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Films � see appendix 1a below

Film production � see appendix 1b below

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Actors, film directors and film stars � see appendix 3 below

Theatres, concerts, operas � see appendix 5 below

Art Galleries = see Appendix 6 below


Appendix 1a � Films

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26/2/2012, The Artist became the first silent film to win an Oscar since 1927.

31/8/2004, Mel Gibson�s film, The Passion of the Christ, sold some 4.1 million copies in the USA on the first day it was released on video and DVD,

2/10/1990. Ghost was one of the films on release.

13/8/1990. Die Hard II was one of the film on release.

2/12/1984, Films on included Ghostbusters and Gremlins.

21/5/1980, The Star Wars sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, premiered.

8/6/1977. Films on release included Blazing Saddles.

30/3/1975. Films on release included Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

29/11/1974. In the cinema the new sensurround film Earthquake made its debut.

12/4/1974. Films on release included Last Tango in Paris and The Exorcist.

4/1/1974. The James Bond film Live and let Die was released in South Africa.

16/10/1972. Films included Steven Spielberg�s Duel.

17/12/1971, The James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever, was released in the US and Denmark

22/2/1969. Films on release included 2001: A Space Odyssey.

7/10/1968. Films on release included 2001: A Space Odyssey.

30/5/1968, The films 2001: A Space Odyssey and Planet of the Apes were showing.

30/10/1967. Captain Scarlet merchandise hit the shops.

20/10/1967, Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin filmed �Bigfoot�, on an expedition in northern California to search for the creature.

16/12/1968, World premier of the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

15/6/1967. Films included The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy.

27/1/1963. Films on release included Cape Fear.

22/9/1964, The James Bond film Goldfinger premiered in LeicesterSquare, London.

18/11/1962. The first James Bond film, Dr No, was released.

16/6/1960, Alfred Hitchcock�s terrifying film Psycho opened in new York.

11/11/1959, The film Ben Hur premiered in London.

1958, The first �Carry on� film was released, Carry on Sergeant. The series went on for 20 years, with a heavy emphasis on double-entendres.

21/10/1957, Elvis Presley�s 3rd musical drama film, Jailhouse Rock, opened in the USA.

3/11/1954, The first Godzilla movie was released in Japan. The story was of a giant beast awoken from a million-year slumber by nuclear weapons testing in the south Pacific.

4/3/1950, Walt Disney�s Cinderella was released.

9/1/1951, The first film to receive the new X rating opened in London. Entitled Life Begins Tomorrow, it received the rating for a scene dealing with artificial insemination.

13/8/1942, The Walt Disney film Bambi premiered at Radio City Music Hall, New York.

31/10/1941, The Walt Disney film Dumbo was released today.

13/11/1940, The Walt Disney film Fantasia had its first showing.

27/7/1940, Warner Brothers released the film A Wild Hare, Bugs Bunny�s first feature film, containing the line Eh, what�s up doc?

14/1/1938, Walt Disney�s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full length colour and sound animated cartoon, went on general release across the USA.

21/12/1937. Walt Disney�s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full length colour and sound animated cartoon was premiered in Los Angeles, USA.

5/2/1936, Charlie Chaplin released the last ever silent film, Modern Times.

2/3/1933, The film King Kong premiered in New York.

20/1/1929, In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking ,movie filmed outdoors, was released.

19/9/1928. The first cartoon talking picture, Walt Disney�s Steamboat Willie, with Mickey Mouse (originally called Mortimer Mouse), was shown in New York.

6/7/1928, The first all-talking feature film, Lights of New York, was presented at The Sound Theatre, New York.

10/1/1927, The futuristic film Metropolis, by Fritz Lang, premiered. It was the most expensive silent film made so far, costing 7 million German Marks, equivalent to US$ 200 million in 2005.

16/8/1925, Charlie Chaplin�s film Gold Rush was premiered in America.

21/12/1925. Battleship Potemkin, a film by Sergei Eisenstein, opened in the USSR.

1/11/1925, The Buster Keaton film Go West opened.

23/9/1912. Mack Sonnett released the first Keystone Cops film.

21/9/1903. The first Wild West movie, Kit Carson, opened in the USA. It was 21 minutes long.


Appendix 1b � Film Productiom

8/4/1985, Rupert Murdoch bought Twentieth Century Fox.

1960, Just 10 million people in the UK visited the cinema at least once a week, compared to 25 million in 1954. TV had made great inroads into cinema audiences, but rigid cinema film distribution schedules did not help. New films, of whatever standard, good or bad, were shown, for example,across northwest London for a week, trhen for a week in north east London; south London generally got the last viewings, by which time the film would have lost miuch of its novelty factor. UK cinema admissions declined from 600 million in 1959 to 225 million in 1970.

1959, BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, was flrmed from an amalgamation of the British Film Academy (founded 1948) and the Guild of Television Producers (founded 1954). It gives annual awards for merit in the TV and film industry,

1959, The first film made in Smell-o-Vision (The Scent of Mystery) was released. The process did not catch on.

22/1/1959, Two thirds of British homes now had a television. The Rank Organisation, on 17/9/1959, said cinema attendance in Britain fell from 1.396 million in 1950 to 1.101 million in 1956 and was still in decline.

10/4/1953, The first full colour feature film from a major studio, The House of Wax, premiered at New York�s Paramount Theater.

18/2/1953, The first 3-D film, Bwana Devil, opened in New York City.

9/4/1951, The first trials of Pay-per-View TV in Chicago, Illinois. Viewers paid US$3 to download three films.

20/9/1946. The first Cannes Film Festival opened.

30/9/1936, Pinewood Film Studios opened.

1935, The first film made in 3-colour Technicolour, Becky Sharp, was released. In 1932 Technicolour was first utilised for a Walt Disney cartoon film. The process is no longer used.

1933, Joseph Arthur Rank entered the film industry, to promote Methodism.

1933, The British Film Institute (BFI) was founded to promote the cinema sa a means of entertainment and instruction. The BFI includes the National Film Archive (founded 1935) and the National Film Theatre (founded 1951).

1930, The Western Big Trail was filmed in 70 mm film (see 1917). 70mm was sometimes used for big epic films such as Lawrence of Arabia, but 35mm remained the common standard

18/2/1929, The First Academy Awards, known as Oscars from 1931, were announced.

6/10/1927. The first full length talking picture, The Jazz Singer, opened in New York. The soundtrack was almost entirely music. The biggest problem with sound movies was synchronising speech with mouth movements.

26/3/1927. The Gaumont British Film Corporation was founded.

1925, In Britain the cinema was a major source of entertainment and news. For just 6d, or 2d in the �fleapits� you could a newsreel, a feature film, a second film after an advertisement, and then a cartoon. Children paid just 1d/. The largest cinemas could seat 3,000, but people also stood at the back.

1924, Columbia Pictures, US film and distribution company, was formed.

16/4/1924. The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film corporation was formed by merger.

1923, Warner Brothers US film production company was founded.

1922, Technicolour was first used, initially as a 2-colour (red and green) superimposed image system. The system was expensive and gave poor results, but was improved with a 3-colour system from 1932 and then widely adopted.

1917, 35 mm film was adopted as the industry standard by the Society of Motion Picture Engineers of America, see 1889 and 1930.

1912, Paramount Studios was formed, originally as The Famous Players Film Company, by Adolph Zukor (1873-1976). In 1914 it merged with the distribution company Paramount Pictures. In 1966 the company was taken over by Gulf and Western Industries.

1912, The British Board of Film Censors was founded. It was renamed in 1985 as the British Board of Film Classification.

1910, The USA now possessed some 10,000 �nickelodeons� cinenas where admission was one nickel (5 cents). These cinemas recieved 26 million visitors every week. They showed a succession of short silent films, many consisteing of newsreels, with no continuity or order; patrons were expected to come and go at different times. The short films meant plots were very simple, with no time for character development.

24/2/1909. Colour films were shown to the public for the first time, in Brighton.

1907, Britain�s first film-only picture theatre, the Balham Palace, opened in SW London.

1906, The earliest colour film, made in Kinemacolor, was patented.

5/12/1901. Walt Disney was born.

2/6/1899, Lotte Reiniger, film animator, was born.

3/10/1896, Queen Victoria became the first British monarch to be captured on moving film, at Balmoral.

11/6/1892, The Limelight Department, one of the world�s first film studios, was established in Melbourne, Australia.

1889, Edison invented 35 mm film, see 1917.

23/12/1888. The film magnate J Arthur Rank was born. Born in Hull, England, he was born into a Yorkshire flour milling family. He entered the film business in his mid 30s, seeing it as a way to propagate his Methodist faith. He failed to secure distribution for a religious film called The Turn of the Tide and so began his own production, distribution, and exhibition of films in 1933. By the 1940s the Rank Organisation owned half the film studios in Britain and over 1,000 cinemas, including the well-known Odeon chain. However Rank failed to establish Britain as a rival to Hollywood. The Rank Organisation survives but with films as a secondary interest behind hotels, real estate, ballrooms, bingo, and, most profitable of all, copying machines.


Appendix 2-Telegraph, Radio and Telephone Communications

14/2/1989. Skyphone, the world�s first satellite telephone service, was launched on a British Airways flight from London to New York.

1/1/1985, The first mobile phone call was made, by Ernie Wise to Vodafone.

1962, The concept of music playing whilst a telephone call was on hold was born. Alfred Levy, factory owner, allegedly came up with the idea when a loose wire on his company�s phone system touched a girder which acted as an aerial and picked up music from a nearby radio station. Callers to Mr Levy heard music, not silence, whilst on hold. The advantage of music was that a caller on hold knew they had not been cut off, the line was still open.

12/8/1960. The first US communications satellite, Echo 1, was launched.

1/1/1934. Britain now had over 2 million telephone subscribers, with 275,000 more joining every year.

1/5/1933, The Britain to India telephone service began.

30/4/1930. A telephone link opened between Britain and Australia.

2/12/1929. Britain got its first 22 public phone boxes.

1/1/1929. In the UK, there were now 3.6 telephones per 100 people.

7/1/1927. The transatlantic telephone service between London and New York began. The charge was �15 for three minutes.

11/5/1925. Direct telephone communication between London and Rome began for the first time.

7/1/1924. Direct communication by transatlantic cable and land wire was opened by the Western Union Telegraph Company between London and Chicago.

20/3/1919. Wireless telephone communication established between Ireland and Canada.

22/1/1918, Radio-telegraphic communication was inaugurated between the USA and Italy.

23/1/1908, A 7,000 mile telegraph line from Britain to India began operations.

1902, The Cape Town to Australia cable, via Mauritius and Rodriguez opened.

1901, In the previous 12 months, 84,000,000 telegrams had been sent in the UK, compared to 9,000,000 in 1870/1.

1893, The Mauritius-Seychelles-Aden-Zanzibar-Europe cable opened.

12/7/1892, Cyrus Field, US capitalist who projected the first transatlantic cable, died (born 30/11/1819).

18/3/1891, The London-Paris telephone link opened.The first call was between the Prince of Wales and President Carnot. The link opened to the public on 1/4/1891.

14/3/1891. The submarine Monarch laid the first telephone cable across the English Channel.

24/2/1887, The telephone link between Paris and Brussels was inaugurated, the first such link between national capitals.

18/2/1876. A direct telegraph link was set up between Britain and New Zealand.

23/11/1872. Australia was connected by undersea cable to the rest of the world. The cable ran from Darwin in the north to Java, and also into southern Australia.

3/6/1871. London gained direct communication with Shanghai via an undersea cable laid via San Francisco.

