1997: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s First Screenplay
Good Will Hunting was released to movie theaters on this day in 1997. The film about Will Hunting, an unrecognized genius, who after he assaults a police officer, becomes a patient of a therapist, studies advanced mathematics and questions his relationship. The movie was directed by Gus Van Sant, starred Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård and the screenplay was written by Affleck and Damon. Created with a $10 million budget, the film grossed over $225 million. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won two for Best Supporting Actor for Williams and Best Original Screenplay.
1935: Creator of Cruella de Vil Begins Work with Disney
Marc Davis, one of Walt Disney’s “9 Old Men” began work as an apprentice animator at the Walt Disney Studios on this day in 1935. It is said that he was immediately thrown into two weeks of intense classes that were taught by Donald Graham. Davis is known for working on various Disney characters including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Tinker Bell and Cruella de Vil. Later, he became of the original “imagineers” developing rides and attractions at the Disney parks. His influences can be seen clearly through the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
- 1925: Julie Harris (actress)
- 1968: Luy Liu (actress)
- 1973: Monica Seles (tennis player)
- 1981: Britney Spears (singer)
- 1983: Aaron Rodgers (football player)
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