Welcome to the Babble Entertainment Advent Calendar! Every week day between now and Christmas, we will treat you with fun facts and information about this day in entertainment history.
Big Mama Thornton was born on this day in 1926. Who is Big Mama Thornton? Well I am so glad you asked! Also known as Willie Mae, Big Mama was one of the first women who reached fame from singing the blues. She was the original recording artist for the song “Hound Dog” as well as “Ball and Chain.” These songs were later covered by Elvis and Janis Joplin, respectively. Biography shares this tidbit: “Thornton was known for her tough demeanor as well as her stocky frame and powerful voice. She dressed in men’s clothing and drank heavily throughout her adult life.” [videopost src=’http://youtu.be/IJlBo5KJ3b4′]
Today Academy Award winning actress, Mo’Nique turns 46 years old. The comic turned actress is now about to make another turn to afternoon talk show host. Earlier this year it was announced on The Hollywood Reporter that Mo’Nique is working on a syndicated talk show with ABC/Disney for the fall of 2014. A mom to four boys (including 8-year-old twins), Mo’Nique has been tweeting her weight loss journey for the last year. She frequently posts photos of herself working out with inspirational messages to her followers: “Save your life TODAY.”
One of the co-creators of the band Mötley Crüe, Nikki Sixx, turns 55 today. Just over ten years ago the band got together and wrote a rock-and-roll memoir, The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. Last month it was revealed that Jeff Tremaine, director of the raunchy film Bad Grandpa, would be making a film based on the memoir. Nikki, like Mo’Nique, is on a self-proclaimed health kick. The rocker posted a photo of his “birthday cake” on Instagram last night and it’s not exactly typical.
On December 11, 1972 man landed on the moon for the last time during the Apollo 17 mission. Countless films and TV shows have referenced this or have been completely about travel to the moon, but if you want to have a seriously authentic moon walk experience, you must watch this film from NASA chronicling the 1972 walk.