerusalem announce that
Jerry Lewis, 77-year-old comic whose films have included SAILOR BEWARE
(1951), THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1963) and THE BIG MOUTH (1967), will be
honored with a Jerry Lewis World Jewish Film Festival in Tel Aviv in 2004.
- 16- Veteran film stars Ernest Borgnine,
Jean Simmons and June
Lockhart announce plans to appears in an independent romantic comedy,
MADAM ,THE GRASS IS HIGH, set to begin filming in Hawaii in January.
Red Buttons could also make a cameo appearance in the film.
- 16- Sheb Wooley, actor best known for his supporting roles in westerns
such as HIGH NOON (1952), MAN WITHOUT A STAR (1955) and GIANT (1956) who
also recorded the 1958 pop hit "The Purple People Eater," dies at 82.
- 15- The birthplace of
Oscar-winning actress, dancer and comedienne most famous for her ten movie
musicals with Fred Astaire in
the 1930s and '40s, is designated a historic landmark by the City Council
of Independence, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City.
- 15- Hume Cronyn, veteran character actor who died in June and whose
film performances ranged from
SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943) to
Ron Howard's COCOON (1985), is remembered by friends, family and his
fellow actors at a ceremony in New York's Shubert Theater.
- 15- Fay Wray, leading lady of the 1920s and '30s best known as the
love interest of the giant ape in KING KONG (1933), celebrates her 96th
- 15- Penny Singleton,
player of the 1930s and '40s best known for playing the title character in
the studio's series of "Blondie" movies beginning in 1938, celebrates her
- 14- Harve Presnell, film actor best known for his roles in such movie
musicals of the late 1960s as THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN (1964) and PAINT
YOUR WAGON (1969), celebrates his 70th birthday.
- 11- Betsy Drake, actress and third wife of actor
Cary Grant whose film
appearances have included roles in EVERY GIRL SHOULD BE MARRIED (1948),
ROOM FOR ONE MORE (1952) and WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER (1957),
celebrates her 80th birthday.
- 11- Earl Holliman, rugged Southern actor best known for his supporting
roles in westerns and war films such as BROKEN LANCE (1954), THE RAINMAKER
(1956), GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL (1957) and THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER
(1965), celebrates his 75th birthday.
- 8- Tab Hunter, 72-year-old former blond beach boy movie idol whose
films have included ISLAND OF DESIRE (1952), TRACK OF THE CAT (1954),
BATTLE CRY (1955) and DAMN YANKEES! (1958), signs a contract with Simon &
Schuster to write his memoir, set to be published in two years.
- 8- Leni Riefenstahl, German director of such artistically lauded Nazi
propaganda films as TRIUMPH OF WILL (1934) (showcasing Hitler's Nuremberg
rally) and OLYMPIA (1938) (depicting the 1936 Berlin Olympics), dies at
- 7- Elia Kazan,
stage and screen director best known for such films as
A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN (1945),
GENTLEMEN'S AGREEMENT (1947), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951) and ON THE
WATERFRONT (1954), celebrates his 94th birthday.
- 6- Louise Platt, film, stage and television actress best known for her
role as Lucy Mallory, the pregnant wife of a cavalry officer aboard the
overland stage, in
John Ford's STAGECOACH
(1939), dies at age 88.
- 6- Jules Engel, innovative animator best known for choreographing
dance sequences in Disney's animated feature FANTASIA (1940), dies at age
- 3- Executors of the estate of
the four-time Oscar-winner who died June 29, put the late actress's
waterfront estate in the Fenwick section of Old Saybrook, Connecticut up
for sale with an initial asking price of $12 million.
- 3- "Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan and the Blacklist: None Without Sin," a
new documentary chronicling the friendship between playwright Arthur
Miller, author of "Death of a Salesman" and "The Crucible," and
stage and screen director best known for such films as GENTLEMAN'S
AGREEMENT (1947) and ON THE WATERFRONT (1954), as well as their respective
roles in the Hollywood Blacklist of the 1950s, airs on PBS as part of the
network's "American Masters'' series.
- 2- The Muscular Dystrophy Association reports that its 38th Annual
Labor Day Telethon, hosted by 77-year-old movie comedian Jerry Lewis,
raised a record $60.5 million in pledges during the 21.5-hour fundraiser.
MDA fights neuromuscular diseases through research and services to those
- 2- The Westerns Channel announces plans for an original documentary on
Sam Peckinpah, director of such films as RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY (1962),
MAJOR DUNDEE (1965) and THE WILD BUNCH (1969), due to air in 2004.
- 1- Rand Brooks, fair-skinned actor best known for playing Scarlett
O'Hara's shy first husband, Charles Hamilton, in
GONE WITH THE WIND (1939), dies
at age 84.
- 1- Jack Smight, film and television director whose movie work included
such films as HARPER (1966) and THE ILLUSTRATED MAN (1969), dies at age
- 30- Charles Bronson, chiseled movie tough guy best known for his roles
in such action thrillers as THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960), THE GREAT ESCAPE
(1963), THE DIRTY DOZEN (1967) and the spaghetti western ONCE UPON A TIME
IN THE WEST (1968), dies of pneumonia at age 81.
- 29- Richard Attenborough, baby-faced British actor who appeared in
such films as IN WHICH WE SERVE (1942), A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (1946)
and THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963) before stepping behind the camera to direct
OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR (1969), A BRIDGE TOO FAR (1977) and GHANDI (1982),
celebrates his 80th birthday.
- 27- Tuesday Weld, blonde actress of the 1960s best known for her roles
in THE CINCINNATI KID (1965), PRETTY POISON (1968) and her Oscar-nominated
performance in LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR (1977), celebrates her 60th
- 27- Jinx Falkenburg, leading American cover-girl of World War II whose
film appearances for
included roles in SING FOR YOUR SUPPER (1941), LUCKY LEGS (1942) and
COVER GIRL (1944) and who later hosted a pioneering talk-show on both
radio and television, dies at age 84.
- 27- Bob Hope,
legendary entertainer and film star who died July 27, is remembered at a
memorial mass in North Hollywood attended by such luminaries as
Mickey Rooney, Hal Holbrook,
Raquel Welch, Julie Newmar, Phyllis Diller, Ed McMahon and former First
Lady Nancy Davis Reagan.
- 23- Marion Hargrove, former World War II draftee who became a
best-selling author recounting his misadventures in basic training and was
immortalized onscreen by Robert Walker in
MGM's film adaptation of his SEE
HERE, PRIVATE HARGROVE (1944), dies at age 83.
- 22- Twenty-six letters by
Oscar-winning star of
(1953) and BREAKFAST AT
TIFFANY'S (1961), written by the actress to her father and friends
between 1951 by 1987, are put up for sale by Kenneth W. Rendell, a
specialist historical letters, for $175,000.
- 22- Leni Riefenstahl, German director of such artistically lauded Nazi
propaganda films as TRIUMPH OF WILL (1934) and OLYMPIA (1938), celebrates
her 101st birthday.
- 19- Trustees of the estate of
Oscar-winning star of such films as FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) and ELMER
GANTRY (1960), sue MGM
claiming the studio owes the estate $2 million in shared revenues from
the distribution of films including JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG (1961) and THE
BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ (1962).
- 19- Debra Paget, screen beauty of the 1950s whose film appearances
included roles in BROKEN ARROW (1950), BIRD OF PARADISE (1951), BELLES ON
THEIR TOES (1952), THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956) and LOVE ME TENDER (1956),
celebrates her 70th birthday.
- 16- Ann Blyth, small, brunette actress of the 1940s and '50s best
known for her role as Joan Crawford's conniving daughter Vita in MILDRED
PIERCE (1945), celebrates her 75th birthday.
