30. 1971: Gene Wilder on the Set of Willy Wonka
Directed by Mel Stuart, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) is not only an iconic classic today but it also features Gene Wilder’s most memorable and critically-acclaimed performance as the eccentric and colorful Willy Wonka. Wilder was so right for the role that he even beat out Spike Milligan who the author of the book that the movie is based on personally wanted. Unfortunately, Gene Wilder passed away in 2016, but we will always have his exceptional work to remember him by.
29. 1957: Dr. Seuss Drawing Grinch for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
Dr. Seuss, aka Ted Geisel, is the most famous American children’s book illustrator/author ever. Before passing away in 1991, his books sold more than 600 million copies and got translated into more than a dozen languages. While attending Dartmouth during the probation era, he was working on the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern but got caught drinking and had to cease all extracurricular activities as a penalty. However, of course, since he wanted to keep working for the magazine, he adopted the pseudonym “Seuss.” After his first work, The Cat in the Hat, there was no stopping him.