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.
Fred Astaire was a successful Broadway performer who just couldn’t catch a break in the film industry. It took him years before he finally was cast in a small role in a Joan Crawford and Clark Gable film.
On December 2, 1933, Dancing Lady was released and Fred Astaire stood out in the best way. He was scooped up by RKO Pictures who paired him with Ginger Rogers. Watch Fred’s first scene on film in Dancing Lady.
Getting to New York City became a lot easier on December 2, 1939, when New York City’s La Guardia Airport opened. LGA has made appearances in some of our favorite films about travel: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Catch Me If You Can both have pivotal scenes in the airport.
Britney Spears celebrates turning 32 today, and tomorrow she celebrates the much-anticipated release of her new album Britney Jean. Britney has “dedicated her birthday” to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. In a message to her fans she writes, “This year, I’m doing something different for my birthday. I’m dedicating it to the kids of St. Jude. Help me out by not buying me a gift this year. Buy them a gift instead — the gift of another birthday.”
Today actress Lucy Liu turns 45. I still remember her brilliance as Ling Woo in Ally McBeal, but her career has been incredibly varied over the years. In “Asian-Americans as Leading Ladies“, a great article by New York Times writer Mike Hale, Lucy has been named one “of the strongest and most interesting female leads on television” for her portrayal as Watson in Elementary.
Today is also, officially, the beginning of production for Fifty Shades of Grey. Delayed because of casting issues, the film will star Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. The Hollywood Reporter says the delay in filming, “raises the question of whether or not the film can be ready in less than eight months to meet its current release date of Aug. 1, 2014.”
Image Credits: Britney Spears
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