- 15- The Film Society of Lincoln Center launches a retrospective
celebration of widescreen films called "The Whole Wide World: 50 Years of
Widescreen Moviemaking" which features screenings of such classics as THE
LONG GRAY LINE (1955), SPARTACUS (1960) and EL CID (1961) through
- 15- Rose Marie, comedienne best known for her role as Sally Rogers on
TV's "The Dick Van Dyke Show" but who also appeared in such films as TOP
BANANA (1954) and THE BIG BEAT (1958), celebrates her 80th birthday.
- 14- The Swedish Film Institute offers a sneak preview of "Before
Ingmar Became Bergman," a new exhibit on filmmaker Ingmar Bergman's early
film work composed of artifacts and footage donated to the institute by
the 85-year-old director last year.
- 11- Officials of the 60th Venice Film Festival announce that Omar
Sharif, the 71-year-old Egyptian actor who earned an Oscar nomination for
his performance in
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962),
will receive a Golden Lion award for career achievement during the
festival which begins August 27.
- 11- Arlene Dahl, glamorous redhead of the 1940s and '50s best known
for decorating such films as THREE LITTLE WORDS (1950), WOMAN'S WORLD
(1954), SLIGHTLY SCARLET (1956), and JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH
(1959), celebrates her 75th birthday.
- 11- Lincoln Center hosts a special 60th Anniversary Screening of
with presentations by guest speakers including Turner Classic Movies host
Robert Osborne, Humphrey Bogart's
son Stephen Bogart,
daughters, Isabella Rossellini, Ingrid Rossellini and Pia Lindström, and
Leslie Epstein, son of screenwriter Phillip Epstein.
- 10- Rhonda Fleming, ravishing redhead whose roles in such
black-and-white films as SPELLBOUND (1945), THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (1945)
and OUT OF THE PAST (1947) took a backseat to her Technicolor appearance
opposite Bing Crosby in A
CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT (1949), celebrates her 80th
- 10- Eddie Fisher, teen idol and pop singer of the 1950s who appeared
in BUNDLE OF JOY (1956) with then-wife
Debbie Reynolds and
BUTTERFIELD 8 (1960) with subsequent wife
celebrates his 75th birthday.
- 9- Jacques Deray, French director best known for thrillers and crime
films such as LA PISCINE (1969), dies at 74.
- 7- Daily Variety reports that
Lee, 90-year-old star of such films as
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (1941) and HANGMEN ALSO DIE (1943), is home
from the hospital, having suffered a broken hip, but expects to return to
her longtime role on ABC's "General Hospital" within a few weeks.
- 7- Omar Sharif, 71-year-old Egyptian actor best known for his roles in
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) and DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965), is convicted of
striking a police officer who attempted to intervene in an argument he was
having at a casino near Paris and receives a one-month suspended sentence.
- 6- The Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland is launched
with a 50th anniversary outdoor screening of a remastered print of
MGM's classic musical THE BAND WAGON (1953) starring
Fred Astaire and
- 5- Warner Bros. Home Video releases a 2-disc 60th Anniversary Special
Edition DVD of
featuring two documentaries about the classic film as well as ten minutes
of newly-found deleted scenes and outtakes.
- 5- The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announces that theatre
and film director Mike Nichols, whose movies have included WHO'S AFRAID OF
VIRGINIA WOOLF? (1966) and THE GRADUATE (1967), will be among the five
artists honored at the 2003 Kennedy Center Honors in December.
- 28- True Eames Boardman, former child actor whose early film
appearances included THE ROSE OF OLD ST. AUGUSTINE (1911) and BRONCHO
BILLY'S HEART (1912) and who later became a radio and television writer,
dies at 94.
- 27- Bob Hope,
vaudeville, radio, film and television entertainer and stand-up comedian
whose 80-year career included such films as ROAD TO SINGAPORE (1940) with
Bing Crosby, as well as THE BIG BROADCAST OF 1938 (1938), SORROWFUL
JONES (1949) and THE SEVEN LITTLE FOYS (1955), dies at 100.
- 25- John Schlesinger, Oscar-winning British-born director of such
films as DARLING (1965), MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969) and MARATHON MAN (1976),
dies at age 77.
- 25- Liza Minnelli, Oscar-winning star of CABARET (1972) and daughter
of the late MGM
musical icon Judy Garland,
announces her separation from her husband David Gest whom she married at a
star-studded affair in March 2002.
- 22- Christie's auction house announces that
Orson Welles' Best Original
Screenplay Oscar for CITIZEN KANE (1941), which had been consigned to
Christie's by Beatrice Welles, the youngest of the actor-director's three
daughters, has been pulled from a scheduled auction of entertainment
memorabilia pursuant to a pending legal challenge to the sale by the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
- 21- Residents of Omaha, Nebraska kick off a week-long celebration
commemorating the 65th anniversary of BOYS TOWN,
MGM's 1938 dramatization of the
efforts of Father Flanagan on behalf of the city's orphans. Among
the participants are 82-year-old
Mickey Rooney who starred in
the film, and John Tracy, son of the late actor
- 17- Leonard Fredrick Doss, color consultant for Technicolor Inc. on
more than 100 motion pictures (mostly at
20th Century-Fox) including DAVID
AND BATHSHEBA (1951), GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953), THE KING AND I
(1956), SOUTH PACIFIC (1958), ELMER GANTRY (1960) and CLEOPATRA (1963),
dies at 88.
- 15- Alexander Walker, British film critic who spent more than 40 years
at London's Evening Standard newspaper and also wrote biographies
of such stars as
Rudolph Valentino, Peter Sellers,
Ingrid Bergman and
Vivien Leigh, dies at 73.
- 14- Joanne Woodward, Oscar-winning star of such films as THE THREE
FACES OF EVE (1957) THE LONG, HOT SUMMER (1958), announces plans to
co-star opposite her husband
Paul Newman in HBO's
adaptation of the best-selling novel "Empire Falls."
- 12- The U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, an aircraft carrier named for the former
U.S. President and
contract player, is launched at a naval base in Norfolk, Virginia.
- 12- Benny Carter, jazz saxophonist, bandleader and composer-arranger
who played on more than 100 movie soundtracks and orchestrated music for
the scores of such films as THOUSANDS CHEER (1943), THE FIVE PENNIES
(1959) and THE GUNS OF NAVARONE (1961) dies at age 95.
- 11- Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons releases a memoir of
called "Kate Remembered," written by biographer A. Scott Berg and
based on more than 20 years of conversations with the actress but held
from public release in compliance with
Hepburn's wish that
the book not be published until after her death.
- 8- Marjorie Fowler, daughter of screenwriter Nunnally Johnson and an
Oscar-nominated film editor in her own right who worked on such films as
SEPARATE TABLES (1958), ELMER GANTRY (1960) and DOCTOR DOLITTLE (1967),
dies at 82.
- 8- Kim Darby, short-haired actress best known for her role as Mattie
Ross opposite John Wayne in TRUE
GRIT (1969), celebrates her 55th birthday.
- 6- Buddy Ebsen, 6'3" vaudeville song-and-dance man who appeared in
such films as BORN TO DANCE (1936), CAPTAIN JANUARY (1936) and
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961) before gaining greater fame on
television as Davey Crockett's sidekick in the
Disney series and as Jed
Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies," dies at the age of 95.
- 2- Venice Film Festival organizers announce plans to honor
Katharine Hepburn with a screening of a restored print of SUMMERTIME
(1955), a film directed by David Lean
and co-starring Rossano Brazzi which was filmed in the Italian city
and for which Hepburn
earned her sixth Oscar nomination.
- 1- Fox Movie Channel, a cable network owned by
20th Century-Fox, announces it is
terminating a planned summer-long Charlie Chan festival upon pressure from
Asian-American groups who found the stereotypical depictions of Chinese
people in the 1930s films racially insensitive.
