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Here's an archive of the classic-movie related news items for
2001. All have been verified by reliable news sources, but if you have any
updated information about any of these stories, feel free to pass it along.
1- Ray Walston, "My Favorite Martian" TV actor whose seven-decade career on
stage, screen and television included such films as KISS THEM FOR ME (1957)
DAMN YANKEES (1958), SOUTH PACIFIC (1958) and THE APARTMENT (1960), dies at
- 4- The Producers Guild of America names veteran actor
Kirk Douglas winner of this year's Milestone Award for his
contributions to the entertainment industry.
4- Coors Brewing Company, which has used scenes from classic
John Wayne pictures, including CAST A GIANT SHADOW (1966), RIO LOBO
(1970), RIO BRAVO (1959) and TROUBLE ALONG THE WAY (1953), in TV
advertisements for its beer, announces plans for another spot featuring a
scene from THE QUIET MAN
(1952) due to air in April.
4- Les Brown, longtime bandleader who, with his "Band of Renown," made the
hit parade in the 1940s with tunes like "Joltin' Joe DiMaggio," "Sentimental
Journey" (voiced by Doris Day) and
"I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" before becoming a regular on various
radio and television shows through the 1970s, dies of lung cancer at the age
6- Scott Marlowe, actor in 1950s juvenile delinquency movies such as THE
RESTLESS BREED (1957), THE COOL AND THE CRAZY (1958), and A COLD WIND IN
AUGUST (1961), who played numerous roles in TV movies and series through the
1970s, '80s and '90s, dies at 68.
7- Sidney Lumet, 76-year-old five-time Oscar nominated director of such
films as TWELVE ANGRY MEN (1957), announces plans to serve as executive
producer and principal director of "100 Centre Street," a new TV courtroom
drama series which premiere on A&E on January 15.
- 10- Jeanne Moreau, 72-year-old French actress whose 100 film
appearances include Francois Truffaut's JULES ET JIM (1961), becomes
the first woman inducted into the France's Fine Arts Academy, the
Academie des Beaux-Arts.
- 10- John Schlesinger, Oscar-winning director of such films as
MARATHON MAN (1976) and MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969), suffers a stroke and
is listed in stable condition in an Palm Springs-area hospital.
- 11- James Hill, producer of a half-dozen films including THE
UNFORGIVEN (1960) who was once married to
Rita Hayworth and
put her in one of her last major films, SEPARATE TABLES (1958), later
writing a biography of the actress, Rita Hayworth: A Memoir
(1983), dies of complications of Alzheimer's disease at age 84.
Warner Bros. contract player during the 1940s and '50s and former
president of the United States, enters the hospital after falling and
breaking a hip.
Ronald Reagan, star of
Warner Bros. 1942 drama KINGS ROW, undergoes surgery to repair a
broken right hip.
- 15- Bill Davidson, author and journalist who, as longtime Los
Angeles bureau chief of Collier's Magazine, wrote about
Hollywood greats for many years and later penned a number of star
biographies about such personalities as
Spencer Tracy, Sid Caesar, Danny Thomas and Jane Fonda, dies after
a stroke at 82.
Elizabeth Taylor, classic actress and two-time Oscar winner,
appears on CNN's Larry King Live to discuss her life, loves and
- 15- Jerry Lewis, veteran Hollywood funnyman, is released from a
hospital in Houston after spinal surgery to alleviate years of back
pain dating back to the many stunts he performed in his early movies
and his comedy act with Dean Martin.
- 16- Ted Mann, businessman who, in 1973, acquired a chain of movie
theatres which included the Hollywood landmark Grauman's Chinese
Theatre founded by impresario Sid Grauman in 1927, and changed the
name of the theatre to Mann's Chinese Theatre to the outrage of many
movie buffs and Hollywood traditionalists, dies at age 84.
- 17- Radio Times, a top British entertainment magazine,
Paul Newman the greatest leading man based on power at the box
office, Oscars, acting qualities, marriage appeal and
headline-grabbing abilities. Tom Hanks finished second behind
Newman, followed by James
Stewart, Harrison Ford,
Cary Grant, Robert
Redford, Tom Cruise and Sean Connery (tied for eighth place) and
- 18- New Line Cinema announces that "Murphy Brown" creator Diane
English has been hired to direct the studio's remake of the 1939
George Cukor classic THE WOMEN about the relationships among a
band of high society women.
Ronald Reagan, 89-year-old classic actor and former U.S.
president, is released from the hospital to recover and rehabilitate
at home a week after surgery to repair a broken hip.
Elizabeth Taylor, 68-year-old classic actress and four-time Golden
Globe winner, makes a rare appearance as a presenter at the Golden
Globes Awards and then draws attention by almost revealing the winner
for best dramatic motion picture before announcing the nominees.
Recovering from her confusion, she told the delighted audience: "I'm
new at this. I usually like to get them.''
- 22- Charles H. Maguire, motion picture production executive who
worked as an assistant director to
on such films as ON THE WATERFRONT (1954), BABY DOLL (1956) and A
FACE IN THE CROWD (1957) before turning to production in the
mid-1960s, dies at 73.
- 23- Virginia O'Brien, comic actress and singer who appeared in a
series of MGM musicals in the
1940s including DU BARRY WAS A LADY (1943), THE HARVEY GIRLS (1946)
and ZIEGFELD FOLLIES (1946), dies at age 81.
- 23- John F. Golden, the longtime head of Western Costume, an
88-year-old company considered to have the world's largest collection
of costumes, dressing cowboys and Indians in the first one-reel
Westerns as well as the casts of countless legendary films, including
GONE WITH THE WIND (1939),
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939),
(1959) and CLEOPATRA (1963), dies at age 85.
- 24- The American Film Institute announces plans for the fourth
installment of its "AFI's 100" series of film lists, dubbed "AFI's 100
Years, 100 Thrills," which will rank the most thrilling pictures of
all time. A three-hour program announcing the results of this
poll will air on CBS in June.
- 24- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces that
filmmaker Ernest Lehman, who has been nominated for the best
screenplay Oscar four times (for SABRINA (1954), NORTH BY NORTHWEST
(1959), WEST SIDE STORY (1961) and WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
(1966) but has never won, will receive an honorary Academy Award at
this year's Oscar ceremony on March 25.
- 24- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces that
veteran Italian filmmaker Dino De Laurentiis, whose films credits
include LA STRADA (1954) and BARBARELLA (1968), will receive the
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, given to producers whose bodies of
work reflect a consistently high quality, at this year's Oscar
ceremony on March 25.
- 30- Jean-Pierre Aumont, popular French actor whose 65-year career
included romantic roles in Hollywood during the 1940s such as THE
CROSS OF LORRAINE (1943) and HEARTBEAT (1946) before he returned to
France where his notable performances from the 1950s through 1990s
included François Truffaut's LA NUIT AMERICAIN (1973), dies at age 90.
- 1- MGM
announces plans to purchase a 20% stake in four cable networks
controlled by Cablevision Systems -- American Movie Classics, Bravo,
The Independent Film Channel and WE: Women's Entertainment (formerly
Romance Classics) -- in order to increase its access to potential
cable outlets for its extensive film library.
- 2- Eddie Parker, pool shark who is credited with inspiring Walter
Tevis to write the book and screenplay for the 1959 film THE HUSTLER
which starred Paul Newman,
dies of a heart attack at age 69.
- 2- Dolores Hart, film actress of the late 1950s and early 1960s
who left Hollywood 40 years ago to become a nun, is elected Mother
Prioress of the Abbey Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut.
Shirley Temple, noted child actress of the 1930s and '40s,
announces that she is working as a consultant on a made-for-TV version
of her first autobiography, here titled "Child Star: The Shirley
Temple Story," which will air on Mother's Day, May 13, on ABC.
- 2- Hal Blair, songwriter who contributed tunes to such 1940s
westerns as DRIFTIN' RIVER (1946) and THE HAWK OF POWDER RIVER (1948),
dies at age 85.
- 6- Ronald
Reagan, star of
Warner Bros. 1942 drama KINGS ROW and former President of the
United States, celebrates his 90th birthday.
- 7- Dale Evans, singer-actress who teamed with husband Roy Rogers
in over 30 film westerns throughout the 1940s and '50s and later
co-wrote the theme song to their 1950s TV show, "Happy Trails to You,"
dies at 88.
- 9- Ava Gardner,
Oscar-nominated star of such films as MOGAMBO (1953), NIGHT OF THE
IGUANA (1964) and THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA (1954) who died in 1990, is
under consideration to have a U.S. Postal Service stamp issued in her
honor, according to an announcement by U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge of
North Carolina, Gardner's home
state, who is spearheading the campaign.