1868, The UK Parliament passed a Bill enabling the Post Office to take over the competing private companies running electric telegraphs along the new rail routes. Electric telegraph links had been installed along the railway between Eustgon and Camden Town in 1837, and along the Great Western line between Paddington and Hanwell, and by the 1850s three large telegraph companies wree competing along the nations railway routes, Parliament considered this competition wasteful, and effectively created the first nationalised company.

27/7/1866. The first successful transatlantic cable was laid by the Great Eastern, which arrived this day at Hearts Content, Newfoundland. Attempts had been made to do this since 1856.

5/8/1858, The first transatlantic cable was completed, by Sir Charles Tilston Bright (1832 � 1888), and opened by Queen Victoria and President Buchanan. See 7/9/1866. It initially worked but failed in October 1858 due to decay of its electrical insulation. A second cable was succesfuly laid in 7/1866.

7/7/1858, Work began on laying the first transatlantic cable.

13/11/1851. A telegraphic service between London and Paris was started.

28/8/1850. The Channel telegraph was laid between Dover and Cap Gris Nez.

30/11/1819, Cyrus Field, US capitalist who projected the first transatlantic cable, was born (died 12/7/1892).


Appendix 3 � Actors, film directors and film stars

4/9/2014, Joan Rivers, US actress, died aged 81/

11/8/2014, Robin Williams, star actor in the film Mrs Doubtfire, died aged 63.

19/7/2014, US actor James Garner died aged 86,

29/4/2014, Bob Hoskins, British actor, died.

6/4/2014, US actor Mickey Rooney died aged 93.

2/2/2014, US actor Philip Seymour Hoffmann died.

23/3/2011, Elizabeth Taylor, UK born Hollywood actress, died aged 79 (born 1932).

4/10/2010, Death of Norman Wisdom, British comedian, aged 95.

29/9/2010, US film star Tony Curtis died aged 85.

29/5/2010, US actor Dennis Hopper died aged 74.

22/1/2008, Australian actor Heath Ledger died aged 28.

30/7/2007, Film directors Michelangelo Antonioni (94) and Ingmar Bergman (89) both died this day.

17/1/2007, Protests in the UK and India after, on the Big Brother Reality Show, Jade Goody was allegedly racist to Shilpa Shetty.

7/5/2006, Richard Carleton, Australian TV journalist, died.

24/2/2006, Dennis Weaver, actor, died.

5/2/2006, Norma Candal, actress, died.

14/1/2006, Shelly Winters, actress, died.

10/12/2005, Richard Pryor, comedian, died.

25/9/2005, Don Adams, actor and comedian, died.

11/7/2005, Frances Langford, actress, died.

6/6/2005, Anne Bancroft, actress, died.

25/5/2005, Graham Kennedy, TV personality, died.

9/3/2005, Sheila Gish, actress, died |(born 23/4/1942).

6/3/2005, Teresa Wright, actress, died (born 27/10/1918).

24/2/2005, Leonard Miall, BBC broadcaster, died (born 6/11/1914).

23/2/2005, Simone Simon, actress, died (born 23/4/1910).

21/2/2005, Gene Scott, TV evangelist, died (born 14/8/1929).

20/2/2005, Sandra Dee actress, died (born 23/4/1942)

17/2/2005, Dan O�Herlihy, actor, died (born 1/5/1919).

11/2/2005, Stan Richards, actor, died (born 8/12/1930).

4/2/2005, Ossie Davis, actor and civil rights activist, died (born 18/12/1917).

1/2/2005, John Vernon, actor, died (born 24/2/1932)

22/1/2005, Patsy Rowlands, actress, died (born 19/1/1934).

17/1/2005, Basil Hoskins, actor, died (born 10/6/1929).

2/12/2004, Alicia Markova, ballerina, died.

10/10/2004, Christopher Reeve, actor, died.

5/10/2004, Rodney Dangerfield, comedian, died.

8/8/2004, Fay Wray, actress, died.

28/3/2004, Sir Peter Ustinov, actor, died.

29/12/2003, Bob Monkhouse, comedian, died.

27/12/2003, Alan Bates, actor, died.

12/11/2003, Actor Jonathan Brandis committed suicide, aged 27 (born 13/4/1976)

14/10/2003, Patrick Dalzel-Job, James Bond inspiration, died.

28/9/2003, Elia Kazan, film director, died.

30/8/2003, Charles Bronson, actor, died.

23/7/2003, Bob Hope, comedian and actor, died.

29/6/2003, Katharine Hepburn, actress, died.

15/6/2003, Hume Cronyn, actor, died.

1/4/2003, Leslie Cheung, actor, died.

28/10/2002, Margaret Booth, film director, died.

25/10/2002, Richard Harris, actor, died.

23/7/2002, Leo McKern, actor, died.

29/6/2002, Rosemary Clooney, actress, died.

23/4/2002, Linda Lovelace, actress, died.

27/3/2002, Billy Wilder, director of films including Some Like It Hot and Sunset Boulevard, died

13/1/2002, Ted Demme, TV director, died.

26/12/2001, Nigel Hawthorne, actor, died.

28/6/2001, Joan Sims, actress, died.

27/6/2001, Jack Lemmon, actor and film director, died.

3/6/2001, Anthony Quinn, actor, died.

11/4/2001, Harry Secombe, actor and comedian, died.

19/2/2001, Stanley Kramer, film director, died.

18/10/2000, Julie London, actress, died.

17/9/2000, British TV producer Paula Yates died from an accidental drug overdose.

5/8/2000, Sir Alec Guinness, actor, died.

21/5/2000. Sir John Gielgud, British actor, died at the age of 96.

21/11/1999, Quentin Crisp, actor, died.

8/5/1999, British film star Dirk Bogarde died, aged 78.

1/5/1999, Oliver Reed, actor, died.

21/3/1999, Ernie |Wise, comedian, died.

7/3/1999, Stanley Kubrick, film director, died.

6/9/1998, Akira Kurosawa, film director, died.

16/5/1998, Ariel Waller, Canadian child actress, was born.

9/5/1998, Alice Faye (Leppert), US actress died aged 83.

28/2/1998, Dermot Morgan, actor and comedian, died.

17/9/1997, Red Skelton, comedian, died.

30/7/1996, Claudette Colbert, actress, died.

2/4/1996, Minnie Pearl, hillbilly comedienne, died.

9/3/1996, George Burns, actor, died.

25/12/1995, Dean Martin, actor, died.

23/11/1995, French film director Louis Malle died.

18/5/1995, Elizabeth Montgomery, actress, died.

25/4/1995, Ginger Rogers, US actress, died.

20/10/1994, Burt Lancaster, US film actor, died.

11/9/1994, Jessica Tandy, actress, died.

8/5/1994, George Peppard, actor, died.

4/3/1994, John Candy, comedian, died.

23/2/1994, Dakota Fanning, actress, was born.

19/2/1994, English film director Derek Jarman died.

22/1/1994, Telly Savalas, actor, died.

12/1/1994, Samuel Bronston, film producer died aged 85.

21/11/1993, Bill Bixby, actor and director, died.

31/10/1993, River Phoenix, US actor, died.

2/10/1993, Tara Lynne Barr, US actress, was born.

26/6/1993, Jack Bittner, entertainer, died.

2/3/1993, Paul Zimmerman, US screenwriter, died (born 3/7/1938).

6/2/1993, Joseph Mankiewicz, film producer, died.

16/1/1993, Florence Desmond, English actress, died (born 31/5/1905).

2/1/1993, Alden Richards, TV actor, was born.

10/12/1992, Melissa Roxburgh, Canadian actress, was born.

5/12/1992, Hilary Tindall, English actress (born 14/8/1938) died.

15/10/1992, Vincent Martella, US actor, was born in Rochester, New York

16/10/1992, Shirley Booth, actress, died.

3/10/1992, Matthew Little, actor, was born.

27/6/1992, Allan Jones, US actor, died aged 84.

6/5/1992. Marlene Dietrich, German actress, died in Paris aged 90. She was born on 27/12/1901 in Berlin, and left Germany for the USA in 1930. Her role in the film The Blue Angel brought her to fame. She became a US citizen in 1937, rejecting attempts by Hitler to bring her talents back to Germany. She played a major role in entertaining the wartime Allied troops. In 1960, on only her second post-war visit to Germany, she encountered hostility from pro-Nazi sympathisers. She subsequently remained hostile to the ideas of returning to Germany again, until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and chose the city as her final resting place.

8/12/1992, Yui Yokoyama, Japanese actress, was born.

25/6/1992, William E Harris, entertainer, died.

21/6/1992, Max Schneider, actor, was born.

5/5/1992, Jean Claude Pascal, actor, died.

24/4/1992, Sean Rademaker, US actor, was born in Washington, DC.

20/4/1992, Comedian Benny Hill died.

20/3/1992, Avonne Taylor, actress, died.

15/3/1992, Jack Washburn, actor, died aged 62.

24/2/1992, Kay Loring, actress, died.

5/2/1992, Laura Liddell, English actress died aged 83.

6/12/1991, Ann Sorg Coston, actress died aged 62.

9/11/1991, Yves Montand, actor, died.

22/10/1991, Peter Willes, British actor, died.

17/10/1991, Tennessee Ernie Ford, TV host, died.

11/10/1991, Redd Foxx, comedian and actor, died.

14/6/1991, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, actress, died.

24/5/1991, Miriam di San Servolo, Italian actress, died (born 1912).

18/5/1991, Muriel Box, British writer, film director and feminist, died aged85.

17/5/1991, Daniel Curtis Lee, American actor, was born.

16/4/1991, David Lean, film director, died.

29/3/1991, Matt Bennett, actor died aged 52 of a brain tumour.

28/3/1991, Amy Bruckner, USactress, was born.

15/12/1990, Betty Warren actress, died.

4/12/1990, Edward Binns, US actor, died of a heart attack aged 74.

8/11/1990, Grampy Davis, USactor, died of a heart attack, aged 87.

3/11/1990, Mary Martin, actress, died.

1/9/1990, Aisling Loftus, English actress, was born.

25/8/1990, Aras Lynemli, Turkish actor, was born.

28/6/1990, Estelle Lamont, entertainer, died.

2/6/1990, Rex Carey Harrison, British actor, died aged 82.

16/5/1990, Sammy Davis Junior, US comedian, died.

29/3/1990, Tai Hara, Australian TV actor, was born.

26/3/1990, Yuya Yagira, Japanese actor, was born.

8/1/1990, Terry-Thomas, actor and comedian, died.

16/12/1989, Lee van Cleef, movie star, died.

20/10/1989, Anthony Quayle, actor, died.

6/10/1989, Sophia Thomalla, German television actress, was born.

23/9/1989, Mara Scherzinger, German actress, was born.

23/7/1989, Daniel Radcliffe, actor, was born.

11/7/1989, Sir Lawrence Olivier, actor, died.

10/7/1989. Mell Blanc, the voice behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig, died.

27/6/1989, Laurence Olivier, British actor, died.

30/4/1989, Sergio Leone, film director, died.

6/3/1989, Harry Andrews, actor, died aged 77.

3/12/1988, Michela Quattrociocche, Italian film actress, was born.

27/11/1988, John Carradine, actor, died.

18/5/1988, Daws Butler, cartoon voice for Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound, died.

27/4/1988, David Scarboro, British actor, died (born 1968)

13/4/1988, Allison Williams, US actress, was born.

11/4/1988, Jean �Jeff� Donnell, US actress, died aged 66 of a heart attack.

10/4/1988, Haley Joel Osment, actor, was born.

16/1/1988, Ballard Berkeley, British actor, died aged 83

7/1/1988, Trevor Howard, actor, died.

27/12/1987, Lily Luahana Cole, English actress, was born.

30/11/1987, James Baldwin, actor, died.

10/11/1987, Jessica Tovey, Australian actress, was born.

26/9/1987, Jang Keun-Suk, TV actor, was born.