- 1- Warner Home Video releases DVDs of four restored
Charlie Chaplin films (THE
GOLD RUSH (1925), MODERN TIMES (1936), THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940) and
LIMELIGHT (1952)) as the first in a series of ten titles included in "The
- 30- Buddy Hackett, short, round self-deprecating stand up comedian and
character actor whose film appearances included roles in THE MUSIC MAN
(1962), IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963) and THE LOVE BUG (1968),
dies at 78.
- 29- Katharine Hepburn,
four-time Oscar winning actress and Hollywood icon for over seven decades
whose many memorable film appearances have included BRINGING UP BABY
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
(1940), WOMAN OF THE YEAR (1942), ADAM'S RIB (1949),
THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951),
GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER (1967), THE LION IN WINTER (1968) and ON
GOLDEN POND (1981), dies at age 96.
- 27- Buddy Ebsen, 95-year-old long-legged dance star of such films as
BORN TO DANCE (1936) and CAPTAIN JANUARY (1936), is moved out of intensive
care and expected to be released from the hospital shortly, having
undergone treatment for an undisclosed illness.
- 26- The 28th Annual Judy Garland Festival in the late actress' home
town of Grand Rapids, Minnesota kicks off with the grand opening of the
new Judy Garland Museum, attended by such
Judy Garland contemporaries
as Margaret O'Brien and
- 25- Miramax acquires the rights to a new screen version of the 1955
Broadway musical DAMN YANKEES! whose 1958
Warner Bros. film
version starred Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston.
- 23- Buddy Ebsen, lanky 95-year-old film dancer and television star
best know for his role as Jed Clampett on the 1960s TV series "The Beverly
Hillbillies,'' is admitted to Torrance Memorial Medical Center in
California for treatment of an undisclosed illness. A hospital
spokesperson reports his condition as good.
- 23- Gina Lollobrigida, Italian-born model and actress whose film work
has included appearances in BEAT THE DEVIL (1953), TRAPEZE (1956) and COME
SEPTEMBER (1961), opens a exhibition of her sculptures at the Pushkin
Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.
- 21- Leon Uris, novelist and screenwriter whose film work included
scripts for BATTLE CRY (1955), GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL (1957), THE
ANGRY HILLS (1959) and EXODUS (1960), dies at age 78.
- 21- George Axelrod, play and screen writer whose pop-culture satires
of the 1950s and '60s included such plays-to-film as THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH
(1952) and WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER (1955) as well as the
novels-to-film adaptations for BUS STOP (1956),
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
(1961) and THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962), dies of a heart attack at
- 19- The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announces that Walk of Fame Star
recipients for 2004 will include Oscar-winner Patty Duke for her film work
Mickey Rooney for his live
- 19- Columbia Pictures
announces plans to remake its 1957 western 3:10 TO YUMA which originally
starred Glenn Ford and Van Heflin and was based on a short story by Elmore
Leonard. James Mangold is set to direct.
- 16- Carlos Rivas, Mexican-American character actor whose long list of
credits in films includes THE KING AND I (1956), THE UNFORGIVEN (1960) and
TRUE GRIT (1969), dies of complications from prostate cancer at age 78.
- 16- Gregory Peck, Oscar-winning
leading man of such films as THE YEARLING (1946), GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT
(1953), is remembered by friends and family at a memorial service in
Los Angeles which included a eulogy delivered by Brock Peters, the
75-year-old black actor who played Tom Watson opposite
Peck in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
- 15- Hume Cronyn, stage and screen character actor whose 60-year career
included memorable roles in such films as
SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943),
THE SEVENTH CROSS (1944), PEOPLE WILL TALK (1951) and SUNRISE AT
CAMPOBELLO (1960) as well as several Tony-nominated stage roles opposite
his wife, Jessica Tandy, dies of complications from prostate cancer at 91.
- 14- Gene Barry, radio, movie and television actor whose best-known
film work included such B-movies of the 1950s as THE ATOMIC CITY (1952),
ALASKA SEAS (1954), THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953) and RED GARTERS (1954),
celebrates his 80th birthday.
- 13- Ernest Lubitsch, late director of such classic romantic comedies
as NINOTCHKA (1939) with
Greta Garbo and THE SHOP
AROUND THE CORNER (1940) with Jimmy
Stewart, is remembered in a three-week long retrospective of his films
hosted by Film Forum in New York.
- 12- Gregory Peck,
chiseled-featured leading man whose six-decade film career included such
classics as SPELLBOUND (1945), THE YEARLING (1946), DUEL IN THE SUN
(1946), GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT (1947), TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH (1949),
(1953), MACARTHUR (1977) and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962) for which he
won a Oscar, dies at age 87.
- 12- Vic Damone, crooner whose dozen film appearances of the 1950s and
'60s included roles in ATHENA (1954), HIT THE DECK (1955), KISMET (1955)
and an off-screen role as the soloist for the Oscar-nominated title song
of AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1958), celebrates his 75th birthday.
- 10- Radio City Music Hall announces that a multimedia show featuring
Frank Sinatra on giant screens alongside live musicians, a gospel
choir and the Rockettes will premiere in October.
- 8- Herschel Burke Gilbert, Oscar- and Emmy-nominated composer who
composed, arranged or orchestrated the music scores for 62 movies
(primarily for Columbia Pictures) during the 1940s and '50s including THE
THIEF (1952), THE MOON IS BLUE (1953) and CARMEN JONES (1954), dies at 85
of complications from a stroke.
- 7- James Arness, 80-year-old star of such westerns as WAGON MASTER
(1950), HONDO (1953) and the popular "Gunsmoke" TV series, announces at a
book signing at the Gene Autry Museum that the event will be his last
- 6- Four of the ten surviving cast members of
GONE WITH THE WIND (1939),
including Cammie King (Bonnie Blue Butler), Fred Crane (Brent Tarleton),
Mickey Kuhn (Beau Wilkes) and Patrick Curtis (Beau Wilkes as an infant),
attend the opening of a museum collection devoted to the film in Marietta,
Julie Andrews, Oscar-winning star of such classic musicals as
(1964), THE SOUND OF
MUSIC (1965) and DARLING LILI (1970) announces plans to appear in a
sequel to her popular Disney
comedy from 2001, THE PRINCESS DIARIES, set to begin filming in
- 3- The American Film Institute's list of the 50 greatest film heroes
and villains places attorney Atticus Finch of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)
(played by Gregory Peck) and serial
killer Hannibal Lecter from THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1993) (played by
Anthony Hopkins) at the top of their respective categories.
- 29- REBIRTH OF A NATION (2003), a re-edited version of D.W. Griffith's
Civil War classic THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915), "remixed" by
African-American artist and musician DJ Spooky to commentate on the
original film's portrayal of blacks and the Ku Klux Klan, debuts at the
American Museum of the Moving Image.
- 29- Bob Hope,
entertainer, comedian and star of such films as the "Road To" movies of
the 1940s co-starring Bing Crosby
and SON OF PALEFACE (1952) opposite Jane Russell, celebrates his 100th
- 28- Martha Scott, stage and screen actress who originated the role of
Emily in Thorton Wilder's "Our Town'' and earned an Academy Award
nomination as Best Actress for her performance in the 1940 film version as
well as praise for such films as THE HOWARDS OF VIRGINIA (1940), THE
DESPERATE HOURS (1955), THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956) and
(1959), dies at age 90.
- 26- Kathleen Winsor, author whose racy 1944 novel "Forever Amber"
became a model for romantic best sellers and inspired the 1947
film starring Linda Darnell and Cornel Wilde, dies at age 83.
- 26- James Arness, tall, deep-voiced film and television star best
known for westerns such as CARBINE WILLIAMS (1952), HONDO (1953) and TV's
long-running "Gunsmoke" series, celebrates his 80th birthday.
- 25- Sloan Wilson, novelist whose "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit"
about post-war suburbanites struggling with their social aspirations
inspired the 1956 film starring
Gregory Peck and
dies of Alzheimer's disease at 83.
