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This weekend in entertainment history

This weekend in entertainment history

IT HAPPENED IN 1955: RCA Records signed Elvis Presley after buying his contract from Sun Records. Elvis got a $5,000 bonus for signing. Photo: Associated Press

NOVEMBER 22

1955: RCA Records signed Elvis Presley after buying his contract from Sun Records. Elvis got a $5,000 bonus for signing.

1967: Arlo Guthrie’s 22-minute song “Alice’s Restaurant” was released.

1980: Actress Mae West died at her Hollywood residence at age 87.

1992: “60 Minutes” aired an interview with Woody Allen, who said Mia Farrow had threatened to have him killed after she learned he was having an affair with her 21-year-old adopted daughter.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Robert Vaughn (“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”) is 82. Actor Michael Callan is 79. Comedian-director Terry Gilliam (Monty Python) is 74. Actor Tom Conti is 73. Singer Jesse Colin Young (The Youngbloods) is 73. Guitarist-actor Little Steven (The E Street Band, “The Sopranos”) is 64. Bassist Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads is 64. Actor Richard Kind (“Spin City,” ”Mad About You”) is 58. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is 56. Actress Mariel Hemingway is 53. Actor-producer Brian Robbins (“Head of the Class”) is 51. Actor Stephen Geoffreys is 50. Actor Michael K. Williams (“12 Years a Slave,” ”Boardwalk Empire,” ”The Wire”) is 48. Drummer Chris Fryar of Zac Brown Band is 44. Actress Scarlett Johannson is 30. Actor Jamie Campbell Bower (“Twilight” movies) is 26. Singer Candice Glover (“American Idol”) is 25.


NOVEMBER 23

1936: The first edition of Life magazine was published.

1992: Country legend Roy Acuff died in Nashville at age 89. He had joined the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930’s and appeared regularly up until several months before he died.

1996: Bob Hope set a record for the longest continuous contract in the history of radio and television when his last TV special aired. Hope had been with NBC for 60 years.

2008: Guns N’ Roses released their long-awaited album, “Chinese Democracy.”

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Elmarie Wendel (“3rd Rock From The Sun,” ”George Lopez”) is 86. Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (“Basic Instinct,” ”Showgirls”) is 70. Comedy writer Bruce Vilanch (“Hollywood Squares”) is 67. Singer Bruce Hornsby is 60. Actor Maxwell Caulfield (“The Colbys”) is 55. Actor John Henton (“The Hughleys,” ”Living Single”) is 54. “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts is 54. Singer-guitarist Ken Block of Sister Hazel is 48. Drummer Charlie Grover of Sponge is 48. Actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield (“Family Law”) is 47. Actor Oded Fehr (“The Mummy”) is 44. Rapper Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound is 42. Actor Page Kennedy (“Desperate Housewives”) is 38. Actress Kelly Brook (“Smallville”) is 35. Actor Lucas Grabeel (“High School Musical”) is 30. TV personality Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (“Jersey Shore”) is 27. Singer-actress Miley Cyrus (“Hannah Montana”) is 22. Actor Austin Majors (“NYPD Blue”) is 19.

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