24/9/1987, Grey Damon, US TV actor, was born.

29/8/1987, Lee Marvin, actor, died.

28/8/1987, John Huston, film director, died.

24/6/1987, Jackie Gleason, actor, died.

22/6/1987, Fred Astaire, US actor, died.

13/6/1987, Geraldine Page, actress, died.

15/5/1987, Rita Hayworth, US actress, died of Alzheimer�s Disease.

10/4/1987, Shay Mitchell, Canadian actress, was born.

8/3/1987, Milana Vayntrub, TV actress, was born.

3/3/1987, US actor Danny Kaye died.

24/2/1987, Mayuko Iwasa, actress, was born.

21/2/1987, Ashley Green, US actress, was born.

12/2/1987, Lang Jefferies, Canadian actor, died aged 55.

2911/1986, British-born US actor Cary Grant died.

30/3/1986, Easter Sunday. James Cagney, US actor, died.

5/3/1986, Andrew Jenks, US filmmaker, was born.

29/1/1986, Leif Erickson, actor, died.

27/1/1986, Lilli Palmer, actress, died.

14/1/1986, Donna Reed, actress, died.

26/12/1985, Harold P Warren, US film director, died (born 1928).

16/12/1985, Rock Hudson, actor, died.

16/10/1985, Claude Stroud, actor, died.

10/10/1985, Orson Welles, US actor, died aged 70.

30/3/1985, Harold Peary, actor, died of a heart attack aged 76.

21/10/1984, Francois Truffaut, French film director, died aged 52.

5/8/1984, Richard Burton, Welsh actor, died aged 58.

27/7/1984, British actor James Mason died.

7/7/1984, Dame Flora Robson, actress, died.

28/5/1984, Eric Morecambe, comedian on the Morecambe and Wise Show, died in Cheltenham.

4/5/1984, British actress Diana Dors died.

2/3/1984, Louis Basile, actor, died aged 48.

15/2/1984, Ethel Merman, actress, died.

20/1/1984, Johnny Weissmuller, US actor who played Tarzan, died

8/10/1983, Joan Hackett, actress, died.

27/9/1983, Jose Mar�a de Tavira Bianchi, Mexican actor, was born

3/9/1983, Ellie Lambeti, Greek actress, died (born 1926).

29/7/1983, Luis Brunel, Spanish film maker, died aged 83.

5/5/1983, John Williams, actor, died.

5/11/1982, Jacques Tati, French film-maker, died aged 74.

29/10/1982, Nicolas Gob, Belgian actor, was born/

15/10/1982, Imran Naqvi, actor, was born.

30/8/1982, Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman died.

18/7/1982, Priyanka Chopra, actress, was born.

5/6/1982, Scott Speer, US film-maker, was born.

2/6/1982, Jewel Staite, Canadian actress, was born.

31/5/1982, Jonathan Tucker, US film director, was born.

5/3/1982, John Belushi, actor, died.

18/2/1982, Tina Carver, actress, died aged 58.

29/11/1981, Natalie Wood, US actress, died.

16/11/1981, William Holden, actor, died.

13/11/1981, Shawn Yue, Hong Kong actor, was born.

28/3/1981, Julia Stiles, US actress, was born.

28/1/1981, Elijah Wood, actor, was born.

10/1/1981, Richard Boone, actor, died.

19/12/1980, Jake Gyllenhall, actor, was born.

22/11/1980, Mae West, American film star in the 1930s, died aged 88.

7/11/1980, Steve McQueen, Hollywood actor who performed many of his own stunts, died of cancer.

25/10/1980, Mehcad Brooks, US actor, was born.

24/7/1980, Peter Sellers, English film actor, died aged 54.

3/4/1980, Luella Gear, US actress, died aged 82.

29/3/1980, Amy Mathews, Australian actress., was born.

7/3/1980, Divine, actor, died.

30/11/1979, Zeppo Marx, the agent of the Marx brothers, died in London.

18/7/1979, Jared Hess, US film director and screenwriter, was born

11/6/1979. The actor John Wayne died,aged 72.

8/6/1979, British actor Michael Wilding died.

12/4/1979, Claire Danes, actress, was born.

13/2/1979, Jean Renoir, French film director, died.

21/2/1979, Jennifer Love Hewitt, actress, was born.

27/1/1979, Rosamund Pike, actress, was born.

2/1/1979, Suranne Jones, British actress, was born.

18/12/1978, Katie Holmes, actress, was born.

7/12/1978, Shiri Appleby, US actress, was born.

30/10/1978, Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist, died.

25/9/1978, Jodie Kidd, TV personality, was born.

9/9/1978, Jack Warner, film studio founder, died.

9/8/1978, Audrey Tatou, actress, was born.

8/5/1978, Matthew Davis, US actor, was born.

21/6/1978, Erica Durance, Canadian actress, was born.

1/3/1978, Charlie Chaplin�s coffin was stolen from a cemetery in Switzerland.

15/1/1978, Eddie Cahill, US actor, was born New York City.

14/10/1977, Bing Crosby, US actor, died.

2/8/1977, Edward Furlong, actor, was born.

10/5/1977, American film star Joan Crawford died.

27/1/1977, Walter Baldwin, US actor, died aged 88

16/1/1977, Peter Finch, actor, died.

13/1/1977, Orlando Bloom, actor, died.

31/8/1976, Shar Jackson, actress, was born.

23/8/1976, Scott Caan, US actor, was born in Los Angeles, California.

2/8/1976, Fritz Lang, German film director, died aged 85.

26/4/1976, South African-born British actor Syd James died.

13/4/1976, Actor Jonathan Brandis was born in Connecticut USA (committed suicide 12/11/2003, aged 27).

22/3/1976, Reece Witherspoon, actress, was born.

17/3/1976, Luchino Visconti, Italian film director, died aged 69.

14/3/1976, Busby Berkeley, US film director, died.

23/1/1976, Paul Robeson, US actor, died aged 77.

17/12/1975, Milla Jovovich, actress, was born.

25/10/1975, Evel Knievel made his longest motorbike jump, clearing 14 Greyhound buses on his Harley Davidson machine.

5/10/1975, Kate Winslet, British actress, was born.

7/8/1975, Charlize Theron, actress, was born.

27/6/1975, Toby Maguire, actor, was born.

6/6/1975, Larry Blyden, US TVgame show host of What's My Line? was killed aged 49 in a car accident in Morocco.

4/6/1975, Angelina Jolie, actress, was born.

27/4/1975, Nicholas Soussanin, actor, died aged 86.

15/4/1975, British actor Michael Flanders died.

11/4/1975, Josephine Baker, US entertainer, died.

4/3/1975, Queen Elizabeth II knighted the actor Charlie Chaplin.

22/2/1975, Drew Barrymore, US actress, was born.

28/10/1974, Joaquin Phoenix, actor, was born.

13/10/1974, Ed Sullivan, TV host, died.

15/8/1974, Natasha Henstridge, actress, was born.

28/7/1974, Nicole Narain, US-Lebanese actress, was born.

21/7/1974, Steve Byrne, US comedian, was born.

16/7/1974, Robinne Lee, US actress, was born.

21/3/1974, Candy Darling, US transgender actress, died.

31/1/1974, Sam Goldwyn, Polish-born US film producer, died aged 91.

30/1/1974, Christian Bale, actor, was born.

4/12/1973, Tyra Banks, actress, was born.

3/10/1973, Neve Campbell, actress, was born.

1/9/1973, Ram Kapoor, Indian actor, was born in New Delhi.

24/8/1973, David Chapelle, comedian, was born.

29/7/1973, Stephen Dorff, actor, was born.

19/7/1973, US Kung Fu film star Bruce Lee died.

2/7/1973, US actress Betty Grable died.

21/6/1973, Juliette Lewis, US film actress, was born.

16/5/1973, Tori Spelling, US actress, was born.

21/4/1973, Mark Dexter: English actor, was born.

14/4/1973, Adrien Brody, actor, was born.

31/1/1973, Portia de Rossi, actress, was born.

26/1/1973, US actor Edward G Robinson died.

24/12/1972, Melville Ruick, US actor, died aged 74.

22/12/1972, Vanessa Paradis, actress, was born.

28/9/1972, Gwyneth Paltrow, actress, was born.

31/8/1972, Chris Tucker, actor, was born.

15/8/1972, Ben Affleck, actor, was born.

30/4/1972, Josephine Grace Johanna Scoglio, actress, died (born 3/3/1934),

11/4/1972, Natacha Regnier, Belgian actress, was born.

3/4/1972, Jennie Garth, actress, was born.

29/3/1972, J Arthur Rank, British film entrepreneur, created a peer in 1957, died.

28/3/1972, Nick Frost, English comedian and actor, was born.

23/3/1972, Judith Godreche, French actress, was born.

11/1/1972, Amanda Peet, actress, was born.

31/12/1971, Marin Sais, US actress, died (born 1890)

5/12/1971, Kali Rocha, US actress, was born.

17/11/1971, Gladys Cooper, English actress, died aged 82.

18/9/1971, Jada Pinkett Smith, actress, was born.

5/6/1971, Mark Wahlberg, actor, was born.

10/5/1971, Amy Mastura, Malaysian actress, was born.

18/4/1971, David Tennant, actor, was born.

25/2/1971, Sean Astin, US actor, was born in Santa Monica, California.

9/2/1971, Adeline Blondieau, French actress, was born.

6/11/1970, Ethan Hawke, film director, was born.

8/10/1970, Matt Damon, actor, was born.

6/8/1970, M. Night Shyamalan (Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan), Indian-born horror film producer and director; was born in Mahe, Puducherry union territory.

26/4/1970, Gypsy RoseLee, actress, died.

5/3/1970, John Frusciante, rock musician, was born.

31/1/1970, Minnie Driver, actress, was born.

29/1/1970, Heather Graham, actress, was born.

21/12/1969, Julie Delpy, actress, was born.

9/9/1969, Rachel Hunter, actress, was born.

4/9/1969, Noah Taylor, actor, was born

28/7/1969, Jason Priestley, actor, was born.

22/6/1969, Judy Garland, US actress, died.

2/2/1969, Boris Karloff, actor, died.

4/1/1969, Violet and Daisy Hilton, English conjoined twin actresses, died.

3/12/1968, Brendan Fraser, actor, was born.

2/12/1968, Lucy Liu, actress, was born.

8/10/1968, Emily Procter, actress, was born

28/9/1968, Naomi Watts, actress, was born.

21/9/1968, Ricki Lake, actress, was born.

10/9/1968, Guy Ritchie, film director, was born.

28/8/1968, Billy Boyd, Scottish actor known for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, was born.

26/8/1968, Byron Lawson, Canadian actor, was born.

16/8/1968, Donovan Leitch Jr, US actor, was born in London, England.

9/8/1968, Gillian Anderson, actress, was born.

25/6/1968. Comedian Tony Hancock killed himself in a hotel bathroom in Sydney, Australia.

4/6/1968, Dorothy Gish, actress, died.

18/2/1968, Molly Ringwald, actress, was born.

17/2/1968, British actor Sir Donald Wolfit died.

29/1/1968,Edward Burns, actor, was born.

20/1/1968, Melissa Rivers, actress, was born.

16/12/1967, Miranda Otto, actress, was born.

4/12/1967, Bert Lahr, US stage and film actor, died aged 72.

1/12/1967, Nestor Carbonell, TV actor, was born.

24/11/1967, Salli Richardson, actress, was born.

28/10/1967, Julia Roberts, actress, was born.

28/9/1967, Mira Sorvino, actress, was born.

21/8/1967, Carrie Anne Moss, actress, was born

16/7/1967, Will Ferrell, comedian and actor, was born.

20/6/1967, Nicole Kidman, actress, was born.

16/6/1967, Reginald Denny, English actor died aged 75.

