Today in Entertainment History
On Dec. 29, 1955, 13-year-old Barbra Streisand made her first recording, “You’ll Never Know.”
In 1957, singers Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme (gor-MAY’) were married in Las Vegas.
In 1967, musician Dave Mason left the band Traffic to pursue a solo career.
In 1975, Paul Kantner and Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane divorced.
In 1980, singer-songwriter Tim Hardin died of a heroin overdose in Los Angeles at the age of 40. He’s best known for composing the song “If I Were A Carpenter.”
In 1989, Jane Pauley marked her last day as co-host of the “Today” show after 13 years. Her successor was Deborah Norville.
In 1992, actor Todd Bridges was arrested in Burbank, California. Police say they found speed and a loaded gun in his car, but Bridges claimed he had been framed. At the time, Bridges had been doing public service announcements telling kids to stay away from drugs.
In 2006, burlesque artist Dita Von Teese filed for divorce from singer Marilyn Manson, citing irreconcilable differences. They had been married barely a year.
Today’s birthdays: Actress Inga Swenson (“Benson”) is 85. Actor Jon Voight is 79. Country singer Ed Bruce is 78. Flutist Ray Thomas (Moody Blues) is 76. Singer Marianne Faithfull is 71. Actor Ted Danson is 70. Singer-actress Yvonne Elliman is 66. Actress Patricia Clarkson is 58. Comedian Paula Poundstone is 58. Guitarist-singer Jim Reid of The Jesus And Mary Chain is 56. Actor Michael Cudlitz (“The Walking Dead”) is 53. Singer Dexter Holland of The Offspring is 52. Actor Jason Gould is 51. News anchor Ashleigh Banfield is 50. Director Lilly Wachowski (formerly Andy Wachowski) (“The Matrix”) is 50. Singer-guitarist Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) is 47. Actor Kevin Weisman (“Alias”) is 47. Actor Jude Law is 45. Actress Maria Dizzia (“Orange Is The New Black”) is 43. Actor Mekhi Phifer (mih-KY’ FY’-fuhr) is 43. Actor Shawn Hatosy (“Reckless,” ″The Faculty”) is 42. Country singer Jessica Andrews is 34. Actress Jane Levy (“Suburgatory”) is 28.