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This weekend in entertainment history

This weekend in entertainment history

IT HAPPENED IN 1984: The movie "Purple Rain," featuring Prince, opened in the U.S. and Canada. Photo: Associated Press

JULY 26

On July 26th, 1963, Motown Records released “Mickey’s Monkey” by The Miracles.

In 1977, Robert Plant’s six-year old son died of a respiratory ailment. Led Zeppelin was on tour in the U.S. at the time, and the remaining seven dates were canceled.

In 1990, keyboardist Brent Mydland of the Grateful Dead was found dead in his California home. He died of a drug overdose. He was 37.

In 1991, actor Paul Reubens — also known as Pee-Wee Herman — was arrested inside a movie theater in Sarasota, Florida, for exposing himself.

In 1992, singer Mary Wells, known for the hits “My Guy,” and “You Beat Me To The Punch,” died of cancer. She was 49.

In 1996, singer Donnie Osmond apologized to TV host Rosie O’Donnell for making a comment about her weight during an earlier appearance on her show. She made him sing “Puppy Love” to her in a dog suit.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Marjorie Lord (“Make Room For Daddy”) is 96. Actor James Best (“The Dukes of Hazzard”) is 88. Singer Darlene Love is 73. Singer Brenton Wood is 73. Singer Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones is 71. Actress Helen Mirren is 69. Drummer Roger Taylor of Queen is 65. Actress Susan George is 64. Actor Kevin Spacey is 55. Singer Gary Cherone (sher-OHN’) (Extreme, Van Halen) is 53. Actress Sandra Bullock is 50. Singer Jim Lindberg of Pennywise is 49. Actor Jeremy Piven is 49. Singer Wayne Wonder is 48. Actor Cress Williams (“Close to Home”) is 44. Host Chris Harrison of “The Bachelor” is 43. Actress Kate Beckinsale (“The Aviator,” ”Pearl Harbor”) is 41. Drummer Dan Konopka of OK Go is 40.


JULY 27

On July 27th, 1940, Bugs Bunny made his official debut when Warner Brothers released the animated short “A Wild Hare.”
1976: Tina Turner filed for divorce from Ike Turner.

1984: The movie “Purple Rain,” featuring Prince, opened in the U.S. and Canada.

1995: Selena’s “Dreaming Of You” album made its debut at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, four months after she was shot to death.

2001: Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkeson was found dead in a hotel room outside Jacksonville, Florida. He was 49.

2003: Comedian Bob Hope died of pneumonia in Toluca Lake, California. He was 100.

Today’s Birthdays: TV producer Norman Lear is 92. Actor Jerry Van Dyke (“Coach”) is 83. Actor John Pleshette (“Knots Landing”) is 72. Singer Bobbie Gentry is 70. Actress-director Betty Thomas (“Hill Street Blues”) is 66. Singer Maureen McGovern is 65. Actress Roxanne Hart (“The Good Girl,” ”Chicago Hope”) is 60. Guitarist Duncan Cameron (Sawyer Brown) is 58. Comedian Carol Leifer is 58. Country singer Stacy Dean Campbell is 47. Singer Juliana Hatfield is 47. Actor Julian McMahon (“Profiler”) is 46. Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”) is 44. Comedian Maya Rudolph (“Saturday Night Live”) is 42. Drummer Abe Cunningham of Deftones is 41. Singer Pete Yorn is 40. Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors”) is 37. Actress Taylor Schilling (“Orange is the New Black”) is 30. Singer Cheyenne Kimball of Gloriana is 24.

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