6/6/1967, Paul Giamatti, US actor, was born.

14/1/1967, Emily Watson, actress, was born.

21/12/1966, Kiefer Sutherland, actor, was born.

15/12/1966, Walt Disney, US film producer and leader in animation, died.

12/11/1966, David Schwimmer, actor, was born.

11/10/1966, Luke Perry, actor, was born.

7/9/1966, Toby Jones, English film actor, was born in Hammersmith, London

15/8/1966, Debra Messing, actress, was born.

14/8/1966, Halle Berry, actress, was born.

3/8/1966, US nightclub comedian Lenny Bruce was found dead at his Hollywood house.

23/7/1966, Montgomery Clift, actor, died.

28/6/1966, John Cusack, actor, was born.

27/6/1966, JJ Abrams, TV producer, was born.

3/4/1966, Miina Tominaga, Japanese actress, was born in Hiroshima, Japan.

7/3/1966, Joy Tanner, US actress, was born.

3/3/1966, Fernando Colunga, actor, was born.

27/2/1966, Donal Logue, Canadian actor, was born

25/2/1966, Alexis Denisof, US actor, was born.

22/2/1966, Rachel Dratch, US actress, was born

21/2/1966, Bronwen Booth, English actress, was born.

1/2/1966, The silent film comedian Buster Keaton died.

13/1/1966, Patrick Dempsey, actor, was born.

23/12/1965, Eddie Vedder, rock singer (Pearl Jam) was born.

30/11/1965, Ben Stiller, actor, was born.

26/9/1965, Clara Bow, actress, was born.

7/9/1965, John Polson, actor, was born.

23/2/1965, Stan Laurel, English-born American film comedian along with Oliver Hardy, died aged 74.

27/1/1965, Alan Cumming, actor, was born.

9/1/1965, Joely Richardson, actress, was born.

13/12/1964, Ernesto Almirante, Italian actor, died aged 87.

5/12/1964, Remy Angenot, Flemish actor, died aged 70

28/9/1964. Harpo Marx, the silent one who chased girls and played the harp, died aged 75.

16/9/1964, Rossy de Palma, Spanish actress, was born.

23/5/1964, Staci Greason, actress, was born in Denver, Colorado.

20/4/1964, Crispin Glover, actor, was born.

7/4/1964, Russell Crowe, actor, was born.

29/3/1964,) Easter Sunday. Elle MacPherson, actress, was born.

18/2/1964, Matt Dillon, actor, was born.

5/2/1964, Laura Linney, actress, was born.

29/1/1964, Alan Ladd, actor, died.

21/1/1964, Joseph Schildkraut, Austrian-born American stage and film actor, died aged 67.

18/12/1963, Brad Pitt, actor., was born.

16/12/1963, Benjamin Bratt, actor, was born.

28/10/1963, Lauren Holly, actress, was born.

6/10/1963, Elisabeth Shue, actress, was born.

18/6/1963, Pedro Armendariz, Mexican actor, died aged 51.

9/6/1963, Johnny Depp, actor, was born.

8/5/1963, British comedian Max Miller died.

26/4/1963, Jet Li, actor, was born.

20/3/1963, Actor David Thewlis was born in Blackpool, England.

3/1/1963, Jack Carson, actor, died.

22/12/1962, Ralph Fiennes, actor, was born.

16/12/1962, Lew Landers, US film and TV director, died aged 61.

15/12/1962, Charles Laughton, actor, died.

6/12/1962, Janine Turner, US actress, was born.

13/10/1962, Kelly Preston, actress, was born.

17/9/1962, Baz Luhrmann, film director, was born.

5/8/1962. Marilyn Monroe, US film actress, died in Los Angeles aged 36, of a barbiturates overdose.

31/7/1962, Wesley Snipes, actor, was born.

17/2/1962, Lou Diamond Phillips, actor, was born.

5/2/1962, Jennifer Jason Leigh, actress, was born.

17/1/1962, Jim Carrey, US actor, was born.

28/11/1961, Martin Clunes, actor, was born.

19/11/1961, Meg Ryan, actress, was born.

9/11/1961, Jill Dando, British journalist and BBC television presenter, was born in Weston-super-Mare (murdered 1999).

5/11/1961, Gina Mastrogiacomo, US actress), was born in Long Island, New York (died 2001)

3/10/1961, Dean Lawrence, English actor, was born.

25/9/1961, Heather Locklear, actress, was born.

30/8/1961, Charles Coburn, actor, died.

30/7/1961, Laurence Fishburne, actor, was born.

23/7/1961, Woody Harrelson, actor, was born.

13/5/1961, Gary Cooper, US actor, died.

6/5/1961, George Clooney, actor, was born.

3/4/1961, Eddie Murphy, actor and comedian, was born.

21/2/1961, Christopher Atkins, actor, was born.

13/1/1961, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress, was born.

10/12/1960, Kenneth Branagh, actor, was born.

3/12/1960, Julianne Moore, actress, was born.

16/11/1960, Clark Gable, US actor, died.

5/11/1960, Mack Sennett, Canadian-born US actor and film director, died aged 80.

9/9/1960, Hugh Grant, actor in Four Weddings and a Funeral, was born.

10/8/1960, Antonio Banderas, actor, was born.

22/5/1960, Mohanlal, Indian actor, was born.

24/4/1960, Paula Yates, TV presenter, was born.

31/3/1960, Anne Howard, US actress, was born in San Diego, California

9/2/1960, Joanne Woodward, actress, received the first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

11/1/1960, Stanley Tucci, actor, was born.

31/12/1959,Val Kilmer, actor, was born.

30/12/1959, Tracey Ullman, actress, was born.

11/12/1959, Lisa Gastineau, US reality show star, was born as Lisa D'Amico in Rockland County, New York

18/11/1959, Ulrich Noethen, German actor, was born.

12/11/1959, Vincent Irizarry, US actor, was born.

25/10/1959, Nancy Cartwright, voice actress, was born.

23/10/1959, �Weird Al� Yankovic, comedian, was born.

15/10/1959, Todd Solondz, film director, was born.

14/10/1959, Errol Flynn, British actor, died.

23/9/1959, Jason Alexander, actor, was born.

10/8/1959, Rosanna Arquette, actress, was born.

16/6/1959, George Reeves, actor, died.

31/1/1959, Kelly Lynch, actress, was born.

15/11/1958, US actor Tyrone Power dieed.

10/10/1958, J Peck, USactor, was born.

6/10/1958, Bernie Mac, actor, was born.

15/9/1958, Wendie Sperber, US comedian and actress, was born.

13/9/1958, Bobby Davro, English comedian and actor, was born.

16/7/1958, Michael Flatley, dancer, was born.

8/7/1958, Kevin Bacon, actor, was born.

6/7/1958, Jennifer Saunders, comedienne and director, was born.

30/5/1958, Annette Bening, actress, was born.

29/4/1958, Michelle Pfeiffer, actress, was born.

15/4/1958, Estelle Taylor, US actress, died aged 64.

22/3/1958, Michael Todd, film producer, died.

10/3/1958, Sharon Stone, actress, was born.

7/3/1958, Rick Mayall, actor in The Young Ones, was born.

20/3/1958, Holly Hunter, actress, was born.

10/2/1958, Billy Vine, actor, died.

26/1/1958, Ellen DeGeneres, US actress and talk show host, was born.

26/12/1957, Death of French film pioneer Charles Pathe.

1/11/1957, Brian Stokes Mitchell, actor, was born

30/9/1957, Fran Drescher, actress, was born.

23/9/1957, Rosalind Chao, US actress, was born.

24/8/1957, Stephen Fry, comedian, was born.

18/8/1957, Denis Leary, comedian, was born

7/8/1957, Oliver Hardy, of Laurel and Hardy fame, died of a stroke, aged 65. Laurel was then aged 67.

29/4/1957, Geoffrey Gould, US actor, was born

27/4/1957, Michel Barrette, Canadian actor, was born.

21/3/1957, Sabrina Le Beauf, US actress, was born.

12/3/1957, Josephine Hull, US actress, died aged 71.

18/2/1957, Vanna White, TV game show presenter, was born.

17/1/1957, Keith Chegwin, English television presenter & actor, was born in Walton, Liverpool (died 2017)

14/1/1957, Humphrey Bogart, American film actor and 1951 Oscar winner, died of throat cancer.

8/1/1957, Amanda Burton, actress, was born

3/1/1957, Frank Dicopoulos, US actor, was born in Akron, Ohio

29/12/1956, Fred MacAulay, Scottish comedian, was born in Perth, UK.

20/11/1956, Bo Derek, actress, was born.

8/11/1956, Richard Curtis, English actor, was born.

8/10/1956, Stephanie Zimbalist, actress, was born.

20/9/1956, Gary Cole, actor, was born.

17/9/1956, Rita Rudner, comedienne, was born.

21/8/1956, Kim Cattrall, actress, was born.

16/8/1956, Hungarian-born US actor Bela Lugosi died.

9/7/1956, Tom Hanks, actor, was born.

2/7/1956, Jerry Hall, actress, was born.

30/4/1956, Lars von Trier, film director, was born

7/3/1956, Bryan Cranston, US actor, was born.

27/1/1956, Mimi Rogers, actress, was born.

23/1/1956, Hungarian-born British film director Sir Alexander Korda died.

21/1/1956, Geena Davis, actress, was born.

9/1/1956, Imelda Staunton, actress, was born.

7/1/1956, David Caruso, actor, was born.

13/12/1955, Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries) made her stage debut at the Union Theatre, Melbourne, Australia.

29/11/1955, Howie Mandel, comedian, was born in Toronto, Ontario

30/9/1955, TV actor James Dean was killed when his Porsche careered off the road near Los Angeles.

21/7/1955, Willem Dafoe, actor, was born.,

6/6/1955, Sandra Bernhardt, actress, was born.

27/6/1955, Isabelle Adjani., actress, was born.

19/3/1955, Bruce Willis, actor, was born.

19/2/1955, Jeff Daniels, actor, was born.

6/1/1955, Rowan Atkinson, actor and comedian, was born.

28/12/1954, Denzel Washington, actor, was born.

22/11/1954, Roy Rene (Mo), comedian, died.

7/9/1954, Corbin Bernsen, actor, was born.

28/6/1954, Alice Krige, actress, was born.

19/6/1954, Kathleen Turner, actress, was born.

30/4/1954, Jane Campion, film director, was born.

18/4/1954, Easter Sunday. Rick Moranis, comedian, was born.

16/4/1954, Ellen Barkin, US actress, was born in New York City.

10/4/1954, Auguste Lumiere, French cinema pioneer, died.

9/4/1954, Dennis Quaid, actor, was born.

8/4/1954, Fritzi Scheff, US actress and singer, died aged 74.

2/4/1954, Ron Palillo, actor, was born (died 2012).

17/3/1954, Lesley Anne Down, actress, was born.

18/2/1954 John Travolta, US film actor, was born in Englewood, New York State.

17/2/1954, Rene Russo, actress, was born.

2/2/1954, Christie Brinkley, actress, was born.

1/2/1954, Bill Mumy, actor, was born.

29/1/1954, Oprah Winfrey, actress and TV host, was born.

6/1/1954, Anthony Minghella, director, was born.

9/12/1953, John Malkovich, actor, was born.

25/11/1953, James Hayden, US actor, was born.

9/10/1953, Tony Shalhoub, actor, was born.

8/10/1953, Nigel Bruce, British actor (Sherlock Holmes), died from a heart attack aged 58.

4/10/1953, Tcheky Karyo, Turkish actor, was born.

17/7/1953, Maude Adams, US actress (born 11/11/1872) died.

13/6/1953, Tim Allen, comedian and actor, was born.

