Today in Entertainment History
On October 25, 1962, author John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
Also in 1964, The Rolling Stones made their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” So many people complained that Sullivan said he’d never invite them back, but they made another appearance in 1965.
In 1966, actor Burt Reynolds and actress Judy Carne divorced. They had married in 1963.
In 1973, John Lennon sued the U.S. government for allegedly using surveillance against him in connection with his deportation case.
In 1982, Bob Newhart returned to TV in another sitcom with the debut of “Newhart” on CBS.
In 1991, rock promoter Bill Graham died in a helicopter crash after a Huey Lewis concert in Concord, California. He was 60.
In 1992, entertainer Roger Miller died of cancer in Los Angeles at age 65. He’s best known for the hit song “King Of The Road.”
In 1993, actor Vincent Price died. He was 82.
In 1995, singer Cliff Richard was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Richard reportedly was the favorite singer of the Queen Mother.
In 1996, singer Paula Abdul married sportswear designer Brad Beckerman in Los Angeles. She filed for divorce 17 months later.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Marion Ross is 89. Singer Helen Reddy is 76. Singer Jon Anderson (Yes) is 73. Singer Taffy Danoff of Starland Vocal Band is 73. Guitarist Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest is 70. Actor Brian Kerwin is 68. Guitarist Matthias Jabs of Scorpions is 61. Actress Nancy Cartwright (“The Simpsons”) is 60. Country singer Mark Miller of Sawyer Brown is 59. Drummer Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers and of Chickenfoot is 56. Actress Tracy Nelson (“Father Dowling Mysteries”) is 54. Actor Michael Boatman (“The Good Wife,” ″Spin City”) is 53. Actor Kevin Michael Richardson (“The Cleveland Show”) is 53. Singer Speech (Arrested Development) is 49. Comedian Samantha Bee (“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” ″The Daily Show”) is 48. Actor Adam Goldberg (“Saving Private Ryan”) is 47. Guitarist Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies is 47. Actress Persia White (“Girlfriends”) is 47. Country singer Chely (SHEL’-ee) Wright is 47. Classical violinist Midori is 46. Actor Craig Robinson (“The Office”) is 46. Actor Mehcad (muh-CAD’) Brooks (“Desperate Housewives”) is 37. Singer Jerome Jones (Romeo) of Immature is 36. Singer Katy Perry is 33. Singer Austin Winkler (Hinder) is 33. Singer Ciara is 32. Actress Krista Marie Yu (“Dr. Ken”) is 29.