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The year 1959 in film involved some significant events, with Ben-Hur winning a record 11 Academy Awards.

Events

  • June 4 - The Three Stooges release their 190th and last short film, Sappy Bull Fighters.
  • September 18 - The Marx Brothers' Zeppo Marx marries his second wife, Barbara Blakely.
  • September 30 - The film of Mise Éire, made by George Morrison for Gael Linn, is premiered to close the Cork Film Festival, the first feature-length Irish language film.
  • November 18 - William Wyler's film Ben-Hur premieres at Loews Theater in New York City.
  • Sammy Davis, Jr. and May Britt start dating.

Top-grossing films (U.S.)

# Film Studio Actors Gross
1. Ben-Hur MGM Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet, Hugh Griffith, Jack Hawkins $36.992 m
2. Sleeping Beauty* Disney Mary Costa, Eleanor Audley, Bill Shirley, Verna Felton $21.998 m
3. North by Northwest MGM Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason $12.703 m
4. Some Like It Hot United Artists Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon $10.128 m
5. Pillow Talk Universal Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall $9.670 m
6. Imitation of Life Universal Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Juanita Moore $9.618 m
7. Suddenly, Last Summer Columbia Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Katharine Hepburn $6.375 m
8. The Nun's Story Warner Bros. Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch $5.750 m
9. Rio Bravo Warner Bros. John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson $5.650 m
10. Anatomy of a Murder Columbia James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara $5.500 m
11 The Diary of Anne Frank (1959 film) 20th century fox Millie Perkins, Joseph Schildkraut, Shelley Winters $5,014

m

11. On the Beach United Artists Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire $4.803 m
12. Operation Petticoat Universal Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Dina Merrill $3.950 m
13. The Best of Everything 20th century fox Joan Crawford, Hope Lange, Suzy Parker, Diane Baker, Louis Jourdan $3,500

m

14. Godzilla Raids Again Warner Bros Hiroshi Koizumi, Minoru Chiaki, Takashi Shimura $1,952, m

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)

Awards

Category/Organization 17th Golden Globe Awards
March 10, 1960
12th BAFTA Awards
March 26, 1960
32nd Academy Awards
April 4, 1960
Musical or Comedy Drama
Best Film Some Like It Hot Ben-Hur Room at the Top Ben-Hur
Best Director William Wyler
Ben-Hur
- William Wyler
Ben-Hur
Best Actor Jack Lemmon
Some Like It Hot
Anthony Franciosa
Career
Sidney Poitier
The Defiant Ones
Charlton Heston
Ben-Hur
Best Actress Marilyn Monroe
Some Like It Hot
Elizabeth Taylor
Suddenly, Last Summer
Simone Signoret
Room at the Top
Simone Signoret
Room at the Top
Best Supporting Actor Stephen Boyd
Ben-Hur
- Hugh Griffith
Ben-Hur
Best Supporting Actress Susan Kohner
Imitation of Life
- Shelley Winters
The Diary of Anne Frank
Best Screenplay, Adapted Room at the Top
Neil Paterson
Orders to Kill
Paul Dehn
Room at the Top
Neil Paterson
Best Screenplay, Original Pillow Talk
Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene, Stanley Shapiro, and Maurice Richlin

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro), directed by Marcel Camus, France

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Il Generale della Rovere (General della Rovere), directed by Roberto Rossellini, Italy / France
La grande guerra (The Great War), directed by Mario Monicelli, Italy / France

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Les Cousins (The Cousins), directed by Claude Chabrol, France

