A look back at this day in film history
July 06
October 13, 1950
All About All About Eve

The melodrama of fame, All About Eve, brought out its stars for a New York premiere on October 13, 1950. Bette Davis was there, as was Anne Baxter and Marilyn Monroe. Davis (recently been dropped from Warner Brothers after a string of flops) anchored the story of a fading theatre actress being upstaged by a cunning ingénue Eve (Anne Baxter). Davis was the filmmakers’ sixth choice, after Marlene Dietrich, Claudette Colbert, Gertrude Lawrence, Tallulah Bankhead and Susan Hayward. Anne Baxter stepped up to play Eve, after Jeanne Craig became pregnant and Donna Reed was passed over. And the blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe was just starting out––much the chagrin of many of the actor’s wives. (Zsa Zsa Gabor, George Sanders’ then wife, would come to the set to keep an eye out for the new girl in town). The film, adapted from a real-life inspired short story by Mary Orr published in Cosmopolitan, proved an instant success, going on to receive a record 14 Academy Award nominations (a feat only equalled by Titanic), and winning six Oscars including Best Picture. In an ironic twist, the film which satirized New York’s theater world, was later adapted into the Broadway musical Applause.

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Sylvester Stallone July 6, 1946
Sylvester Stallone born

Sylvester Stallone, born on this day in 1946, traveled a rough and unlikely road to stardom. Stallone’s very existence was tenuous as, according to his mother, Jackie, Stallone’s father, hairdresser Frank, had wanted him aborted.

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July 6, 1998
Roy Rogers Dies

When Roy Rogers died in 1998, it marked the end of two different people. One was Leonard Franklin Slye who was born November 5, 1911 in Cincinnati. The other was Roy Rogers, the king of the cowboys, who was born in 1942, when the alienated Midwesterner Leonard decided to recreate himself in California.

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