- 25- A high-definition digital restoration of
Charlie Chaplin's 1936
comedy MODERN TIMES and a new documentary, "Charlie: the Life and Art of
Charles Chaplin," debut at the Cannes Film Festival, with DVDs available
from Warner Bros. Home Video in July.
- 24- Jules Levy, film and television producer responsible for movies
like HELZAPOPPIN' (1941) and PARDON MY SARONG (1942) as well as such
popular TV series as "The Rifleman" and "The Big Valley," dies at age 80.
- 24- Rachel Kempson, stage and screen actress and matriarch of the
Redgrave acting family (including her husband Michael Redgrave, her
daughters Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave, and her granddaughter Natasha
Richardson) who appeared in such films as THE CAPTIVE HEART (1946), TOM
JONES (1963) and THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1968), dies at 92.
Betty Garrett, film and television star best known for such
MGM musicals as TAKE ME OUT TO
THE BALLGAME (1949) and ON THE TOWN (1949) and such TV sitcom's as "All in
the Family" and "Laverne & Shirley," is honored with a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame on her 84th birthday.
- 23- Joan Collins, large and small screen actress who appeared in such
films as THE VIRGIN QUEEN (1955) and THE OPPOSITE SEX (1956) but is best
known for her role as Alexis Colby on TV's "Dynasty," celebrates her 70th
- 22- Warner Bros.
announces the studio is in talks with filmmaker Tim Burton and the estate
of author Roald Dahl about a new movie adaptation of the children's
classic "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" which was first filmed as the
musical WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY starring Gene Wilder in
- 18- Albert Sendrey, motion picture and television orchestrator,
arranger and composer who worked at MGM in the 1940s and '50s and
contributed to more than 170 movies including THE YEARLING (1946), A DATE
WITH JUDY (1948), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951), HIGH SOCIETY (1954) and
FINIAN'S RAINBOW (1969), dies at age 91.
- 15- Constance Cummings, dark-haired actress whose prodigious film
career included such movies as THE CRIMINAL CODE (1931), MOVIE CRAZY
(1932), THIS MAN IS MINE (1934) and REMEMBER LAST NIGHT? (1935) as well as
a such British films as BLITHE SPIRIT (1945), celebrates her 93rd
- 14- Media giant AOL Time Warner announces a campaign that will allow
customers to choose which classic titles Warner Home Video will release on
DVD in December. The "DVD Decision 2003" promotion, run in partnership
with America Online and Turner Classic Movies, will permit AOL users to
vote for five out of a list of twenty classic titles. Those titles
not chosen will be released on DVD without fanfare in 2004 or 2005.
- 14- Dame Wendy Hiller, Oscar-winning British stage and screen actress
whose best known films have included PYGMALION (1938), MAJOR BARBARA
(1941), I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING (1945) and SEPARATE TABLES (1958), dies at
- 14- Robert Stack, clear-spoken, square-jawed actor whose 60-year
career included roles in such films as TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942), A DATE
WITH JUDY (1948), BWANA DEVIL (1952), THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY (1954) and
WRITTEN ON THE WIND (1956) before he became television's Elliott Ness on
"The Untouchables" in the early 1960s, dies of heart failure after a
battle with prostate cancer at the age of 84.
- 12- Katharine Hepburn,
four-time Oscar winner and star of such films as ALICE ADAMS (1935),
BRINGING UP BABY (1938), WOMAN OF THE YEAR (1942),
THE AFRICAN QUEEN
(1951), THE LION IN WINTER (1968) and ON GOLDEN POND (1981),
celebrates her 96th birthday.
- 10- Carol Channing, 82-year-old former Broadway star of "Hello,
Dolly!" whose film work has included appearances in THE FIRST TRAVELING
SALESLADY (1956) and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (1967), marries plans her
childhood sweetheart, Harry Kullijian.
- 10- American Movie Classics airs a restored version of Sergio Leone's
spaghetti western THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966) featuring 14
minutes of newly restored footage.
- 9- Roger Moore, 75-year-old actor best known as the star of seven
James Bond movies beginning with LIVE AND LET DIE (1973), is released from
the hospital after being fitted for a pacemaker.
- 3- Suzy Parker (Dillman), red-headed model for Coco Chanel in the
1950s whose film work included appearances in FUNNY FACE (1957), KISS THEM
FOR ME (1957) and TEN NORTH FREDERICK (1958), dies at age 69.
- 2- Conrad L. Hall, Oscar-winning cinematographer who contributed to
such films as THE PROFESSIONALS (1966), COOL HAND LUKE (1967) and BUTCH
CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969), is honored posthumously with a star
on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 30- Al Lewis, character actor best known for his role as Grandpa on
TV's "The Munsters" but whose film appearances included roles in PRETTY
BOY FLOYD (1960) and THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY? (1969), celebrates his
- 29- French media giant Vivendi Universal announces plans to sell its
American entertainment business, including the
movie production company which it purchased in 2000, in order to pay
down billions of dollars of debt.
- 29- Jane Russell, buxom Hollywood star of such films as THE OUTLAW
(1943), SON OF PALEFACE (1952) and GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953), is
honored by Operation Children at the organization's 20th annual
- 26- Peter Stone, Oscar and Tony-winning stage and screen writer whose
film work included screenplays for FATHER GOOSE (1964), for which he
shared the Oscar with co-writers S.H. Barnett and Frank Tarloff, CHARADE
(1963) and SWEET CHARITY (1969), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 73.
- 26- Animator Joe Barbera, 92-year-old co-creator of cartoon legends
"Tom and Jerry," "The Jetsons" and "Yogi Bear," writes a letter to the Los
Angeles City Council opposing a proposal to demolish two buildings that
once housed Hanna-Barbera Studios in Hollywood. The proposal would
make room for a development of stores and apartments.
Heston, 78-year-old Oscar-winning star of such films as THE TEN
COMMANDMENTS (1956), BEN-HUR
(1959) and SOYLENT GREEN (1974), officially steps down as president of the
National Rifle Association during a special farewell tribute at the NRA's
annual convention in Orlando, Florida.
Shirley Temple Black, former child star best known for such
Depression-era musicals as BRIGHT EYES (1934), HEIDI (1937) and THE LITTLE
PRINCESS (1939) as well as juvenile roles in THE BACHELOR AND THE
BOBBY-SOXER (1947) and FORT APACHE (1948), celebrates her 75th birthday.
- 22- Andrea King,
leading lady and supporting actress of the 1940s and '50s best-known
for her roles in GOD IS MY CO-PILOT (1945), THE MAN I LOVE (1946) and MY
WILD IRISH ROSE (1947), dies at age 84.
- 22- Eddie Albert, red-headed character actor whose extensive career
has included roles in movies like BROTHER RAT (1938),
(1953), OKLAHOMA! (1955) and ATTACK! (1956) as well as TV's "Green
Acres," celebrates his 95th birthday.
- 21- An auction of personal effects belonging to the late
Audrey Hepburn, Oscar-winning star of
(1953), BREAKFAST AT
TIFFANY'S (1961) and MY
FAIR LADY (1964), raises $177,000 for the Audrey Hepburn Children's
Fund. Among the items sold was a Givenchy ball gown worn in
(1957) which sold for $17,000.
- 21- SCi Games Ltd. and Gotham Games launch a new video game based on
MGM's 1963 film THE GREAT ESCAPE
in which players can assume the likeness of various characters and break
free from the Nazi's Stalag Luft III prison camp.
- 20- Irving Foy, last survivor of the famed "Seven Little Foys"
vaudeville act that crisscrossed the country from 1912 to 1928 and was the
subject of the 1955 film THE SEVEN LITTLE FOYS starring
Bob Hope as Eddie Foy Sr. and
James Cagney as George M. Cohan, dies at 94.
- 16- Marlon
Brando, 79-year-old Oscar-winning star of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
(1951), settles a palimony suit brought by Maria Cristina Ruiz, the
actor's former maid and mother of three of his children, who sued in 2002
when Brando ended her financial
support. The settlement was described as "amicable" though terms
were not disclosed.
