On This Day: Katherine Hepburn, Barbra Streisand Split an Oscar


Happy April 14, dear reader! Time to join Movieline on another breezy expedition through the historical arcana and milestones that helped shaped the pop culture you know and love today. And let it suffice to say that Oscar was busy.

1889: Thomas Edison presents the first demonstration of his kinetoscope, a photo-flipping device that functions as a precursor to movies. Debates will continue for, like, ever as historians weigh whether Edison's invention or Eadweard Muybridge's zoopraxiscope was the original motion picture.

1969: In only the second-ever tie among Oscar-winning actors, Barbra Streisand and Katherine Hepburn shared the year's Best Actress prize for Funny Girl and The Lion in Winter (respectively). Surely Streisand should have won a tiebreaker on the strengths of her sheer black outfit and addressing her statuette, "Hello, Gorgeous"; Hepburn didn't even attend the ceremony.

1973: Adrien Brody own Oscar destiny gets its start in Woodhaven, Queens, where the actor is born to a photojournalist mother and painter/professor father.

1980: Kramer vs. Kramer wins five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman) and Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep). Not victorious: Justin Henry, who, at age 8, remains the youngest-ever acting nominee in Oscar history; Being There's Melvyn Douglas took Best Supporting Actor instead, and he didn't show up to collect his winnings either.

1996: Another super-young Oscar nominee for acting, Abigail Breslin, is born in New York City.


  • OldTowneTavern says:

    Katherine should have been there if only to say to Babs "Oh dear, whatever shall we do with Oscar?"