- 11- Sy Gomberg, Oscar-nominated screenwriter who earned an Academy
Award nomination in 1950 for his work on
John Ford's WHEN WILLIE COMES MARCHING HOME and later became an
activist against violence in Hollywood movies, dies of a heart attack
- 11- Sam Wiesenthal, producer of such motion picture classics as
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930), DRACULA (1931), and
FRANKENSTEIN (1931) during his years with
Universal Pictures, dies at 92.
- 14- Christie's auction house in London presides over the sale of
the white bikini worn by Ursula Andress as she emerged from the sea in
the 1962 James Bond film DR. NO, hammering the memorabilia item at
- 15- Burt Kennedy, Hollywood screenwriter and director of such
1960s westerns as THE WAR WAGON (1967) which starred
Kirk Douglas and John Wayne,
dies of cancer at 78.
- 15- Kirk Douglas,
84-year-old classic Hollywood actor who appeared in such films as LUST
FOR LIFE (1956), GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL (1957) and SPARTACUS
(1960), is presented with a Golden Bear award for lifetime achievement
at the Berlin International Film Festival.
- 16- Howard W. Koch, former president of production at
producer or executive producer of such films as THE MANCHURIAN
CANDIDATE (1962), THE ODD COUPLE (1968) and AIRPLANE! (1980) who was
presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the AMPAS in
1989, dies at age 84.
- 16- PBS announces that Oscar-winning singer and actress
Julie Andrews will appear in the network's "My Favorite Broadway,
Part Two: The Love Songs," talk-singing a duet of "The Rain in Spain"
with Michael Crawford.
has also signed to host the third installment of the series, "My
Favorite Broadway, Part Three: Broadway and Beyond."
- 18- Frank B. Gilbreth Jr., co-author with his sister Ernestine
Gilbreth Carey of the popular book Cheaper by the Dozen and its
sequel Belles on Their Toes about their family's 12 children
and efficiency-expert parents, which were adapted to the screen in
1950 and 1952 starring Clifton Webb
and Myrna Loy, dies at 81.
- 19- Stanley Kramer,
nine-time Oscar-nominated director and producer whose movies such as
CHAMPION (1949), HOME OF THE BRAVE (1949), THE MEN (1950), HIGH NOON
(1952), and GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER (1967) frequently dealt
forcefully with social issues, dies of complications from pneumonia at
- 20- Rosemary DeCamp, character actress who began playing "old
lady" roles while still in her 30s, playing mother to James Cagney in
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942) as well as appearing in THIS IS THE ARMY
(1943), RHAPSODY IN BLUE (1945) and NIGHT UNTO NIGHT (1949), dies from
complications of pneumonia at 90.
- 21- Sidney Poitier,
Oscar-winning actor for his performance in LILIES OF THE FIELD (1963),
is honored for his his directing accomplishments on nine films by the
Directors Guild of America.
- 22- Barbra Streisand, director and Oscar-winning star of such
1960s musicals as FUNNY GIRL (1968) and HELLO, DOLLY! (1969), receives
a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute at a gala in
her honor held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills,
- 23- Robert Enrico, popular French movie director whose 24-minute
film, "Incident at Owl Creek," won a Palme d'Or at the 1962 Cannes
International Film Festival as well as an Oscar for best short film at
the 1964 Academy Awards, dies at 69.
Margaret O'Brien, legendary child star from the 1940s who was
presented with a special child-star Oscar at the 1945 Academy Awards
after her performance in
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS,
gives her Oscar to the Sacramento AIDS Foundation to be auctioned on
the Web site fineartsbrokerage.com. Other items to be auctioned
include an Esther
Williams bathing suit with an autographed photo. The auction
runs from March 9 to 25.
- 24- Chuck Keehne, founder of the
Walt Disney Studios' wardrobe department who outfitted the stars
of Walt Disney's "The Mickey Mouse Club" and designed costumes for
films as OLD YELLER (1957), THE SHAGGY DOG (1959), POLLYANNA (1960),
THE PARENT TRAP (1961), and
MARY POPPINS (1964) among others, dies at 86.
- 28- Director Francis Ford Coppola announces he will screen a
longer version of APOCALYPSE NOW (1979) at the Cannes Film Festival in
May, adding an extra 53 minutes of scenes never previously seen to his
epic Vietnam movie.
Margaret O'Brien, legendary MGM
child star from the 1940s, pulls her Oscar from a charity auction
benefiting the Sacramento AIDS Foundation "out of respect for the
Academy and all [her] fellow Oscar winners."
- 2- The Taos Talking Picture Festival announces it will present
69-year-old, two-time Oscar-winner
Elizabeth Taylor with the festival's Maverick Award for her
distinguished career on April 6.
- 3- Warner Bros.
Studios announces that sibling writer-directors Peter and Bobby
Farrelly have been signed to write and direct a new movie based on
"The Three Stooges." The film won't be a remake of any particular
Stooges story, but will be an original idea written by the Farrellys.
- 4- Emrich Nicholson, former art director for both
whose pictures included ONE TOUCH OF VENUS (1948) and MAGNIFICENT
OBSESSION (1954), dies at 87.
- 5- Monty Norman, composer who for 35 years has received credit and
royalties for writing "The James Bond Theme" which first appeared in
the Bond film DR. NO (1962), sues The Sunday Times (London) for
libel over an October 1997 article claiming that the theme was
actually written by composer
John Barry who worked on the music and went on to write nine Bond
- 5- The Actors Fund of America and Aid for AIDS announce that
sultry screen star of the 1940s, will receive the Fund's Julie Harris lifetime career
achievement award on June 3.
- 6- "Over the Rainbow," the Oscar-winning ballad first sung by
Judy Garland in
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939),
is named the top song of the 20th Century according to a list compiled
by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National
Endowment for the Arts. Also in the top five is Irving Berlin's
Oscar-winning holiday classic "White Christmas", introduced by
Bing Crosby in HOLIDAY INN (1942).
- 6- Portia Nelson, a cabaret singer, songwriter, author and actress
who appeared in a half-dozen motion pictures, including THE TROUBLE
WITH ANGELS (1966) and DOCTOR DOOLITTLE (1967), but whose most famous
film role was that of Sister Berthe in
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
(1965), dies at age 80.
- 7- Disney
announces plans for a theatrical release of a sequel to its 1953
animated classic PETER PAN in the spring of 2002, as well as the
company's intention to create sequels for more of its classic animated
features including ONE HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS (1961) and THE
JUNGLE BOOK (1967). The studio further announced plans to
release SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937) this fall on DVD along
with a Walt Disney Records release of the original soundtrack.
- 9- Sotheby's auction house announces it will host an auction of
furniture, books and theatrical mementos of Sir John Gielgud and Sir
Ralph Richardson, both legends of British theatre who also made their
marks on such films as THE HEIRESS (1949), JULIUS CAESAR (1953), and
RICHARD III (1954), in London on April 5.
- 9- The estate of Cowboy legends Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
announces an auction of the couple's home in Apple Valley, CA as well
as many of their furnishings and other personal belongings May 31
through April 1 to raise money for the family trust.
- 13- ABC announces plans to develop a film about the life of 1930's
screen sex pot
(set to star country music star Dolly Parton) as well as a TV movie
about the lives of classic movie comedy team Bud Abbott and Lou
Costello, following the success of "Life With Judy Garland: Me and My
Shadows,'' the season's top-rated miniseries.
- 15- Ann Sothern, beautiful blonde singer and comedian who starred
as the wisecracking "Maisie" is a series of movies in the 1940s and
made further notable film appearances in PANAMA HATTIE (1942), A
LETTER TO THREE WIVES (1949), and THE BLUE GARDENIA (1953) before
turning her attentions to television and later returning to the big
screen in an Oscar-nominated performance in THE WHALES OF AUGUST
(1987) with Bette Davis and
Lillian Gish, dies of heart failure at 92.
- 15- John Barry,
Oscar-winning composer of such movie themes as BORN FREE (1966),
testifies in a libel suit before the High Court in London that he
wrote the James Bond theme tune which first appeared in DR. NO (1962)
but entered into a secret agreement with the film's producers to
credit composer Monty Norman, who was already under contract to score
- 18- Dick Jones, actor whose 55 year career has encompassed
appearances in nearly 100 movies and more than 200 television
productions, and who as a child provided the voice of
Walt Disney's animated classic PINOCCHIO (1940), receives the 2001
Buffalo Bill Award for positive influence in the entertainment field,
with a focus on western heritage.
- 18- Ralph Thomas, veteran British director best known for his
series of medical comedies between 1953 and 1970 known as the "Doctor"
films, many of which starred British matinee idol Dirk Bogarde, dies
- 19- American Movie Classics and online auctioneer ibidlive.tv
announce plans for a live TV/Internet auction entitled ''Hollywood's
Leading Men Memorabilia,'' to benefit Martin Scorsese's film
preservation group, The Film Foundation, on July 12 in Los Angeles.
