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Today in Entertainment History

April 8, 2018 GMT

On April 8, 1963, “Lawrence of Arabia” won the Oscars for best picture and best director.

In 1973, Neil Young’s autobiographical film “Journey Through The Past” premiered at the U.S. Film Festival in Dallas.

In 1975, “The Godfather Part Two” won the best picture Oscar.

In 1983, Danny Rapp, lead singer of Danny and the Juniors, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 41.

In 1986, actor Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, California.

In 1991, a lawsuit was filed against Virgin Records, claiming that Paula Abdul did not do all of the singing on her hit album “Forever Your Girl.” The record company eventually won.


In 1993, singer Marian Anderson died at age 96 in Portland, Oregon.

In 1994, singer Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was found dead in his Seattle home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 27.

In 1996, actor Ben Johnson, who won an Oscar for “The Last Picture Show,” died at age 77 in Mesa, Arizona.

In 1997, singer-songwriter Laura Nyro (NEE’-roh) died of ovarian cancer at her home in Danbury, Connecticut. She was 49. The songs Nyro wrote include “Wedding Bell Blues,” ″Eli’s Coming,” and “Stoney End.”

Today’s Birthdays: Comedian Shecky Greene is 92. Original Mouseketeer Darlene Gillespie is 77. Singer Peggy Lennon of the Lennon Sisters is 77. Songwriter Leon Huff of Gamble and Huff is 76. Guitarist Steve Howe of Yes (and of Asia) is 71. Bassist Mel Schacher of Grand Funk Railroad is 67. Singer-actor John Schneider (“The Dukes of Hazzard”) is 58. Guitarist Izzy Stradlin (Guns N’ Roses) is 56. Singer-guitarist Donita Sparks of L7 is 55. Singer Julian Lennon is 55. Actor Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad,” ″Under the Dome”) is 55. Rapper Biz Markie is 54. Actress Robin Wright is 52. Actress Patricia Arquette is 50. Actor JR Bourne (TV’s “Teen Wolf,” ″Revenge”) is 48. Singer Craig Honeycutt of Everything is 48. Drummer Darren Jessee of Ben Folds Five is 47. Actress Emma Caulfield (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) is 45. Actor Taylor Kitsch is 37. Singer-guitarist Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend is 34. Actor Taran Noah Smith (“Home Improvement”) is 34. Guitarist Jamie Sierota (sih-ROH’-tah) (Echosmith) is 25. Actress Sadie Calvano (“Mom”) is 21.