- 16- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announces plans for
a 100th birthday tribute to the late director Vincente Minnelli, whose
classic films for
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS
(1944), MADAME BOVARY (1949), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951), THE BAND
WAGON (1953) and GIGI (1958), to be held on April 30 at the Academy's
Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
- 16- Les Tremayne, 1940s radio actor who played supporting roles in
such films as DREAM WIFE (1953), FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956) and NORTH BY
NORTHWEST (1959) before turning to television in the 1960s, celebrates his
- 15- Maurice Rapf, son of
MGM executive Harry Rapf and
screenwriter on such films as SONG OF THE SOUTH (1946) and SO DEAR TO MY
HEART (1949) who helped found the Screenwriters Guild (later renamed the
Writers Guild of America) before becoming a professor in the film studies
department at Dartmouth University, dies at 88.
- 15- Bob Hope,
99-year-old comedian and star of such films as the "Road To" movies of the
1940s co-starring Bing Crosby
and SON OF PALEFACE (1952), is honored with the rededication of one of
his stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the release by
Universal of the "Bob
Hope 100th Birthday Tribute Collection" (12 DVDs featuring 17 of his
himself was too frail to attend the event, but was represented by his
- 14- Addie McPhail, actress whose bit-parts in films included roles in
THE BIG PALOOKA (1929) and MIDNIGHT DADDIES (1930) but who was best know
as the widow of silent movie star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, dies at age 97.
- 12- John Carradine, late film, television and stage actor whose best
known movie were CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS (1937), STAGECOACH (1939), THE GRAPES
OF WRATH (1940), HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1944) and THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY
VALANCE (1962), is inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at
the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
Miller, veteran Hollywood comedienne and tap-dancing star of such
films as STAGE DOOR (1937), EASTER PARADE (1948), SMALL TOWN GIRL (1953)
and KISS ME KATE (1953), celebrates her 80th birthday.
- 11- Columbia Pictures
announces plans to remake and modernize the studio's classic musical BYE
BYE BIRDIE (1963) which originally starred
Dick Van Dyke and Ann-Margret.
- 11- Oleg Cassini, Russian-born fashion designer who designed costumes
for his then-wife, actress
Gene Tierney, for such
films as THE RAZOR'S EDGE (1946), THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR (1947) and ON
THE RIVIERA (1951), celebrates his 90th birthday.
- 8- Karen Morley, blonde film actress of the 1930s whose films included
MATA HARI (1931), SCARFACE (1932), DINNER AT EIGHT (1933) and PRIDE AND
PREJUDICE (1940), dies of pneumonia at age 93.
- 8- John Gavin, leading man of the late 1950s and early 1960s best
known for his roles in IMITATION OF LIFE (1959), PSYCHO (1960) and
SPARTACUS (1960), celebrates his 75th birthday.
- 7- Vera Zorina, noted ballerina of the 1930s whose limited film career
included appearances in such movie musicals ON YOUR TOES (1939), LOUISIANA
PURCHASE (1941) and STAR-SPANGLED RHYTHM (1942), dies at the age of 86.
- 7- James Garner, rugged, easy-going film and television actor whose
movie work has included roles in THE CHILDREN'S HOUR (1962), THE GREAT
ESCAPE (1963), THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY (1964) and DUEL AT DIABLO
(1966), celebrates his 75th birthday.
- 7- The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum announces that thirty
letters written by author Ernest Hemingway to screen siren
between 1949 and 1959 have been donated to the library by
Maria Riva. The letters reportedly detail the friendship that
existed between the two icons and will be made public in 2007.
- 4- Anthony Caruso, actor whose more than 100 film appearances of the
1940s and '50s included western, outlaw and gangster roles in such films
as ACROSS THE PACIFIC (1942), CATTLE QUEEN OF MONTANA (1954), THE
OKLAHOMAN (1957) and NEVER STEAL ANYTHING SMALL (1959), dies at 86.
- 4- Adalberto 'Resortes' Martínez, Mexican song-and-dance man best
known for his tap dancing, crooning and physical comedy in dozens of films
of the 1950s and '60s, dies at age 87.
- 4- The American Film Institute inaugurates its new Silver Theatre and
Cultural Center, a refurbished 1938 Art Moderne movie palace in downtown
Silver Spring, Maryland which will host AFI festivals, screenings and
special events. Among the opening's activities were a screening of
THE OX-BOW INCIDENT (1943).
- 2- Michael Wayne, eldest son of cinema icon
John Wayne and producer of
many of his father's films including THE ALAMO (1960), MCLINTOCK! (1963),
THE GREEN BERETS (1968) and BIG JAKE (1971), dies of heart failure after
complications from lupus at age 68.
- 2- Buddy Ebsen, long, lanky dancer of the 1930s whose film appearances
have included BROADWAY MELODY OF 1936 (1935) and BORN TO DANCE (1936) as
well as later nonmusical parts in DAVY CROCKETT: KING OF THE WILD FRONTIER
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
(1961) as well as TV's "The Beverly Hillbillies," celebrates his 95th
- 2- Rita Gam, second-lead actress whose film work has included roles in
SIGN OF THE PAGAN (1955), ANNIBALE (1960) and KING OF KINGS (1961) but who
is best known for giving interviews about
Grace Kelly (for whom she
was a bridesmaid), celebrates her 75th birthday.
- 1- The Hollywood Reporter announces that
singing star of such classic MGM
musicals as ROYAL WEDDING (1951) and SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
(1954), has been signed to co-star in the new Stephen Sondheim-John
Weidman musical "Bounce" which premieres June 30 at Chicago's Goodman
Theatre and could continue on to Broadway.
- 1- Universal Studios
announces plans for a remake of KING KONG (1933) which originally starred
Fay Wray as a beautiful actress who becomes the object of a gigantic ape's
affections. The remake will be directed by Peter Jackson and is
scheduled to begin production later this year.
- 31- Anne Gwynne, leading lady of several sci-fi and horror films of
the 1940s including the serial FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE (1940),
BLACK FRIDAY (1940), THE BLACK CAT (1941) and MURDER IN THE BLUE ROOM
(1944), dies of a stroke at 84.
- 30- Frankie Laine, popular crooner since the late 1940s who has sung
the title songs to such classic films as BLOWING WIND (1953), MAN WITHOUT
A STAR (1955) and GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL (1957), celebrates his 90th
- 30- The Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum, honoring the "Happy Trails"
singing King of the Cowboys and his wife, closes in Victorville,
California and prepares to move to Branson, Missouri in time to reopen on
Memorial Day weekend.
- 28- The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra announces plans to screen a new
print of Charlie Chaplin's
classic silent feature CITY LIGHTS (1931) with a restored version of
Chaplin's own score played by the orchestra on May 31 in UCLA's Royce
Debbie Reynolds, star of such classic musicals as
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952)
and THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN (1964), receives a Lifetime Achievement
Award from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Friends and former co-stars
on hand included
Margaret O'Brien, Hugh
O'Brian, Ann Rutherford, John Saxon,
Jane Withers, Rod Taylor and Jayne Meadows.
- 25- Warner Bros.
announces plans to release a 2-disc special edition DVD of GIANT (1956)
starring Elizabeth Taylor,
and James Dean and featuring a
remastered, widescreen digital transfer as well as audio commentaries and
three hours of new and archive documentaries.
- 24- Philip Yordan, Oscar-winning screenwriter whose film work included
scripts for DILLINGER (1945), DETECTIVE STORY (1951) and BROKEN LANCE
(1955), dies of pancreatic cancer at age 88.
