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AM-Prep-Today in Entertainment History

April 9, 2019

On April 9, 1939, singer Marian Anderson performed a concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington after she was denied use of Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

In 1962, “West Side Story” won the Academy Award for best picture.

In 1976, folk singer and songwriter Phil Ochs hanged himself at his sister’s home in New York. He was 35.

In 1979, “The Deer Hunter” won the best picture and best director Oscars. “Last Dance,” from the soundtrack to the movie “Thank God It’s Friday,” won the best original song award.

In 1984, “Terms of Endearment” was the big winner at the Academy Awards. “Flashdance” was named best original song.

In 1988, the music world lost two singers. Brook Benton (“Frankie and Johnny,” ″The Boll Weevil Song”) died of an illness in New York. Dave Prater from the duo Sam and Dave died in a car accident in Georgia.

In 1992, Amy Grant won the Artist of the Year award at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards.

In 1997, Soundgarden announced its breakup. The group has since reformed.

Today’s Birthdays: Naturalist Jim Fowler (“Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom”) is 89. Actress Michael Learned (“The Waltons”) is 80. Country singer Margo Smith is 77. Country singer Hal Ketchum is 66. Actor Dennis Quaid is 65. Humorist Jimmy Tingle (“60 Minutes II”) is 64. Keyboardist Dave Innis of Restless Heart is 60. Talk show host Joe Scarborough (“Morning Joe”) is 56. Actor Mark Pellegrino (“Dexter”) is 54. Actress-model Paulina Porizkova (pohr-ih-SKOH’-vah) is 54. Actress Cynthia Nixon (“Sex and the City”) is 53. Singer Kevin Martin of Candlebox is 50. TV personality Sunny Anderson (“The Kitchen”) is 44. Singer Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance is 42. Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam (“The Cosby Show”) is 40. Guitarist Albert Hammond Junior of The Strokes is 39. Actor Charlie Hunnam (“Sons of Anarchy”) is 39. Actor Jay Baruchel (BA’-ruh-shel) (“Knocked Up,” ″Tropic Thunder”) is 37. Actress Annie Funke (FUN’-kee) (“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”) is 34. Actor Jordan Masterson (“Last Man Standing”) is 33. Actress Leighton Meester (“Gossip Girl”) is 33. Singer-actor Jesse McCartney (“Summerland”) is 32. Singer Jazmine Sullivan is 32. Actress Kristen Stewart (“Twilight”) is 29. Actress Elle Fanning (“Because of Winn-Dixie”) is 21. Actor Isaac Hempstead Wright (“Game of Thrones”) is 20. Singer Jackie Evancho (ee-VAN’-koh) is 19.