Today in Entertainment History
On March 25, 1954, “From Here To Eternity” won the best picture award at the Oscars.
In 1960, Ray Charles recorded “Georgia On My Mind” in New York.
In 1961, Elvis Presley performed what would be his last live concert for eight years, at a show in Hawaii. He instead concentrated on his movie career.
In 1967, The Who made its U.S. concert debut in New York as part of a rock extravaganza promoted by DJ Murray “The K” Kaufman.
In 1985, the Academy Award for best picture went to “Amadeus.” F. Murray Abraham was chosen over “Amadeus” co-star Tom Hulce for the best actor award. Prince won the original song score award for “Purple Rain.”
In 1990, drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crue was arrested for allegedly mooning an audience at a concert in Augusta, Georgia.
In 1991, “Dances With Wolves” won seven Academy Awards, including best picture and a best director Oscar for Kevin Costner.
In 1995, singer Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam was rescued after a riptide carried him 250 feet offshore in New Zealand.
In 2001, “Gladiator” won five Oscars, including best picture.
In 2002, Halle Berry won the best actress Oscar and Denzel Washington won the best actor Oscar. Before that night, Sidney Poitier was the only African-American actor to have won an Oscar in a lead role.
Also in 2002, Randy Newman won an Oscar for best original song for “If I Didn’t Have You” from “Monsters, Inc.” He had been nominated for an Oscar 16 times and had never won until that night.
In 2003, Celine Dion launched her Las Vegas show “A New Day.”
Today’s Birthdays: Film critic Gene Shalit is 92. Singer Anita Bryant is 78. Singer Aretha Franklin is 76. Actor Paul Michael Glaser (TV’s “Starsky and Hutch”) is 75. Musician Elton John is 71. Actress Bonnie Bedelia is 70. Actress-comedian Mary Gross is 65. Actor James McDaniel (“NYPD Blue”) is 60. Saxophonist Steve Norman of Spandau Ballet is 58. Actress Brenda Strong (“Desperate Housewives”) is 58. Actress Marcia Cross (“Desperate Housewives”) is 56. Actress Lisa Gay Hamilton (“The Practice”) is 54. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is 53. Turner Classics Movies host Ben Mankiewicz is 51. Singer Melanie Blatt of All Saints is 43. Actor Domenick Lombardozzi (“Boardwalk Empire”) is 42. Actor Lee Pace (“Pushing Daisies”) is 39. Comedian Alex Moffat (“Saturday Night Live”) is 36. Singer Katharine McPhee (“Smash,” ″American Idol”) is 34. Comedian Chris Redd (“Saturday Night Live”) is 33. Rapper Big Sean is 30. Producer Ryan Lewis of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is 30. Actor Matthew Beard (“The Imitation Game”) is 29. Singer-actress Aly Michalka (mish-AL’-kah) of Aly and AJ (“Hellcats”) is 29. Actor Kiowa Gordon (“Twilight”) is 28.