- 23- Fifty-nine previous Oscar winners, including such classic stars as
Julie Andrews, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, George Chakiris,
Olivia de Havilland,
Claude Jarman Jr.,
George Kennedy, Martin Landau, Karl
Hayley Mills, Rita Moreno,
Patricia Neal, Margaret O'Brien,
Jack Palance, Luise Rainer,
Mickey Rooney, Eva Marie
Saint, Maximillian Schell and
Teresa Wright, appear on the telecast of the 75th Annual Academy
Awards in a special tribute to previous winners.
- 23- Peter
O'Toole, seven-time Oscar-nominated star of such films as LAWRENCE OF
ARABIA (1962) and THE LION IN WINTER (1968), receives an Honorary Oscar
for career achievement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
- 20- Liza Minnelli, 57-year-old Oscar-winning star of CABARET (1972)
and daughter of actress
Judy Garland and director
Vincente Minnelli, enters a "self-help" program at the Caron Foundation, a
drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in rural central Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth Taylor, 71-year-old two-time Oscar winning actress,
announces that her appearance at the 75th Academy Awards ceremony on
Sunday will mark her swan song from acting, and she will instead focus her
attention on AIDS activism.
- 18- Peggy Conklin, a stage actress best known for her wide variety of
dramatic and comic performances on Broadway from the 1930s through the
1950s but who also appeared in a half-dozen films including THE DEVIL IS A
SISSY (1936) and HAVING WONDERFUL TIME (1938), dies at 96.
McCambridge, Oscar-winning second-lead actress best known for her
performances in such films as ALL THE KINGS MEN (1949), JOHNNY GUITAR
(1954) and GIANT (1956), celebrates her 85th birthday.
- 15- Robert Blake, 69-year-old former child star of the 1940s who
appeared in several "Our Gang" comedies and other films before starring in
the "Baretta" TV show of the 1970s, is released on bail after almost a
year in jail awaiting a preliminary hearing which determined Blake should
stand trial for the 2001 shooting death of his wife. No trial date
has been set.
- 14- Michael Caine, six-time Oscar-nominated British-born actor whose
film work has included ZULU (1964) and ALFIE (1966), celebrates his 70th
- 12- Paramount Pictures
announces plans to finance a remake of
Danny Kaye's 1947 comedy THE
SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY with Jim Carrey playing the title role and
Steven Spielberg directing.
- 12- Dimension Films and
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announce that
actor John Travolta is in negotiations to star in a remake of
Oscar-nominated comedy HARVEY (1950) based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning
play about a man whose best friend is an invisible, 6-foot-tall rabbit.
- 11- Walt Disney Pictures
announces it has bought remake rights to TOPPER (1937) about a man haunted
by a married pair of ghosts, one of whom was played by
Cary Grant. The remake is intended as a vehicle for director Adam
Shankman and comedian Steve Martin.
- 10- Burt Bacharach, 73-year-old Oscar-winning songwriter of such movie
tunes as "What's New, Pussycat?" from the 1965 film and "Raindrops are
Falling on my Head" from BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969),
is released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after
undergoing oral surgery for an abscess.
- 9- Stan Brakhage, American experimental filmmaker who created over 400
films beginning in the 1950s, among them "Window Water Baby Moving" (1959)
documenting the birth of one of his children and "The Text of Light"
(1974) examining light filtered through a heavy glass ashtray, dies of
cancer at age 70.
- 9- Marina Ladynina, popular Russian film comedienne during the 1930s
and '40s best-known for such films as TRACTOR DRIVERS (1939) and SWINEHERD
AND SHEPHERD (1941), dies at 94.
- 9- Mickey Spillane, detective and mystery story writer whose novels
have inspired such films as THE LONG WAIT (1954), KISS ME DEADLY (1955)
and THE GIRL HUNTERS (1963), celebrates his 85th birthday.
- 8- Lynn Redgrave, film, stage and television actress (and daughter of
British actor Michael Redgrave) who earned an Oscar nomination for her
performance in GEORGY GIRL (1966), celebrates her 60th birthday.
- 5- Bernard Joseph Schwab, the last of the four brothers who founded
the legendary Schwab's Pharmacy on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood which
catered to actors, writers and other film industry workers from 1932 until
it closed in 1983, dies at 94.
- 4- The American Film Institute announces plans to open the newly
restored Silver Theater and Cultural Center, a three-screen art-deco movie
theater in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, just outside Washington,
D.C., on April 4.
AFI Silver will showcase festivals, screenings and
special events, including filmmaker interviews, panels, discussions and
musical performances, many of which were previously conducted in the AFI's
theater at the Kennedy Center.
- 4- Horst Buchholz, German actor whose Hollywood credits include roles
in Billy Wilder's ONE, TWO,
THREE (1961) and THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960), dies at age 69.
- 2- Fred Freiberger, veteran film and television writer who wrote and
produced the sci-fi horror film THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1953), dies
- 2- Fully restored prints of silent film comedian Harold Lloyd's THE
FRESHMAN (1925), THE KID BROTHER (1927) and SAFETY LAST (1923), all with
new scores, screen at the HBO Comedy Film Fest in Aspen, Colorado.
- 28- Carol Channing, 82-year-old former Broadway star of such shows as
"Hello, Dolly!" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" whose film work has
included appearances in THE FIRST TRAVELING SALESLADY (1956) and
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (1967), announces plans to marry her childhood
sweetheart from 70 years ago, Harry Kullijian, with whom she grew up in
San Francisco. No date has been set, and the wedding will be
- 27- Jean Sullivan,
contract player of the mid-1940s who appeared in UNCERTAIN GLORY
(1944) and ESCAPE IN THE DESERT (1945) before becoming a ballet and
flamenco dancer, dies at age 79.
- 27- Johny Carpenter, B-western actor, writer and producer of the 1950s
whose films included SON OF THE RENEGADE (1953), THE LAWLESS RIDER (1954)
and I KILLED WILD BILL HICKOK (1956) and who gained greater fame
off-screen for his work with disabled children, dies at 88.
- 27- Daily Variety reports that Miramax films is negotiating for
the rights to make a new movie version of the hit 1950's Broadway musical
"Guys and Dolls," the first film version of which, starring
Frank Sinatra and Vivian
Blaine, was made by Sam Goldwyn
- 25- "Tea at Five," a one-woman show about the life and career of
Hepburn which debuted at the Hartford Stage Company in February 2002
and stars Kate Mulgrew, moves to Broadway's Promenade Theatre for a
- 25- Diane Baker, brown-haired actress of the 1960s whose 30-year
career has included roles in such films as THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (1959),
THE PRIZE (1963) and MARNIE (1964), celebrates her 65th birthday.
- 25- Peter
O'Toole, seven-time Oscar-nominated star of
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
(1962), and Julie Christie, Oscar-winner for DARLING (1965) and star
of DR. ZHIVAGO (1965), announce plans to appear in director Wolfgang
Petersen's upcoming film TROY, an adaptation of Homer's Trojan War epic
"The Illiad" set to begin shooting in April.
- 24- Martin Scorsese, director and film preservation activist,
announces plans for a documentary chronicling the history of British
cinema, in keeping with the style of his previous documentaries "My Voyage
to Italy" and "A Personal Journey Through American Movies."
- 24- Alberto Sordi, Italian comedian whose more than 150 film
appearances included memorable roles in LO SCEICCO BIANCO (THE WHITE
SHEIK) (1952), I VITELLONI (1953) and UN AMERICANO A ROMA (AN AMERICAN IN
ROME) (1954), dies of a heart attack at 82.
- 24- Walter Scharf, ten-time Oscar-nominated composer who wrote,
arranged or conducted music for over 150 movies including HANS CHRISTIAN
ANDERSON (1952), THE JOKER IS WILD (1957) and FUNNY GIRL (1968), dies of
heart failure at age 92.
- 22- John Mills, mild-mannered English actor whose eight-decade career
has included roles in such films as IN WHICH WE SERVE (1942), GREAT
EXPECTATIONS (1946), THE ROCKING HORSE WINNER (1949), SWISS FAMILY
ROBINSON (1960), RYAN'S DAUGHTER (1970) and GANDHI (1982), celebrates his
95th birthday with family and friends, including daughters
- 22- Daniel Taradash, Oscar-winning screenwriter whose credits include
such films as GOLDEN BOY (1939), FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) and PICNIC
(1955), dies at age 90.