- 19- Monty Norman, composer who for 35 years has received credit
and royalties for writing "The James Bond Theme," is awarded £30,000
in damages after a libel suit in which he successfully fought off a
newspaper claim that he had falsely taken the credit for the film
- 21- Anthony Steel, British matinee idol of the early 1950s whose
string of adventure films for the J. Arthur Rank studio included WHERE
NO VULTURES FLY (1951), THE MALTA STORY (1953) and THE SEA SHALL NOT
HAVE THEM (1954), dies at age 80.
- 22- The Film Advisory Board honors Hollywood veteran and former
MGM child star
Mickey Rooney with its Award of Excellence at a ceremony at
Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel.
- 22- William Hanna, pioneering animator who, with his partner
Joseph Barbera, created hundreds of enduring animated characters such
as Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, the Flintstones, Scooby Doo, and the
Jetsons, dies at 90.
- 23- Toby Wing, one of the original "Goldwyn Girls" (as the
MGM stable of dancers were known) who appeared in almost 40 films
during the decade of the 1930s, including such Busby Berkeley musicals
as PALMY DAYS (1931) and 42ND STREET (1933), and was also one of the
most popular pin-ups of World War II, dies at 85.
- 24- Courtney Lemmon, daughter of Oscar-winning actor
Jack Lemmon and his wife Felicia, marries Peter McCrea, son of the
late classic actor Joel McCrea and his wife Frances Dee, at the San
Ysidro Ranch in California.
- 24- Johannes "Tambi" Larsen, Oscar-winning art director whose
career included Oscar-nominated work on HUD (1963), THE SPY WHO CAME
IN FROM THE COLD (1965), THE MOLLY MAGUIRES (1970) and THE ROSE TATTOO
(1955) for which he earned the Academy Award for black and white
art direction, dies at age 86.
- 25- Larry Lansburgh, credited with helping
Disney Studios expand beyond cartoons in the 1940s and 1950s with
his realistic docudramas, earning two Academy Awards for the
live-action animal short WETBACK HOUND (1958) and feature-length
documentary THE HORSE WITH THE FLYING TAIL (1961), dies at 89.
- 27- Walter Craig, actor who under his stage name, Anthony Dexter,
rocketed to fame when he was selected from 75,000 applicants to play
Rudolph Valentino in the 1951 biopic VALENTINO, and later made about a
dozen more screen appearances throughout the 1950s and '60s, dies at
- 28- Charmian Carr, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies, Duane Chase,
Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner, and Kym Karath, the seven actors and
actresses who played the Von Trapp children in
THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965), return to Salzburg together for the
first time to film a documentary about the making of the legendary
- 31- The Directors Guild of America hosts a tribute to director/
producer Stanley Kramer
(who died February 19), complete with film clips and guest speakers
including Edie Adams, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett,
Mickey Rooney and Jonathan Winters.
- 1- Representatives of the late Margaret Mitchell, famed author of
the best-selling novel GONE WITH THE
WIND which became an Oscar-winning motion picture in 1939, sue to
block the publication of novelist Alice Randall's The Wind Done
Gone, a satire of Mitchell's epic Civil War romance.
The Stephens Mitchell Trusts accuse Randall of committing "wholesale
theft of major characters,'' and hence, of violating copyright law.
The case is now pending before a federal judge in Atlanta.
- 4- Jeanne Moreau, French movie idol whose forty years of acting
credits include Francois Truffaut's JULES ET JIM (1961), turns her
attention to directing for the first time in her career, making her
directorial debut on the Lisbon production of "Wit," an American stage
play about coming to terms with cancer.
- 5- Christie's Auction House announces that
Bette Davis' second Best Actress Oscar, won for her performance in
JEZEBEL (1938), will be sold at a Hollywood memorabilia auction on
July 19 which will also include other
Davis items, including scripts, photos, books, cigarette lighters
and clothing, as well as memorabilia from other Hollywood stars and
films. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Bette Davis
Foundation, which provides financial support for aspiring young
Elizabeth Taylor, two-time Oscar-winning actress, is honored by
the Taos (New Mexico) Talking Pictures Festival with its Maverick
Award for lifetime achievement for her career in film and work on
behalf of humanitarian causes.
- 7- Beatrice Straight, Oscar-winning actress who appeared in such
films as PHONE CALL FROM A STRANGER (1952) and THE NUN'S STORY (1959)
before earning an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress for her
role in NETWORK (1976), dies at 86.
- 9- Paul McCartney, singer-songwriter and member of the 1960s pop
group The Beatles, attends a gala screening of the group's 1964 motion
picture A HARD DAY'S NIGHT in Liverpool, England. The film has
been digitally re-mastered and is being re-released in theatres in
Britain this month.
- 10- Dimension Films announces that
Marlon Brando, Oscar-winning star of ON THE WATERFRONT (1954) and
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951), is in negotiations to appear in the
sequel to last summer's hit horror spoof SCARY MOVIE (2000), entitled
SCARY MOVIE 2, for a reported $1 million salary.
Marlon Brando, 77-year-old Oscar-winning actor, develops a case of
pneumonia and is taken to a hospital, according to Daily Variety
columnist Michael Fleming.
- 15- Betty Lin, 11-year wife of crooner Eddie Fisher whose film
appearances included BUNDLE OF JOY (1956) and BUTTERFIELD 8 (1960),
dies of cancer.
- 16- Jane Fonda, 63-year-old two-time Oscar winner and daughter of
classic actor Henry Fonda,
files for divorce from her husband, CNN founder Ted Turner, after
eight years of marriage.
Debbie Reynolds, 69-year-old MGM
musical star, announces that her foundation expects to complete a deal
this week which would obtain a new home for the actress' vast
collection of movie memorabilia (including 3,000 costumes from films
made from the Silent Era to the 1970s, as well as thousands of sets
and pieces from those movies) which has been without a permanent
museum space since her hotel and casino venture in Las Vegas went
broke in 1997. The deal would secure for the foundation the
20,000-square-foot top floor of a $500-million entertainment project
now under construction on Hollywood Boulevard.
- 19- Hal Haig Prieste, America's oldest Olympian, who won a bronze
medal in platform diving at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics and also played
an original Keystone Kop in 25 silent movies, dies at 104.
- 19- George F. Slavin, Hollywood writer who authored 21 motion
pictures under contract to MGM
in the 1950s, including MYSTERY SUBMARINE (1950), THE NEVADAN (1950)
and THE HALLIDAY BRAND (1957), dies at age 85.
- 20- A Federal District Court in Atlanta grants an injunction
blocking the imminent publication of "The Wind Done Gone," concluding
that its author, Alice Randall, plagiarized from Margaret Mitchell's
Civil War epic, "Gone With the Wind," which was adapted for the screen
by David O. Selznick
in a 1939 Best Picture starring
Vivien Leigh and
Clark Gable. Judge Charles
A. Pannell Jr. found that Ms. Randall borrowed 15 characters from Ms.
Mitchell's book, along with many famous scenes and some dialogue. The
book's publisher, Houghton Mifflin, said it would appeal the
- 21- Jack Haley Jr., son of actor Jack Haley most famous for his
role as the Lion in THE WIZARD
OF OZ (1939), who directed THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! (1974) for which
he assembled a roster of classic Hollywood stars including
Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby,
Jimmy Stewart, Mickey
Elizabeth Taylor, to
introduce vintage clips from legendary
MGM musicals, dies at age 67.
- 21- Jayne Meadows, actress who appeared in such films as
ENCHANTMENT (1948) and DAVID AND BATHSHEBA (1951), is honored with her
late husband, comedian Steve Allen, for her support of World
Neighbors, an international agency that works with the rural poor in
Asia, Latin America and Africa, at a banquet in Oklahoma City
celebrating the organization's 50th anniversary.
- 24- Dimension Films announces that 77-year-old classic actor
Marlon Brando will not make a cameo appearance in SCARY MOVIE 2
(2001) due to illness.
- 25- Director John Landis and his wife, costume designer Deborah
Nadoolman, donate a rare poster from the 1933 movie KING KONG,
believed to be one of only four copies remaining from the original
release of the movie, to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
- 26- French producer and distributor Marin Karmitz announces that
Charlie Chaplin's children have sold world rights to 18 of his
most famous films, including MODERN TIMES (1936) and THE GREAT
DICTATOR (1940), to Karmitz and his firm M2K, who, under the deal, can
distribute the films in any format they choose for 12 years starting
January 1, 2002.
Charlton Heston, Oscar-winning star of
(1959), cancels plans to receive a lifetime achievement award
celebrating his film career at the annual Harvey Awards hosted by The
Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Citing personal
pulled out of the tribute dinner and award ceremony which took place
as planned, only without him.
