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OTD: Don Cheadle debuts, Mae West sentenced, Marie-Antoinette marries (sort of) 

On this day (April 19th) in history as it relates to showbiz...

1770 Marie Antoinette married by proxy to Louis-Auguste. A month later she travels from Austria to the forest of Compiègne to meet her husband (essentially where Sofia Coppola's great 2006 film starring Kirsten Dunst begins) and the two soon have a ceremonial wedding.

1898 Silent screen star Constance Talmadge born (the year is disputed but around there!). One of many silent giants whose fame didn't transfer to "the talkies"...

1899 George O'Brien, aka "The Man" in silent classic Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans born


1927 Mae West sentenced to 10 days in jail for her play "Sex" - you can read about this arrest and other early trouble for the provocateur here. Already famous for her stage antics, she becomes a superstar in Hollywood in the 30s. 

1933 Jayne Mansfield (The Girl Can't Help It, pictured above) born in Bryn Mawr. Becomes the B movie answer to Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s...

On this note may I say that I'm terribly disappointed in Jaymes Mansfield, the drag queen, for coming up with such a brilliant big blonde drag queen name and then tanking on Drag Race. The name deserves better. (Thankfully Jaymes's YouTube channel is fun so godspeed moving forward Jaymes)

1934 The premiere of musical comedy Stand Up and Cheer, Shirley Temple's feature breakthrough after performing in several one and two reelers. She was 7th billed. Immediately after filming her big number in 1933 her two week contract was extended to one year with a seven year option.

1946 The incomparable Tim Curry born in the UK

1948 ABC begins broadcasting, the last of the "big three" networks. CBS, NBC, and ABC reigned for decades until cable television came calling

1956 Grace Kelly gets married to Prince Rainier (in a church this time - see previous on this day

1957 Chinese star You Ge born (Cannes Best Actor winner for the Gong Li picture To Live). Recently starred in The Wasted Times with Zhang Ziyi and the crime picture Let the Bullets Fly

1958 Actor/Writer Steve Antin born. We thank him for bringing us Burlesque since no one else will and it's so ever rewatchable - "air rights!"

1968 Ashley Judd born in California. Her mother and sister preceded her to superstardom as the country hit makers "The Judds"

1975 Hugh O'Conor (Chocolat, The Young Poisoner's Handbook) born in Dublin. He first came to fame playing the young version of Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot. Next up for O'Conor: playing Samuel Coleridge in Mary Shelley a pre-Frankenstein bio starring Elle Fanning

1978 James Franco born in Palo Alto. He won't go away ever since. 

1985 Don Cheadle makes his debut as "Juicy Burgers Worker" in Moving Violations, a new comedy in theaters. Everyone's gotta start somewhere!

Oksana in HIPSTERS (2008)

1987 Terrific Russian actress Oksana Akinshina (Lilya 4-Ever, Hipsters, Bourne Supremacy) born in St Petersburg. She hasn't been in anything that came to the US in so long now and her filmography in Russia looks so spotty. What gives? Any Russian readers wanna fill us in?

1989 Boran Jing (Rise of the Legend, Monster Hunt) born in China. 

2002 The Scorpion King starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson reprising his first film role, opens at #1 at the movies with $36 million eventually grossing $165 million globally. Meanwhile in limited release My Big Fat Greek Wedding debuts with just half a million and no stars. In one of the most incredible success stories of all time, the latter just keeps playing and playing eventually grossing $368 million globally on a budget of just $5 million. 

2019 The Fast and the Furious 9 is scheduled to open. No, it's never going away. Eventually they'll just lift Vin Diesel from wheelchairs and place him behind the wheel since you can't see his legs anyway. 

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Reader Comments (11)

Happy birthday Steve Antin. Burlesque is great. The guy can sure direct a visual espectacle and understands music numbers and such. He just needs to not write the script. How come we have 100 Fast and Boring movies and not at least a Burlesque trilogy? Since Mae West came up, let's have Aguilera play her directed by Steve Antin, they already did one of her songs in Burlesque.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterV.

You should watch Grace of Monaco. It's not that terrible. It's almost a masterpiece compared to Hemingway & Gellhorn.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I just can't help being in love with Ashley Judd since i first saw her on a big screen when i was a teenager. Whatever the movie, i only have eyes for the ever-charismatic Judd. Kiss the Girls, High Crimes, Double Jeopardy, Twisted, Where the Heart Is are great guilty pleasures whenever i catch 'em on TV, and even her five minutes in Olympus has Fallen elevated the movie for me. And her break out film Ruby in Paradise is on my must watch list...
So happy birthday Ashley !!!

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClement_Paris

I doubt you skipped her on purpose, so you must have overlooked that today is also Kate Hudson's 38th birthday.

Also born on this day: Dudley Moore in 1935.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMrW

I dunno, if Classic Hollywood were a season of Drag Race, the real Jane Mansfield would get eliminated quite early on (no awesome talent or uniqueness) so does the name actually deserve better?

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHayden

Steve Antin?!?!? The jerk villian of "Goonies" and "Last American Virgin" is the same guy?!?!? Whoa!!!

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

YEP, he is.

April 19, 2017 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Also born this day: me :)

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEz

happy birthday EZ xox -- now you know that all of these things happened on the day of your birth!

April 19, 2017 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Thanks Nathaniel :)

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEz

It's been a Don Cheadle-filled day - binging on his amazing appearance in Kendrick Lamarr's new DNA. video. Lip-syncs to Kendrick like a pro.

When is the Cheadle move comeback coming?

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

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