Welcome to the Babble Entertainment Advent Calendar! Every day between now and Christmas we will treat you with fun facts and information about this day in entertainment history.
In 1922 the first successful technicolor movie, The Toll of the Sea, was shown to audiences in New York on December 3rd. The story starred Anna May Wong, who was considered the first ever Chinese-American movie star. I can only imagine how amazing it must have been to be in the audience and see something so vibrant and colorful on a cinema screen. Watch scenes from The Toll of the Sea.
STELLA!! A Streetcar Named Desire opened on Broadway on December 3rd, 1947. The Tennessee Williams play benefitted from a powerful theatrical movement that was happening in America at the time created by The Group Theatre. The first production starred Marlon Brando as Stanley, Jessica Tandy as Blanche, and Kim Hunter as Stella. The play earned a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Best Play award, a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and Jessica Tandy won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.
We have a young TV director to thank for the NBC “Elvis Comeback Special” that aired on December 3, 1968. The Guardian reports that a 26-year-old Steve Binder is the one who convinced Elvis to perform music other than Christmas carols. “Binder noted that Elvis and his fellow musicians would unwind by jamming and playing old blues numbers and, despite Elvis’s nervousness about recording live, he convinced Elvis that recording an ‘unplugged’ session would be the most memorable part of the show.” Watch Elvis perform “That’s Alright Mama.”
Daryl Hannah turns 53 today and she is spending her birthday urging us to stop eating fish. The actress is at the SLOW LIFE symposium in Thailand and spoke to The Telegraph about her passion about the ocean. She stresses the need to allow big fish in the ocean a chance to repopulate. Watch her complete interview with Geoffrey Lean.
Random House has signed a five-book deal with actress Julianne Moore, who also turns 53 today. Her incredibly popular Freckleface Strawberry character already has three children’s books. Random House has announced these books will now be a part of their Step into Reading program. As a freckleface mom with a freckleface son, I am super excited about this news!
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