- 20- Thomas W. Phipps, playwright and screenwriter for films and
television whose movie work included BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940 (1940) and A
YANK AT ETON (1942) but who was best known for his hour-long TV dramas of
the 1950s, dies at 89.
- 18- Beth Marion, leading lady in numerous B-westerns of the 1930s
including BETWEEN MEN (1935) with Johnny Mack Brown, SILVER SPURS (1936)
with Buck Jones and THE FUGITIVE SHERIFF (1936) with Ken Maynard, dies at
- 18- Melanie, Sofia, Amanda and Justin von Trapp, adolescent
great-grandchildren of Capt. Georg von Trapp whose seven children and
marriage to ex-nun Maria inspired Rodgers and Hammerstein's
THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965), launch a musical career with the release an
album of traditional songs (including some from the musical).
- 18- Peter Mangone, 63-year-old
Monroe fan, announces he has located a presumed-lost five minutes of
home video footage he took of Monroe in New York in 1955 when he was 14
years-old and invited to accompany the actress on some errands around
town. The 8mm color film is in mint condition and is being restored
by the Colorlab Company.
- 16- The ABC television network airs a made-for-TV version of Meredith
Willson's "The Music Man" (at 7:00pm EST) starring Matthew Broderick and
Kristin Chenoweth and featuring one song cut from the 1962 film: Marian
singing "My White Knight" in the library.
- 13- Stacy Keach Sr., character actor who worked as a contract player
at Universal Pictures in
the 1940s and later as a producer for
RKO before returning to acting in
television commercials, dies of congestive heart failure at age 88.
- 13- Kim Novak, blonde bombshell of the 1950s best known for her roles
in such films as PICNIC (1955), THE EDDY DUCHIN STORY (1956) and VERTIGO
(1958), celebrates her 70th birthday.
- 12- Peter
O'Toole, seven-time Oscar-nominated star of such films as
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
(1962) and BECKET (1964), finally accepts his invitation from the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an honorary Oscar
at the Academy Awards ceremony on March 23.
- 12- Franco Zeffirelli, Italian-born film director twice-nominated for
Academy Awards for his work on such films as ROMEO AND JULIET (1968) and
the mini-series "Jesus of Nazareth" (1977 TV), celebrates his 80th
- 11- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces that
78-year-old Oscar-winning star of such films as CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
(1958), THE HUSTLER (1961) and COOL HAND LUKE (1967), has received an
Academy Award nomination (his tenth) as Best Supporting Actor for his
performance in ROAD TO PERDITION (2002).
- 9- Vera Hruba Ralston, Czech-born ice skating star whose B-movie
career at Republic Pictures in the 1940s and '50s included such films as
THE FIGHTING KENTUCKIAN (1949) and THE WILD BLUE YONDER (1951), dies of
cancer at age 79.
- 9- The Professional Dancers Society honors
77-year-old film and television actress and Broadway musical star, with
the organization's Gypsy Award at a ceremony in Los Angeles at which it
also pays tribute to Betty Grable.
Elizabeth Taylor, Oscar-winning star of such films as CAT ON A HOT TIN
ROOF (1958), BUTTERFIELD 8 (1960) and CLEOPATRA (1963), is honored with
Dame Elizabeth Taylor Day in Laguna, California where she attends an "Art
for AIDS" fund-raiser.
- 8- The governing boards of the Screen Actors Guild and the American
Federation of Television and Radio Artists, American's two largest actors
unions, endorse a plan to merge the 150,000 members of both unions under a
single new umbrella organization which should have increased clout at the
bargaining table with big media companies.
- 6- Roger Ebert, 60-year-old film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times
known for his famous "thumbs up"/"thumbs down" reviews, undergoes surgery
for papillary cancer, a common and curable type of thyroid cancer, at
Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He is expected to make a
- 6- Ronald
Reagan, longtime Warner
Bros. contract player whose film appearances included roles in BROTHER
RAT (1938) and KINGS ROW (1942) and who later became President of the
United States, celebrates his 92nd birthday.
- 6- Fabian, teen idol of the 1950s whose film career of the 1960s
included such films as HOUND-DOG MAN (1959), NORTH TO ALASKA (1960), HIGH
TIME (1960) and THE LONGEST DAY (1962), celebrates his 60th birthday.
- 4- Daily Variety reports that
Olivia de Havilland,
two-time Oscar-winning actress for her roles in TO EACH HIS OWN (1946) and
THE HEIRESS (1949), as well as other notable Oscar winners from the
classic Hollywood era, will be making appearances on this year's 75th
Annual Academy Awards telecast on March 23.
- 4- Beatrice Welles, daughter of Oscar-winning actor-director
Orson Welles, sues RKO and Turner
Entertainment Co. demanding payment of royalties on her father's
masterpiece CITIZEN KANE (1941) or return of the rights to the movie after
an archivist discovered a 1944 agreement which appears to terminate a 1939
profit-sharing deal Welles
signed with RKO Pictures.
Elizabeth Taylor, two-time Oscar-winning actress and AIDS activist
whose films have included NATIONAL VELVET (1944), FATHER OF THE BRIDE
(1950) and GIANT (1956), appears on CNN's "Larry King Live" to promote her
new book Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair With Jewelry.
- 1- Stuart Whitman, brawny leading man who made numerous film
appearances during the 1950s before playing leading roles in such films as
MURDER, INC. (1960), THE COMANCHEROS (1962) and THE MARK (1961) for which
he earned an Oscar nomination, celebrates his 75th birthday.
- 30- Tippi Hedren, 72-year-old former New York fashion model chosen by
Alfred Hitchcock to star in his 1960s thrillers THE BIRDS (1963) and
MARNI (1964), is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 30- Mary Ellis, British operetta and musical comedy actress for over
70 years whose career also included three films for
during the 1930s -- ALL THE KING'S HORSES (1934), PARIS IN SPRING
(1935) and FATAL LADY (1936) -- dies at the age of 105.
- 29- Peter Shaw, British-born television producer, former William
Morris talent agent and longtime husband of actress
Angela Lansbury whose
hit TV series "Murder, She Wrote" he produced, dies of congestive heart
failure at 84.
- 29- Oscar-winning actors
and Joanne Woodward, who appeared together in such films as THE LONG, HOT
SUMMER (1958), FROM THE TERRACE (1960) and PARIS BLUES (1961), celebrate
their 45th wedding anniversary.
- 29- John Forsythe, film and television actor whose movies have
included THE GLASS WEB (1953) as well as
TROUBLE WITH HARRY (1955) and TOPAZ (1969) but who is best known for his
roles on TV's "Charlie's Angels" and "Dynasty," celebrates his 85th
- 29- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences responds to
Peter O'Toole's reluctance to accept an honorary Oscar at the Academy
Awards ceremony on March 23 by saying the award is for achievement, not
for retirement -- pointing out that
and Henry Fonda both won
competitive Oscars after receiving honorary awards -- and that the award
will be available for O'Toole
to pick up this year or whenever he is ready.
- 28- Peter
O'Toole, 70-year-old seven-time Academy Award-nominated actor and
recipient of this year's honorary Oscar for career achievement from the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, sends an open letter to the
AMPAS expressing reluctance to accept the award before he is 80.
- 27- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces that
70-year-old seven-time Academy Award-nominated actor whose films have
included LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
(1962), BECKET (1964), THE LION IN WINTER (1968) and GOODBYE, MR.
CHIPS (1969), will receive an honorary award at the Oscar ceremony on
March 23, saluting him for "remarkable talents [that] have provided cinema
history with some of its most memorable characters."