19/4/1953, Ruby Wax, comedienne, was born.

16/3/1953, Isabelle Huppert, actress, was born.

17/2/1953, Norman Pace, actor, was born.

8/2/1953, Mary Steenburgen, actress, was born.

20/12/1952, Jenny Agutter, actress, was born.

10/12/1952, Susan Dey, actress, was born.

9/12/1952, Michael Dorn, US actor (Trek Next Generation), was born in Luling, Texas.

3/12/1952, Mel Smith, English actor, was born.

30/11/1952, Mandy Patinkin, US actor, was born.

3/11/1952, Rosanne Barr, actress and comedienne, was born.

25/9/1952, Christopher Reeve, US actor, was born.

18/8/1952, Patrick Swayze, actor, was born,

7/8/1952, Alexei Sayle, comedian, was born.

31/7/1952, Alan Autry, actor, was born.

27/7/1952, Roxanne Hart, US actress, was born.

7/6/1952, Liam Neeson, actor, was born.

27/3/1952, Maria Schnieder, actress, was born.

24/10/1951, Todd Crespi, actor, was born in Frankfurt, Germany.

6/8/1951, Daryl Somers, TV presenter, was born.

5/8/1951, John Jarratt, actor, was born.

21/7/1951, Robin Williams, actor and comedian, was born.

8/7/1951, Angelica Huston, actress, was born.

6/7/1951, Geoffrey Rush, actor, was born.

20/4/1951, Luther Vandross, singer, was born.

4/4/1951, Al Christie, Canadian film director and producer died (born 1881)

5/3/1951, Giorgos Ninios, Greek actor, was born.

12/1/1951, Kirstie Alley, actress, was born.

18/12/1950, Gillian Armstrong, film director, was born

31/10/1950, Jane Pauley, news anchor, was born.

23/10/1950, Al Jolson, US film actor, died aged 64.

21/9/1950, Bill Murray, actor, was born.

11/5/1950, Jeremy Paxman, TV broadcaster, was born.

18/2/1950, John Hughes, film director, was born.

5/2/1950, Marie-Pierre Castel, French actress, was born.

23/1/1950, Richard Dean Anderson, actor, was born.

16/1/1950, Debbie Allen, actress, was born.

5/1/1950, Malcolm Hardee, comedian, was born (died 2/2/2005).

25/12/1949, Sissy Spacek, actress, was born

15/12/1949, Don Johnson, actor, was born

11/12/1949, Teri Garr, actress, was born.

4/12/1949, Jeff Bridges, actor, was born.

6/11/1949, Nigel Havers, actor, was born.

21/10/1949, Jacques Copeau, French actor, died in Beaune.

8/10/1949, Sigourney Weaver, actress, was born/

25/9/1949, Anson Williams, USactor, was born in Los Angeles, California.

16/9/1949, Susan Ruttan, US actress, was born in Oregon City, Oregon.

31/8/1949, Richard Gere, actor, was born.

7/7/1949, Shelley Duval, actress, was born.

22/6/1949, Meryl Streep, actress, was born.

15/6/1949, Simon Callow, actor, was born.

2/5/1949, Alan Titchmarsh, gardener and TV personality, was born in Ilkley, England

8/4/1949, John Madden, film director, was born.

29/3/1949, Eric Idle, comedian, was born.

22/3/1949, Fanny Ardant, actress, was born.,

16/3/1949, Leyland Hodgson, British-born US actor, died aged 56.

24/1/1949, John Belushi, actor, was born

14/1/1949, Lawrence Kasdan, director and screenwriter, was born.

9/1/1949, British comedian Tommy Handley died.

27/12/1948, Gerard Depardieu, French actor, was born.

3/11/1948, Lulu, or Marie Lawrie, actress, was born.

17/10/1948, Margot Kidder, actress, was born.

29/9/1948, Bryant Gumbel, TV host, was born.

19/9/1948, Jeremy Irons, actor, was born.

23/7/1948, US film director David Wark Griffith died.

24/2/1948, Denis Waterman, actor, was born.

16/1/1948, John Carpenter, film director, was born.

29/12/1947, Ted Danson, actor, was born in San Diego.

29/10/1947, Kevin Kline, actor, was born.

17/10/1947, Michael McKean, actor, was born.

26/8/1947, Anne Archer, actress, was born.

15/4/1947, Lois Chiles, actress and model, was born in Houston, Texas;

12/4/1947, David Letterman, US talk show host, was born.

19/3/1947, Glenn Close, actress, was born.

16/3/1947, Robin Williams, actor and comedian, was born.

14/3/1947, Billy Crystal, actor and comedian, was born.

24/2/1947, Edward James Olmos, actor, was born.

2/1/1947, Larry David, comedy writer, actor and TV producer, was born in Brooklyn, New York

5/8/1946, Loni Anderson, actress, was born.

19/7/1946, Mrs Norma Jeane Dougherty, former munitions factory worker and model, took a screen test at 20th Century Fox Studios. The studio suggested she adopt the name Marilyn, after the 1920s musical star Marilyn Miller, and she decided on the last name Monroe, her mother�s maiden name. For 6 months after she signed, she learnt about make-up, hair and acting. She divorced her husband, James Dougherty, a former US Merchant marine, in September 1946.

12/3/1946, Liza Minelli, US actress, was born.

2/2/1946, Farrah Fawcett, US actress, was born.

6/1/1946, Diane Keaton, actress, was born.

17/12/1945, Christopher Cazenove, actor, was born.

21/11/1945, Goldie Hawn, actress, was born.

30/10/1945. Henry Winkler, actor, was born.

28/10/1945, Gilbert Emery, US actor, died aged 70.

20/10/1945, George Wyner, actor, was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

19/10/1945, Divine, actor, was born.

21/9/1945, Jerry Bruckheimer, TV film producer, was born.

2/6/1945, Jon Peters, film producer, was born in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California.

5/1/1945, Roger Spottiswoode, film director, was born in Ottawa, Canada

25/12/1944, Kenny Everett, radio and TV comedian, was born.

14/6/1944, Joe Grifasi, US actor, was born.

11//6/1944, Roscoe Orman, US actor, was born.

19/5/1944, Peter Mayhew, US-British actor (Chewbacca in Star Wars), was born in London, England (died 2019).

10/5/1944, Jim Abrahams, film director was born in Shorewood, Wisconsin

26/3/1944, Diana Ross, US actress, was born.

6/1/1944, Bonnie Franklin, actress, was born.

8/10/1943, Chevy Chase, actor, was born.

27/8/1943, Tuesday Weld, USfilm and TVesday actress, was born.

27/5/1943, Cilla Black, singer and presenter of the TV show Blind Date, was born.

5/5/1943, Michael Palin, actor, was born.

20/4/1943, Edie Sedgwick, actress, was born

31/3/1943, Christopher Walken, US actor, was born in Queens, New York City.

29/1/1943, Tony Blackburn, British radio presenter, was born.

6/1/1943, Luciano Virgilio, Italian actor, was born.

5/12/1942, Randy Kirby, US actor was born in Chicago, Illinois

30/11/1942, Buck Jones, US actor, died.

24/11/1942, Billy Connolly, Scottish comedian, was born.

18/11/1942, Linda Evans, US actress, was born.

29/10/1942, Bob Ross, TV host, was in Daytona Beach, Florida (died 1995)

26/10/1942, Bob Hoskins, actor, was born.

21/10/1942, Judith Sheindlin, US TV personality (Judge Judy), was in Brooklyn, New York

15/10/1942, Penny Marshall, actress, was born.

5/9/1942, Werner Herzog, German film director, was born.

16/8/1942, John Challis, English actor, was born.

13/7/1942, Harrison Ford, actor, was born.

23/4/1942, Sandra Dee, actress, was born (died 20/2/2005)

5/4/1942, Easter Sunday. Peter Greenaway, film director, was born.

21/2/1942, Margarethe von Trotta, film director, was born in Berlin, Germany

19/1/1942. Michael Crawford, British comedy actor, was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, as Michael Dumble-Smith.

3/1/1942, John Thaw, actor, was born.

28/7/1941, Colin Higgins, US film director, was born.

19/5/1941, Nora Ephron, screenwriter and TV director, was born.

8/2/1941, Nick Nolte, US actor, was born in Omaha, Nebraska.

26/1/1941, Scott Glen, actor, was born.

25/1/1941, Gregory Sierra, US actor, wasborn in New York City (died 2021)

8/12/1940, Jenny Linden, English actress, was born.

16/11/1940, Donna McKechnie, US actress, was born.

6/10/1940, Sukumari, Indian film actress, was born in Nagercoil, British India (died 2013)

13/7/1940. Patrick Stewart, actor, was born.

25/5/1940, Joe De Grasse, Canadian film director, died aged 67.

25/4/1940, Al Pacino, actor, was born.

10/3/1940, Chuck Norris, actor, was born.

9/3/1940, Raul Julia, actor, was born.

22/1/1940, John Hurt, actor, was born.

10/11/1939, Russell Means, actor, was born.

27/10/1939, John Cleese, English comedy actor, was born in Weston Super Mare.

7/10/1939, Clive James, TV broadcaster, was born in Sydney.

3/10/1939, Fay Templeton, US actress, died aged 73.

1/9/1939, Lily Tomlin, actress, was born.

31/7/1939,Susan Flannery, soap opera actress, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA.

30/7/1939, Peter Bogdanovich, film director, was born.

26/9/1939, Ricky Tomlinson, actor, was born.

28/4/1939, Judy Carne, actress, was born.

23/4/1939, Lee Majors, actor, was born in Wyandotte, Michigan.

21/2/1939, Richard Beymer, US actor was born in Avoca , Iowa.

11/12/1938, Reg Livermore, entertainer, was born

23/10/1938, Derek Jacobi, actor, was born.

20/10/1938, Emidio Greco, Italian director and screenwriter, was born.

29/8/1938, Elliott Gould, actor, was born.

3/8/1938, Terry Wogan, TV broadcaster, was born in Limerick, Ireland.

20/4/1938, Peter Snow, radio and television presenter and historian, was born in Dublin, Ireland

27/2/1938, Pascale Petit, French actress, was born in Paris, France.

13/2/1938, Oliver Reed, actor, was born.

31/12/1937, Anthony Hopkins, actor, was born.

4/11/1937, Loretta Swit, actress, was born.

8/8/1937, Actor Dustin Hoffman was born.

7/6/1937, Jean Harlow, US actress, died.

1/6/1937, Morgan Freeman, US actor, was born.

11/4/1937, Jill Gascoine, British TV actress, was born in London, England (died 2020)

30/3/1937, Warren Beatty, actor, was born.

29/12/1936, Mary Tyler Moore, actress, was born.

8/12/1936, David Carradine, actor, was born.

30/10/1936, Michael Landon, actor, was born.

26/10/1936, Shelley Morrison, actress, was born in New York City

8/10/1936, David Carradine, actor, was born.

24/9/1936, Jim Henson, puppeteer, was born.

18/8/1936, Robert Redford, actor, was born.

6/7/1936, Dave Allen, comedian, was born (died 10/3/2005).

17/5/1936, Dennis Hopper, actor, was born.

19/3/1936, Ursula Andress, actress, was born.

17/3/1936, Patty Maloney, actress, was born in Perkinsville, New York.

11/2/1936, Burt Reynolds, US actor, was born.

1/10/1935, Julie Andrews, star in The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, was born in Walton on Thames.

18/8/1935, Sir Howard Morrison, entertainer, was born.

8/8/1935, John Laws, radio presenter, was born.

17/7/1935. Donald Sutherland, actor, was born.

20/5/1935, Mickey Rose, US actor, was born (died 2013).

19/4/1935, British comedian Dudley Moore was born.

27/2/1935, Lilian Gish, actress, was born.