- 28- Ken Hughes, veteran screenwriter and director best known for
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (1968), but who also directed CROMWELL (1970)
and shared a best writing Emmy award in 1958 for the television movie
Mickey Rooney, dies at
- 29- THE SOUND OF
MUSIC (1965) stars
Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer are reunited for the first
time in 35 years in a live TV production of "On Golden Pond" for CBS.
- 1- Daily Variety reports that Suzanne Pleshette, actress
whose films in the 1960s included
Alfred Hitchcock's THE BIRDS (1963) and
Disney's THE UGLY DACHSHUND (1966), will marry fellow actor and
longtime friend Tom Poston in New York on May 16.
- 1- Glenn Ford, durable leading man for
Columbia Pictures in
the 1940s and '50s best known for his roles in noir classics and
westerns including GILDA (1946), THE BIG HEAT (1953), BLACKBOARD
JUNGLE (1955), 3:10 TO YUMA (1957) and CIMARRON (1960), celebrates his
- 7- Jane Fonda, 63-year-old two-time Oscar winning actress for
KLUTE (1971) and COMING HOME (1978) and daughter of classic actor
Henry Fonda with whom she appeared in ON GOLDEN POND (1981), is
honored for her acting career by the Film Society of Lincoln Center at
a gala in New York.
- 7- Dimension Films announces that actor James Woods will take over
for Marlon Brando in the
cameo role of an exorcist in SCARY MOVIE 2 (2001), due to be released
- 9- Daily Variety reports that Oscar-winning director
Billy Wilder is home after a brief hospital stay for pneumonia.
- 10- Deborah Walley, blonde actress who succeeded Sandra Dee as
Gidget in 1961's GIDGET GOES HAWAIIAN and made subsequent film
appearances for Columbia
Pictures and Disney
in BON VOYAGE! (1962), SUMMER MAGIC (1963) and BEACH BLANKET BINGO
(1965), dies at 57.
- 10- Hume Cronyn, prolific film and television character actor of
the 1940s, '50s and '60s, signs on to appear in the made-for-TV movie
"Off Season" for Showtime, now filming in Vancouver.
- 10- The Savannah Georgia Film & Video Festival announces it will
present two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda with the festival's Lifetime
Award on October 29.
- 12- Perry Como, popular television and radio singer of the 1940s
and '50s whose Hollywood film appearances included SOMETHING FOR THE
BOYS (1944), DOLL FACE (1945), IF I'M LUCKY (1946) and WORDS AND MUSIC
(1948), dies six days short of his 89th birthday.
- 13- "Child Star, The Shirley Temple Story," a made-for-TV movie
based on the autobiography of 1930s Hollywood icon
Shirley Temple and on which the star served as a consultant, airs
- 14- Gwen Bagni Dubov, writer of numerous radio and television
dramas in the 1940s and '50s who, with second husband, screenwriter
Paul Dubovas, wrote the screenplay for WITH SIX YOU GET EGGROLL
(1968), Doris Day's last film,
dies at 88.
- 15- A new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine
says that actors
who win Academy Awards live 3.9 years longer than
their losing counterparts. Further, actors who have won more than once
live up to six
years longer than those who were nominated but
never won. Dr. Donald Redelmeier, the lead author of the study, says
the point of the study was to show that social factors are important,
and mental well-being is related to physical health. For Oscar
winners, he says, the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction is such
that their souls becomes more resilient.
- 18- Maurice Noble, one of the most respected layout artists and
designers in the history of American animation whose projects, first
Disney and later at
Warner Bros., included SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937),
PINOCCHIO (1940), FANTASIA (1940), DUMBO (1941), BAMBI (1942) as well
as "Bully for Bugs," "Robin Hood Daffy," "What's Opera, Doc?" and
"Duck Amuck," dies at 91.
Charlton Heston, Oscar-winning star of
(1959), is elected to an unprecedented fourth term as president of
the 4.3-million-member National Rifle Association.
- 23- Harry Townes, Broadway, stage and film actor whose movie
appearances included THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV (1958) and SANCTUARY
(1961), dies at age 86.
- 23- Miramax's Dimension Films announces it has cut a deal with
RKO Pictures for the rights to remake
Alfred Hitchcock's SUSPICION (1941) which originally starred
Cary Grant and Joan
- 23- Tony Curtis, 75-year-old star of SOME LIKE IT HOT (1953),
starts rehearsal for his role in a musicalized stage version of the
film which opens at the Aladdin in Las Vegas on July 27, 2002.
Curtis will play Osgood Fielding III, the Joe E. Brown role from the
film, which in the stage play involves singing and dancing.
- 25- A federal appeals court lifts a lower court's injunction
against publication of Alice Randall's "The Wind Done Gone,'' a parody
of Margaret Mitchell's Civil War classic "Gone With the Wind" which
Mitchell's estate had claimed violated the copyright of the 1937
novel. Publisher Houghton Mifflin said they would get the book
out as quickly as possible, planning an initial run of 25,000 copies.
- 25- Variety reports that Oscar-winning actor
is set to undergo a second cataract surgery in the near future and is
also recuperating from a sprained ankle and bone chip suffered in a
- 25- Jack
Lemmon, 75-year-old two-time Oscar winning actor, undergoes
surgery to remove an inflamed gall bladder while already hospitalized
at UCLA Medical Center recovering from pneumonia.
is expected to recover from both aliments, according to a report in
- 26- Julie Harris, Oscar-nominated film and stage actress whose
movie work includes THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING (1952), EAST OF EDEN
(1955) and THE HAUNTING (1963), is admitted to St. Francis Hospital
with an undisclosed illness after being found semiconscious in her
- 29- Bob Hope,
vaudeville, television and movie comic who starred with
Bing Crosby in a string of highly successful "road movies,"
celebrates his 98th birthday at home with friends and family in Los
Angeles on what county supervisors officially declared "Bob Hope Day"
in honor of his birth.
- 29- Guernsey's auction house announces plans to auction off a
six-page, 36-panel storyboard from 1928 drawn for the
Walt Disney cartoon "Plane
Crazy" and featuring the first appearance of Mickey Mouse on June 8.
The storyboard is estimated to be worth more than $3 million.
- 30- A spokeswoman for St. Francis Hospital announces that Julie
Harris, 75-year-old Oscar nominee for THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING
(1952), is "stable and improving" four days after being admitted for
treatment of a still-undisclosed illness which has been described to
the press only as "not life-threatening."
- 30- Arlene Francis, radio, stage and movie actress whose film
appearances included ALL MY SONS (1948), ONE, TWO THREE (1961) and THE
THRILL OF IT ALL (1963), but who was best known for her 25 year run as
a panelist on TV's "What's My Line?," dies at age 93.
- 31- Lawyers for the estate of
GONE WITH THE WIND author Margaret Mitchell ask a federal appeals
court to overturn a ruling that permitted the publication of Alice
Randall's "The Wind Done Gone," a parody of the classic civil war
epic. If the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to hear
the case, it will likely be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
- 1- Russell M. Saunders, world-class acrobat who worked as a stunt
double in more than 100 motion pictures including for Alan Ladd in the
classic fight scene of SHANE (1953) and for Robert Cummings jumping
off a 60-foot bridge and swimming 100 yards while handcuffed in
SABOTEUR (1942), dies at 82.
- 2- Pilar Seurat, dancer and actress who portrayed beauties in
several films during the 1960s but was most famous for her role as
Louisa Escalante in THE YOUNG SAVAGES (1961), dies of lung cancer at
- 3- Anthony Quinn, rugged Mexican actor whose six-decade career in
films included almost 130 movies, two Oscars as Best Supporting Actor
(in 1952 for VIVA ZAPATA! and in for LUST FOR LIFE) and a
career-defining role in ZORBA THE GREEK (1964), dies at 86.
- 5- Martin Scorsese, director of TAXI DRIVER (1976) and RAGING BULL
(1980), announces a joint campaign with TV manufacturer Philips
Consumer Electronics to promote widescreen movie images, preserving
films in their original proportions instead of formatting them for
television. Since the mid-1950s, most U.S. films have shown in
theaters in widescreen format, with the image typically ranging from
1.85 to 2.35 times wider than it is tall. But when those films
air on television or are viewed on most VHS tapes, they are cropped to
fit TV screens, which are only 1.33 times wider than they are tall.
The goal of the campaign is to educate the public to the reality that
they're losing half the image, and thereby promote "letterboxed"
format movies and high-definition projection televisions which better
accommodate widescreen films.
- 7- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirms that
the 74th Annual Academy Awards will be presented next year at the new
Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Kodak Theatre will be the tenth
different venue in which the Oscars have been presented over the
course of its history, and this will be the first time since 1960 that
the presentation will take place in Hollywood proper.
- 8- Frances Langford, 87-year-old singer-actress whose films of the
1930s and '40s include EVERY NIGHT AT EIGHT (1935), BORN TO DANCE
(1936) and YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942), is warned by code enforcement
officials in Martin County, Florida to keep her more than 100 wild
peacocks on her 57-acre spread and off her neighbors' property.
