AM Prep-Today in Entertainment History
On Dec. 18, 1957, the film “Bridge On The River Kwai” premiered in New York.
In 1964, funeral services were held in Chicago for singer Sam Cooke, who had been shot and killed in Los Angeles. Fans broke glass and caused other damage to the funeral home where Cooke’s body was displayed in a glass-covered coffin.
In 1971, Jerry Lee Lewis divorced his cousin, Myra Gale Brown. They had married in 1957 when she was 13.
In 1983, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards married model Patti Hansen in Mexico, on his 40th birthday. Mick Jagger was his best man.
In 1984, actress Jamie Lee Curtis married comedian Christopher Guest of “Saturday Night Live” in Rob Reiner’s home in Los Angeles.
In 1991, actor Deforest Kelley, known for his role as Dr. McCoy on “Star Trek,” got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1995, Kenny G and his family escaped a fire that caused $275,000 damage to their home in suburban Los Angeles.
In 1997, comedian Chris Farley was found dead in his apartment in Chicago of a cocaine and morphine overdose. He was 33.
In 2003, Michael Jackson was formally charged with seven counts of lewd or lascivious acts up on a child and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent. He was acquitted of the charges.
Today’s birthdays: Actress Cicely Tyson is 93. Actor Roger Mosley (“Magnum, P.I.”) is 79. Guitarist Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones is 74. Director Steven Spielberg is 71. Movie critic Leonard Maltin is 67. Guitarist Elliot Easton of The Cars is 64. Actor Ray Liotta is 62. Singer Angie Stone is 56. Actor Brad Pitt is 54. Wrestler-actor Stone Cold Steve Austin (“Chain of Command”) is 53. Actor Shawn Christian (“Days of Our Lives”) is 52. Actress Rachel Griffiths (“Brothers and Sisters,” ″Six Feet Under”) is 49. Singer Alejandro Sanz is 49. Country singer Cowboy Troy is 47. Rapper DMX is 47. DJ Lethal of Limp Bizkit is 45. Singer Sia (SEE’-ah) is 42. Country singer Randy Houser is 41. Actor Josh Dallas (“Once Upon A Time”) is 39. Actress Katie Holmes (“Dawson’s Creek”) is 39. Singer Christina Aguilera (ag-yoo-LEHR’-ah) is 37. Actress Ashley Benson (“Pretty Little Liars”) is 28.