18 August 1750 – Antonio Salieri
His work has faded, leaving behind a (probably unfair) reputation of the poisoner of Mozart…
18 August 1920 – Shirley Schrift (Shelley Winters)
The needy, blowsy slattern with a heart of gold and born to lose – Shelley’s specialty.
18 August 1933 – Roman Polanski
His reputation has taken a battering of late, but he gets a plea in mitigation for films such as Repulsion (1965), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Macbeth (1971) and Chinatown (1974).