The warning has sparked a city debate between residents who dislike
the birds and others who defend them.
- 8- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces plans
for a TV special themed around the Academy's music winners from its
earliest days. The special will air sometime in November.
- 8- Julie Harris, five-time Tony-winning actress and Oscar nominee
for THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING (1952), is transferred from a hospital
in Chicago to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where she will
continue to undergo evaluation and therapy for a moderate stroke
suffered before a performance of Claudia Allen's "Fossils" in which
she was appearing. She is expected to return home within the
next few weeks.
- 12- American Film Institute announces its list of the 100 most
thrilling movies topped by
Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO (1960), followed by JAWS (1975) and THE
EXORCIST (1973). Director
has nine films on the list including two more in the top ten: NORTH
BY NORTHWEST (1959) at #4, and THE BIRDS (1963) at #7.
- 13- Fleischer Studios and Mainframe Entertainment, a leading
creator of computer animation for TV, announce plans for a new cartoon
series to feature classic comic character Betty Boop whose original
animation series ended in 1939 after 118 segments.
- 14- The Carnforth Railway Trust announces plans to restore
Carnforth station in Lancashire, northern England where star-crossed
lovers Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard met in the British romance
classic BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1945). The station will be renovated
and a recreation of the film set should be complete by next year.
- 16- Tippi Hedren, star of
Hitchcock's THE BIRDS (1963) and MARNIE (1964), receives a Fellow
award from the Los Angeles Zoo for her dedication to international
- 16- Joe Darion, Tony-award winning lyricist for the musical MAN OF
LA MANCHA (and its famous ballad "The Impossible Dream") which opened
on Broadway in 1965 and became a film starring
Peter O'Toole in 1973, dies at age 90.
- 21- Carroll O'Connor, actor whose early film appearances included
LONELY ARE THE BRAVE (1963), CLEOPATRA (1963) and HAWAII (1966), but
who was best known as TV's Archie Bunker on "All in the Family" from
1971-1979, dies of a heart attack at age 76.
- 22- Billy Wilder,
Oscar-winning director and screenwriter of such films as DOUBLE
INDEMNITY (1944), SUNSET BLVD. (1950) and SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959),
celebrates his 95th birthday.
- 23- Corinne Calvet, actress in a number of film comedies and
dramas of the 1950s including ON THE RIVIERA (1951), SAILOR BEWARE
(1951) with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, WHAT PRICE GLORY? (1952), SO
THIS IS PARIS (1954) and THE FAR COUNTRY (1954), dies of a cerebral
hemorrhage at 75.
- 27- Jack
Lemmon, two-time Oscar-winning comic and dramatic actor whose more
than 60 films included MR. ROBERTS (1955), SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959),
THE APARTMENT (1960), THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (1962), UNDER THE YUM
YUM TREE (1963), and THE ODD COUPLE (1968), dies of complications from
cancer at age 76.
- 28- Joan Sims, British actress and comedienne who appeared in 24
of the 31 films of the classic slapstick series "Carry On" from 1957
to 1978, dies at 71.
- 29- Daily Variety reports that Betty Hutton, musical star
of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1950), is seriously ill and undergoing tests at
the Motion Picture & TV Hospital.
- 2- Jack Gwillim, British stage and film actor who had small roles
in such motion pictures as
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
(1962) and PATTON (1970), dies at 91.
- 5- A.D. Flowers, Oscar-winning special effects artist who
contributed to such 1970s blockbusters as TORA! TORA! TORA! (1970),
THE GODFATHER (1972) and THE TOWERING INFERNO (1974), dies of
complications of emphysema and pneumonia at age 84.
- 6- Tombstone, Arizona, the setting of several memorable westerns
about its famous sheriff Wyatt Earp, including MY DARLING CLEMENTINE
(1946) and GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL (1957), hosts its first annual
Tombstone Western Film Festival.
- 15- Ted Berman, longtime animator and director of
cartoons ranging from BAMBI (1942) and FANTASIA (1940) to THE BLACK
CAULDRON (1985), dies at the age of 81.
- 16- Vincent Sherman, longtime
Warner Bros. director whose films include MR. SKEFFINGTON (1944),
THE DAMNED DON'T CRY (1950) and THE YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS (1959),
celebrates his 95th birthday.
- 18- Katharine
Hepburn, four-time Oscar-winning actress, is admitted to Hartford
Hospital with an undisclosed illness.
- 19- Katharine
Hepburn, 94-year-old Hollywood icon, is reported to be in stable
condition at Hartford Hospital where she undergoes test and, according
to a hospital spokesperson, is expected to be released in the next two
or three days.
- 19- Jules Buck, cameraman and eventual producer whose partnership
with actor Peter O'Toole
brought to the screen such films as BECKET (1964), WHAT'S NEW,
PUSSYCAT? (1965) and THE LION IN WINTER (1968), dies in Paris of
complications from Alzheimer's disease at age 83.
- 21- Norman Hall Wright,
animator and the last surviving writer to work on the studio's
groundbreaking FANTASIA (1940) for which he developed the story of
"The Nutcracker Suite" sequence, dies at 91.
- 25- CBS announces plans for an "'I Love Lucy' 50th Anniversary
Special" to be aired in October.
- 25- Jerry Lewis, 75-year-old comedian most famous for his films
opposite Dean Martin, announces he will cut back the hours he spends
hosting his annual Labor Day Telethon benefiting the Muscular
Dystrophy Association because he is still recuperating from a recent
bout with pneumonia.
- 26- Katharine
Hepburn, veteran Hollywood actress, is released from the hospital.
Charlton Heston, Oscar-winning star of
(1959), writes a letter to the Omaha World-Herald voicing his
opposition to a plan by the city's nursing college to demolish the
Indian Hills Theater, the world's largest Cinerama theater, and turn
it into a parking lot. Kirk Douglas,
Janet Leigh, Patricia Neal and movie critic Leonard Maltin are
among the other Hollywood figures who have asked that the theater be
- 27- Bob Rehme, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences, announces plans for a a museum-type exhibition at its new
the subject of which will be the history of the Hollywood blacklist.
The exhibit is schedule to run from February through March 2002.
- 29- Alex Nicol, character actor whose more than 40 film
appearances included roles in STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND (1955) and THE MAN
FROM LARAMIE (1955) as well as some spaghetti Westerns and science
fiction films, dies at age 85.
- 3- The Writers Guild of America, in an informal survey conducted
by the Library of America, ranks CITIZEN KANE (1941) at the top of
their list of the best screenplay of all time. Other classic
screenplays on the list include those from
CASABLANCA (1942) (#2),
ALL ABOUT EVE (1950) (#5), SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) (#6), and
SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950) (#7).
- 3- Christopher Hewett, British-born stage actor whose film
appearances included roles in POOL OF LONDON (1951), THE LAVENDER HILL
MOB (1951) and THE PRODUCERS (1968), but who was best known to
American audiences as the English butler on TV's "Mr. Belvedere," dies
at age 80.
- 5- William Warfield, 81-year-old stage and screen star most famous
for singing "Old Man River" in MGM's
1951 version of SHOW BOAT, narrates a stage version of the production
at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
- 6- Dame Dorothy Tutin, longtime British film and stage actress
whose movie appearances included roles in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING
EARNEST (1952), A TALE OF TWO CITIES (1958) and CROMWELL (1970), dies
of leukemia at age 70.
- 6- Lucille Ball, classic
film comedienne who was most famous for her 1950s TV sitcom "I Love
Lucy," is honored by the United States Postal Service's Legends of
Hollywood stamp series with a first class stamp.
Esther Williams, champion-swimmer-turned-actress whose numerous
in-and-under water films for MGM
include MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID (1952) and DANGEROUS WHEN WET (1953),
celebrates her 80th birthday with friends at her home in Beverly
Williams fell and fractured an ankle on Mother's Day and then
spent a month in the hospital recovering from an infection caused by
the metal plates inserted to support the fracture. Finally home and on
her way to recovery,
still using a wheelchair but has begun rehabbing with a walker.
- 9- Art Seid, television and motion picture editor whose various
film credits include work on "The Three Stooges" films as well as LOST
HORIZON (1937), dies at 87.
- 11- Lester Pine, television and film writer who, with his late
wife, Tina, wrote such films as A MAN CALLED ADAM (1966), POPI (1969)
and CLAUDINE (1974), dies of prostate cancer at 84.
- 13- Jack
Lemmon, two-time Oscar-winning actor who died June 27, is
remembered by friends and colleagues at a memorial service and
celebration of his life and career in the theater at
- 16- Dave Barry, well-known Los Vegas comedian and whose best known
film work was his performance as Beinstock, the manager of 'Sweet Sue
and her Society Syncopaters' in SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959), dies of
cancer at age 82.