Notable films released in 1959

Romance films released in 1959

  1. Hiroshima mon amour

Short film series

Births

  • January 5 – Clancy Brown, American actor & voice actor
  • January 17 - Momoe Yamaguchi, former Japanese actress & singer
  • January 22 - Linda Blair, American actress
  • February 2 - Laine Mägi, Estonian actress & dancer
  • February 4 - Pamelyn Ferdin, American actress
  • February 22 - Kyle MacLachlan, American actor
  • March 5 - Darío Grandinetti, Argentinian actor
  • March 6 - Tom Arnold, American actor & comedian
  • March 7 - Donna Murphy, actress & singer
  • March 8 - Aidan Quinn, Irish/American actor
  • March 15 - Renny Harlin, Finnish director & producer
  • March 18
    • Irene Cara, American actress & singer
    • Luc Besson, French director & producer
  • March 22 - Matthew Modine, American actor
  • March 23 - Catherine Keener, American actress
  • April 15 - Emma Thompson, English actress
  • April 17 - Sean Bean, English actor
  • April 20 - Clint Howard, American actor
  • June 11 - Hugh Laurie, English actor
  • June 22 - Wayne Federman, American actor & comedian
  • June 30 - Vincent D'Onofrio, American actor
  • July 26 - Kevin Spacey, American actor
  • August 10 - Rosanna Arquette, American actress
  • August 14 - Marcia Gay Harden, American actress
  • August 29 - Rebecca De Mornay, American actress
  • September 23 - Jason Alexander, American actor
  • October 21 - Ken Watanabe, Japanese actor
  • November 14 - Paul McGann, British actor
  • November 19 - Allison Janney, American actress
  • November 28 - Judd Nelson, American actor
  • December 13 - Johnny Whitaker, American actor
  • December 29 - Patricia Clarkson, American actress
  • December 31 - Val Kilmer, American actor

Deaths

  • January 21 - Cecil B. DeMille, 77, American director and producer, The Ten Commandments, The Greatest Show on Earth
  • February 1 - Madame Sul-Te-Wan, 85, American actress, King of the Zombies, In Old Chicago
  • February 4 - Una O'Connor, 78, Irish actress, Witness for the Prosecution, The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • February 5 - Gwili Andre, 51, Danish actress
  • February 22 - Helen Parrish, 34, American actress, Too Many Blondes, X Marks the Spot
  • March 2 - Eric Blore, 71, British actor, Top Hat, The Lady Eve
  • March 3 - Lou Costello, 52, American comedian and actor, half of Abbott and Costello comedy team, Africa Screams, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
  • March 26 - Raymond Chandler, 70, American author and screenwriter, The Big Sleep, Double Indemnity
  • March 27 - Grant Withers, 54, American actor, My Darling Clementine, Fort Apache
  • April 12 - James Gleason, 76, American actor, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, The Bishop's Wife
  • April 17 - Cecil Cunningham, 70, American actress, The Awful Truth, Monkey Business
  • April 18 - Irving Cummings, 70, American director, Louisiana Purchase, The Dolly Sisters
  • May 3 – Troy Sanders, 57, American score arranger and composer, White Christmas, Going My Way
  • June 4 - Charles Vidor, 58, Hungarian director, Gilda, Love Me or Leave Me
  • June 16 - George Reeves, 45, American actor, Gone with the Wind, So Proudly We Hail!
  • June 18 - Ethel Barrymore, 79, American actress, Portrait of Jennie, The Spiral Staircase
  • August 6 - Preston Sturges, 60, American writer, director, Sullivan's Travels, The Lady Eve
  • September 6
    • Edmund Gwenn, 81, British actor, Miracle on 34th Street, Mister 880
    • Kay Kendall, 32, British actress, Genevieve, Les Girls
  • September 11 - Paul Douglas, 52, American actor, A Letter to Three Wives, It Happens Every Spring
  • September 14 - Wayne Morris, 45, American actor, Kid Galahad, Paths of Glory
  • October 3 - William Bishop, 41, American actor, Harriet Craig, Top Gun
  • October 7 - Mario Lanza, 38, American singer and actor, The Great Caruso, Winged Victory
  • October 14 - Errol Flynn, 50, Australian actor, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Captain Blood
  • October 23 - Gerda Lundequist, 88, Swedish actress, Gosta Berlings Saga
  • November 7 - Victor McLaglen, 72, British actor, The Quiet Man, Gunga Din
  • November 20 – Sylvia Lopez, 26, French actress, Hercules Unchained, Son of the Red Corsair
  • November 25 - Gérard Philipe, 36, French actor, Fan-Fan the Tulip, Beauties of the Night
  • December 24 - Edmund Goulding, 68, American director, Grand Hotel, The Razor's Edge

Film debuts

  • James Coburn - Ride Lonesome
  • Mia Farrow - John Paul Jones
  • Richard Harris - Shake Hands with the Devil
  • Martin Landau - Pork Chop Hill
  • Martin Scorsese - Vesuvius VI
  • George C. Scott - The Hanging Tree
  • Steven Spielberg - The Lost Guy

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