25/2/1935, Sally Jessy Raphael, TV talk show host, was born.

9/1/1935, Bob Denver, actor, was born.

29/12/1934, Ed Flanders, actor, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (died 1995)

9/12/1934, Dame Judi Dench, actress, was born.

23/11/1934, Arthur Wing Pinero, English actor, died aged 79.

28/9/1934, Brigitte Bardot, actress, female role model, was born in Paris.

20/9/1934, Sophia Loren, actress, was born.

24/8/1934, Barbara Eden, actress, was born.

28/7/1934, Marie Dressler, US film star, died at santa Barbara, California (born 9/11/1860, Coburg, Ontario, Canada).

21/7/1934, Sir Jonathan Miller, actor and film director, was born.

16/6/1934, Dame Eileen Atkins, actress, was born.

3/3/1934, Josephine Grace Johanna Scoglio, actress, was born (died 30/4/1972),

14/2/1934, Florence |Henderson, actress, was born.

13/2/1934, George Segal, actor, was born.

22/1/1934, Bill Bixby, actor, was born.

19/1/1934, Patsy Rowlands, actress, was born (died 22/1/2005).

29/6/1933, Fatty Arbuckle, actor, died.

11/6/1933, Gene Wilder, actor, was born.

15/4/1933, Elizabeth Montgomery, actress, was born.

9/4/1933, Gian Maria Volont�, Italian actor, was born in Milan, Italy (died 1994)

6/4/1933, Dudley Sutton, British actor, was born.

3/3/1933, Margaret Fink, Australian film producer, was born.

13/2/1933, Kim Novak, actress, was born.

29/12/1932, Inga Swenson, US actress, was born.

10/11/1932, Roy Scheider, actor, was born.

19/10/1932, Robert Reed, actor, was born.

2/8/1932, Peter O�Toole, actor, was born.

7/12/1932, Ella Burstyn, actress, was born.

22/6/1932, Amrish Puri, actor, was born (died 12/1/2005)

13/5/1932, Gianni Boncompagni, Italian television host, was born.

19/4/1932, Jayne Mansfield, US actress, was born.

18/2/1932, Milos Forman, Czech film director and actor, was born.

23/10/1931, English actress Diana Dors was born.

20/6/1931, Martin Landau, actor, was born.

22/3/1931, William Shatner, actor, was born.

15/2/1931, Claire Bloom, actress, was born.

8/2/1931, James Dean, US actor, was born.

7/2/1931, Gloria Talbott, US actress, was born in Glendale, California (died 2000)

23/1/1931, Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina, died.

19/1/1931, Tippi Hedren, actress, was born.

17/1/1931, James Earl Jones, actor, was born.

13/1/1931, Charles Nelson Reilly, actor, was born.

5/1/1931, Robert Duvall, US actor, was born.

8/12/1930, Stan Richards, actor, was born (died 11/2/2005).

1/10/1930, Sir Richard Harris, actor, was born.

26/8/1930, US actor Lon Chaney died.

25/8/1930, Sean Connery, British film actor who played the leading role in seven James Bond movies, was born in Edinburgh as Thomas Connery.

3/8/1930, James Komack, US film director and actor, was born in New York City (died 1997)

24/6/1930, Claude Chabrol, film director, was born.

1/6/1930, Birth of TV actor Edward Woodward, best known for The Equaliser.

30/3/1930, Rolf Harris, Australian entertainer and cartoonist, was born.

24/3/1930, Steve McQueen, US actor, was born.

27/2/1930, Joanne Woodward, actress, was born.

10/2/1930, Robert Wagner, actor, was born.

30/1/1930, Gene Hackman, actor, was born.

11/1/1930, Rod Taylor, actor, was born.

11/12/1929, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, dancer and choreographer, was born

12/11/1929, Grace Kelly, US actress, was born.

12/10/1929, Magnus Magnusson, British writer and TV presenter of the quiz show Mastermind, was born in Reykjavik, Iceland.

11/10/1929, Graham Roberts, actor, was born.

27/9/1929, Barbara Murray, English actress, was born.

20/9/1929, Anna Meara, actress, was born.

14/8/1929, Gene Scott, TV evangelist, was born (died 21/2/2005).

4/8/1929, Kishore Kumar, Indian actor, was born.

16/5/1929, The first Academy Awards were presented in Hollywood, by the Academy�s President, Douglas Fairbanks.

4/5/1929, Audrey Hepburn, actress, was born.

12/2/1929, Lillie Langtry, US actress, died.

12/11/1928, Grace Kelly, US actress, was born (died 1982)

25/10/1928, Marion Ross, actress, was born.

26/7/1928, Stanley Kubrick, US film director, was born (died 1999)

21/7/1928, Ellen Terry, British actress, died.

26/1/1928, Roger Vadim, film director and actor, was born.

23/1/1928, Jeanne Moreau, actress, was born.

9/7/1927, John Drew, US actor, died in San Francisco, California (born 13/11/1853 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

13/12/1927, Christopher Plummer, actor, was born

12/12/1927, Honor Blackman, actress, was born.

4/7/1927, Gina Lollobrigida, Hollywood actress, was born.

3/7/1927, Ken Russell, film director, was born.

7/4/1927, The comedian A Dolan was televised in Whippany, New Jersey, making him the first televised comedian.

31/10/1926, Jimmy Savile, British radio and TV presenter, was born in Leeds, Yorkshire.

31/10/1926. The USA magician and escapologist Harry Houdini died, aged 52. He was born as Ehrich Weisz in Hungary and adopted his later name from the conjuror Robert Houdin whose autobiography he read as a young boy. .Determined to match Houdin�s achievements and to haul his family out of poverty, Houdini ran away to New York to begin a life in magic and entertainment which would enthral thousands. He escaped from handcuffs in an underwater nailed packing crate, and later exposed many psychic frauds. Whilst giving a lecture on spiritualism in Montreal, Houdini was asked if he could withstand a blow to the abdomen. Before he had a chance to prepare himself, Houdini was struck three times by a student. Despite this he managed to perform again, but died of peritonitis in a Detroit hospital a few days later.

23/8/1926, Rudolf Valentino, Hollywood film star, died.

14/7/1926, Harry Dean Stanton, actor, was born.

16/2/1926, John Schlesinger, English actor, was born (died 2003).

20/1/1926, Patricia Neal, actress, was born.

15/1/1926, Maria Schell, actress, was born.

8/12/1925, Sammy Davis Junior, US actor, was born.

2/12/1925, Julie Harris, actress, was born in Grosse Point, Michigan (died 2013)

17/11/1925, Rock Hudson, US actor, was born.

23/10/1925, Johnny Carson, TV presenter, was born (died 23/1/2005).

11/10/1925, Richard Burton, Welsh actor who was married to Elizabeth Taylor twice, was born this day.

8/9/1925, Peter Sellers, comic TV actor, was born.

2/8/1925, Alan Whicker, widely-travelled TV reporter, was born in Cairo, Egypt.

15/7/1925, Harry Dean Stanton, actor, was born.

4/4/1925, Dorothy Alison, actress, was born.

20/2/1925, Robert Altman, film director, was born

8/2/1925, Jack Lemmon, actor and film director, was born.

26/1/1925, Paul Newman, US actor, was born.

21/1/1925, Benny Hill, English comedian, was born in Southampton.

10/10/1924, Ed Wood, flim producer, was borm.

4/10/1924, Charlton Heston, the film star in Ben Hur, was born.

16/9/1924, Lauren Bacall, Hollywood actress, was born.

21/7/1924, Don Knotts, actor and comedian, was born.

7/6/1924, Dolores Gray, US actress, was born in Chicago (died 2002)

12/5/1924, Tony Hancock, English comedian, was born (died 1968).

21/4/1924, Eleonora Duse, Italian actress (born Lombardy, Italy, 3/10/1859) died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

3/4/1924, Marlon Brando, US Hollywood actor, was born.

19/2/1924, Lee Marvin, actor, was born.

8/1/1924, Ron Moody, actor, was born.

9/12/1923, Meggie Albanesi, British actress, died aged 24.

24/10/1923, Sir Robin Day, TV interviewer, was born this day.

4/10/1923, Charlton Heston, US actor, was born

29/8/1923, British film director and actor Sir David Attenborough was born.

29/4/1923, Irvin Kershner, film director, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (died 2010)

13/4/1923, Don Adams, actor, was born.

4/9/1923, Dick York, actor, was born.

22/3/1923, Marcel Marceau, mime artist, was born.

28/2/1923, Charles Durning, actor, was born.

19/1/1923, Jean Stapleton, actress, was born.

13/11/1922, Charles Bronson, US actor, was born.

17/10/1922, Pierre Juneau, Canadian film and broadcast executive, was born in Montreal, Quebec (died 2012)

8/9/1922, Sid Caesar, comedian, was born.

10/6/1922, Judy Garland, US actress, was born.

27/5/1922, Christopher Lee, English actor, was born.

17/1/1922, Betty White, actress, was born.

24/2/1921, Abe Vigoda, US actor, was born (died 2016)

3/11/1921, Charles Bronson, actor, was born.

9/9/1921, Charlie Chaplin arrived at Waterloo Station, London, on the boat train from Southampton, to a rapturous welcome. He was staying at the Ritz Hotel, socially a million miles from his childhood days in Lambeth.

8/9/1921, Harry Secombe, Welsh actor and comedian, was born.

19/8/1921, Gene Roddenbury, TV producer, was born.

8/6/1921, Sheila Ryan, US actress, was born.

21/6/1921, Jane Russell, US actress, was born.

16/4/1921. Peter Ustinov, actor, was born.

28/3/1921. Dirk Bogarde, English film actor, was born in Hampstead, London.

22/3/1921, Nino Manfredi, Italian actor, was born.

2/3/1921, Kenji Misumi, Japanese film director; was born in Kyoto (died 1975)

27/1/1921, Donna Read, actress, was born.

30/11/1920, Virginia Mayo, actress, was born (died 17/1/2005).

17/10/1920, Montgomery Clift, actor, was born.

1/10/1920, Walter Matthau, US actor, was born.

27/9/1920, William Conrad, actor, was born.

17/8/1920, Maureen O'Hara, Irish-born US film actress, was born (died 2015)

29/6/1920, Ray Harryhausen, film producer, was born.

30/3/1920, Turhan Bey, actor, was born in Vienna, Austria.

6/3/1920, Lewis Gilbert, British film director, was born in Hackney, London (died 2018)

4/2/1920, Norman Wisdom, British comedian, was born as Norman Wisden.

3/2/1920, Bibi Osterwald, actress, was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.

7/7/1919, Jon Pertwee, actor, was born,

29/6/1919, Slim Pickens, actor, was born.

19/4/1919, Merce Cunningham., choreographer, was born.

17/4/1919, The United Artists film distribution company was founded in Hollywood.

18/2/1919, Jack Palance, actor, was born.

9/12/1918, Kirk Douglas, US actor, was born.

22/10/1918, Myrtle Gonzalez, US actress, was born.

14/7/1918, Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman was born.

1/6/1918, Nathalie Krassovska, ballerina, was born (died 8/2/2005).

16/4/1918, Spike Milligan, British-Irish actor and comedian, was born.

4/2/1918, Ida Lupino, actress, was born.

29/1/1918, John Forsythe, actor, was born.

11/7/1917, Yul Brynner, US actor, was born.

6/8/1917, Robert Mitchum, Hollywood actor, was born in Connecticut, USA.

25/4/1917, Ella Fitzgerald, singer, was born.

6/2/1917, Zsa Zsa Gabor, actress, was born.

24/1/1917, Ernest Borgnine, actor, was born.

18/12/1916, Bettie Grable, US actress, was born.

9/12/1916, Kirk Douglas, actor, was born.