- 20- Kim Stanley, lauded Broadway stage actress whose few but
memorable film contributions included roles in THE GODDESS (1958) and
SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON (1964) as well as the role of the narrator
in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962), dies at 76.
- 20- Walter Reed, longtime Hollywood character actor whose almost
100 film appearances included roles in THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY (1954)
and TORA! TORA! TORA! (1970), but who was best known for his movie and
television westerns including such
John Ford classics as THE HORSE SOLDIERS (1959) and CHEYENNE
AUTUMN (1964), dies of kidney failure at 85.
- 23- Leni Riefenstahl, German filmmaker and Nazi-era propagandist
best known for the classic 1934 Nazi documentary TRIUMPH OF WILL,
celebrates her 99th birthday in Berlin.
- 23- Dimension Films and RKO
announce that Philip Kaufman will direct and playwright John Guare
will write a remake of
Alfred Hitchcock's SUSPICION (1941) which will be updated and
reset in San Francisco.
- 23- Kathleen Freeman, veteran television, movie and stage actress
whose many film credits include a role as Jean Hagen's frustrated
voice teacher in SINGIN' IN
THE RAIN (1952) as well as 10 films with comedian Jerry Lewis,
dies of lung cancer at 82.
- 23- Jane Greer, sultry brunette star of over a dozen
RKO programmers in the late 1940s including such noted film-noir
thrillers as OUT OF THE PAST (1947) and THE BIG STEAL (1949), both
co-starring Robert Mitchum,
dies of cancer at age 76.
- 25- John Chambers, Oscar-winning makeup artist who earned an
honorary Academy Award for his work developing a new kind of foam
rubber which he used to create the masks for the original PLANET OF
THE APES (1968), dies of complications from diabetes at age 78.
- 26- Bob Hope,
98-year-old comedian and film star, is admitted to Providence St.
Joseph Medical Center after complaining of trouble breathing.
- 30- Julie Bishop, actress who began her film career as a child
star in silent movies and went on to make over 80 films, playing roles
opposite Humphrey Bogart in
ACTION IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC (1943) and
John Wayne in SANDS OF IWO
JIMA (1949) and THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY (1954), dies of pneumonia on
her 87th birthday.
- 3-Pauline Kael, longtime film critic for
The New Yorker known for her sharp, provocative and funny
reviews, dies at the age of 82.
- 3- Troy Donahue, blond-haired, blue-eyed movie heartthrob of the
1950's and 60's who became a teen idol after playing Sandra Dee's
lover in A SUMMER PLACE (1959), dies of a heart attack at 65.
- 3- Bob Hope
is responding well to treatment for his case of mild pneumonia but
will remain in the hospital a few days longer in order to help him
regain his strength, according to a statement by his physician.
- 3- Jane Russell, 80-year-old buxom 1950s film musical and comedy
star, makes an appearance at the Cinecon film festival in Los Angeles,
coinciding with a screening of her 1952 comedy with
- 4- Jerry Lewis, film comedian and long-time supporter of the
Dystrophy Association, headlines the organizations 36th annual
Telethon which raises a record $56.8 million to fight neuromuscular
- 4- The American Film Institute, a non-profit organization
dedicated to preserving the heritage of film and television and
increasing recognition and understanding of the moving image as an art
form, announces it will hold its inaugural film and TV awards show on
January 5, 2002 on CBS, two weeks before the Golden Globes on NBC and
less than two months before the Academy Awards on ABC.
Julie Andrews, Oscar-winning star of such blockbuster musicals as
MARY POPPINS (1964) and
THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965), will receive a lifetime achievement
award at Spain's San Sebastian International Film Festival, which runs
Julie Andrews, British-born, Oscar and Tony-winning film and stage
musical star, will be among the five honorees at the 2001 honors from
the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, according to an
announcement by Kennedy Center Chairman James A. Johnson.
- 6- Daily Variety reports that
Julie Andrews has signed a deal with HarperCollins Publishers for
her own imprint of children's books, "The Julie Andrews Collection."
- 6- Bob Hope
returns home from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center where he had
been recuperating from pneumonia.
- 7- Elia
Kazan, Oscar-winning director of such classic films as
A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN (1945),
GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT (1947) and ON THE WATERFRONT (1954), celebrates
his 92nd birthday.
- 10- Kevin Spacey, Oscar-winning actor for AMERICAN BEAUTY (1999),
purchases an Oscar statuette presented in 1945 to composer George
Stoll for ANCHORS AWAY and returns it to the Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences' Academy Foundation.
Dorothy McGuire, reliable leading lady of the 1940s and '50s best
known for playing steadfast mothers in such films as
A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN (1945),
FRIENDLY PERSUASION (1956), OLD YELLER (1957) and SWISS FAMILY
ROBINSON (1960), dies at age 83 of complications from arrhythmia
resulting from a broken leg suffered three weeks earlier.
- 15- Fred De Cordova, film and television director of the 1950s and
'60s whose credits include BEDTIME FOR BONZO (1951) with
Ronald Reagan, but who was best known as the long-time producer of
"The Tonight Show" for Johnny Carson, dies at age 90.
- 16- Samuel Z. Arkoff, movie mogul whose company, American
International Pictures (AIP), was responsible for hundreds of
low-budget teen movies of the 1950s, '60s and '70s, including I WAS A
TEENAGE WEREWOLF (1957), BEACH PARTY (1963), and BLACULA (1972), dies
Warner Bros. announces it will release a digitally enhanced
version of Stanley Kubrick's classic science-fiction film 2001: A
SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) in movie theaters in Seattle, San Francisco,
Hollywood and Washington, D.C. this October.
- 21- Gerald Mayer, nephew of
Louis B. Mayer and himself
a successful film and television producer and director whose feature
film work included such films DIAL 1119 (1950), INSIDE STRAIGHT
(1951), HOLIDAY FOR SINNERS (1952) and BRIGHT ROAD (1953), dies
of complications of pneumonia at 82.
- 25- U.S. President George W. Bush gives Japanese Prime Minister
Junichiro Koizumi a poster from the western classic HIGH NOON (1952)
after Koizumi told Bush at Camp David in June that HIGH NOON was his
favorite movie, and that he felt like
Gary Cooper's character when
it came to public support among the Japanese people for his economic
- 25- A special 60th anniversary two-disc DVD edition of
Orson Welles' CITIZEN KANE (1941), complete with extras such as
the documentary "The Battle Over 'Citizen Kane'" and the 1941 newsreel
of the film's New York premiere, is release by Warner Home Videos.
- 25- Evan A. Lottman, film editor whose first feature film job was
editing the montages of pool scenes in THE HUSTLER (1961) and who
later earned an Academy Award nomination for editing THE EXORCIST
(1973), dies of esophageal cancer at age 70.
- 25- William Hitz, federal prosecutor in the late 1940s and early
1950s during the contempt of Congress trials of the so-called
"Hollywood 10" (a group of film industry professionals who refused to
answer questions before the House Committee on Un-American
Activities), dies of congestive heart failure at 92.
- 26- Raquel Welch, whose fur-bikinied appearance in ONE MILLION
YEARS B.C. (1966) led to a film career and who recently celebrated her
61st birthday, says it's ridiculous to be called a sex symbol at her
age: "You can be a legitimate sex symbol up 'til the age of 35 and
then after that you
just can't take that seriously."
- 27- Taking a cue from the post-Pearl Harbor Academy Awards
ceremony of 1942, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
announces that stars will dress in business attire instead of formal
wear when television's Emmy Awards, which were postponed after the
September 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S., are belatedly presented on
- 29- Dan Cushman, prolific fiction writer whose dozens of books
included a 1953 novel entitled Stay Away, Joe
which was made into a 1968 movie starring Elvis Presley, dies at 92.
- 3- Rose Marie, radio, film and television actress who began her
career as "Baby Rose Marie" on radio in the 1920s, became a child film
star in the early 1930s, and is now best known for her roles on TV's
"The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "Hollywood Squares" in the 1960s, '70s and
'80s, receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 3- The International Federation of Film Archives names director
Martin Scorsese the first recipient of its award for film preservation.
Ann Miller, 78-year-old dancing star of such classic movie musicals
as ON THE TOWN (1949) and KISS ME KATE (1953), attends the New York
premier of her first feature film since 1956, MULHOLLAND DRIVE (2001),
in which she plays "a ditsy landlady."
Elizabeth Taylor, Oscar-winning leading lady, leads the dedication
of the Roddy McDowall Rose
Garden at the Motion Picture & Television Fund's Woodland Hills Country
House & Hospital's grounds as part of the fund's 80th anniversary
commemoration. The garden was given in memory of
McDowall, child star of
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (1941) who
went on to appear in over 100 films before succumbing to cancer in 1998.
