My favorite time of year on TCM is about to begin, "Summer Under The Stars". I decided to put together August Birthdays in one post. As I'm also planning to celebrate "Summer Under The Stars", here on N and CF and may not have the time to write 2 posts per day. I 'm really looking forward to seeing a few "new to me" movies...
Loy was never nominated for an Academy Award, but after screenwriter Michael Russnow, asked friends, Roddy McDowall, Sidney Sheldon, Harold Russell and many others for their support, she received a 1991 Academy Honorary Award "for her career achievement". She accepted via camera from her New York home, saying "You've made me very happy. Thank you very much." It was her last public appearance.
Esther Williams (born August 8, 1921, although some sources cite 1922) is a retired American competitive swimmer and MGM movie star. Williams set multiple national and regional swimming records as part of the Los Angeles Athletic Club swim team. Unable to compete in the 1940 Summer Olympics because of the outbreak of World War II, Williams joined Billy Rose's Aquacade, where she took on the role vacated by Eleanor Holm after the shows move from New York City to San Francisco. There, she spent five months swimming alongside Olympic swimmer and Tarzan star, Johnny Weissmuller.
Rhonda Fleming (born August 10, 1923), She acted in more than 40 films, mostly in the 1940s and 1950s, and was known as one of the most beautiful and glamorous actresses of her day. She was nicknamed the "Queen of Technicolor".
Alfred Hitchcock (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980). was an English film director and producer. He pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. After a successful career in his native United Kingdom in both silent films and early talkies.
Ethel Barrymore (August 15, 1879 – June 18, 1959) . Was a member of the Barrymore family of actors.
Ann Blyth (born August 16, 1928) . A wonderful actress and singer. Her performance as Veda Pierce in the film, Mildred Pierce(1945) and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Gene Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996). He is best known today for his performances in the film, Singin' in the Rain and An American in Paris. He is credited with making the ballet acceptable to film audiences.
Ingrid Bergman (29 August 1915 – 29 August 1982) . She is best remembered for her roles as Ilsa Lund in the film, Casablanca (1942), a World War II drama co-starring Humphrey Bogart and as Alicia Huberman in Notorious (1946), an Alfred Hitchcock thriller co-starring Cary Grant.
Fred MacMurray (August 30, 1908 – November 5, 1991). MacMurray is best known for his role in the film noir, Double Indemnity(1944), which he starred in with Barbara Stanwyck. Later in his career, he became better known as Steve Douglas, the widowed father on the show, My Three Sons, which ran on ABC from 1960–1965 and then on CBS from 1965–1972.