4/11/1916, Walter Cronkite, news broadcaster, was born.

27/10/1916, Bob de Lange, Dutch actor, was born.

5/4/1916, Gregory Peck, US actor, was born.

26/2/1916, Jackie Gleason, actor, was born.

18/12/1915, Betty Grable, actress, was born.

7/12/1915, Eli Wallach, actor, was born.

7/7/1915, Yul Brynner, actor, was born.

6/5/1915, Orson Wells, American actor and film director, was born.

21/4/1915, Anthony Quinn, actor, was born.

12/2/1915, Lorne Green, actor, was born.

29/1/1915, Victor Mature, actor, was born.

26/1/1915, William Hopper, actor, was born.

13/12/1914, Fred Coe, US television producer, was born.

10/12/1914, Dorothy Lamour, actress, was born.

26/10/1914, Jackie Coogan, actor, was born.

5/5/1914, US actor Tyrone Power was born.

2/4/1914, British actor Sir Alec Guinness was born.

26/2/1914, Robert Alda, actor, was born.

20/1/1914, Roy Plomley, who created �Desert Island Discs�, was born. He began his career as a copywriter for an advertising agency then became an actor. He then became an announcer for a French commercial radio station. He was awarded the OBE in 1975.

4/1/1914, Jane Wyman, actress, was born.

30/11/1913. Charlie Chaplin made his film debut in Mack Sennett�s short film Making a Living.

9/11/1913, Hedy Lamarr, actor, was born.

2/11/1913, Burt Lancaster, US actor, was born.

19/9/1913, Frances Farmer, actress, was born.

25/6/1913, Cyril Fletcher, TV comedian, was born (died 2/1/2006).

18/1/1913, Danny Kaye, US actor, was born (died 1987).

21/11/1912, Eleanor Powell, actress, was born.

25/10/1912, Minnie Pearl, comedian, was born.

23/8/1912, Gene Kelly, US singer and dancer, was born

12/8/1912, Samuel Fuller, US film director, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts (died 1997)

11/5/1912, Phil Silvers, US actor famous for his role as Sergeant Bilko, was born.

21/4/1912, Marcel Camus, film director, was born.

6/8/1911, Lucille Ball, US TV actress, was born.

16/7/1911, US actress Ginger Rogers was born.

3/6/1911, Paulette Goddard, actress, was born.

17/5/1911, Maureen O�Sullivan, actress, was born.

5/4/1911, Gordon Jones, actor, was born in Alden, Iowa, USA.

3/3/1911, Jean Harlow, actress, was born.

26/11/1910, Cyril Cusack, actor, was born.

14/7/1910, William Hanna, animator, was born.

23/3/1910, Akira Kurosawa, Japanese film maker, was born/

1/3/1910, British actor David Niven was born.

6/1/1910, Loretta Young, actress, was born.

9/12/1909, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, actor, was born

8/11/1909, Katherine Hepburn, US actress, was born.

15/5/1909, British actor James Mason was born.

11/2/1909, Joseph Mankiewicz, film director, was born.

14/1/1909, Joseph Losey, US film director, was born (died 1984).

18/11/1908, Imogene Coca, American actress, was born (died 2001)

9/10/1908, Jacques Tati, French comedian who created Monsieur Hulot�s Holiday, was born.

14/9/1908, Clayton Moore, actor, was born in Chicago, Illinois.

20/5/1908, US actor James Stewart was born.

7/4/1908, Laurie West, TV weatherman, was born (died 16/3/2005)

23/3/1908, Birth of US actress Joan Crawford.

5/3/1908, Sir Rex Harrison, actor, was born.

20/3/1908, Sir Michael Redgrave, actor, was born.

22/2/1908, Birth of actor John Mills.

5/2/1908, Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twin actresses, were born.

22/12/1907, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, actress, was born.

29/9/1907, Gene Autry, entertainer, was born.

15/9/1907, Fay Wray, actress, was born.

4/6/1907, Rosalind Russell, actress, was born.

26/5/1907, John Wayne, actor, was born.

22/5/1907, Birth of British actor, Laurence Olivier.

12/5/1907, Katharine Hepburn, US actress, was born.

15/2/1907, Cesar Romero, actor, was born.

30/1/1907, Henri Murray, French actor, was born.

13/1/1907, Jeff Morrow, US actor, was born in New York city (died 1993)

5/8/1906, John Huston, film director, was born.

3/7/1906, George Sanders, actor, was born.

3/5/1906, Nancy Astor, actress, was born.

6/2/1906, Nin� Gordini Cervi, Italian actress, was born.

5/2/1906, John Carradine, actor, was born.

13/10/1905, Sir Henry Irving, the first British actor to receive a knighthood, gave his final performance in Bradford, Yorkshire, before collapsing and dying in the arms of his dresser at the Midland Hotel.

18/9/1905. Greta Garbo, the Swedish shop-girl who became a famous film star, was born.

16/5/1905, Bob Hope, US comedian, was born.

15/5/1905, Henry Fonda, actor, was born.

3/4/1905, Joseph Jefferson, US actor, died (born 20/2/1829).

16/3/1905, Elisabeth Flickenschildt, German actress, was born in Hamburg, Germany (died 1977)

18/1/1905, Chick Chandler, US actor, was born in Kingston, New York (died 1988)

12/1/1905, Tex Ritter, actor, was born.

1904, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) was set up to train actors. In 1905 it moved to premises in Gower Street, London.

2/12/1904, Ann Gilbert, US actress, died (born 21/10/1821).

15/11/1904, Tilly Losch, Austrian actress, was born in Vienna, Austria (died 1975)

29/9/1904, Greer Garson, actress, was born.

7/7/1904, James Cagney, film director, was born in New York.

3/5/1904, John Breeden, US actor, was born in San Francisco, California (died 1977)

1/4/1904, Sid Field, English actor was born (died 1950).

18/1/1904, Cary Grant, American film actor, was born in Bristol, England, as Alexander Archibald Leach.

10/1/1904, Ray Bolger, actor, was born.

18/6/1903, Jeanette MacDonald, actress and singer, was born.

29/5/1903, Bob Hope, comedian, was born.

3/5/1903, Actor and singer Bing Crosby was born (died 1977).

28/2/1903, Vincente Minnelli, film director, was born.

9/11/1902, British film director Anthony Asquith was born.

27/12/1901, Marlene Dietrich, German actress, was born.

5/12/1901, Walt Disney was born.

28/9/1901, Ed Sullivan, TV show host, was born.

19/9/1901, Joe Pasternak, film producer, was born.

7/5/1901, US actor Gary Cooper was born.

14/4/1901, US actors were arrested at the Academy of Music, New York, for wearing costumes on a Sunday.

18/3/1901, Russian-German dancer Tatiana Gsovsky was born.

9/2/1901, James Murray, US actor, was born (died 1936).

27/12/1900, Marlene Dietrich, US actress, was born (died 1992).

6/12/1900, Agnes Moorhead, actress, was born.

22/2/1900, Luis Bunuel, Spanish film maker, was born (died 1983).

24/9/1899, John Clarke, US actor, died (born 3/9/1833).

13/8/1899, Birth of film director Alfred Hitchcock.He was born in Leytonstone, London, the son of a greengrocer.

17/7/1899, James Cagney, actor, was born.

5/7/1899, Jean Cocteau, film director, poet, artist, novelist, was born in Maisons-Lafitte, France.

12/3/1899, Mary Keeley, English actress, died.

31/10/1898, Helena Faucit, English actress, died (born 1817).

13/8/1898, Alfred Hitchcock, film director, born in Leytonstone.

19/6/1897, Moe Howard, comic actor, was born.

30/10/1896, Ruth Gordon, actress, was born.

12/1/1896, Tommy Handley, British comedian, was born in Liverpool.

24/12/1895, Carl Brisson, Danish actor, was born in Copenhagen (died in Copenhagen 26/9/1958).

2/10/1895, Bud Abbott, actor and comedian, was born.

6/5/1895, Rudolph Valentino, actor, was born.

1/2/1895, John Ford, film director, was born.

15/9/1894, Jean Renoir, film director, was born.

31/5/1894, Fred Allen, US actor, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (died 17/3/1956 in New York).

11/5/1894, Martha Graham, choreographer, was born.

14/2/1894, Jack Benny, actor, was born.

14/10/1893, Lilian Gish, actress, was born.

17/8/1893, Actress Mae West was born.

2/10/1893, David James, English actor, died (born 1839).

10/2/1893, Jimmy Durante, actor, was born.

1/2/1893, In New Jersey, USA, Thomas Edison opened the world�s first film studio.

7/12/1892, Fred Leslie, English actor, died (born 1/4/1855).

25/10/1892, Leo G Carroll, actor, was born.

23/10/1892, Gummo Marx, actor and comedian, was born.

29/7/1892, William Powell, actor, was born.

13/6/1892, Basil Rathbone, actor, was born.

18/1/1892, Oliver Hardy, comedian in the Laurel and Hardy duo, was born in Atlanta, Georgia.

20/3/1891, Lawrence Barratt, US actor, died born in Paterson, New Jersey 4/4/1838).

5/12/1890, Fritz Lang, film director, was born.

2/10/1890, Julius Groucho Marx was born (died 1977).

16/6/1890, Stan Laurel, of the Laurel and Hardy duo, was born as Arthur Stanley Jefferson in Ulverston, Lancashire (now Cumbria). Oliver Hardy was born in America on 18/1/1892.

24/2/1890, Marjorie Main, actress, was born.

9/11/1889, Claude Rains, actor, was born.

17/6/1889, John Gilbert, US actor, died (born 27/2/1810).

16/4/1889, Birth of comedian Sir Charles Chaplin in Kennington, London (died 1977). He was the son of two music hall entertainers.

24/12/1888, Michael Curtiz, film director, was born.

23/11/1888, Harpo Marx, one of the Marx Brothers comedy team, was born in New York City.

12/3/1888, Vaslav Nijinski, ballet dancer and choreographer, was born.

16/8/1887, Augustine Brohan, French actress, died (born 22/1/1807).

25/6/1887, George Abbott, US actor, was born in Forestville, New York.

18/3/1887, Chico Marx, comedian, was born.

23/1/1886, Jean Bressant, French actor, died (born 23/10/1815).

8/11/1885, John McCullough, US actor, died.

13/1/1884, Sophie Tucker, comedienne and vaudeville performer, was born.

15/7/1883, Tom Thumb, the American circus midget who finally attained a height of 40 inches, died.

23/5/1883, Douglas Fairbanks, US actor, was born in Denver, Colorado (died 12/12/1939 in Santa Monica, California).

1/4/1883, Lon Chaney, actor in Phantom of the Opera, was born.

20/10/1882, Bela Lugosi, actor, was born.

29/8/1882, Samuel Goldwyn was born.

12/2/1882, Madame Celeste, French actress, died (born 16/8/1815) 12/2/1882).

12/2/1881, Anna Pavlova, ballerina., was born

7/6/1880, John Brougham, British actor, died (born 9/5/1814).

15/8/1880, Adelaide Neilson, British actress, died.

3/2/1880, Lina Abarbanell, German actress, was born in Berlin (died 6/1/1963).

29/1/1880, William Claude Dukenfield (WC Fields), actor, was born (died 25/12/1946).

27/12/1879, Sydney Greenstreet, actor, was born.

5/8/1879, Charles Fechter, actor, died (born 23/10/1824)

11/6/1879, Max Schrek, actor, died

8/6/1878, Charles Matthews, English actor, died (born 26/12/1803).

26/1/1876, Antoine Frederick-Lemaitre, French actor, died (born 28/7/1800).

1/12/1875, Pauline Dejazet, French actress, died (born 30/8/1798).

22/3/1875, Hezekiah Bateman, US actor, died (born in Baltimore, Maryland 6/12/1812).

