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.
Ira Gershwin, one of the most brilliant lyricists we have ever known, was born on this day in 1896. Ira mostly wrote songs with his younger brother, George Gershwin, and between the two of them, they created iconic classics and Broadway shows. “Someone to Watch Over Me” is perhaps one of his most famous songs, but I will always love his music from A Star Is Born.
Watch Judy Garland sing “The Man That Got Away”
from A Star Is Born
Today, funny man and director of funny movies, Judd Apatow, turns 46. Last week, Variety announced Judd Apatow’s next film project. He will direct Amy Schumer in Universal Picture’s Train Wreck. (Amy is also the writer of the project.) I cannot WAIT to hear more about this!
On December 6, 1969, The Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and the Grateful Dead gathered for a one-day music festival. Called the Altamont Festival, one of the writers who covered the event said, “Altamont was going to be Woodstock West.” What ultimately happened, he said, was “wave after wave of violence.” It was a bizarre and tragic day for music and for fans of music, and many historians refer to the violence of the concert marking the end of the ’60s.
Susie Salmon, the protagonist of the book and then movie The Lovely Bones, was murdered on December 6th. The book chillingly begins with Susie telling us about her death.
“I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. In newspaper photos of missing girls from the seventies, most looked like me: white girls with mousy brown hair. This was before kids of all races and genders started appearing on milk cartons or in the daily mail. It was still back when people believed things like that didn’t happen.”
On December 6, 1964, America saw Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for the first time ever on TV. The special was in color and aired on NBC as part of “The General Electric Fantasy Hour.” Narrated by the lovable Burl Ives as The Snowman, Rudolph is one of the old-school holiday classics that has been such a treat to introduce to my son.
It’s Jingle Ball night! If you live in Los Angeles, the party is happening at the Staples Center. Ryan Seacrest is the host of the giant musical event, which will feature live performances by Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Selena Gomez, Enrique Iglesias, Robin Thicke, Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, and Travie McCoy. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to Ryan Seacrest’s charity.
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