- 7- Polly Rowles, theatre and television character actress who began
her acting career in the 1930s in Hollywood, appearing in such films for
Universal as LOVE LETTERS OF A STAR (1936), WINGS OVER
HONOLULU (1937) and SPRINGTIME IN THE ROCKIES (1937) with Gene Autry,
dies at age 87.
- 7- PBS opens the 16th season of its "American Masters" series with
the documentary "American Masters:
Samuel Goldwyn" about the
legendary Hollywood producer of such films as WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939),
MRS. MINIVER (1942) and
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
- 9- Herbert Ross, Broadway choreographer-turned-film director whose
movies included such latter-day classics as GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS (1969)
with Peter O'Toole, THE
SUNSHINE BOYS (1975) with
Walter Matthau and George Burns, and STEEL MAGNOLIAS (1989) with
Shirley MacLaine, dies of heart failure at age 74.
- 9- Joe Lubin, television and film songwriter who wrote titles songs
for several Doris Day films
including TEACHER'S PET (1958), PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES (1960),
MOVE OVER, DARLING (1963) and THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT (1966), dies at 84.
Paramount releases "The Godfather DVD Collection," a set of five
discs including the three films, THE GODFATHER (1972), THE GODFATHER,
PART II (1974) and THE GODFATHER, PART III (1990), and a disc of special
features including the documentary "The Godfather Family: A Look Inside"
with director Francis Ford Coppola.
- 9- Disney
releases a 2-disc special edition DVD of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
(1937), featuring a restored print of the film, unused scenes and songs,
and a documentary, "Still the Fairest of Them All: The Making of Snow
- 12- Ruth Goetz, playwright who collaborated with her husband
Augustus Goetz on the 1947 play "The Heiress" and the screenplay for the
subsequent 1949 film starring
Olivia de Havilland,
dies at age 93.
- 15- Janet Shaw, young blond actress who appeared in some 60 films
during the 1930s and 1940s, mostly in secondary parts in such
films as JEZEBEL (1938), THE SISTERS (1938) and THE OLD MAID (1939)
before moving on to other studios in the 1940s, dies of complications
from Alzheimer's disease at 82.
- 16- Etta Jones, highly respected jazz singer of the 1950s and '60s
who began her career as a member of "The Dandridge Sisters" (co-starring
Vivien and Dorothy Dandridge) which made appearances in such films as IT
CAN'T LAST FOREVER (1937) and IRENE (1940), dies of cancer at age 72.
- 17- Heirs of Bing Crosby, the
late Oscar-winning Hollywood actor and crooner who died in 1977, file a
lawsuit in Superior Court against Universal Music Group accusing the
company of underpaying royalties on
Crosby did most of his recording
for Decca Records from the 1930s through the 1960s, and Decca
subsequently was acquired by MCA and Universal Music. A hearing is
set for November 5.
- 17- Jay Livingston, composer and lyricist who collaborated with Ray
Evans on three Academy Award-winning songs, "Buttons and Bows" from THE
PALEFACE (1948), "Mona Lisa" from CAPTAIN CAREY, U.S.A. (1950) and "Que
Será, Será" sung by Doris Day in
THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1954), as well as "Tammy" from TAMMY AND THE
BACHELOR (1957) which became a hit
recording for Debbie
Reynolds and "Silver Bells" sung by
Bob Hope in THE LEMON DROP KID
(1951), dies at 86.
- 18- Paul Radin, movie industry advertising executive who created ad
campaigns for such films as
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
and THE OUTLAW (1943), and later turned to producing, earning an Oscar
for BORN FREE (1966), dies of congestive heart failure at age 88.
- 19- The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), an organization
chartered in 1919 for the purpose of advancing the art of narrative
filmmaking and whose membership has always been by invitation only
(based on an inductee's body of work), announces plans to spend $8
million for a museum celebrating the history of film. The museum, which
will house donated movie memorabilia, scripts and old photographs, will
be built around an historic clubhouse in Hollywood and will feature a
state-of-the-art screening room.
- 22- Diana van der Vlis, blonde stage and screen actress whose films
included THE INCIDENT (1967) and MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES (1963), dies at
- 23- Myriad Pictures announces plans to finance, produce and
distribute a new romantic comedy called WHY CAN'T I BE AUDREY HEPBURN in
which Jennifer Love Hewitt will play a successful news anchorwoman who's
obsessed with the legendary actress. The film is set to be
released in 2002.
- 23- Charlie Chaplin's
cane will be among the items auctioned by Butterfield's on November 6,
according to a statement by the auction house.
- 26- Eugene Jackson, former afro-haired child star who played
"Pineapple" in the classic 1920s silent comedy series "Our Gang''
(renamed "The Little Rascals'' for television in the 1950s) and went on
to appear in numerous films of the 1930s and '40s including CIMARRON
(1931), dies of a heart attack at 84.
- 27- Adrian Weiss, producer and director of such cult classic horror
films as BRIDE OF THE GORILLA (1951) and THE BRIDE AND THE BEAST (1958),
dies at age 83.
Charlton Heston, Oscar-winning star of
BEN-HUR (1959), begins filming a new low-budget picture about Nazi
fugitive Josef Mengele (known as the "angel of death'' for his cruel
experiments at Auschwitz) who escaped to South America after World War
II. Production is underway in the Brazilian rainforest and the
final film is set to debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002.
- 30- John Springer, Hollywood publicist who represented a galaxy of
stars during the 1950s and '60s (including
Elizabeth Taylor and
Richard Burton) and later
became a prolific film history author, penning "All Talking! All
Singing! All Dancing! a Pictorial History of the Movie Musical" among
others, dies at age 85.
- 31- Heirs of legendary film producer
David O. Selznick file
suit in U.S. District Court against Turner Entertainment Co. (owned by
AOL Time Warner), seeking unpaid profits of about $10 million from
Turner based on the heirs' collective 5% interest in
GONE WITH THE WIND (1939), the
most commercially successful movie of all time.
- 31- Richard Martin Stern, award-winning author whose book "The
Tower" was a basis for the 1974 movie THE TOWERING INFERNO, dies
- 2- Tom Dardis, biographer who documented the lives of Hollywood's
literary and film greats, writing biographies of silent-movie comedians
Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd as well as "Some Time in the Sun: The
Hollywood Years of F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Nathanael
West, Aldous Huxley and James Agee" (1976), dies of respiratory failure
- 5- Roy Boulting, English film producer who, with his twin brother
John, produced such classic postwar British films as BRIGHTON ROCK
(1947), SEVEN DAYS TO NOON (1950) and I'M ALL RIGHT, JACK (1959)
starring Peter Sellers, and who was also married to former child star
Hayley Mills from 1971-1976, dies at age 86.
- 6- Anthony Shaffer, English playwright known for his mystery
thrillers who also wrote film scripts for
FRENZY (1972) as well as three Agatha Christie movies -- MURDER ON THE
ORIENT EXPRESS (1974), DEATH ON THE NILE (1978) and EVIL UNDER THE SUN
(1983) -- dies at 75.
- 8- Carol Channing, legendary Broadway musical star whose film
appearances have included THE FIRST TRAVELING SALESLADY (1956) and
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (1967), falls during a dress rehearsal for an
Actors Fund benefit and is treated for a fractured thumb facial
contusions before returning to the show. Channing is currently
finishing her autobiography for Simon & Schuster.
- 9- The City of Hollywood, California opens a $615 million economic
revival project called "Hollywood & Highland" which includes the Kodak
Theatre (the new home of the Academy Awards), dozens of high-end shops
and restaurants, and a working TV film studio, all in an attempt to
- 10- Ken Kesey, author of the novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
whose 1975 film adaptation, starring Jack Nicholson, won 5 Academy
Awards including the Oscar for Best Picture, dies of liver cancer at 66.
- 13- Peggy Mount, formidable British stage and screen actress whose
noted film appearances included roles in SAILOR BEWARE! (1955), THE
NAKED TRUTH (1957), HOTEL PARADISO (1966) and OLIVER! (1968), dies at
- 14- The American Film Institute, which sponsored 1998's 100 Greatest
Movies list and 1999's 50 Greatest Stars vote, announces a new
competition to choose the 100 Greatest Love Stories. AFI has sent a list
of 400 films (made before 2001) to its 1,800 voters, including leaders
in the film community, critics, studio executives and historians.
The results will be
announced on a 3-hour television special, "AFI's 100 Years...100
Passions," set to air on CBS in June 2002.
- 15- London theatre producers announce plans for a musical stage
adaptation of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG based on the children's book by
James Bond creator Ian Fleming and the 1968 film featuring original
Disney songwriters Robert and Richard Sherman. The new show
will debut in London next year.
- 17- Harry Belafonte,
74-year-old singer and film actor, participates in a peace walk through
an inner-city Cincinnati neighborhood marred by three days of rioting in
the city in April.