30/12/1874, Ludwig Dessoir, German actor, died (born 15/12/1810).

24/8/1874, William Betty, English actor, died (born in Shrewsbury 13/9/1791).

24/4/1874, Harry Houdini, American magician and escapologist, was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, as Ehrich Weiss. He was the son of a rabbi from Budapest.

4/11/1873, Laura Keene, actress, died

27/4/1873, William MacReady, English actor, died (born 3/3/1793).

12/12/1872, Edwin Forrest, US actor, died (born 9/3/1806).

11/11/1872, Maude Adams, US actress, was born (died 17/7/1953).

7/8/1872, Gustav Devreint, German actor, died (born 4/9/1803).

1/2/1872, Bogumil Dawison, German actor, died (born 1818).

10/8/1868, Adah Menken, US actress, died.

24/9/1861, William Farren, English actor, died (born 13/5/1786).

17/1/1861, Marie Gilbert, Irish dancer, died (born 1818).

9/2/1860, William Burton, actor, died (born 1804).

12/11/1859, French acrobat Jules Leotard performed the first circus trapeze act at the Cirque Napoleon, Paris, wearing the famous costume named after him.

28/7/1859, Mary Anderson, US actress, was born in Sacramento, California.

4/11/1858, Francis Benson, English actor, was born in Tunbridge Wells.

25/7/1857, Nathaniel Goodwin, US actor, was born.

24/5/1857, Richard Mansfield, US actor, was born (died 30/8/1907).

1/4/1855, Fred Leslie, English actor, was born (died 7/12/1892).

12/11/1854, Charles Kemble, actor, died

1/5/1852, Calamity Jane, Wild West performer, was born.

9/12/1847, George Grossmith, English comedian, was born.

20/3/1847, Anne Boutet, French actress, died (born 9/2/1779).

26/10/1845, Edward Harrigan, US actor, was born.

22/10/1845, Sarah Bernhardt, French actress, was born in Paris.

30/4/1845, Henry Crane, US actor, was born.

22/10/1844, Sarah Bernhardt, actress, was born.

16/5/1844, Sir John Hare, English actor, born

16/12/1843, William Kendal, English actor, was born.

14/5/1841, Sir Squire Bancroft, actor, was born near London.

28/2/1841, Jean Mounet-Sully, French actor, was born.

23/1/1841, Benoit Coquelin, French actor, was born (died 8/2/1909).

3/10/1838, Otto Devrient, German actor, was born (died 23/6/1894).

4/4/1838, Lawrence Barratt, US actor, was born in Paterson, New Jersey (died 20/3/1891).

4/1/1838, Charles Sherwood Stratton was born. He later became famous as Tom Thumb, a midget exhibited by Phineas Barnum.

31/5/1837, Joseph Grimaldi, famous English clown, died (born 18/12/1779).

13/11/1833, Edwin Booth, US actor, was born in Belair, Maryland (died 7/6/1893).

3/9/1833, John Clarke, US actor, was born (died 24/9/1899).

15/5/1833, Edmund Kean, actor, died (born 17/3/1787)

20/12/1832, Ludwig Devrient, German actor, died (born 15/12/1784).

6/2/1832, Joseph Munden, English actor, died.

26/7/1831, William Florence, US actor, was born (died 14/11/1891).

26/12/1803, Charles Matthews, English actor, was born (died 8/6/1878).

1/11/1827, Friedrich Haase, German actor, was born.

23/10/1824, Charles Fechter, actor, was born (died 5/8/1879).

26/2/1823, John Philip Kemble, actor, died (born 1/2/1757)

1/10/1822, Francois Got, French actor, was born (died 1901).

3/3/1822, Abraham Benard, French actor, died (born 26/10/1750).

21/10/1821, Ann Gilbert, US actress, was born (died 2/12/1904).

7/9/1819, Jeanne Arnould-Plessey, French actress, was born in Metz (died 1897).

23/7/1816, Charlotte Cushman, US actress, was born (died 18/2/1876).

3/7/1816, Dorothea Jordan, Irish actress, died.

25/5/1816, Anne Lange, French actress, died (born 17/9/1772).

23/10/1815, Jean Bressant, French actor, was born (died 23/1/1886).

16/8/1815, Madame Celeste, French actress, was born (died 12/2/1882).

4/3/1815, Frances Abington, English actress (born 1737) died.

9/5/1814, John Brougham, British actor, was born (died 7/6/1880).

6/12/1812, Hezekiah Bateman, US actor, was born in Baltimore, Maryland (died 2/3/1875).

26/9/1811, George Cooke, English actor, died (born 1756).

15/12/1810, Ludwig Dessoir, German actor, was born (died 30/12/1874).

5/7/1810, American showman Phineas T Barnum was born in Bethel, Connecticut.

27/2/1810, John Gilbert, US actor, was born (died 17/6/1889).

22/1/1807, Augustine Brohan, French actress, was born (died 16/8/1887).

9/3/1806, Edwin Forrest, US actor, was born (died 12/12/1872).

4/9/1803, Gustav Devreint, German actor, was born (died 7/8/1872).

23/7/1803, Charles Lewes, English actor, died.

28/7/1800, Antoine Frederick-Lemaitre, French actor, was born (died 26/1/1876).

5/8/1799, Jean Colson, French actor, died (born 16/1/1725).

30/8/1798, Pauline Dejazet, French actress, was born (died 1/12/1875).

15/5/1797, Pierre Lafont, French actor, was born (died 19/4/1873).

5/4/1797, Karl Devrient, German actor, was born (died 4/10/1877).

1/2/1794, Etienne Arnal, actor, was born in Meulan (died 1872).

3/3/1793, William MacReady, English actor, was born (died 27/4/1873).

13/7/1791, William Betty, English actor, was born in Shrewsbury (died 24/8/1874).

31/10/1790, John Edwin, English actor, died (born 10/8/1749).

16/2/1788, George Anne Bellamy, English actress, died.

17/3/1787, Edmund Kean, actor, was born (died 15/5/1833).

13/5/1786, William Farren, English actor, was born (died 24/9/1861).

6/12/1785, Catherine Clive, British actress, died (born 1711).

15/12/1784, Ludwig Devrient, German actor, was born (died 30/12/1832).

18/12/1779, Joseph Grimaldi, English clown who invented the white face make up for clowns, was born.

9/2/1779, Anne Boutet, French actress, was born (died 20/3/1847).

20/1/1779, David Garrick, English actor and theatre manager, died. He was buried in Westminster Abbey.

16/6/1778, Konrad Ekhof, German actor, died (born 12/8/1720).

8/2/1778, Henri Louis Cain, French actor, died (born 14/4/1728).

10/1/1777, Spranger Barry, British actor, died in London (born in Dublin 23/11/1719).

27/12/1774, Henry Mossop, Irish actor, died.

7/4/1774, Robert Elliston, English actor, was born (died 1831).

17/9/1772, Anne Lange, French actress, was born (died 25/5/1816).

30/1/1766, Susannah Cibber, actress, died (born 1714).

24/1/1760, Lavinia Fenton, English actress, died (born 1708).

11/12/1757, Colley Cibber, English actor, died (born 6/11/1671).

1/2/1757, John Philip Kemble, actor, was born (died 26/2/1823).

26/10/1750, Abraham Benard, French actor, was born (died 3/3/1822).

10/8/1749, John Edwin, English actor, was born (died 31/10/1790).

15/11/1746, Jean Dugazon, French actor, was born (died 1809).

16/8/1738, Joe Miller, English actor, died.

20/3/1730, Adrienne Lecouvreur, Frenchy actress, died (born 5/4/1692).

22/12/1729, Michel Baron, French actor, died (born in Paris 1635).

14/4/1728, Henri Louis Cain, French actor, was born (died 8/2/1778).

16/1/1725, Jean Colson, French actor, was born(died 5/8/1799),

25/1/1723, La Clairon, French actress, was born (died 1803).

12/8/1720, Konrad Ekhof, German actor, was born (died 16/6/1778).

23/11/1719, Spranger Barry, British actor, was born in Dublin (died in London 10/1/1777).

7/11/1713, Elizabeth Barry, actress, died (born 1658).

2/1/1713, Marie Dumesnil, actress, was born (died 20/2/1803).

15/5/1698, Marie Champmesle, French actress, died (born 1642).

5/4/1692, Adrienne Lecouvreur, Frenchy actress, was born (died 20/3/1730).

6/11/1671, Colley Cibber, English actor, was born (died 11/12/1757).


Appendix 5 � Theatres, concerts, operas (see also Music for operatic performances).

12/6/1997, The new Globe Theatre, London, opened.

13/5/1975, Richard Hollingshead, who pioneered the development of the drive-in movie theatre in 1933 In Camden, USA, died this day.

12/6/1974. The Redgrave Theatre, Farnham, opened.

8/9/1971, The John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts opened in Washington DC.

9/8/1962, The National Theatre was established in London, with Sir Lawrence Olivier as director.

10/5/1961, In Britain the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe mocked �The Establishment� (a term coined by the journalist Henry Fairlie in 1955 to describe those holding the power in Britain).

8/5/1956, First performance of John Osborne�s play �Look Back in Anger� at the Royal Court theatre, London. The play heralded the start of the ;Angry Young Men� on the British establishment.

5/11/1955, The rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopened with a performance of Beethoven�s Fidelio. It had been destroyed in an Allied bombing raid on 12/3/1945.

14/1/1947, The newly-renovated Covent Garden Opera House in London opened, with a performance of Bizet�s Carmen.

1934, The opera house at Glyndebourne, East Sussex, England, was established by John Christie (1882-1962).

23/4/1932, The new Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened in Stratford on Avon.

6/1/1931, The New Sadlers Wells Theatre in London was opened.

27/4/1928. The Piccadilly Theatre, London, opened.

6/3/1926. Fire destroyed the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford on Avon. Only a blackened shell was left.

6/1/1914, The Professional Children's School began admitting students interested in theatre work in New York City.

7/11/1912, The Deutscher Opernhaus (now Deutsche Oper Berlin) opened in Charlottenburg, Berlin.

29/10/1911. First stone of the Drury Lane Theatre laid.

9/6/1904, First concert by the London Symphony Hall.

28/2/1883, The first Vaudeville theatre opened, in Boston, USA.

15/5/1862, The third Royal Opera House opened at Covent Garden, London.

30/1/1858, The Halle Opera in Manchester, England, gave its first public concert.

5/3/1856, London�s Covent Garden Opera House was destroyed by fire.

18/9/1809, The Royal Opera House in London opened with a performance of Macbeth. The building burnt down in 1856, and a foundation stone from it was incorporated into the current structure.

27/11/1806, The Adelphi Theatre, London, opened.

24/2/1804, London�s Drury Lane Theatre burnt down, bankrupting its owner, Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

27/7/1787, The Theatre Royal, Margate, was founded.

3/8/1778, La Scala opera housein Milan opened, the work of Guiseppe Piermarini.

30/5/1766, The oldest theatre still in use in Britain, the �Royal;� in Bristol, was opened.

28/9/1745. The National Anthem �God save the King� was first played at the Drury Lane Theatre, London.

7/5/1663, The first Drury Lane theatre, London, opened.

13/4/1644. Demolition of the Globe Theatre on the South Bank, London.

29/6/1613. The Globe Theatre in London burnt down after a cannon was fired during a Shakespeare play and set fire to the roof.


Appendix 6 � Art Galleries

12/5/2000, In London, the Tate Modern art gallery opened.

2/2/1977, The Pompidou Centre of art and culture opened in Paris.

21/7/1897. The Tate Gallery in London was officially opened, on the site of Millbank Prison.

9/4/1838. The National Gallery, in Trafalgar Square, London, opened.


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