MARCH 20 ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY
On March 20th, 1948, “Gentleman’s Agreement” won the Academy Award for best picture.
In 1952, “An American In Paris” was named best picture at the Oscars.
In 1964, “Funny Girl,” starring Barbra Streisand, opened on Broadway.
In 1969, John Lennon married Yoko Ono in a private ceremony in Gibralter.
In 1970, David Bowie and Angela Barnett got married in London. They later split up.
In 1990, singer Gloria Estefan broke her back when her tour bus was hit by a truck in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. She underwent surgery and took months to recover.
In 1991, Sony announced a long-term contract with Michael Jackson that was said to be potentially worth one billion dollars.
Also in 1991, Eric Clapton’s four-year-old son, Conor, died when he fell out of a window in New York.
In 1992, “Basic Instinct,” starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone, opened nationwide. Activists who claimed the movie was anti-gay turned up to protest at several theaters.
Today’s Birthdays: Producer Carl Reiner is 91. Actor Hal Linden is 82. Country singer Don Edwards is 74. Country singer-guitarist Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky is 67. Actor William Hurt is 63. Drummer Carl Palmer (Asia; Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 63. Guitarist Jimmie Vaughan (Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 62. Country guitarist Jimmy Seales of Shenandoah is 59. Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway is 56. Director Spike Lee is 56. Actress Theresa Russell is 56. Actress Holly Hunter is 55. Drummer Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) is 52. Model Kathy Ireland is 50. Actor David Thewlis (“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”) is 50. Actress Liza Snyder (“Yes, Dear”) is 45. Actor Michael Rapaport (“Boston Public”) is 43. Actor Alexander Chaplin (“Spin City”) is 42. Singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park is 37. Michael Genadry (“Ed”) is 35. Guitarist Nick Wheeler of All-American Rejects is 31. Actress Christy Carlson Romano (“Even Stevens,” ”Kim Possible”) is 29.