- 19- A host of stars including Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, Kevin
Kline, Brian Dennehy, Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep,
Joanne Woodward and
Paul Newman perform a dramatization of Ernest Hemingway's "Nick
Adams" at Lincoln Center, raising more than $1 million for
Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang
- 20- Christopher Lee, 79-year-old British actor whose film
appearances have included roles in THE HORROR OF DRACULA (1958), THE
HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1959) and RASPUTIN: THE MAD MONK (1966), is
awarded the title Commander of the British Empire by Britain's Queen
- 22- Michael St. Clair, character actor whose supporting roles in the
1960s included appearances in such films as
MY FAIR LADY (1964), VON
RYAN'S EXPRESS (1965) and OUR MAN FLINT (1965), dies of an aneurism at
- 23- Gregory Peck,
Oscar-winning star of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962) and honorary chairman
of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles' Literary Odyssey Dinners,
helps raise $350,000 for adult literacy programs at the Los Angeles
- 24- NBC airs the perennial holiday favorite,
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
- 24- Liza Minnelli, 55-year-old Oscar-winning star of CABARET (1972),
announces plans to marry producer David Gest in New York in March.
- 27- Kino Home Video releases THE BLUE ANGEL (1930) in both the
English and German versions on DVD. Special features include
Marlene Dietrich's screen
test for the film.
- 27- John Mitchum, Hollywood character actor and brother of the late
star Robert Mitchum who
appeared in dozens of films and television shows including THE WAY WEST
(1967) with Robert, dies at 82.
- 28- George Harrison, guitarist for the smash British rock band "The
Beatles" who appeared in such films as A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (1964) and
HELP! (1965), dies of cancer at age 58.
- 28- Daily Variety reports that
Esther Williams, MGM's most
frequently wet classic film star, has suffered "a tiny stroke" but is
- 29- Budd Boetticher, maverick Hollywood director best known for his
1950s westerns (often starring
including THE TALL T (1957), DECISION AT SUNDOWN (1957) and BUCHANON
RIDES ALONE (1958), dies at age 85.
- 1- Danilo Donti, Oscar-winning costume designer for Fellini's
CASANOVA (1976) and Zeffirelli's ROMEO AND JULIET (1968) and Benigni's
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (1997), dies at age 75.
Julie Andrews, Oscar-winning star of such classic musicals as
(1964) and THE SOUND OF
MUSIC (1965), is feted by Carole Burnett, Robert Goulet and
President George W. Bush among others, at the Kennedy Center Honors in
- 3- Claire Bloom, veteran British actress whose numerous film
appearances include RICHARD II (1954), THE BUCCANEER (1958) and THE
HAUNTING (1963), begins filming BOOK OF EVE, a drama based on the 1973
novel by Montreal author Constance Beresford Howe.
- 4- Deanna Durbin, teen
star of such classic musicals as THREE SMART GIRLS (1936) and MAD ABOUT
MUSIC (1938), celebrates her 80th birthday.
- 5- Fred Engel, film producer of such classic 1960s westerns as DUEL
AT DIABLO (1966) and WILL PENNY (1968), dies of complications from
hydrocephalus at 71.
- 5- The Walt Disney Company
celebrates what would have been the 100th birthday of company founder
Walt Disney with parades, a fireworks show, and a star-studded party
at Walt Disney World in Florida, including a special appearance by
(1964) star, Julie
- 7- Pauline Moore, actress whose 25 films between 1937 and 1941
included roles as Charlie Chan's sidekick, Roy Rogers' leading lady and
Shirley Temple's school teacher, dies of Lou Gehrig's disease at age
- 7- Faith Hubley, three-time Oscar-winning animator who, with her
husband and partner John, earned Academy Awards for MOONBIRD (1959), THE
HOLE (1962) and HERB ALPERT AND THE TIJUANA BRASS DOUBLE FEATURE (1966),
all independent animated films, dies at 77.
- 9- Kirk Douglas, three-time
Oscar-nominated actor and star of such classic films as CHAMPION (1949)
and SPARTACUS (1960), celebrates his 85th birthday.
- 10- Tommy Kirk, former
Disney child stars whose film
appearances have included OLD YELLER (1957), THE SHAGGY DOG (1959) and
SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON (1960), celebrates his 60th birthday.
- 10- Kirk Douglas,
Oscar-nominated star of CHAMPION (1949), THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
(1952) and SPARTACUS (1960), confirms production of a new film project
called SMACK ON THE PUSS, a black comedy about three generations of a
dysfunctional New York family set to star
Douglas alongside his son Michael
and grandson Cameron.
- 10- Paul Newman,
Oscar-winning star of THE HUSTLER (1961) and COOL HAND LUKE (1967),
enters negotiations to play the lead role in EMPIRE FALLS, based on the
novel by Richard Russo who also wrote NOBODY'S FOOL (1994) for which
Newman earned his ninth Best
Actor Oscar nomination.
- 11- Billy Wilder,
95-year-old Oscar-winning writer-director of such films as SUNSET
BOULEVARD (1950) and THE APARTMENT (1960), is admitted to a hospital and
undergoes treatment for a urinary infection. According to his
wife, Audrey, the infection was not believed to be serious and he was
expected home soon.
- 11- Rita Moreno, Oscar-winning star of such classic musicals as THE
KING AND I (1956) and
WEST SIDE STORY (1961),
celebrates her 70th birthday.
- 13- Joan Fontaine,
84-year-old Oscar-winning star of SUSPICION (1941) and REBECCA (1940),
announces plans to appear in RIKKI, a new feature film planned as a
vehicle for Animal Rights Awareness.
- 14- Patty Duke, former child star best know for her role as Helen
Keller in THE MIRACLE WORKER (1962) and for her TV series "The Patty
Duke Show," celebrates her 55th birthday.
- 18- The National Film Preservation Board announces the addition of
25 films to the National Film Registry, its list of "culturally,
historically, or aesthetically significant" films to be preserved by the
Library of Congress. The list for 2001 includes such classics as
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948), ALL THE KING'S MEN (1949),
William Wyler's documentary MEMPHIS BELLE (1944), THE MIRACLE OF
MORGAN'S CREEK (1944), PLANET OF THE APES (1968),
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
(1965) and STORMY WEATHER (1943).
- 18- Joan Collins, 68-year-old actress and former star of TV's
"Dynasty" whose classic film appearances have included roles in such
films as LAND OF THE PHARAOHS (1955), THE OPPOSITE SEX (1956) and THE
BRAVADOS (1958), announces plans to marry Peruvian-born Percy Gibson, a
36-year-old theater company manager, in February 2002. The
marriage will be Collins' fifth.
- 20- Joan Wheeler (Ankrum),
Warner Bros. starlet
of the mid-1930s who appeared in such films as TWENTY MILLION
SWEETHEARTS (1934) and SMARTY (1934), dies at age 88.
- 26- Kim Novak, 68-year-old star of PICNIC (1955) and VERTIGO (1958),
reports a burglary at her rural Oregon home in which thieves broke in
and stole firearms and tools worth more than $20,000.
- 26- Paul Landres, early sound-era film editor who later directed B
pictures before becoming a prolific director of early television series,
dies of cancer at 89.
Marlene Dietrich, German-born film legend, is honored on what
would have been her 100th birthday as German President Johannes Rau laid
wreathes at Dietrich's grave in the German capital and lauding her
commitment to "democracy and freedom in Germany" during the Nazi era
when she moved to the United States and supported the Allied war effort
against her countrymen.
- 28- Jack Grossberg, Hollywood director and producer for more than
four decades whose film credits include work on ALL THE WAY HOME (1963)
and THE PRODUCERS (1968), dies at age 74.
- 29- Robert F. Patten, film and TV character actor whose movie
credits included small roles in TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH (1949), RIOT IN CELL
BLOCK 11 (1954) and AIRPORT (1970), dies of cancer at 76.
- 30- Ray Patterson, animator whose seven-decade career included work
on Disney's FANTASIA (1940),
four Oscar-winning "Tom and Jerry" shorts at
MGM and the television adventures
of the Marvel Comics superheroes, dies at age 90.
- 31- Eileen Heckart, gravel-voiced stage, film and television actress
whose best-remembered movie roles included the mother of Rocky Graziano
SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME (1956),
Marilyn Monroe's waitress
in BUS STOP (1956) and her Oscar-winning performance as the overbearing
mother of a blind boy in BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE (1972), dies of cancer at
- 31- Paul Hubschmid, Swiss actor often cast as the handsome charmer
in German movies and whose Hollywood film appearances (under the name
Paul Christian) included roles in BAGDAD (1949), NO TIME FOR FLOWERS
(1952) and FUNERAL IN BERLIN (1966), dies at age 84.
- 31- David Swift, writer-director-producer who wrote and directed
(among other films) POLLYANNA (1960) and THE PARENT TRAP (1961), both
features starring Hayley Mills,
dies at 82.
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