- 26- The ABC television network airs a
Bob Hope Centennial Tribute (an hour before the Super Bowl) which
kicks off a year-long celebration of the legendary entertainer's 100th
birthday on May 29. The tribute features vintage footage from
Hope's career as well as a
prerecorded birthday message from American President George W. Bush.
- 26- Anne Jeffreys, film and television actress who appeared in several
B-grade westerns and crime films for Republic Pictures and
RKO during the 1940s (including DICK TRACY (1945) in which she played
Tess Trueheart) as well as occasional musicals such as STEP LIVELY (1943),
celebrates her 80th birthday.
- 25- Cliff Norton, radio and television comedian whose film credits
include IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963), FRANKIE AND JOHNNY (1966)
and FUNNY LADY (1975), dies at 84.
- 25- Robert Rockwell, radio, film and television actor best known for
his role as Philip Boynton, the shy biology teacher and love interest for
Eve Arden, in OUR MISS BROOKS, a radio series which evolved into a TV
sitcom and eventually a 1956 film, dies at age 82.
- 24- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences opens "And the
Oscar Went To ...," an exhibit of 100 historic Oscar statuettes
representing all 75 years of the Academy Awards, including ten of the 15
original Oscars given at the first awards ceremony in 1929. The exhibit is
housed in the Grand Lobby Gallery of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences and is open to the public through April 17.
- 24- Zsa Zsa Gabor, 85-year-old Hungarian-born actress who was
seriously injured in a car accident on November 27, is released from
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and moved to a suite at the
Motion Picture and Television Hospital, a hospital that caters to aging
- 23- Jeanne Moreau, French actress and screen beauty whose film work
has included Louis Malle's ASCENSEUR POUR L'ECHAFAUD and LES AMANTS (both
1958) as well as François Truffaut's JULES ET JIM (1962) and
Orson Welles' THE TRIAL (1963),
celebrates her 75th birthday.
- 23- Chita Rivera, Broadway musical and dance star of the 1950s and
'60s whose most famous film role was that of Nickie opposite Shirley
MacLaine in Bob Fosse's SWEET CHARITY (1969), celebrates her 70th
- 23- Officials in Rimini, Italy, birthplace of Italian filmmaker
Frederico Fellini whose movies include LA DOLCE VITA (1960) and 8 1/2
(1963), announce plans for a five-room museum on the ground floor of the
Fellini's home in which his storyboards and sketches will be displayed.
The museum is scheduled to open in October 2003.
- 22- Bill Mauldin, Pulitzer Prize-winning World War II cartoonist for
Stars and Stripes and The 45th Division News
who appeared in two post-war movies,
John Huston's THE RED
BADGE OF COURAGE and and
TERESA (both 1951), dies of pneumonia at age 81.
- 22- Doris Fisher, songwriter who with her partner Allan Roberts, wrote
dozens of hit songs in the 1930s and '40s as well as musical numbers for
more than 20 films including "Put the Blame on Mame" and "Amado Mio" in
GILDA (1946) and songs in DOWN TO EARTH (1947), DEAD RECKONING (1947) and
THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1948), dies at age 87.
- 21- Members of the Raleigh, North Carolina City Council and the TVLand
cable network announce plans for a bronze statue of Andy Griffith and
Ronnie Howard as Sheriff Andy Taylor and his son Opie, their characters
from "The Andy Griffith Show," will be installed at Raleigh's Pullen Park.
In addition to their TV work, Griffith and Howard both appeared on the big
screen in films like A FACE IN THE CROWD (1957) and THE MUSIC MAN (1963)
- 19- Jean Stapleton, Emmy award-winning character actress best known
for her role as Edith Bunker on TV's "All in the Family" but whose film
appearances have included DAMN YANKEES (1958), BELLS ARE RINGING (1960)
and UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE (1967), celebrates her 80th birthday.
- 17- Richard Crenna, veteran film and television actor who began his
career as a child radio performer and appeared in such popular TV series
as "Our Miss Brooks" and "The Real McCoys" in addition to his work in
films like THE PRIDE OF ST. LOUIS (1952), THE SAND PEBBLES (1966) and WAIT
UNTIL DARK (1967), dies of heart failure at age 76.
- 15- The United States Supreme Court upholds a 20-year copyright
extension which Congress passed in 1998, protecting hundreds of thousands
of books, movies and songs which were close to being released into the
- 13- Norman Panama, veteran Hollywood screenwriter who, with his
partner Melvin Frank, created scripts for such films as ROAD TO UTOPIA
(1945), MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE (1948), WHITE CHRISTMAS
(1954), KNOCK ON WOOD (1954) and THE FACTS OF LIFE (1960), dies at age 88.
Andrews, 67-year-old Oscar-winning star of such films as
(1964) and THE SOUND
OF MUSIC (1965), announces plans to direct a revival of "The
Boyfriend" at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, New York. The
play debuts August 5, and
Andrews hope to
take it on to Broadway.
- 14- 20th Century-Fox
kicks off a year-long series of special edition DVDs releases
featuring restored presentations of some of its most lauded Studio
Classics beginning with ALL ABOUT
(1950), GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT (1947) and
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (1941),
all with feature-length audio commentaries and other special features.
- 14- 20th
announces that actor Steve Martin is in negotiations to star in the
studio's remake of CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN (1950) which originally starred
Myrna Loy and
Jeanne Crain and was based
on the popular children's book by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth
Carey. The remake is set to begin shooting in March.
- 13- Billy Gray, former child star whose film appearance include roles
in JIM THORPE -- ALL AMERICAN (1951), ON MOONLIGHT BAY (1951) and THE DAY
THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951) but who is best known for his role as Bud on
TV's "Father Knows Best," celebrates his 65th birthday.
- 12- Luise Rainer, German-born, two-time Oscar-winning Best Actress for
her performances in THE GREAT ZIEGFELD (1936) and THE GOOD EARTH (1937),
celebrates her 93rd birthday.
- 11- Anthony Havelock-Allan, British film producer and scriptwriter who
worked on such classic films as BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1945), GREAT EXPECTATIONS
(1946), ROMEO AND JULIET (1968) and RYAN'S DAUGHTER (1970), dies at 98.
- 11- Richard 'Dick' Simmons, longtime
MGM contract player who had small
roles in over 50 films during the 1940s and '50s including LOVE LAUGHS AT
ANDY HARDY (1947), LADY IN THE LAKE (1947) and THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1948)
before becoming TV's "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon," dies of
complications from Alzheimer's disease at age 89.
- 8- Ron Goodwin, British composer of more than 60 film scores including
OPERATION CROSSBOW (1965), THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES
(1965), WHERE EAGLES DARE (1968), THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN (1969) and
Alfred Hitchcock's FRENZY (1972), dies at 77.
- 5- Jean Kerr, playwright and author whose writings inspired the film
versions of THAT CERTAIN FEELING (1956), PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES
(1960) and MARY, MARY (1963), dies of pneumonia at age 80.
- 5- Massimo Girotti, Italian actor whose work in the Italian cinema
included roles in Roberto Rosellini's UN PILOTA RITORNA (A PILOT RETURNS
(1942)), Luchino Visconti's OSSESSIONE (OBSESSION (1943)), Vittorio De
Sica's LA PORTA DEL CIELO (DOOR OF THE SKY (1943)) and Bernardo
Bertolucci's LAST TANGO IN PARIS (1972), dies of heart failure at age 84.
- 4- Conrad L. Hall, Oscar-winning cinematographer who contributed to
such films as THE PROFESSIONALS (1966), COOL HAND LUKE (1967) and BUTCH
CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969), dies of bladder cancer at 76.
English-born actress who made THE MAN WHO CHANGED HIS MIND (1936) and KING
SOLOMON'S MINES (1937) before immigrating to Hollywood where she appeared
in such films as HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
(1941), FLYING TIGERS (1942), FORT APACHE (1948) and
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
(1965), celebrates her 90th birthday.
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