News

This weekend in entertainment history: Dec. 21 & 22

This weekend in entertainment history: Dec. 21 & 22

SHIRLEY SIGNS: Six-year-old Shirley Temple is seen in this undated photo as she appeared in her first featured role in the 1934 musical "Stand Up and Cheer" with James Dunn. Temple signed her first contract with Fox on Dec. 21, 1933. Photo: Associated Press

A look at the Hollywood headlines of years past.

December 21

1933: Five-year-old Shirley Temple signed a movie contract with Fox. Her age was later changed to make her appear a year younger.

1937: Disney released the movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” its first full-length animated film in color.

1968: Janis Joplin made her first appearance after leaving Big Brother and the Holding Company. She performed in Memphis at the second annual “Yuletide Thing” event sponsored by Stax-Volt Records.

1970: Elvis Presley paid a visit to President Nixon at the White House.

1979: Chicago, The Eagles and Linda Ronstadt played the first of two concerts to raise campaign money for California governor Jerry Brown, Ronstadt’s then-boyfriend.

1991: Actress Jane Fonda married broadcasting executive Ted Turner on his ranch in Florida. It was her 54th birthday. They’ve since split up.

2005: Elton John and his longtime partner, David Furnish, held a civil union ceremony in Windsor, England, the first day that same-sex partnerships became legal in Britain.

Today’s birthdays: Country singer Freddie Hart is 87. Actor Ed Nelson (“Peyton Place”) is 85. Talk show host Phil Donahue is 78. Actress Jane Fonda is 76. Singer Carla Thomas is 71. Guitarist Albert Lee is 70. Actor Samuel L. Jackson is 65. Singer Betty Wright is 60. Actress Jane Kaczmarek (kaz-MAYR’-ihk) (“Malcolm in the Middle”) is 58. Country singer Lee Roy Parnell is 57. Entertainer Jim Rose of The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow is 57. Actor-comedian Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) is 56. Country singer Christy Forester of the Forester Sisters is 51. Drummer Murph of Dinosaur Jr. is 49. Guitarist Gabrielle Glaser (Luscious Jackson) is 48. Actor-comedian Andy Dick (“Less Than Perfect,” ”Newsradio”) is 48. Actor Kiefer Sutherland is 47. Actress Karri Turner (“JAG”) is 47. Actress Khrystyne Haje (“Head of the Class”) is 45. Country singer Brad Warren of The Warren Brothers is 45. Actress Julie Delpy is 44. Singer-guitarist Brett Scallions (Fuel) is 42. Singer Lukas Rossi of Rock Star Supernova (TV: “Rock Star: Supernova”) is 37. Keyboardist Anna Bulbrook of Airborne Toxic Event is 31. Actor Steven Yeun (“The Walking Dead”) is 30.


December 22

1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono met for an hour with Canada’s prime minister. Earlier that day, they had met with Canada’s minister of health to discuss drug abuse.

1976: Singer Isaac Hayes declared bankruptcy.

1978: Kenney Jones became the drummer for The Who, replacing Keith Moon, who died four months earlier.

1988: Morrissey performed for the first time as a solo act in England.

1990: Pearl Jam performed for the first time together, under the name Mookie Blaylock, as the opening act for Alice In Chains in Seattle.

2000: Madonna married Guy Ritchie at a church in Scotland. They have since split up.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Hector Elizondo is 77. TV anchor Diane Sawyer is 68. Guitarist Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick is 67. Actress BernNadette (correct) Stanis (“Good Times”) is 60. Rapper Luther Campbell is 53. Guitarist Chuck Mead (BR549) is 53. Actor Ralph Fiennes is 51. Actress Lauralee Bell (“The Young and the Restless”) is 45. Actress Heather Donahue (“The Blair Witch Project”) is 40. Actor Chris Carmack (“The O.C.”) is 33. Singer Jordin Sparks (“American Idol”) is 24.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Third ‘Night at the Museum’ marks final film for Williams, Rooney

nightatthemuseum

The credits for "Secret of the Tomb," which opens Friday, read "In loving memory of Mickey Rooney," and "For Robin Williams - the magic never ends."

in Music

Noel Gallagher embarrassed daughter in front of Harry Styles

Noel Gallagher and Anais Gallagher at Arthur - UK film premiere held at the O2 Arena - Arrivals.
London, England - 19.04.11

Noel Gallagher left his teenage daughter mortified by embarrassing her in front of One Direction heart-throb Harry Styles.

in Music

Gene Simmons credits mother for drug-free life

Gene Simmons speaks onstage during the "4th and Loud" portion of the AMC 2014 Summer TCA on Friday, July 11, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The Kiss frontman insists he has never been drunk or gotten high because he always worried about his mom's reaction.

in Music

Joan Jett to open for The Who’s 50th anniversary tour

joan

The "My Generation" hitmakers are set to bring their The Who Hits 50! tour to North America.

in Entertainment

Chris Pratt thought ‘Guardians’ would be a box office flop

Guardians Of The Galaxy

The "Parks and Rec" star was very, very wrong.