TODAY IN FILM HISTORY – AUGUST Polls, early access and full reactions on Patreon During the month of August in film history we celebrate celebrity weddings, celebrity birthdays and many more events.
August 1st – 1927 Earliest date for a film to be considered for the Academy Awards
1934 2nd Venice Film Festival opens 1942 Actress Janet Leigh (14) weds childhood sweetheart John Kenneth Carlisle (18) in Reno, Nevada 1979 Jason Momoa, American actor, born in Honolulu, Hawaii 1981 Ashley Parker Angel, American singer (O-Town), and actor, born in Redding, California 1996 George R.R. Martin publishes the epic fantasy novel “A Game of Thrones”, the first in his series “A Song of Ice and Fire”

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August 2nd – 1939 Wes Craven, American film director born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2015) 1999 “The Sixth Sense”, starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, and Haley Joel Osment, premieres 2018 TikTok, the video-sharing social network, becomes available worldwide after merging with

August 5th
1920 Actor John Barrymore (38) marries second wife author and actress Blanche Oelrichs (29) (divorced 1928) (grandfather of Drew Barrymore) 1926 Harry Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1½ hrs before escaping 1964 Film director Mel Brooks (38) weds actress Anne Bancroft (32) at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau 1970 James Gunn, American filmmaker, born in St Louis, Missouri 1977 Actress Julie Newmar (43) weds J. Holt Smith 1998 The American spin-off “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, starring Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady, debuts on ABC 1995 Comedian Steve Carell marries comedian Nancy Walls

August 6th
1911 Lucille Ball, American comedienne and actress , born in Jamestown, New York (d. 1989) 1928 Andy Warhol, American pop artist and film producer (Frankenstein, Bad), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1987) 1970 M. Night Shyamalan, Indian-American film director (The Sixth Sense), born in Mahé, India

August 8th
1939 7th Venice Film Festival opens with a United States boycott due to Benito Mussolini’s Fascist Italian regime 1987 Kim Chi, Korean-American drag queen, artist, and reality television personality, born in Chicago, Illinois 2017 The Walt Disney Company announces plans to create its own streaming service, cancelling ties with Netflix – Becoming Disney +

August 9th
1930 Animated character Betty Boop debuts in Max Fleischer’s cartoon “Dizzy Dishes”
1949 Film and stage actor Jimmy Stewart (41) weds Gloria Hatrick McLean (31) at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles 1958 Actor Robert Redford (21) weds Lola Van Wagenen in Las Vegas, Nevada 1968 Gillian Anderson, American actress, born in Chicago, Illinois

August 10th
1898 (John Joseph) “Jack” Haley, American vaudevillle and screen actor, singer, and dancer (The Wizard of Oz -“Tin Man”; Higher and Higher), born in Boston, Massachusetts
1941 Actor Jackie Coogan (26) weds Flower Parry in Gardnerville, Nevada 1960 Los Angeles premiere of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh 1962 Actor Marlon Brando (38) marries actress Tarita Teriipaia (20)
2002 Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage (38) weds Lisa Marie Presley (34) at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii

August 13th
1899 Alfred Hitchcock, British film director born in Leytonstone, Essex England (d. 1967 and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, is released 1981 Last broadcast of “The Waltons” on CBS-TV 2019 Entertainment companies CBS and Viacom announce they will merge with a combined 28 billion revenue

August 14th
1945 Steve Martin, American comedian, banjo player, author and actor born in Waco, Texas 1965 Beatles tape an appearance for “The Ed Sullivan Show” 1967 Celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon cuts actress Mia Farrow’s hair into the famous pixie cut, costing $5,000. In reality, just a publicity stunt, Farrow had previously cut her own hair.

August 15th
1939 “The Wizard of Oz”, American musical fantasy film directed by Victor Fleming and King Vidor, premieres at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr , Frank Morgan, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton 1965 Beatles play to their largest crowd of over 55,000 at Shea Stadium, New York City; among those in attending were future wives Barbara Bach and Linda Eastman

August 16th
1930 The first color sound cartoon “Fiddlesticks” by Ub Iwerks (ex Walt Disney studio) is released
1933 Julie Newmar, American actress, born in Hollywood, California 1954 James Cameron, Canadian film director and writer born in Kapuskasing, Ontario 1956 Bela Lugosi, actor, dies of heart attack at 73

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